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International Studies (BA)

Continuing your studies

If you want to continue in International Studies, the next step after obtaining your bachelor’s is a master’s degree (MA) at a Dutch or international university. And there may be no better place for your further master’s study than Leiden University!

Masters in Leiden

Leiden University has around 70 study disciplines which together offer 250 different masters specialisations. You can choose to follow a master programme that has a connection with your bachelor’s, or alternatively, you can choose to do or a research master’s programme. Please note that that for a research master’s you will generally have to go through an admission and/or selection procedure.

On mastersinleiden.nl you can find an overview of all the Master’s programmes offered by Leiden University, as well as practical information about how to apply, student registration, student finance and much more. 

Masters elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad

There are plenty of opportunities for following a master’s. You can choose to do a master’s programme at another university in the Netherlands or at a university abroad. Many of our students continue their academic education in the EU, the US or elsewhere, while Leiden University is also a popular choice.

If you have obtained a bachelor’s degree from Leiden University and want to do a master’s programme elsewhere, you will have to go through an application and/or selection procedure. You can find more information on the website of the university in question.

Here you can find more information about Leiden’s master’s programmes chosen by International Studies alumni.

Aisha Hassan


Aisha Hassan

"International Studies has made me realise how interesting policy making is, I went on to do a master’s in Development Studies at Wageningen University. My specialisation now is Politics and Government, but within that track Africa is still my personal focus. My future plans? I am really interested in doing research, which means that I may choose to continue in an academic environment. The skills I learned in International Studies are of great use during my master’s here in Wageningen, I can really practice what I learned during my time in The Hague."

Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė


Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

"I am currently studying and working at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, where I do a master’s degree in China Studies. Leiden has lot of partnerships with international universities and organisations and they keep you informed about upcoming work or study opportunities. This is how I found out about my current master’s programme."

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