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Discover the role of religion in people’s lives

Are you interested in Christian theology or would you like to take theology training with the Restored Reformed Church, Baptists or Mennonite Church? Would you like to study Islamic theology? Or immerse yourself in Buddhism and spirituality? Then this broad, internationally oriented Bachelor Theology and Religious Studies is the programme for you!

What role does religion play in violent conflicts? Does faith help you become a better person? How does religion contribute to shaping identity—yours and other people’s? How does religion help us to think about climate change?

In the Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies programme at VU Amsterdam, you will investigate religious and social themes and gain a solid foundation in the principles of religions and theology. This enables you to contribute to important social debates. During the first year, you choose your specialisation.


  • Theology
    Prefer to focus on the theology of the Christian tradition? Then this profile is for you. You can choose to follow courses within the tradition of one of the Christian seminaries, such as the Baptist seminary, the Restored Reformed seminary, the Evangelical-Reformed, the Mennonite-Anabaptist seminary or the Evangelical-Reformed. 
  • Islam
    Want to delve into the Koran and Hadith? Select Islamic profile courses. 
  • Religious Studies
    Interested in academically studying religion in historical and contemporary contexts? Do you want to specialise in Buddhism or Hinduism? Select this profile.

You can take this bachelor's programme part-time.

Discover your Theology and Religious Studies programme

Are you curious about the origins of different religions? Do you want to understand what drives people of faith? Gain deeper insight into the legacies that migrants and refugees bring with them to their new countries? The international Bachelor Theology and Religious Studies (full-time and part-time) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides academic space for dialogical learning in an interfaith setting.

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