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Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (BA)


The Bachelor's programme in Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives considers it important that you make a conscious and informed decision about your studies. Therefore, we created the Online Matching Module which is designed to help you reach and consolidate this decision.

Experience tells us that students who enrol for their degree programme on time and make a conscious decision, have a better chance of making a good start in their studies and in passing the first year.

The Online Matching Module consists of videos and questions. It is important to know that you will not be tested on these questions; you will also not receive a final score that determines whether you will be admitted.

Matching is a part of your admission and application procedure.

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Matching module

Via this Online Matching module you will familiarise yourself with the course materials and the methodology that are typical for this programme. Once you have completed the Online Matching module, you will receive feedback about how well this programme matches your interests and capabilities.

Please note: The advice following your results is not binding. Therefore, your performance on the assignments will not influence your chances of admission to the programme in any way.

The Online Matching module helps you to find out whether studying the bachelor’s programme Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives at Leiden University is a good choice for you.


The module consists of online lectures, texts and questions on a few subjects. After you have watched the online lectures or after you have read the texts, you will be asked to answer the corresponding questions.

In addition to the online lectures, we have also added chapters about academic skills and motivational questions.


Once you have applied for Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives and your application has been successfully received by Leiden University, you will receive an invitation to participate in the Online Matching module, as well as information to create an account for this. Once this is done you can start the Online Matching module.

Please note that the matching period starts in February. Invitations for the matching module will be sent out from the beginning of February.

The module must be completed as early as possible and 19 August 2022 at the latest. Note that this is done next to the admission procedure. Only if you have completed the matching activity and are unconditionally admitted to the programme, we can finalise your registration for Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives.

Help in deciding

Have you completed the Online Matching module and do you want to discuss your matching results? Request advice from your coordinator of studies.

We wish you lots of fun and good luck!

Frequently asked questions about Matching

Leiden University finds it very important that you carefully choose your study programme. By participating in the matching module, you will get a realistic idea of what this programme is about. Students who put time and effort into their choice of study programme are more likely to have success in the first year of the programme.

During the online matching module you watch several web lectures and answer multiple choice questions. This way you can get an impression of our programme.

Once you have completed the matching module, it is up to you to decide if you wish to finalize your application and start preparing for your studies.

The Dutch law states that as a prospective student you are entitled to a Matching activity if you register before 1 May. Leiden University considers it so important that you make a conscious choice that Matching has been made mandatory for this study programme. We know from experience that students who choose a study programme on time and who make a conscious decision, have a greater chance of passing their first year.

After applying in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with sign-in details for the online Matching module within 10 working days. Please bear in mind that the module is only available from February 2022 onwards. Log-in details will be sent from the beginning of February.

No, you do not have to prepare for the matching. However, the programme does expect that you have made a conscious decision for this programme and that you are informed before you register.

The Open Day is meant for you to learn about the different study programmes and the student life in Leiden and/or The Hague. If you want to further explore a certain programme, you can follow short lectures and workgroups and talk to students and lecturers during the Experience Day or a Student for a Day event. If you have made a decision, you can apply for your programme of choice via Studielink. You will then receive an invitation from the study programme for the appropriate Matching module.

No, there is no charge for participation in matching.

If you find out that the programme is not a good match for you, you may wish to reconsider your study choice. However, do note that the advice you will receive is not binding. You may therefore still apply for the programme.

The rules and regulations that cover matching are part of the University Regulation on Student Registration and Tuition fees.

Once you complete the study matching activity, you will immediately receive an automatic feedback message via e-mail about your results. The feedback is based on the responses you give to the final test questions, with a brief explanation and advice.

This advice is not binding, but intended as an indication of the degree to which the programme meets your expectations, preferences and ambitions.

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