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University of Groningen BA in Religious Studies
University of Groningen

BA in Religious Studies

Groningen, Netherlands

3 Years

English, Dutch

Full time

Request application deadline *

Sep 2024

EUR 2,314 / per year **


* Dutch, EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students

** EU/EEA students: €2,314 | non-EU/EEA students: €11,200


How do religions come into existence? How do they affect people and societies? What role does religion play in various cultures and conflicts?

Religion is an important factor in many national and international social themes. Sometimes this is obvious, especially when we read news about religious radicalization. Other times, it is much less obvious and we are not as aware of the influence religion has in social phenomena, such as in cases of sexual health or climate change. Worldwide, there are many conflicts, sensitivities, and political discussions in which religion plays a role. Religious Studies is thus a very topical social degree program.

Within the Religious Studies program, you will examine how we live and the prominent role religion plays in people's lives. You will study people's behavior, thinking, and learning. In class, you will not debate to what extent religion is 'true', but rather, how religion affects people's lives and what people do with it.

During your studies, you will deepen your knowledge of various aspects of the major religions in the world (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism). Because there are so many important factors in studying religion in relation to people and society, you will become a broadly trained social scientist.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • best BA Religious Studies program in The Netherlands, at top 100 universities;
  • taught entirely in English;
  • a unique combination of anthropology, sociology, psychology, (art) history, political science, philosophy, and ethics.
  • international staff and international classroom;
  • small classes with intensive supervision;
  • the program relates the latest research and theories to current developments;
  • taught at non-denominational university;
  • Groningen is a vibrant yet safe place to live.



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