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History: American Studies

Degree type
MA
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

The Master's programme American Studies explores the history of the United States to understand what is specifically American about this society and culture.

The American Studies programme at the University of Amsterdam is interdisciplinary in its approach, combining history and the social sciences. While the programme has always considered the United States from an international and comparative perspective, it has recently been expanded to include a new global perspective. Central themes in the programme are: American democracy, American-European diplomatic and military relations, the Americanisation of Europe and allegations concerning American cultural imperialism. As home to one of the largest American expat communities in the Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a fascinating range of real-life examples on the basis of which to examine the Americanisation of a major European cultural centre. Our lecturers are not only specialised in the field of American studies, but also come from an extremely broad range of academic backgrounds, thereby ensuring that the courses are highly interdisciplinary.

Admission requirements

Previous education

The Master's in American Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor's diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- History
You also have access to the programme with one of the following Bachelor's diplomas if, however, you have successfully followed a Minor in American Studies or 30 ECTS-credits worth of courses relating to American culture and history (to be decided by the Examinations Board on the basis of your application).
- English Language and Culture
- Media and Culture
- Communication Science
- Political Science
- Social Sciences
- European Studies

Previous education

The Master’s in American Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- History
You also have access to the programme with one of the following Bachelor’s diplomas if, however, you have successfully followed a Minor in American Studies or 30 ECTS credits worth of courses relating to American culture and history (to be decided by the Examinations Board on the basis of your application).
- English Language and Culture
- Media and Culture
- Communication Science
- Political Science
- Sociology
- European Studies
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Language requirements

CAE: A2, CPE: B1, IELTS overall band: 7, IELTS listening: 7, IELTS reading: 7, IELTS writing: 7, IELTS speaking: 7, TOEFL internet based: 100

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