Philosophy - Global and Comparative Perspectives

3 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)

An equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. For details, visit:

2083.00 € / Jahr
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Philosophy: Global and Comarative Perspectives

A unique programme: it offers comparative perspectives from around the world to enable you to be part of the next generation of thinkers: studying and shaping philosophy for a globalised 21st century.

Philosophy challenges you to question prejudices and to be open to different perspectives. This philosophy bachelor programme is unique in that it offers a cross-cultural dimension of comparative philosophy in which the world's thought traditions mutually inform and enrich one another. Studying the philosophies of India, East Asia, and the Arab world alongside those of the West will give you a global context for thought and make you the kind of professional that today's global world is simply crying out for.

Why study Philosopy: Global and Comparative Perspectives?

  • Unique in the Netherlands. Also one of only a few programmes in the world to feature thought patterns from India, East Asia, Europe and the Arab world, while all the while focusing on opportunities for interaction and comparison. 
  • Taught in an internationally acclaimed academic environment. 
  • Favours small tutorial groups that stimulate in-depth discussion and excellent skills training and mentoring by senior students and dedicated lecturers. 

Studying Global and Comparative Perpectives

Why study Philosopy: Global and Comparative Perspectives in Leiden? 

  • Leiden is the only Dutch university, and one of only a few in the world, to offer a philosophy programme that combines Western perspectives with those of India, East Asia, and the Arab world. 
  • It's taught in English and has a distinctly international flavour.
  • You'll have access to the Leiden University Library, with its world-famous collections of Asian manuscripts and materials. 
  • You'll study with academics that are leaders in their fields. 

Study programme

In the first year there will be a focus on acquiring academic and communication skills like reading, argument analysis, and writing short essays You'll also learn how to think critically, analytically, and independently. There will be compulsory courses in subjects such as as Ethics, Arabic Philosophy, and Epistemology. After reading abstract texts, you will be asked to systematically process complex issues individually and in teams. This will help build up your resourcefulness and intercultural skills.

In the second year you'll further advance your skills and knowledge and, thanks to the programme's flexibility, you can start to tailor your study. The first semester comprises six compulsory courses on subjects that include Chinese Philosophy, Language and Thought and Concepts of Selfhood. In the second semester a discretionary space means you can take a minor, study abroad, do an internship, or create a package of electives from other programmes that will help round out your education to fit with your interests.

In the third year you'll get plenty of opportunities to apply the skills you have acquired in five advanced philosophy courses of your own choice, three during the first semester and two during the second. Then to close of the final semester, as proof of competence you'll be expected to research and write your final bachelor's thesis, on a subject of your own choosing.

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Job and Careers prospects

Career opportunities for our Philosophy graduates are very good, thanks to your strong academic competences, intercultural skills, and above all your training in approaching and processing complex ideas from a logical, science-based stance. Our graduates typically enter into professions such as: Teacher or researcher, policy advisor or consultant for governmental or NGOs, journalist, editor or publisher, communications consultant or cultural entrepreneur.

In 2016, the Humanities Career Service carried out a survey on the jobs and activities of the alumni of the Faculty of Humanities. The survey showed that alumni of Philosophy work primarily in the following areas:

  •  22% Education and research 
  • 17% Business consultancy 
  • 11% Culture
  • 6% Communication
  • 6% Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation) 
  • 6% ICT
  • 5% Journalism
  • 5% Government and semi-government organisations
  • 22% Other
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About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! 


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