We offer two degree programmes: bachelor's and master's, as well as a pre-master's programme. Several times over the past years, these have been ranked at the top of anthropology programmes in the Netherlands. Our teaching is distinguished by a personalised approach. Students learn to understand today's complex world and the people that inhabit it. Not from their own perspective, but from that of others.
We have a broad focus, with the whole world as our 'field'. This makes the programme varied and challenging. We do not want our teaching to be a one-way street, so we work to activise students to take initiatives with the curriculum. In this way, they can shape their own studies and personal development.
To enrich the curriculum, we make use of student diversity according to the VU Mixed Classroom Education Model. Everyone brings their own background to the classroom, enriching the discussion. In this way we do not only study diversity but also use it.
Finally, attention to ‘applying anthropology’ in practice enables students to make a difference while studying. Every master's student does three months of fieldwork, and some choose research projects commissioned by organisations.