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World Politics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #128 (QS) Leiden, Netherlands
In the World Politics major at Leiden University we examine interactions between states and between sates and non-state actors, including multinational corporations, nongovernmental organisations, civil societies, diasporas and armed groups.
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We start from the assumption that political inter-group conflict is a key driver of these interactions, which can escalate into armed conflicts, or could be managed, resolved and transformed into better cooperation.

The major World Politics at Leiden University examines interactions between states and non-state actors, including multinational corporations, nongovernmental organisations, civil society, diasporas and terrorist networks. Political conflict is a key driver of these interactions, which can escalate into wars and insurgencies or produce better understanding and cooperation. In short, our core concern is how to manage conflict and transform them.

Our aim is twofold: we will help you develop a deep understanding of the complexity of World Politics and to link theory and practice since many of the professors have worked as practitioners before joining LUC.

This major might be for you if you are interested in the following questions:

  • How is foreign policy made? 
  • Will the rise of China be peaceful?
  • Is the nation-state becoming irrelevant in a globalised world?
  • How can peace be realised in Syria?
  • Did the nuclear deal with Iran make the world a safer place?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Intro IR and Diplomacy  
  • Intro Globalisation and Transnational Politics
  • Intro Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Birth of the Modern World
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Nations and Nationalism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Copy of valid passport/European ID Card
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter Form
  • Copy of most recent transcripts
  • LUC Application Form
  • Application fee
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Recommendation Letter

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Additional tuition fee Leiden University College €2,385

Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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