International Studies

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

Dutch VWO diploma or equivalent (for example a German Abitur or an International Baccalaureate) and proficiency in English. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. For details, visit

2083.00 € / Jahr
Application Deadline: 1. Juni
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International Studies

Are you fascinated by how globalisation affects world regions? Do you want to really understand other cultures from a particular area from a wide range of perspectives?

The Bachelor's in International Studies 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 study International Studies at Leiden University?

  •  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.

Study Programme

In the first year of International Studies, all students engage in the same core courses on economics, history, culture and politics. Through the core courses, a clear shared base for further studies is established. Moreover, you will start to develop your academic skills: reading and thinking critically, writing and speaking clearly and concisely. In the second semester you start to specialise in the region of your choice through courses that focus on its history and culture; and begin your language training.

The first semester of the second year gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of your chosen area:

  • East Asia
  • Africa
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • South and Southeast Asia
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • Middle East
  • Europe

You will learn more of the area's economic and political situation, as well as gain a global perspective on cultural interaction. You continue to improve reading, writing and speaking skills in your chosen language, and select your first elective from a broad range. 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 elective.

The first semester of the third year of the programme offers you the so-called discretionary 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: In the PRINS course you compete in teams to solve real cases presented by such organisations as Unilever, Workplace Pride, the European Space Agency and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Further, you write a final thesis with a topic agreed upon by you and your supervisor.

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Studenten im Studiengang International Studies
Job and Careers prospects

As a graduate of International Studies you have a lot to offer future employers. Your language and intercultural skills are extremely valuable for international organisations either working in, or with, the region in which you are specialised. Furthermore, the career orientation of the programme, in which the PRINS consultancy project brings you up to speed professionally, is a boost for your future.

You might find yourself working in a wide range of different fields and positions. For example: as a policy officer in international relations for the national government, for an NGO, as a manager in multinational business, a diplomat, journalist or editor for a digital or print publication, an independent adviser on diversity issues, in a museum or a publishing house, as an adviser on intercultural relations, as an international commercial agent or in education.

Career opputunities

  • policy officer in international relations for the national government
  • manager in multinational business
  • diplomat
  • journalist
  • editor for a digital or print publication
  • independent adviser on diversity issues
  • adviser on intercultural relations
  • international commercial agent

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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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