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International Studies (BA)

Why Leiden University

In International Studies you learn to take a multidisciplinary approach to regional issues, so that you can view them from a global perspective. This enables you to arrive at integrated solutions for tough issues in an increasingly complex, connected world.

Five reasons why you should study International Studies

Do you want to gain deep, broad knowledge about a particular world region, in a globalised context?  International Studies is for you!

  • Study in The Hague, the centre of international politics and policy-making in the Netherlands.
  • Choose to specialise in one of eight world regions.
  • Learn a language from your chosen region.
  • Benefit from the strong career focus that is integrated into this programme, including the culminating PRINS consultancy course.
  • Study at a top-ranking university: in 2017 the Guardian QS World University Rankings placed Leiden #26 in the world, #7 in Europe and #1 in the Netherlands in political and  International Studies.

Practicing International Studies: Consultancy Projects

Why study at the Faculty of Humanities?

The Faculty of Humanities is situated in two locations: the historical centre of Leiden, and the modern new Wijnhaven Building in The Hague. With around 6500 students and 800 staff members, the Faculty offers an inspiring, innovative and international approach to research and education in the study of language, history, society, culture, and religion. Its 25 Bachelors and 28 Masters programmes are consistently highly rated for teaching and research; it was ranked #1 in continental Europe and #17 in the world in the 2016 Times Higher Education Rankings (THE).

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you at every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.
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