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Get acquainted with a new world

Understand contemporary events and phenomena

Are you fascinated by antiquity and the cultural history of the Mediterranean region? Keen to go on a study trip and stand face to face with the ancient world?

However much our world now revolves around smartphones, apps and likes, the influence of the ancient world endures to this day. As a student of Ancient Studies, you use historical knowledge to understand contemporary events and phenomena. You explore the visual arts, literature, architecture, for example the pyramids, the Parthenon, the epics of Gilgamesh, Homer and Virgil, and much more. You learn about different cultures and the surprisingly close ties between them. You approach these topics from different disciplinary perspectives, from archaeology and history to language and literature studies. Interested in what students do during a course? Check out this video essay.

You can tailor your degree to your own interests by choosing one of five specialisations: Archaeology, Ancient History, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ancient Greek or Latin. The programme has a small-scale setup and you enjoy close personal contact with your lecturers. You follow a number of courses together with students from the other ACASA programmes. You will also go on an excursion with them, for example to Sicily.

The Ancient Studies programme is offered in collaboration between the two Amsterdam universities, VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). These institutions have clustered their knowledge and expertise in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). All lectures are delivered on the UvA campus in the city centre, next to the Allard Pierson Museum. This combination makes for an inspiring and stimulating environment.

Would you prefer to follow this programme in Dutch? Take a look at Oudheidwetenschappen.

The start date of this programme is September 1st.

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Analyse the similarities and differences between European settlements by studying their remains. Gain deeper insight into ancient societies by investigating how they treated their dead.

Ancient History

How were international and political relations organised thousands of years ago? What do we know about the multicultural climate in antiquity? Studying Ancient History gives you a solid grip on the past.


Translate and interpret Latin texts from ancient historians such as Tacitus and Livius. Investigate in depth an important theme from post-Classical Latin literature.


Learn to read post-Classical Greek and identify the key characteristics of ancient historiography. Immerse yourself in texts about the Trojan War and by ancient historians such as Herodotus.

Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Learn to read cuneiform script and understand Akkadian, the precursor of Latin as the language of science. Deepen your knowledge about Mesopotamia, the birthplace of ancient civilisation.

Change your future with the Ancient Studies programme

Change your future with the Ancient Studies programme

After the Bachelor’s you can specialise further by following a Master’s programme. As a graduate of Ancient Studies you could work as an information manager or a policy officer in government or the business sector, or as a school teacher.

Explore your future prospects
View of the Pantheon in Rome from an alley