B.A. On Campus

International Studies

Leiden University

36 months
12100 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Are you fascinated by how globalisation affects world regions? Do you want to really understand other cultures from a wide range of perspectives, and apply this knowledge in your future career? Then this International Studies BA programme at Leiden University is for you!


Why study International Studies?

  • The International Studies BA programme at Leiden University is a 3-year English-taught programme that offers you the opportunity to study the issues and effects of globalisation by focusing on one of eight world regions.
  • You develop expertise ranging from proficiency in one of your chosen region’s languages to an in-depth understanding of its culture, history, politics and economy.
  • Unique to any Humanities programme, this BA integrates real hands-on experience of working with organisations and businesses into its curriculum.

Why International Studies at Leiden University?

Do you want to gain deep, broad knowledge about a particular world region, in a globalised context?  International Studies is for you!

  • Study in The Hague, the centre of international politics and policy-making in the Netherlands.
  • Choose to specialise in one of eight world regions.
  • Learn a language from your chosen region.
  • Develop a global mindset in an international classroom.
  • Benefit from the strong career focus that is integrated into this programme, including the culminating PRINS consultancy course.
  • Study at a top-ranking university: in 2017 the Guardian QS World University Rankings placed Leiden #26 in the world, #7 in Europe and #1 in the Netherlands in political and  International Studies.

After graduation

Graduates of International Studies are attractive candidates for international employers in a wide variety of fields – think NGOs, multinationals, humanitarian or governmental agencies. Your deep region-specific knowledge and language, academic and practical skills prepare you for a Master, as well as employment.

Programme Structure

Course structure:

  • In the first year of International Studies, all students engage in the same core courses on economics, history, culture and politics.
  • The first semester of the second year gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of a chosen area. In the second semester you learn about international relations and global political economy, and you have the opportunity to practice your research skills in a second Thematic seminar.
  • The first semester of the third year offers you the so-called elective space in which you can freely choose between an international exchange, an internship, or a university minor. The second semester is where you show off your practical and academic skills.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • an equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma. Our admissions Office has drawn up a list of common non-Dutch diplomas that generally meet the minimum academic requirements. Additionally a good level of English proficiency is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12100 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12100 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Den Haag

780 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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