Leiden’s Faculty of Humanities is one of the broadest of its kind, offering courses in no fewer than 80 different languages and a very broad spectrum of academic disciplines.
Studying within the Faculty of Humanities
The faculty is nationally renowned for its concentration of expertise in non-European linguistic and cultural fields, such as those of China, Japan, Indonesia and the Islamic Middle East. Leiden also offers courses in lesser-known languages, such as those of the native peoples of Central and South America and languages from various regions of Africa and Central Asia. In addition, Leiden’s Faculty of Humanities is also home to more mainstream disciplines such as history, art history, Dutch, French, German and English. Contract teaching in the Faculty of Humanities offers you the opportunity to take courses in one or more of the following areas:
- Communication and education
- Culture and history
- Behaviour and society
- Music, visual art and design
- Religion and philosophy
How does contract teaching work?
As a contract student, you join a regular series of lectures. At the end of the course, you take exams alongside the regular students. The results you achieve are recorded and can help you obtain an exemption if you decide to go on to follow the full study programme. This form of teaching is especially suitable for people who are not sure whether university is for them and who want to get a taste of what it is like without having to commit straight away. At the start of each academic year, the university decides on a fixed range of modules that will be available for contract teaching. If you are interested in a course that is not listed among the official range, please get in touch with the Coordinator of Studies for the programme you are interested in.