Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

Hermetic Amsterdam

A full academic programme in the heart of Amsterdam, cutting edge research in esotericism, from antiquity to the present.

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In diversity we unite​

The HHP Centre firmly opposes any ideology based on violence, oppression and discrimination against individuals or communities, whether on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other perceived difference that can be used as a pretext for marginalisation or persecution. The Centre believes in the values of diversity and inclusion, and condemns the aforementioned ideologies in the strongest possible terms. This statement is also in accordance with the Diversity Policy Document of the University of Amsterdam.



The Hermetica Minor – World’s first BA programme in Western esotericism. Discover our Bachelor programme.


A unique possibility to dive deeper into the history of Western esotericism under the supervision of specialists.

Summer School

In this three-week summer course, you will study in-person with some of the most respected academics in the fields of esotericism, alchemy, gnosticism, art and occultism, conspiracy theories, the New Age, and psychedelic culture

About the HHP Centre

The HHP Centre

 The world’s leading institute in the field of Western esotericism

Our staff

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Online resources

Keep track of important resources,  gain easy access to the network

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

The world-famous Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH), also known as The Ritman Library, is situated in the Embassy of the Free Mind (EFM) and is an indispensable resource for students of Western Esotericism.

News & Events

Coptic Summer School summer 2024 - online and in presence
Online Sessions, May-June 2024; In presence in Italy (Rome), July 22–26, 2024 The Coptic Language..
Junior and Senior Fellowships CAS-E 2024-2025: call for applications
The preferred starting date is October 1, 2024. The DFG-funded Centre for Advanced Studies (Kollegforschungsgruppe)..
Summer School "Arcane Worlds, New Frontiers in the Study of Esotericism" on site course 7-25 July 2024
Application deadline 15 March 2024 This programme is offered in cooperation with the Centre for..
The Psychedelic Universe: Global Perspectives on Higher Consciousness - Summer School 16-28 June 2024
Application deadline 15 March 2024 Today’s ‘Psychedelic Renaissance’ is haunted by the spectre of religion...
Winter school January 2024: Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) Esotericism
Winter School: Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) esotericismDeadline for application: closed. The goal of..
Stockholm University: Stockholm Gastronomy Conference 23– 25 November 2023
This 3rd European conference on Gastronomy will cover social, economic, psychological, medical, cultural and political..


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Student experiences

The students I met only increased HHP’s openness and diversity, as they came from all over the map-geographically, ideologically, and intellectually.

It taught me to think like a historian, to do historic research, to formalize my findings into papers, and to present those findings to an academic audience.

My experience at HHP is one of the most important stages in my academic education.

The interaction with your peers is co-operative rather than competitive, which enables a nurturing learning environment where even socializing feels like education.

I experienced a scholarly milieu that saw me not only as a student, but also as a young scholar, enticing me to participate in conferences and submit articles for journals and anthologies.

It wasn’t just the material that drew me so deeply into the Hermetica program and, ultimately, the field: it was the people, the environment, the feel of HHP.

To be treated as a scholar-in-the-making, as well as being able to discuss my academic passion with likeminded students, is something I truly value with the MA programme in Amsterdam.