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International Studies (BA)

After graduation

Graduates of International Studies are attractive candidates for international employers in a wide variety of fields – think NGOs, multinationals, humanitarian or governmental agencies. Your deep region-specific knowledge and language, academic and practical skills prepare you for a Master, as well as employment.

What are your skills after graduation?

The three-year bachelor’s in International Studies provides students with the tools to investigate globalisation and its regional effects, while focusing on history, culture, politics and economics.

After graduating from our programme you will not only have acquired knowledge about the dynamics of globalisation and your region of choice, you will also possess valuable skills that are sought after by employers and by universities selecting candidates for master’s programmes. These skills include:

  • Intercultural skills
  • Writing
  • Researching
  • Working independently
  • Analysing and assessing information
  • Forming an opinion
  • Working in teams
  • Self-reflection
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management

Your career prospects

Would you like to continue your academic education? After obtaining your bachelor’s degree you can go on to follow a master’s programme. Your master’s diploma will increase your chances of finding a job at a higher (academic) level.

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Your future work and workplace will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the elective choices you have made during your study. Students who complete this programme find themselves prepared for a wide range of occupations.

Sectors in which some of our alumni have found employment include: finance, consultancy, ICT, communications and marketing, research, management, government, education, NGOs, and the cultural sector.

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Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė


Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

"I felt very well prepared to work in an international environment, because I had already been in contact with people from different countries every single day during my studies. You get social skills as well as professional skills, like doing presentations and finding a job."

Career Service

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.

Campus The Hague Career Event

What do you want to do after you graduate? The Campus The Hague Career 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.

Check out the aftermovie of the Campus The Hague Career Event 2018!

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