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Uncover the ancient world

Are you fascinated by the literature and linguistics of classical languages? Interested in the cultures and religions of Ancient Greece, Rome or the Near East? And do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Classics?

Then the Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilizations might be the programme for you. Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    Admission to the Master’s programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor’s degree in: 

    • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
    • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
    • History with Ancient History as specialization
    • Archaeology
    • Religious Studies
    • Assyriology
    • A similar degree programme with a relevant specialization.

    You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

    • Knowledge: knowledge of current research methods and theories within the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations
    • Understanding: the ability to interpret linguistic, literary or historical texts and/or archaeological data from an interdisciplinary perspective

    Special requirements for the specialisation Classics
    Applicants who wish to follow the specialisation Classics must, in addition to the provisions in paragraph 1, also meet the following requirements: 

    • Skills: the ability to translate, interpret and analyse Greek and Latin texts of average difficulty with the help of the scholarly apparatus (grammar, dictionary, commentary, secondary literature);
    • Bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin language and culture, or a similar degree programme.

    Special requirements for the specialisation Ancient Studies

    Applicants who wish to follow the specialisation Ancient Studies must, in addition to the provisions in paragraph 1, also meet the following requirements:

    • Skills: the ability to carry out a survey of primary sources (literary or material) and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
    New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinators before applying (see: Contact).

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a pre-Master’s programme for this Master's programme.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    You can apply for the Master's programme under the label Oudheidstudies (Classics and Ancient Civilizations) via Studielink and select the correct specialisation. The application deadline is: June 1st.

    If you have a Dutch diploma, follow this application procedure.

    What happens after I have applied?
    After you have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink, you will receive two emails with your login details for VUnet (VU Amsterdam’s student portal). Please complete your application in VUnet. Don’t forget to fill in the Master’s programme specialisation: Ancient Studies or Classics.

    In addition to this, the following required documents should be send to: toelating.fgw@vu.nl

    • transcript of records (scan of original)
    • curriculum vitae

    Please note: students of the Faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam do NOT need to upload these documents.

    Your application will be reviewed by the Admission Board of Faculty of Humanities. You will be informed whether you have been admitted via Studielink.

  • I have an international degree

    Admission to the Master’s programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained an academic (WO) Bachelor’s degree in: 

    • Classics (Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur)
    • Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen)
    • History with Ancient History as specialization
    • Archaeology
    • Religious Studies
    • Assyriology
    • A similar degree programme with a relevant specialization.

    You must demonstrate the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

    • knowledge: knowledge of current research methods and theories within the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations
    • understanding: the ability to interpret linguistic, literary or historical texts and/or archaeological data from an interdisciplinary perspective

    Special requirements for the specialisation Classics

    Applicants who wish to follow the specialisation Classics must, in addition to the provisions in paragraph 1, also meet the following requirements: 

    • The ability to translate, interpret and analyse Greek and Latin texts of average difficulty with the help of the scholarly apparatus (grammar, dictionary, commentary, secondary literature);
    • Bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin language and culture, or a similar degree programme.

    Special requirements for the specialisation Ancient Studies

    Applicants who wish to follow the specialisation Ancient Studies must, in addition to the provisions in paragraph 1, also meet the following requirements:

    • the ability to carry out a survey of primary sources (literary or material) and secondary literature and to derive from this a ‘status quaestionis’

    English language requirements

    You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

    • TOEFL score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 (in each of the subtests).
    • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
    • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

    Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

    • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

    The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements.

  • Application with an international degree

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for holders of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June.

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation Letter
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcript of records
    • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education and a list of all the main literature. You can use this format.   

    More information about the required documents. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to theprogramme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Application fee & deadlines
    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.hum@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    Student Ambassadors

    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

    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.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Humanities for questions and practical information: toelating.fgw@vu.nl.

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Humanities, Irena Paap: masters.hum@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Humanities, Irena Paap: +31 20 598 5252

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

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