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Alumni facts and figures

Master's degree programmes and careers after graduating from AUC

As an AUC graduate, you will have an internationally acknowledged Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Sciences degree (BSc) in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. You will be qualified to apply for a variety of Master's degrees at major universities in both the Netherlands and abroad, or you may choose to start your career in your desired field immediately upon graduating.

After completing the AUC programme, you’ll be qualified to apply for Master’s programmes at the UvA, VU Amsterdam, other Dutch research universities and at prestigious institutions throughout Europe, the US and around the globe. The field of study for which you apply will typically correspond to the tracks or concentrations in which you completed most of your coursework. Additionally, your tutor will assist you in making sure you choose courses that not only meet the AUC graduation requirements but also ensure that you will have the prerequisites and coursework necessary to qualify for relevant Master's degree programmes. 

Upon graduating, and possibly after completing future graduate studies, our alumni enter the workforce at internationally known companies, research institutes and organisations, or start their own businesses/initiatives. AUC graduates tend to be highly sought after as they combine a high level of academic knowledge with the ability to solve problems, contribute to debates and exhibit an awareness of the social, cultural and personal perspectives that equip them for success, leadership and global challenges.

AUC alumni and graduate study programmes

In the summer of 2020, we surveyed where our alumni ended up studying after graduating from AUC. Using LinkedIn data as a source,  there were 1219 alumni with a profile containing sufficient information to be counted in the survey out of a total 1690 alumni, meaning approximately 72% of alumni are accounted for in the most recent analysis.

  • Of these 1219 alumni surveyed, 73% had either started or already completed a graduate degree programme following their AUC degree.
  • Generally speaking, the most common fields of study in graduate school included international relations, medicine, law, economics, political science, computer science, neuroscience and environmental sciences.
  • The locations of their graduate degree programmes were diverse, including at least 35 different countries with the most popular destinations being the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, the United States of America and Germany.
  • In terms of institutions, AUC alumni attended more than 165 different universities and programmes for their graduate studies.
  • The most popular universities for alumni to complete their graduate studies in the Netherlands included the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Leiden University, while the most popular destinations abroad consisted of King’s College London, University College London, the London School of Economics, University of Oxford, Sciences Po and Uppsala University.
Top destinations of graduate schools for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Top destinations of graduate schools for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Top fields of education for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Top fields of education for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Highest completed degree for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Highest completed degree for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020

AUC alumni and careers

While these statistics offer an indication of the types of careers and range of fields where AUC alumni work, it is by no means exhaustive. Throughout their time at AUC, students are encouraged to discuss their individual career ambitions with their tutor and academic advisors in order to pursue careers and jobs in fields that deal with issues they’re passionate about.

  • After completing their graduate degrees, the most common fields where AUC alumni go on to find employment included research, advising, education, hospitality, the cultural sector, health sector, management and marketing.
  • The most common job titles included consultant, researcher, data scientist, project manager and policy officer.

However, the exact jobs and career paths that AUC students follow tend to be as diverse as the students and personal study plans that they create.

Top sectors of employment for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Top sectors of employment for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Top job titles for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
Top job titles for AUC alumni, LinkedIn 2020
AUC Master's Database
Based on data collected from LinkedIn during a graduate survey in 2020, the database contains the location, school and programme where AUC alumni have pursued graduate or PhD degrees. Users can filter their search by country, degree title, the field of study of the graduate programme, the region and the alumna or alumnus' major they followed at AUC.

Liberal arts and sciences alumni survey for all University Colleges

Below you can download a summary of a large-scale survey sent to graduates of all University Colleges in the Netherlands in 2017. The results give valuable insight into not only where AUC students end up studying and working upon graduating, but also the value of a liberal arts and sciences degree both in the Netherlands and abroad.