How is the study programme structured?

Loading video..

Six semesters over three years

AUC's study programme includes six semesters (totalling 180 European credit points) over the course of three years. Each semester is 20 weeks long, divided into a 16-week period and a 4-week period.

You will take five courses per semester of 6 credit points each (four courses in parallel during the 16-week period, and one course during the 4-week period). This will translate into a total study workload of around 42 hours per week (16 hours of class plus 26 hours of self-study).

The curriculum structure (download below) shows the overview of the programme in more detail, divided per semester and per year. Starting at the bottom of the diagram, each row represents a semester while each block represents a single course of 6 credit points.

You design your own study programme with advice from your tutor and gradually fill in this structure with your chosen courses. The details of your programme might differ from this diagram (you might take more than one disciplinary course in a semester, for example, and then take no disciplinary courses in the next), but is meant to represent a more general overview of what the AUC programme includes.

AUC Academic Core 2018-2019

AUC Curriculum Placemats. They are also available to download in the right-hand column as PDFs.

Academic Core

At least ten of your courses (totalling 60 credit points) will be in the Academic Core, which ensures you develop strong academic skills. You will take Academic Core courses throughout your programme and the exact requirements will depend on your choice of major.


At least half of your study programme (90 credit points) will be dedicated to your major. This includes the courses that you follow on your selected theme (2 x 6 credit points), and the capstone experience in your final year (12 credit points). You can major in the sciences, social sciences or humanities. You confirm your major at the end of your first year, and with the help of your tutor, you will typically then select a coherent package of at least 10 courses on subjects within your major that you will take in your second and third years.


Alongside the requirements of the Academic Core and your major, you then have up to 30 credit points (one-sixth of your programme) that you can complete with freely chosen courses. You can use your electives to expand and deepen your studies in a variety of ways.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

3 August 2018