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.

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.

Winter School

This two-week online course offers students at every level and professionals an introductory overview of the study of esotericism as a discipline both historically and in the present.

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

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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

Winter school January 2024: Deadline: 10 december! - Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) Esotericism
Winter School: Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) esotericismDeadline for application: 10 December! The goal..
Stockholm University: Stockholm Gastronomy Conference 23– 25 November 2023
This 3rd European conference on Gastronomy will cover social, economic, psychological, medical, cultural and political..
Lecture: “The Miracle of Miracles”: Swedenborg on Miraculous Powers, Hidden Sainthood, and Miraculous Transformation - 30 November 2023
The HHP Student Association is announcing the HHP Student Association’s first lecture of the year,..
Mini conference 10 November 2023: Imprints of a Mind: Recognizing Swedenborg’s Influence in Cultural History
This conference aims to further expand and delineate the important cultural significance of Swedish thinker..
Conference: Occultural Transfers between North and South - Venice, 1-2 November 2023
Image: Fantasy, 1895 Fantasy, ©Artwork Magnus Enckell This conference is organised by Centre for Comparative..
EASR conference Vilnius: 4-8 September 2023: Religions and Technologies
The European Association for the Study of Religions EASR holds the conference “Religions and Technologies”..


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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.