Liberal Arts Only

Liberal Arts is a variation of the 'Liberal Arts and Sciences' degrees taught in the USA where students study a wide range of subjects initially and then declare a major subject part way through. The difference is that you are not studying any Sciences.
In the UK there are several universities offering a ‘Liberal Arts’ degree. Each university has chosen a different structure but all the courses enable students to combine a number of different subjects and study a wider breadth whilst still having a ‘major’ field of study.

Some Dutch University Colleges have a curriculum that enables you to study Liberal Arts only. Almost all Canadian Universities offer a Bachelor or Arts, which gives you similar freedom in class choice.
Typically ‘Liberal Arts’ colleges and courses have smaller class sizes and more contact time with academics. In the UK and Europe this has made them competitive and prestigious programmes to gain a place on.

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Liberal Arts Only

Campus
Institution Name
Country
Campus Style
Institution Size
Selectivity
Education Model
Amsterdam University College (AUC)
The Netherlands
Dedicated academic building and student residences. Connected to UvA and VU campuses.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Bard College Berlin
Germany
City Campus
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Bishop's University
Canada
Suburban/rural campus (town of approximately 7,000 people)
Small Institution <5000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Sciences Education Model
University of Bristol
UK
Bristol's academic facilities are located in a defined campus area, separate to the accommodation.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Single and joint honours degrees, offering a mixture of large lectures and small class teaching, with extensive practical components in relevant degrees (e.g. engineering)
Central European University (CEU)
Austria
City Campus - The campus is easily accessible from across the city, with tram stops and metro stations nearby.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted) All finalists are required to complete an academic interview with faculty.
Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Liberal Arts
University of Dundee
UK - Scotland
Island Campus in a City
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
The full spectrum as we have a broad range of courses across 10 academic schools.
University of Essex
UK
Suburban Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Less Selective (>75% admitted)
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
University of Exeter
UK
Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses – Suburban Campus Penryn Campus – Rural Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
We have single subject and combined subjects for most of our programmes, but we do also off more interdisciplinary options such as Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Flexible Combined Honours.
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Common Degree/ Major Names

BA
Global Liberal Arts
BA
Combined Honours
BA
Liberal Arts
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