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.
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
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
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!
› Follow the Dutch Studies Facebook page.
› 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).