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Amsterdam University College

The AUC programme combines breadth of experience with depth of knowledge. A key aspect is tackling the real-life problems and challenges facing today’s world. From day one, you are expected to think about the ‘Big Questions’ in science and society, and learn how to make a meaningful contribution to current debates. Substantial emphasis is placed on the sciences, including interdisciplinary themes such as: Health and Well-being; Energy, Climate and Sustainability; and Life, Evolution, and the Universe. As today’s students, but also tomorrow’s leaders, you will have to be successful in both cooperating and competing at an international level. AUC is an academic community in the best traditions of the liberal arts and sciences, actively oriented to the demands and challenges of the 21st century. You live and study on an international campus, following a programme that creates new pathways across traditional dividing lines, and trains you to approach complex issues from different perspectives and academic fields of knowledge. (Source: the university’s website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: TBC
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (6) Years (3)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (N/A) Years (N/A)

None required.


Paper based: overall score of 600, with a Test of Written English score of 5.5,

Computer-based: overall score of 250, with Test of Written English score of 5.5,

Internet-based: overall score of 100 / IELTS

Academic: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components) / Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A / Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C minimum required.



Higher education in the Netherlands is offered at two types of institutions: Research universities and universities of applied sciences. Research universities include general universities, universities specialising in engineering and agriculture, and the Open University. Universities of applied sciences include general institutions as well as institutions specialising in a specific field such as agriculture, fine and performing arts or teacher training.

Whereas research universities are primarily responsible for offering research-oriented programmes, universities of applied sciences are primarily responsible for offering programmes of higher professional education, which prepare students for specific professions. These tend to be more practice oriented than programmes offered by research universities.

In this binary, three-cycle system, Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees are awarded. Universities of applied sciences offer short-cycle Higher Education leading to the associate degree. Degree programmes and periods of study are quantified in terms of the ECTS credit system.

The focus of degree programmes determines both the number of credits required to complete the programme and the degree that is awarded. A research-oriented bachelor’s programme requires the completion of 180 credits (three years) and graduates obtain the degree Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA/BSc), depending on the discipline.

In most cases, a bachelor’s degree awarded in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years), and graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng., or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing). Students who have a VWO diploma may be exempted from one year of study, allowing them to complete a Bachelor’s programme in the applied arts and sciences in three years (after completion of 180 credits). An associate degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 120 credits (two years), and students who complete the two-year programme can continue studying for a bachelor’s degree in the applied arts and sciences.

A research-oriented master’s programme requires the completion of 60, 90 or 120 credits (one, one-and-a-half or two years). In engineering, agriculture, and mathematics and the natural sciences, 120 credits are always required. Graduates obtain a Master of Arts or Master of Science (MA/MSc). A master’s degree awarded in the applied arts and sciences requires the completion of 60 to 120 credits and graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Master of Architecture, M Arch).

The third cycle of higher education, leading to a PhD or to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng), is offered only by research universities. The major requirement for the PhD, which is offered by all research universities, is completion of a dissertation based on original research that is publicly defended.

A guaranteed standard of higher education, and alignment with the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area, is maintained through a system of legal regulation and quality assurance, in the form of accreditation. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is responsible for legislation pertaining to education. The agriculture and public health ministries play an important role in monitoring the content of study programmes in their respective fields.

The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) administers quality assurance.


Dutch tuition fees are usually €1906 per year for 2014/15, and the mandatory public healthcare insurance costs €460.