Dutch Studies (BA)
Graduates of Dutch Studies are fluent in the language, mindset and culture of the Netherlands, preparing them to work in international organisations with Dutch connections; in governmental or NGOs; in Dutch educational programmes in their own country; or further Master's level study.
What are your skills after graduation?
The three-year Dutch Studies programme offers you the opportunity to focus intensely upon gaining academic-level Dutch language abilities while acquiring a broad education in Dutch culture, art, history, and society. As you live and study in the Netherlands, communicating with native speakers on a daily basis, you quickly gain fluency – not just in language, but in cultural nuances.
Your career prospects
Do you want to follow a full academic programme? After obtaining your bachelor’s degree you can continue with a master’s programme. Once you have successfully completed your master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA). Your master’s diploma will increase your chances of finding a job or academic-level position.
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Your future workplace will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the elective choices you’ve made during your study. Students who complete this programme find themselves prepared for a wide range of sectors and occupations.
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"By the time you graduate, you will have acquired a wealth of expertise in The Netherlands’ and its cultural heritage. Our graduates enjoy a wide range of careers. Your degree is highly regarded by employers from all sectors. Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest and – according to authoritative international rankings – the best university in the Netherlands."
Humanities Career Event
Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.
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The Career Service of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to give you personal advice and guidance about internships and jobs, as well as courses and workshops in career-planning, job applications and interviews. The advisors can also provide contact details for potential employers. Furthermore, an internship coordinator and career advisor will help you match your interests and abilities with suitable internships and career options. You can contact the Student Career Service during your studies or up to six months after you graduate.