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Religious Studies


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Religion matters in society: 85% of the world's population identify themselves as religious. And religion is an important factor in many national and international political and social themes. Sometimes this is in obvious ways, for instance when we read news about religious radicalization, but other times it is much less obvious, such as in cases of sexual health or climate change. Worldwide, there are many conflicts, sensitivities and political discussions in which religion plays a role, which makes experts on religion needed today.

In this study you will be introduced to the phenomenon of religion, and you will deepen your knowledge of various aspects of the major religions in the world. You will study this from different academic perspectives: history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy. Therefore, you will become a broadly trained social scientist.

In class, you will not debate to what extent religion is 'true', but how religion affects people's lives and what people do with it. You will study people's behavior and thinking, and examine the prominent role religion plays in their lives.

Challenge yourself and study the religion factor in culture and society.

How do religions come into existence? How do they affect people and societies? What role does religion play in conflicts and peacebuilding? And what does religion have to do with climate change?




Bachelor of Arts


3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 13,100

€ 11,500


Application requirements

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university.

IELTS: 6.0 (6.0 on each part); TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 18 speaking, 21 writing) (not for native speakers or students with a European Baccalaureate L1/L2)

Language requirements

IELTS overall band
TOEFL internet based

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 13,100
€ 11,500
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 May '24
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 May '25
1 Sep '26 1 May '26 1 May '26


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