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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

About the programme

LUC is located in The Hague and offers a three-year English Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on today's Global Challenges: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity and Diversity.

Four Global Challenges

By studying at LUC, you will learn to look at today's global challenges from multiple perspectives. The courses at LUC introduce you to interdisciplinary thinking and will help you gain a wide range of transferable intellectual and practical skills as well as social skills. The programme consists of several components: 

  •     Mandatory courses which lay the foundation of knowledge 
  •     Major courses which allow you to specialise in a field of interest 
  •     Global Citizenship to develop cross-cultural communication and reflection skills 
  •     Elective space for minors, study abroad, internships or various courses 

You are assessed on a continuous basis, with multiple forms of grading and assessments being used, for example through group work, writing papers, giving presentations and written exams. This creates a dynamic learning experience. For more information regarding the programme please go to Programme structure to find out more.

Giovanni Díaz-Infante Posadas

Student Leiden University College

Giovanni Díaz-Infante Posadas

"I applied to different universities, but I’m happy I chose LUC. What drew me to LUC was the content of the programme: the option to put together your own curriculum and focus on things that really matter, made me really excited. My goal was to study law or international relations, and LUC’s International Justice major fit with that goal perfectly. (click to keep reading)

There are also many activities I’ve explored outside of my studies, and my focus has gradually shifted. At first I explored a range of different activities: I was an intro week mentor, president of the coasters board (our student bar), and worked in the writing studio of LUC. Now I am tailoring my extracurriculars more to the career I want to pursue after LUC, and I combine this with sports and being on the board of the Association for Latin American Students of Leiden University.

The setup of LUC works really well for me; the small classes in combination with the residential concept and focus on exploring your interests outside of university creates an environment that really helps me thrive. LUC is quite a unique place. It is oddly good at collectivizing a journey which is individual. I’ve really felt at home here, and I am excited to see what my next steps will be

Aniek Moonen

Alumna Leiden University College

Aniek Moonen

"When it came down to choosing a bachelor, I made my choice for Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges on a gut instinct. After the information session in The Hague, I immediately knew: this is it, this is what I'm going to do! It is very cool that you can follow many different directions, all of which have a focus on global challenges, such as climate change, social inequality, peace and security. The more you learn about these themes, the harder it is to look away.

Besides critical and integrative thinking, you also learn to work on your skills: you learn how to tell a story, put it on paper and be able to convey it in presentations. This helped me immensely in speaking engagements during my time with the Young Climate Movement."

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