Our Honours programme offers academic deepening, interdisciplinary broadening and connection with society

Are you an ambitious first-year student looking to complement your Bachelor's programme with an extra challenge? The Humanities Honours Programme offers you an opportunity to broaden your academic knowledge or dig deeper into your own field of study or the societal impact of Humanities.

The Humanities Honours Programme is Dutch-spoken, but offers an English track.


If you meet the criteria and would like to participate, please register via humanitieshonours@uu.nl and send the requested documents (CV, motivation letter of max 750 words, representative piece of work and an Osiris transcript of your list of grades).

The deadline for application is 1 May 2020. Make sure you are available in May for an interview with the selection committee.

News letter

Once a month, we send out a newsletter (in Dutch). You can subscribe via humanitieshonours@uu.nl. Our honours students also post items on their blog.

There will be an English-speaking seminar within each course. However, we expect you to have a minimum of proficiency in Dutch to be able to attend presentations of fellow-students and particiape in the plenary sessions.

Criteria for participation in the Honours Programme

  • good academic qualifications (this is evident from your study results and your study commitment)
  • a broad academic interest (this is evident from the books and/or newspapers you read, the films you visit, reports you write, etc.)
  • initiative and creativity in deepening and broadening academic insight and skills
  • willingness to look beyond the boundaries of your field of study

We also expect you to cooperate in the development of (the community of) Humanities Honours Programme and the organisation of joint activities

Sugn-up before 1 May 2020

Are you interested in honours education and do you meet the criteria? Send an email to humanitieshonours@uu.nl with the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter of max 750 words
  • Representative piece of work (e.g. a paper you wrote as part of a first year course)
  • Osiris printout of your transcript

Make sure you send in your application by 1 May 2020. The interviews with the selection committee will be in May.

The Humanities Honours Programme starts in the 2nd academic year and consists of a total of 45 credits (EC). These credits are partly on top of your regular programme. As an Honours student you graduate with (at least) 195 EC instead of 180 EC. The Humanities Honours Programme is multilingual. For students who do not have a sufficient command of Dutch, an English-language route is possible. Would you like more information about this? Please contact humanitieshonours@uu.nl.

Year 2:

Jaar 3:

You will be automatically enrolled in the honour courses. To register for the portfolio and the thesis, please contact humanitieshonours@uu.nl.

Study results at the end of year 2

At the end of the second year we will evaluate your progress, based on your study results in the honours programme as well as your regular programme. You can terminate your participation in the Humanities Honours Programme at any time. If you wish to do so, contact your honours coordinator and unsubscribe in time at humanitieshonours@uu.nl.

There are also other forms of extra challenge for Bachelor's students, as well as other Honours programmes, such as the Descartes College and the Da Vinci Project


If you want to know more about the Humanities Honours Programme, or if you have any questions, you can always contact us:

Honours coordinators

Studiy Association Eureka

Would you like to participate in a lecture, an honours seminar or plenary session, think along in an honours project? Then sign up with the study association, SV Eureka: eureka.sv@gmail.com

Humanities Honours Programme