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FAQ: What kind of degree does AUC offer?

AUC offers a Bachelor's (Honours) degree programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences leading to a joint degree from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.

Honours programme

AUC offers an honours programme characterised by intensive lectures, small classes, student engagement, self-study and discussion. Distinctions (Honours, Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude) are awarded to AUC students who graduate with a final GPA above a certain level, receiving a note of the Honours programme on their diploma.


Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

If a student majors in the social sciences or humanities, they will qualify for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. If a student majors in the sciences, they will qualify for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. More information on graduation requirements can be found via the link below.

Dutch law distinguishes between Bachelor's degrees awarded for 'research-oriented higher education' (wo-bachelor) and those awarded for 'higher professional education' (hbo-bachelor). AUC offers a wo-bachelor. The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers more information on Dutch higher education and English translations of Dutch higher education terminology on their website.

The NVAO (the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) formally accredited the AUC programme on 2 September 2008.The University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam jointly applied for accreditation for the AUC programme. On 6 October 2011 the NVAO formally converted the accreditation of the AUC programme to a joint degree of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.