Honours programmes VU, UvA and AUC

Both Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offer an honours programme for their talented and motivated bachelor students. The students who are selected for the honours programme have the opportunity to invest more time in their own area of study and to broaden their horizons. They typically take courses worth a total of 30 extra credits within their own department and across other departments. Most courses of the honours programmes are taught in English. Graduates receive a Bachelor honours degree.


It is possible for students of Amsterdam University College (AUC) to take an elective in one of the honours programmes of the VU and UvA. Similarly, honours students of the VU and UvA have the opportunity to take an elective in the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme of AUC.

Please note that the enrolment period and procedure for VU and UvA honours courses are different than that for AUC courses.

Information for AUC students

Before you register for an UvA  or VU honours course, please read the information about honours courses on Blackboard carefully (Student Information > Academic Matters > Honours Courses). Please note that you should also contact your tutor before you register for an UvA  or VU honours course.

General information for VU/UvA honours students

Before you register for an AUC honours course, please read the following information carefully.

Most AUC courses are taught during the day. Almost all courses meet twice a week (1.5 hours per class).

AUC’s attendance policy

Attendance at AUC courses is mandatory. You are only allowed to miss five classes during the entire semester (five of the total 32 classes).

Course levels

In reading the course descriptions, you may notice that all courses have a particular level and list a number of prerequisites. AUC offers courses at three different levels: 100-level courses, 200-level courses and 300-level courses. You could see 100-level courses as introductory courses that most AUC students take in their first year and 300-level courses as the highest-level courses that most AUC students take in their third and final year.


The prerequisites essentially form the entry requirements that students need to meet to be able to follow a course. These prerequisites refer to other courses in the AUC curriculum that a student needs to have taken before he or she can follow a particular course. However, because you are not an AUC student, you will probably not have taken any of the prerequisites. This is why we request that you read the course descriptions of the prerequisites carefully to determine whether you think you have sufficient background knowledge to take part in the honours course of your choice. You can find all the course descriptions in the course catalogue on the AUC website (Academic Programme > Course Catalogue). If you are in doubt, please send an email to the AUC Registrar Office.

Limited number of places available

Please note that all honours courses have a limited number of places: only 25 students per course. AUC reserves a number of places for VU/UvA students in each of the courses that we make available. Bear in mind that most of the AUC honours courses have waiting lists, which means that if a student drops the course after a few sessions, it will be too late for another honours student or AUC student to join the course.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

16 December 2016