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International Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #70 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
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 International Studies at Leiden University is for you!
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Overview

Why study International Studies?

  • The Bachelor’s in International Studies 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • During this programme you gain deep knowledge of one of eight world regions by studying its politics, economy, history and culture, and a local language. 
  • You will acquire the professional skills that make any of your broad career choices easier to reach, whether you want to go on to do a Master's or to work in an international business, embassy, ministry, or as an entrepreneur.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    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:

    6.5

    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.

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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. Specific requirements can be found under  

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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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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