AMERICAN STUDIES

The United States of America never seize to amaze... The interuniversity advanced master’s programme in American Studies offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the intriguing field of American Studies. It covers the country from coast to coast, substantively encompassing aspects of American law, economics, history, politics and various cultural (forms of) production(s).

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This master programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to the field of American Studies by which you will gain insight into various aspects of America. The course in American Studies is designed to get an intellectual grip on the richness of American society.

Courses are offered in English by a group of mainly Belgian and American specialists from different universities and organisations.

The United States of America is an amazing country, which means, quite obviously, that it is sometimes difficult to gauge. The M.A. in American Studies is designed to get an intellectual grip on the richness of American society.

Courses covering American current events from the political, social, economic and cultural realms

With a total of 8 courses, ranging from law and economics across history and politics to various expressions of culture, together with a final thesis, this full-time program will allow students both to develop an overview and to zoom in on specific topics.

  • The Contemporary American Economy
  • American Law and the American Legal System
  • American Political Institutions
  • American History: Colonization to the Cold War
  • The American Way of Religion
  • New York City in Fiction, 1975-2000
  • Representations of JFK
  • Film Noir: A Hollywood Genre in Its Social Context

The emphasis will be on knowledge that enables you to maximize your chances when applying for a U.S.-related job in the cultural sector (e.g. journalism, higher education), or business at large.

AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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Admission requirements

Different programmes have different admission requirements. To know whether you meet the requirements to enroll directly, or via a preparatory programme, please read the text below. 

The degree is open to everyone (including non-Belgians) who has earned a four-year degree (in Belgium Master or licentiaat/licence) or its equivalent, provided he or she passes an initial English test (TOEFL or IELTS) and/or an oral and written proficiency test that is organized in-house. The following are exempted from this obligation:

Belgian students who hold a degree in Languages and Literatures including English;

Belgian students who hold a degree in translation or interpreting including English;

Native speakers of English. Further exemptions as well as rejections on the basis of inadequate linguistic capabilities are at the discretion of the program director.

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

• Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their application before June 1st

• Students who do not require a visa must apply before June 1st

• Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our programmes is €890/year. Some master programmes have higher tuition fee for students with a non EU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found on: www.vub.ac.be/en/tuition-fees

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