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Mediterranean Studies

The minor presents students with a variety of perspectives on the Mediterranean space, ranging from historical and literary accounts, to economic and geopolitical agendas, in order to gain a thorough understanding of this region.

Today, the Mediterranean region is in many ways the most pressing space of engagement for the EU, seen as the source of some of the most difficult challenges for the Union: from the management of mass migration flows, to uneven (and growingly so) economies. 

This cross-disciplinary minor will locate the contemporary challenges in the Mediterranean within a longer history of the region and its relations with Europe. These longer histories, and a broader political, economic and cultural understanding of the Mediterranean as an inter-connected whole, are fundamental to adequately grasping today’s challenges.

Study Schedule

Semester 1

  • The Mediterranean and Europe: Contacts, Conflicts, Confluences (6 EC)
  • Memory and Conflict: Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (6 EC)
  • Venice, Byzantium and the Greek World (6 EC)

Semester 2

  • Islamicate Art accross the Mediterranean World (6 EC)
  • Beyond the borders of Europe: Diaspora and Migration (6 EC) 

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Master's programme

The minor in Mediterranean Studies is open to all students, and would combine particularly well with a Bachelor's in European Studies, French, Italian, Spanish or Middle Eastern Studies, History, Political Science or Anthropology. This minor may therefore also serve as a good preparation to gain admission to a Master's programme in these fields of study, in particular European Studies: Identity and Integration and Midden-Oostenstudies (Dutch taught). 

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year.

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes.


You can enrol in this minor after 9 April 2020.

A minor in Humanities

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. You can find more information about the application procedure on the following website:

Feiten & cijfers
Studielast 30 EC,
Voertaal Engels
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