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International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies
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As a student of the International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies, you will do a compulsory internship. This  internship offers you the opportunity to use your theoretical knowledge of arts and culture in a practical context. Furthermore, you can build a professional network. Students of the Arts and Culture Studies department already did internships at:

Students' experiences

I learned that I do not need to pin myself down on a certain career yet.
Portrait of Julia Lefeber
Museums and galleries have to find a new way to approach their audiences
Portrait of Kyungwon Kang

Studying abroad

Have you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Or do you want to find out what it's like to study arts and culture in a different country? Then take the opportunity to study abroad during your Bachelor's! The Erasmus University Rotterdam collaborates with more than 65 universities in and outside of Europe. The course that you follow during your exchange usually count for your studies at the EUR and you do not have to pay an extra tuition fee.

A second bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline

You can complement IBACS with a second Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline after your first year. You will obtain both bachelor degrees in four years. Guided by dedicated lecturers, you will delve into various philosophical topics, ranging from the philosophy of the Enlightenment to post-modern continental philosophy and from ethics to philosophy of science. You will learn to express arguments clearly and to think critically and creatively.

Honours programme

For ambitious and talented student, we offer you more academic challenges, more opportunities to delve deeper into particular topics, and the chance to work in small groups with an arts organization on an actual case. Our Arts and Culture Honours Programme (15 EC) allows a limited number of IBACS and students to take up these challenges.

The honours programme aims at deepening and broadening the subject material of the regular curriculum. This takes place by an in-depth reading of a number of academic texts, discussing these works with the lecturer and fellow students, and producing a paper or other type of report or presentation at the end of each theme.  Each lecturer involved is responsible for three seminars dealing with a current topic in her or his area of expertise. Finally, students will do a project embedded within a (Rotterdam) arts organisation and present their findings at a final symposium.

Students investing fully in the honours programme will be able to:

  • understand and compare complex academic texts on contemporary topics in arts and culture studies;
  • gain insight in the complex relation between theory and empirical research;
  • apply their new knowledge and skills, both within an academic context (through assignments) and within a societal context (through the honours research project).

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