Prospective students

Information and answers to questions on all aspects of AUC! See below and links to the left, and watch the video to hear more about AUC from the student perspective.

The AUC programme

Amsterdam University College (AUC) offers a liberal arts and sciences programme, leading to a joint Bachelor (Honours) degree from the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A liberal education teaches you to read intelligently, think critically and write effectively. AUC students acquire not only depth of knowledge, but also important and transferable academic and research skills. You can major in the sciences, social sciences or humanities. All AUC students undertake community service or an internship, and AUC offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities.

At AUC you will be trained to analyse complex issues from different perspectives and academic fields of knowledge. Discussions start from the ‘big questions' in science and society and lead to in-depth study in a wide range of disciplines. Six interdisciplinary themes provide an orientation to your studies and choice of course options:

• Energy, Climate and Sustainability

• Life, Evolution, Universe

• Health and Well-being

• Information, Communication, Cognition

• Social Systems

• Cities and Cultures

You will engage on a daily basis in intensive and small-scale seminars with high calibre international staff.  An AUC tutor (academic adviser) supports you in the process of planning your study programme, to help you ensure it is solid and coherent and will meet your academic and/or career goals. Substantial emphasis is placed on scientific reasoning within an interdisciplinary approach.

Admission to AUC

As a residential and selective honours college, AUC attracts students from all over the world. Applicants are assessed on the basis of their academic performance, interests and motivation.  The selectivity rate is around 20%. The AUC Scholarship Fund promotes diversity in the student body with generous support from the international business community.

The AUC campus

Your time at AUC will become a true intercultural and social learning experience. AUC students live and study together on our modern international campus, located in the Amsterdam Science Park. Science Park's concentration of education, research exploration and enterprise is the perfect academic environment for AUC, as well as being the location of the University of Amsterdam's sports centre and other sport and social facilities.

The AUC student community

As a member of the AUC student community, you will belong to a vibrant international group of young people interested in studying real-world problems that cross the boundaries of academic disciplines. Through working in a diverse environment of different languages and cultures, you will develop your creativity and critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. You need to be driven by a strong motivation to learn and contribute to the diversity of the AUC student community. 

After AUC

AUC graduates are well prepared to continue their studies at Master or PhD level at major research universities in the Netherlands and abroad, or to pursue a career in international corporate or public organisations. They join the community of AUC alumni who have already been accepted on to Master/PhD programmes at not only the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam but also prestigious institutions in the USA and across Europe.

Talk to an AUC student!

Would you like to talk directly to an AUC student to find out more about the student experience at AUC? See the information below on how to contact one of our students to ask them all you would like to know about the academic programme, student life at AUC, living on the AUC campus, and other questions you may have about studying at AUC.

Incoming exchange students

If you are an incoming exchange student, please follow the link below for information especially relevant to you.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

3 May 2019