Are you broadly interested and have you always wanted to know more about both the past and the present? Then the History programme might be a good match for you!


Our students will answer all your questions!

History is not only about the past, but also about the present. After all, without knowledge of the past, you cannot understand the present. By collecting sources and analysing and interpreting them, you acquire knowledge. We also teach you to look at the past from different perspectives.

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.  

History is not about memorising years. You learn to understand why the world works the way it does. You learn about political ideologies, human rights, European integration and more...

Eric-Jan Pouw is student
Eric-Jan Pouw is a student

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. 

You have to study History in Utrecht, because

  • you can then broaden your horizons. Put your knowledge into practice during an internship or literally go a step further by studying abroad. We offer you the opportunity to do so in our study programme.¬†

  • in Utrecht, political history and international relations are part of the History programme. Are you still hesitating between Political Sciences, International Relations and History? Then come this way!

  • you can become a member of¬† study association¬†'De Utrechtse Historische Studenten Kring'.¬†They organise activities such as lectures, excursions, sports tournaments, theatre, parties, galas, study trips and political caf√©s.¬†

  • studying at Utrecht University means studying at one of the world's best universities. The¬†Shanghai Ranking¬†ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56nd in the world!

  • you can follow¬†honours programmes. This is extra challenging education, especially for motivated and talented students.

This is what our students say

Our own students know better than anyone why the study programme History is a good choice. Below you can read why they chose this programme and what makes it so unique.

Key facts

BA (Bachelor of Arts)
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Study duration: 
3 years
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2023-2024, full-time): ‚ā¨ 2,314

Institutional fee 2023-2024: ‚ā¨ 10.365 (EU/EEA), ‚ā¨ 11,523 (non-EU/EEA)

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