Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies

General

Program Description

Application deadline update

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)

In the Bachelor’s in Theology and Religious Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you investigate religious and social themes and gain a solid foundation in the principles of religions and theology. This enables you to contribute to important social debates.

When you choose Theology and Religious Studies, you enter the rich and fascinating world of religion and faith. VU Amsterdam is known as a safe space where different religions coexist, side by side. You develop an academic vision of what religion and theology mean. You are in constant dialogue with your fellow students.

Choose your own path
In the Theology and Religious Studies programme, you choose your own path. The program consists of core courses, in-depth courses related to your profile, and electives. The core courses are taught in English and followed by all students, meaning you study alongside students from different countries, cultures and faiths. You learn about the principles and practices of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Attention is paid to historical developments, ethics and the shared practices and imagery of different religions. You delve into hermeneutics and the social sciences.

The courses linked to your profile familiarize you with specific disciplines. Interested in academically studying religion in historical and contemporary contexts? You can focus on courses in Religious Studies. Want to delve into the Koran and Hadith? Choose Islamic profile courses. Prefer to focus on the theology of a Christian tradition? Then the Theological profile is for you. If you want, you can chose to follow courses within the tradition of one of the Christian seminaries, like the Baptist seminary, the Evangelical-reformed, the Restored Reformed Seminary or the Mennonite-Anabaptist seminary. The programme also offers different possibilities for specialising in Buddhism and Hinduism.

Admission requirements

International students

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.

Dutch Students

VWO diploma
You can study Theology and Religious studies at VU Amsterdam if you have a Dutch VWO diploma with the following profiles:

  • Natuur en Gezondheid
  • Natuur en Techniek
  • Economie en Maatschappij
  • Cultuur en Maatschappij

HBO propaedeutic year
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional modular certificate at 6 VWO level in the following subjects: English, History and German or French.


HBO completed programme
There are no additional requirements.

Meeting prerequisites?
You can obtain your certificates from various institutions.

Sounds interesting?
Great! Apply today.

Register for the Bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink.

In Studielink you select the Bachelor’s programme 'Theology and Religious studies’. If you have your Studielink set to Dutch, please switch to English.

In VUnet you can select the English-taught Bachelor's programme specialization 'Theology and Religious studies’'.For more details on all steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.

The final application deadline for Dutch and EU students is May 1st.

Overview Theology and Religious Studies

- Language of instruction: English, Dutch
- Duration: 3 years
- Application deadline: April 1st (non-EEA students requiring visa and/or housing) / May 1st (all others)
- Start date: September 1st 2020
- Study type: Full-time
- Field of interest: Religion

International students

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.

Dutch Students

VWO diploma
You can study Theology and Religious studies at VU Amsterdam if you have a Dutch VWO diploma with the following profiles:

  • Natuur en Gezondheid
  • Natuur en Techniek
  • Economie en Maatschappij
  • Cultuur en Maatschappij

HBO propaedeutic year
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional modular certificate at 6 VWO level in the following subjects: English, History and German or French.


HBO completed programme
There are no additional requirements.

Meeting prerequisites?
You can obtain your certificates from various institutions.

Sounds interesting?
Great! Apply today.

Register for the Bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink.

In Studielink you select the Bachelor’s programme 'Theology and Religious studies’. If you have your Studielink set to Dutch, please switch to English.

In VUnet you can select the English-taught Bachelor's programme specialization 'Theology and Religious studies’'.For more details on all steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.

The final application deadline for Dutch and EU students is May 1st.

Last updated Jul 2020

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less