Explore the world with a Bachelor's programme at Leiden University

Explore the world with a Bachelor's programme at Leiden University


Do you want to create a firm foundation for an international career in business or culture? Would you like to learn a language that will give you access to new cultural fields?

The Humanities Faculty at Leiden University offers Bachelor's degrees that can open up a world of international possibilities.

Humanities at Leiden University

Leiden University is well-known for its English-language Bachelor's programmes for international (and local) students wishing to gain a strong understanding of the culture and history of world regions.

Each programme features:
Courses taught in English
Language learning
The option to study abroad for a semester
Three year duration (shorter options also available)
A Bachelor of Arts degree at the successful completion of your studies

The three highlight programmes are Dutch Studies, International Studies and South & Southeast Asian Studies.

Dutch Studies

Leiden University is the only place in the Netherlands where international students can follow a full academic Dutch Studies programme.

As a student of Dutch Studies, you will:
Learn the Dutch language
Study the visual arts of the Lowlands
Examine Dutch literature, linguistics and (art) history
Acquire all the skills necessary to obtain a full understanding of Dutch culture and society

International Studies

In International Studies you will study the history, culture, politics and economy of a world region, and you will learn one of the region’s languages.

As a student of International Studies you will:
 Join an international classroom with over 45 nationalities present
Recieve a broad six month introduction
Choose an world region for specialisation
Study a corresponding language
 Explore the history, politics, economy and culture of your chosen region
Participate in an international exchange
 Complete an internship in the Netherlands or abroad

South & Southeast Asian Studies

South & Southeast Asian Studies offers you a wide range of options for studying this world region in all its diversity.

As a student of South & Southeast Asian Studies you will:
Gain a basic understanding of the history, cultures and modern societies of South and Southeast Asia
Study Hindi, Sanskrit, Tibetan or Indonesian
Follow a "modern" or "classical" specialisation
Spend a semester abroad in India, Indonesia or other destination
Write a thesis on a topic of your choice

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The Leiden University experience

Founded in 1575, Leiden University is one of the Netherlands’ oldest and leading universities. For 440 years it has been educating students from home and abroad to become critical and internationally-minded thinkers.

With a broad range of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in English, Leiden University creates a truly international experience with 110 nationalities represented in a vibrant student city.

If you are interested in studying in English at a world-renowned, research-intensive, highly-ranked university, then Leiden University is a great option!

October Open Day

Thinking of studying at Leiden University? On Saturday, October 17, the University is holding an Open Day for prospective students.

At the Open Day you can learn more about the Humanities Faculty and its programmes. Additionally you can find out about student life and the city of Leiden via the Information Market and city boat tours!

Don't forget to register in advance!

Chat with Leiden University!

Want to know more about one of the Humanities programmes? You can contact faculty members or student associations via Skype or Facebook. They will be happy to answer your questions!

Dutch Studies

 Follow the Dutch Studies Facebook page.

International Studies

Email [email protected] to make a Skype appointment (Skype: ba-internationalstudies).

South & Southeast Asian Studies

Email [email protected] to make a Skype appointment (Skype name: siitaa.leiden).

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