Liberal Arts and Sciences

Analyse complex issues from different perspectives and academic fields or knowledge

Analyse complex issues

As a student at Amsterdam University College (AUC), you will learn to analyse complex issues from different perspectives by drawing on various academic fields of knowledge. Discussions start with the ‘big questions’ in science and society and lead to in-depth study in a wide range of academic disciplines. The curriculum features six interdisciplinary themes: Energy, Climate and Sustainability; Life, Evolution and the Universe; Health and Well-being; Information, Communication, Cognition; Social Systems; and Cities and Cultures. These themes will provide you with a solid orientation as you decide on your major in the sciences, social sciences or humanities. 

The AUC student: looking further

As a member of the AUC student community, you will be part of a vibrant international group of young people interested in studying real-world problems that cross the boundaries of academic disciplines. By working in a diverse environment of different languages and cultures, you will develop your creativity, critical thinking, and your problem-solving and communication skills. AUC students live and study together on our modern international campus, located in Science Park Amsterdam. Studying at AUC is a true intercultural and social learning experience.

As an AUC graduate you will be in possession of an internationally recognized Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree. You will be qualified to apply for Master’s-level studies at major universities in both the Netherlands and abroad, potentially going on to pursue a PhD. You may also, of course, decide to embark on a career in the corporate world, go to work for a public organization or pursue other options.

Your personal tutor will advise you throughout your studies at AUC, helping you to make choices in the AUC curriculum and supporting you in achieving your ambitions.

As a residential and selective honours college, AUC attracts students from all over the world. Applicants are assessed on the basis of their academic performance, interests and motivation, and the acceptance rate is around 20%. AUC admits a maximum of 300 students per year.

Primary admission criteria
A secondary school diploma that can be considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university (VWO) diploma.

Secondary admission criteria
Whether or not you will actually be offered a place at AUC will depend on your: 

  1. Academic excellence: you must demonstrate your ability to meet the academic demands of the AUC program;
  2. Level of proficiency in English and mathematics: you must meet our English and maths requirements;
  3. Motivation and ambition to study an intensive and broad-based Liberal Arts and Sciences program; 
  4. Commitment to contribute to AUC's international student and campus life (AUC is a residential program, meaning you will be living on campus along with your fellow students). 

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How will you be spending your time?

Every day, you will be involved in intensive and small-scale seminars with high-calibre international staff. An AUC tutor (academic adviser) will support you in the process of planning your study program to help ensure it meets your academic and/or career goals. Throughout the program, a great deal of emphasis is placed on taking an interdisciplinary approach to scientific reasoning.

Overview Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC)




3 years (fulltime)



To start in February 2018: no applications accepted anymore; 1 December 2017 (Early bird) / 1 February 2018 (to start in September 2018)


1 February or 1 September 2018



Admission Requirements


Art, Culture and History

Jonathan Krikeb

AUC-student, class of 2013

AUC's focus on diversity, both in people as well as in the programs curriculum, attracted me instantly. Meeting people from different backgrounds and getting exposed to history and foreign languages while majoring in science is a real privilege.