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Dutch Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #128 (QS) Leiden, Netherlands
For international bachelor’s students who want to develop true fluency in not just the Dutch language, but also the culture, history and mind set of the Netherlands, there is no better place than the Leiden University Bachelor in Dutch Studies!
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The historical, cultural and philosophical impact of the Netherlands and the Dutch language is internationally significant – but while virtually everyone can recognise a painting from Van Gogh, few can properly pronounce his name! Hence the unique Leiden bachelor in Dutch Studies: the only programme in the Netherlands for international students who wish to specialise in the Dutch language (and Dutch culture, history and society) at a high academic level.

The unique combination of Dutch Studies at the Leiden University and your own native language makes you the ideal person to build intercultural connections after your study.

Why Dutch Studies at Leiden University?

  • Study in the historic city of Leiden, the international centre of Dutch studies.
  • Flexible study options depending upon your own ambitions, and the level of Dutch you already have: from ground-zero to relatively advanced.
  • The only programme in the Netherlands that offers international students the chance to specialise in Dutch language and culture.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Your level of Dutch determines much of your first year. No previous Dutch? Then you will work hard at learning to speak, write and understand Dutch. You attend lectures on Dutch culture, and gain the research, writing and presentation skills needed for your final written paper.
  • In your second year you cross into true Dutch fluency, learning to recognise and understand the nuances of the language and culture. As you deepen your knowledge of Dutch history and literature and modern and historical linguistics, you will also learn how to conduct independent scientific research. 
  • During the third year you have a lot of freedom to tailor your studies to your personal interests and ambitions via electives. You may choose to follow courses from other Leiden programmes; in this way you structure a minor period that reflects your interests and future academic or career goals. You conclude by writing a bachelor’s thesis (in Dutch). 

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

  • A copy of a valid passport or European ID card
  • A Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • A CV (résumé)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts

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.


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