History webinar
Webinar Day

On 17 February 2018, we hosted a live webinar on the History Bachelor's programme. Did you miss it? Don't worry, you can watch the recording on the History Webinar Page.


Why should we be concerned with the past? After all, aren't we living in the here and now? In the History programme you will learn that historical studies are not just about the past, but are also about the present: you will use your historical knowledge to understand contemporary events.

You will study history based on all kinds of sources: from original letters to coins and inscriptions and from diplomatic treaties to propaganda images. You will collect and evaluate evidence, which you will then analyse and interpret. These are highly transferable skills.

At Utrecht we also think that it’s important to put everything into perspective. This means that several - sometimes contradictory - views of the past play a central role.

Two tracks

In the first year you will become acquainted with history from antiquity to modern times. From the second year on, you obtain more in-depth knowledge of historical backgrounds and events through our History track. For students who are especially interested in International Relations, we offer an International Relations in Historical Perspective track.  

The thing for you?

From day one, you follow the programme in English: all the compulsory courses and lectures are taught in English and you will also present your ideas and write your assignments and exams in English. Besides that, you have a broad range of interests and are also ready to dig deep. A history student is extremely curious, but you’re not just looking for answers. You want to ask questions and become involved in the social debate. Does this appeal to you? In that case, our BA History programme may be just the thing for you.

Sample lecture

Have a look at a sample lecture given by Maarten Prak, Professor of Economic and Social History from the History Bachelor's programme at Utrecht University. 

  • "The social and academic life here in Utrecht is truly benefiting in many ways."
  • BA History student Caroline Kreysel
    "Although the programme is quite time-intensive, I still manage to keep a healthy balance between studying and other activities."


Mode of study:
Language of instruction:
3 years
Tuition fee:
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2022-2023, full-time): € 2,209
  • Institutional fee 2022-2023: € 9,895 (EU/EEA), € 11,000 (non-EU/EEA)
Offered by:
Degree: This Bachelor's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
BA (Bachelor of Arts)
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