Honours Programme

Are you talented and motivated? The Faculty of Religion and Theology offers an Honours Programme. This programme gives talented students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the subject of their choice and, moreover, to become acquainted with other disciplines.

The Honours Programme is an additional block of academics on top of your own Bachelor’s programme that is designed to broaden and deepen your knowledge. The Honours Programme consists of 30 ECTS that you can earn in addition to the 180 ECTS for the standard Bachelor’s programme, without paying any additional tuition fees.

The Honours Programme consists of two components:

  1. Interdepartmental component 
    You will earn 18 ECTS by taking courses at VU Amsterdam, UvA or AUC. The interdepartmental courses are taught mainly in the evening by the finest lecturers from all three universities, as well as by guest lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad. The classes are small and you will be expected to give presentations, write papers and actively participate in discussions. 

    A detailed overview of the courses 

  2. Departmental component 
    You will earn 12 ECTS for this component. The departmental component of the programme will give you more in-depth perspective on your own field of studies. This component is under construction: we are discussing the possibilities for you to take extra courses. In any case, you can write a lengthier Bachelor’s thesis or conduct a research project. The faculty’s honours coordinator can inform you about the faculty programme: 

    Dr Katya Tolstaya 
    E: e.v.tolstoj@vu.nl

Who can apply?
The Honours Programme is designed for students who have passed all of their first-year Bachelor’s subjects by the end of that year, who have achieved a GPA of at least 7.5 and who have the motivation to take extra subjects in the second and third year of their programme.

If you wish to start with the Honours Programme during your first Bachelor's year, you must have passed all the exams of the 1st and 2nd period, with an average grade of at least 7.5. Then, you may take an Honours course during the 2nd semester of your first year (limited places available).

More information on application.

The Honours Programme also has its own study association, Extensus, and an Honours Student Council (HSC).

Maaike de Reuver, Theology

maaike_de_reuver"The VU Honours Programme offers me a challenging opportunity to intensify my studies. The interdepartmental part of the programme provides me to interact with motivated students from different faculties and different universities, which is very enriching. Especially the UvA course `The Learning Lab` taught me a lot about leadership, pioneering, life opportunities; and most of all about myself. For the departmental part of the programme I am working on a research project for a company located in Geneva. Therefore I have been to Geneva, and at the time of writing, I am joining an international congress in Chicago to do research for this project.Without any doubt: The VU Honours Programme is the best addition to my studies I could have ever had!"