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International Studies (BA)

Career prospects

Graduates of the Bachelor of International Studies are highly employable in a global market: Humanities generalists with in-depth knowledge of a specific region, and professional and consultancy skills thanks to the final PRINS project!

What will your professional field be?

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.

Pim Teeuwisse


Pim Teeuwisse

“I graduated in 2015 and in less than a month I found a job as a consultant in the financial sector. In my first job interview I was able to tell them about the consultancy experience I obtained during my study and that proved very useful. The presentation and intercultural communication skills that I acquired were also a big advantage. Alongside my current job, I’m now following a part-time MBA programme.”

Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė


Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

"I really enjoy living in China and love the community that I live and work in. China offers many opportunities. The whole societal environment is very innovative. There are many new organisations coming up, which try to improve the society. The Chinese society is very active, outward looking and open to expats."

Upon graduation, Leiden University Humanities alumni have exceptional career prospects. 71% find employment within 2 months of their graduation, 90% are employed within 6 months, and almost 100% have found work within a year of graduation. 

Where do our students work?

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.

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