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.

Summer school: Arcane Worlds, New Frontiers in the Study of Esotericism 2 – 20 July 2023

Study & research at the HHP centre

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

This three-week course between 2 July-20 July 2023 offers students at every level and professionals a broad survey of  Western esotericism. 

About the HHP Centre

The HHP Centre

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

Our staff

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Who is who at HHP.

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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

Residential scholarship at the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice - application deadline 30-06-2023
The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice offers 8 residential scholarships to PhD students and post doc..
ESSWE9 in Malmö: Western Esotericism and Practice - June 26–28, 2023
The ESSWE 9 conference at Malmö University, Sweden is coming up soon. This KEYNOTE SPEAKERS..
Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondriaan: Forms of Life
In 2023-2024, first Tate Modern in London from 25 April to 23 September, and after..
Hilma af Klint - The Spirit in Art - 3 June 2023 - London
Exploring Hilma af Klint’s Spiritual Quest through ArtA Symposium with WorkshopsIncluding a Performance by the..
Conference 12-13 May 2023 in Paris: Sciences et Ésotérisme
On 12 and 13 May 2023 the conference Sciences et Ésotérisme will take place at..
Summer School "Arcane Worlds, New Frontiers in the Study of Esotericism" on site course 2 - 20 July 2023
In July 2023 the HHP Centre takes part in the Summer School programme at the..


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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.