CHIP augments the theoretical understanding of museums and heritage, exhibitions and collections in the preparatory coursework through the practical experience gained by a placement in a heritage institution. CHIP enriches individual study programmes across the Liberal Arts and Sciences spectrum. This extra dimension includes working with highly qualified museum/heritage professionals, often academics, and gaining insight into the work of heritage organizations. Practical insight can also provide material for further scholarly elaboration in the research thesis.

CHIP has its own website with an overview of student stories, lectures and news on the programme. 

The general aim of the UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is to offer students a hands-on experience of working in the cultural heritage sector, worldwide, as part of their undergraduate liberal arts and sciences curriculum.More specifically, the 7.5 EC placement is closely connected to the bachelor thesis (15 EC), which it may precede or follow. This intensive personal and inter-disciplinary academic learning experience enables the student:

  • To understand approaches to the cultural heritage sector;
  • To evaluate specific dynamics of cultural heritage in situ, in a range of institutions;
  • To contribute to the professional aims of a museum or heritage institution by undertaking a placement with such an institution;
  • To understand how the institution and programme to which they contribute fits into broader global developments in the heritage sector;
  • To gain academically-based, professional experience crucial for proceeding to Master's programmes in the fields of Art History, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage, and to create a professional network.

The UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is based in the Art History and Museum Studies track, but is unique in that it may be combined with other tracks. The programme consists of two courses from the Art History and Museum Studies track: HUMHAR22 Museum Studies and UCHUMHAR32 Heritage. These courses – and thereby CHIP - are also open to students interested in museums and heritage from across the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. You can enter UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies with any successfully completed 100-level HUM/ SSC/ SCI course. After completing Museum Studies, you can proceed to UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections. Successful completion of those two courses, combined with many different tracks – in HUM, SSC, and SCI – qualifies you to undertake a supervised 7.5 EC academic internship as part of the CHIP.

UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies deals with the birth of the public museum as one of the key institutions where art works are organised and displayed according to well-defined criteria – such as school, genre, and oeuvre. The first museum age, as the nineteenth century has been called, saw the opening of many of these institutions which were designed to house and display widely ranging collections – historical, archaeological, ethnographic, and scientific – in addition to art. Museum Studies draws upon the approaches, theories and debates of a range of scholars – art historians, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists – to examine the museum as one of the key institutions of modernity. The main focus is on the historical development and broader significance of ways of displaying collections, including a number of Dutch cases.

The UCU Cultural Heritage Internships Programme is open to junior and senior students from all departments who have completed UCHUMHAR22 and UCHUMHAR32, and the UCU breadth requirement. The best time to apply is when taking UCHUMHAR32 Heritage. Selection of students for the program is based on the following criteria: 

  • Genuine interest in cultural heritage issues
  • Academic performance
  • Interdisciplinary interest
  • Cultural interest and cross-cultural awareness
  • Maturity, responsibility  

Participation in the UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is individually tailored to the student’s curriculum and interests: Art History, History, Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography, and (History of) Science, combined in various ways with Museum and Heritage Studies. To be eligible for the CHIP, you need to ensure that you schedule the preparatory courses in your curriculum, starting in your first year (see below for the scheduling of the courses concerned). To apply for the programme, please contact Mary Bouquet, Tijana Zakula or Gert-Jan Vroege.

You will need to complete the internship and research thesis forms to apply: forms.

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1st year UCHUMHAR11 Intro - Fall or Spring

2nd year UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies – Fall  (pre-req. - any 100-level HUM, SSC, SCI course)

2nd year UCHUMHAR21 Dutch 17thc Painting – Spring

2nd year option (i) UCHUMHAR32 Heritage – Spring [if the student wants to do an internship abroad as part of the research thesis (CHIP), then the summer after the 2nd year is the best time to do this]

3rd year UCHUMHAR31 Modern Art – Fall

3rd year option (ii) the well-organized student can do an internship in NL during the Fall semester, alongside their courses;

3rd year option (ii) UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections – Spring; if the student wants to do an internship, this is still possible in the summer after the research thesis is completed.