History: History and International studies

Understand today’s world by studying the past

How have societies been connected throughout history?

The Bachelor's degree programme History: History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam is a unique programme combining approaches from history and the social sciences to understand how societies have been connected throughout history. The programme offers a combination of history courses, modern language units and research skills from the fields of global history and international relations. It is taught by a highly motivated staff, strongly committed to teaching excellence and the learning experience of their students.

Learning about the historical origins of global society

How has democracy become a global standard while other types of government are considered ‘deviations’? How did decolonization influence the relationship between Europe and Asia? What are the historical origins of global inequality and climate change? History and International Studies is an excellent choice for students interested in learning about the historical origins of our global society from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Great variety of courses

Courses discuss the history of Europe and the world from antiquity to the present. Students also choose electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory. In addition, students can take courses in modern languages, learn about different approaches from the fields of international relations and global history, and are trained in academic skills. In Year 3, students can study a semester abroad, take an internship or choose a minor.

Programme overview (pdf).

Why History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam?

The small scale of the programme offers close interaction between students and staff, several of whom have won University Teaching Awards for outstanding performance and dedication to undergraduate education at the VU. The staff of History and International Studies cooperates with different public and private organizations as well as with the Rijksmuseum, Tropenmuseum, the Anne Frank Huis and many other research and heritage institutions. The University is located in Amsterdam, a city with international and historical allure. The internationally oriented VU campus offers easy access to the city and its historical sights, archives, NGOs and museums.

Impression of the Bachelor day

Video by Steve Melone

A Bachelor's degree in History and International Studies provides a foundation for a Master's degree programme in History and Heritage Studies, or a career in education, research, at NGO’s and international organizations, museums, heritage foundations and media.

Information on Admission criteria and application procedure for students with a Dutch diploma.

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme.

Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.

Requirements that apply:

  1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma
    See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

    Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission.

  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Admission Requirements webpage.

Application Steps

  1. Check if you match the entry requirements.
  2. Register for the Bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink.
    In Studielink you select the Bachelor’s programme 'History’. If you have your Studielink set to Dutch you can find the programme under ‘Geschiedenis’.
  3. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet.
    In VUnet you select the English-taught study specialization 'History and International Studies'.
  4. Then upload the following documents:
    • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application. IB and A-level applicants are asked to upload their predicted grades.
    • A scan of your diploma (if you have already graduated).
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience (± 1-2 pages).
    • English language test results (if already obtained).
    • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).
  5. Pay the application fee and submit your application.
  6. Wait for the decision on your admission request.

For more details on all steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.

Application deadline
The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is April 1st and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is May 1st. For students wishing to use our Accommodation Services an early application is recommended.

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Please note: the Studielink notification “The educational institution has yet to determine whether your previous education level is sufficient“ will only be ticked after you accept your place and have sent us a certified copy of your diploma.

As a prospective student at VU Amsterdam you will take part in the VU Matching programme. VU Matching consists of two parts: you must fill out a digital questionnaire on VUnet and participate in a matching activity organized by the study programme. The matching activity aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the study, so you can determine if it matches your expectations and whether you have chosen the right programme.

  • Dutch Nationals are expected to participate in the matching activity on campus. This activity will take place at June 4th 2019. Please consider this when planning your holiday(job). Keep an eye out for the invitation email for the matching activity which will be sent by the end of April 2019. For general information about matching check the website VU Matching.

  • International students are expected to participate in a digital matching activity once they are conditionally admitted. Invitations will be sent by the end of April 2019. For general information about matching check the website VU Matching.

If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator of the Faculty of Humanities: matching.fgw@vu.nl.

Candidates with an international degree can contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Humanities:

Rosa Vijftigschild - ContactRosa Vijftigschild

E: bachelors.hum@vu.nl
T: +31 20 59 85641

Candidates with a Dutch diploma can contact contact@vu.nl when experiencing any difficulties.

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Would you like to hear from an international student about their student journey, what it is like to study at VU, the programme and/or their student life in Amsterdam? Contact our student ambassadors! Our Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and would be happy to answer all your questions.

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Campus tour
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Wade Hankin

Wade_Hankin_200x200px"I am very happy with my choice for History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam. I chose this programme because as someone who wants to get into international politics/relations, I saw the opportunity to learn about world history and the history of international relations as the best place to start that work."

"I chose Amsterdam because the combination of it being a very international city with a wide range of viewpoints to learn and understand, and the VU as an international, highly regarded institution, as a wonderful opportunity to get my feet wet in this vast area of learning."

This is what you will be doing

History: History and International Studies is a three-year BA programme. It starts with a broad-based first year that covers the history from Europe and the world from antiquity until the present, followed by a year in which students choose electives in different themes, and finishes with a minor or semester abroad and a thesis on a subject of one’s choice in Year 3.

Detailed information on the programme is available in the Study Guide.

In Year 1, students take courses on the history of antiquity, the medieval period, early modern history and modern and contemporary history. Throughout this first year European developments are studied in relationship with Middle Eastern, Asian, American, and African developments. Students are introduced to the field and approaches of global history and taught to reflect on the relationship between history and contemporary debates on issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, global inequality, or climate change. From Year 1, students are also trained in Academic English as well as in research and writing skills.

In Year 2, students can choose courses in modern languages. They also take courses on history and theory, international relations, global political economy, and on the methods of the historical and social sciences. Students learn to apply these methods to analyzing interactions between individuals, states, societies and international organizations. They are also offered a range of electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory.


In Year 3, students can opt to take a semester abroad, complete an internship or choose a minor. The final semester includes courses on international relations in a historical perspective, an elective, and the writing of a thesis, which is supervised on an individual basis by our staff members.

In Year 1, students take courses on the history of antiquity, the medieval period, early modern history and modern and contemporary history. Throughout this first year European developments are studied in relationship with Middle Eastern, Asian, American, and African developments. Students are introduced to the field and approaches of global history and taught to reflect on the relationship between history and contemporary debates on issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, global inequality, or climate change. From Year 1, students are also trained in Academic English as well as in research and writing skills.

In Year 2, students can choose courses in modern languages. They also take courses on history and theory, international relations, global political economy, and on the methods of the historical and social sciences. Students learn to apply these methods to analyzing interactions between individuals, states, societies and international organizations. They are also offered a range of electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory.


In Year 3, students can opt to take a semester abroad, complete an internship or choose a minor. The final semester includes courses on international relations in a historical perspective, an elective, and the writing of a thesis, which is supervised on an individual basis by our staff members.

Overview History: History and International Studies

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

3 years (fulltime)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 1st (non-EEA students requiring visa and/or housing) / May 1st (all others)

START DATE

September 1st

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

BINDING STUDY ADVICE

You need to obtain 42 ECTS including academic skills.

FIELD OF INTEREST

Art, Culture and History
Language and Communication

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