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Mediterranean Studies

The minor presents students with a variety of perspectives on the Mediterranean space, ranging from historical, cultural 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.

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. 

Study Schedule

The minor starts with the core course 'The Mediterranean and Europe: Contacts, Conflicts, Confluences. This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the region. Courses in the study periods thereafter each focus on specific aspects of Mediterranean Studies. 

  • The Mediterranean and Europe: Contacts, Conflicts, Confluences
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  • Memory and Conflict: Greece, Turkey and Cyprus
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  • Venice, Byzantium and the Greek World
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  • Islamicate Art accross the Mediterranean World
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  • Beyond the borders of Europe: Diaspora and Migration
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UvA Course Catalogue: Minor Mediterranean Studies

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Master's programme

The minor in Mediterranean Studies would combine particularly well with a Bachelor's in European Studies, French, Italian, Spanish or Middle Eastern Studies, History, Art History, Political Science, PPLE, Media and Culture or Anthropology. 

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in these fields of study, in particular European Studies: Identity and Integration and Midden-Oostenstudies (Dutch taught). Always check the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

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. 

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, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


Do you have any questions on the content of this minor? Please contact the coordinator, Tatiana Markaki,


The enrolment for the academic year of 2022-2023 will start on 12 May 2022.

Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
Location University Quarter