History: History and International studies

Understand today’s world by studying the past

How have societies been connected throughout history?

History and International Studies at the Vrije Universiteit 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 and tracks

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


Why History and International Studies at the VU in 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 Vrije  Universiteit 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 BA in History and International Studies provides a foundation for an MA in history, heritage studies, or international relations, or a career in education, research, at NGO’s and international organizations, museums, heritage foundations and media.

If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch diploma, please check the criteria on our Dutch webpage.

Applicants holding a diploma from another country must meet a number of requirements:

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
See the General Admission Requirements for the English language requirements.

 

Please check our step-by-step application guide for more information.

International applicants will be asked to submit the following documents:

•    Transcript(s) of records (e.g. High School grade list)
•    Curriculum Vitae (your personal details, previous education and any relevant work experience in approximately one A4 page)
•    Copy of valid passport
•    English language test results (if already obtained)

Deadline
International students who require university housing and/or a student visa must apply before 1 April. Students who do not require university housing and/or a student visa must apply before 1 May. You will be informed about your admission within four weeks after you completed and submitted your application.

Ready to apply?
Great! All applicants must start the application procedure through the Studielink.nl portal.

The VU Matching Programme enables you to check whether you have chosen the right degree programme. The matching programme consists of two steps: a digital questionnaire on VUnet, which is part of the application process, and an online activity. By taking part in the matching activity, you can check whether the programme is really the right one for you. For more information, please see the VU Matching Programme website.
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Our student ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors.

Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam!

Bachelor's day
Join us on the Bachelor's day; learn everything about this programme and VU Amsterdam, and ask your questions to students and teachers.

For questions, please contact your International Student Advisor:

Rosa Vijftigschild - ContactRosa Vijftigschild
E: bachelors.hum@vu.nl
T +31 20 59 85641

This is what you will be doing

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.

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

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

START DATE

1 september 2018

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