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Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (BA)

Why Leiden University

This programme will have you feeling as if you’re being taken on a virtual journey, from China to Europe, and from antiquity to the present day. On the way it will show you how to challenge largely unquestioned patterns of thought and develop new perspectives on current issues.

What makes Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives at Leiden University unique:

  • You will study with academics that are leaders in their fields, at the oldest university of the Netherlands (1575), which has a long-standing tradition in philosophy research and education.
  • We offer ambitious, highly qualified education, based on our lecturers’ current research.
  • We support our students in acquiring both in-depth specialist knowledge as well as valuable academic and professional skills.
  • Our programme is characterised by a personal approach. You will work in small groups of students and in close contact with the lecturers.
  • Leiden is a friendly, historic city, where both Dutch and international students feel at home.

Lorenzo Marsili

First year student

Lorenzo Marsili

"In class it’s important to talk, to participate and to have discussions. There are various group projects, we have to give presentations with an analysis of a particular article. We work in groups frequently, that’s very useful: we learn a lot from each other. The teachers give you a chance to ask whatever you want and take time to answer the questions. I talked for hours with countless professors. They all seem to be available to talk about philosophy. I was pleasantly surprised about that."

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is a world-class university that is one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1575, we have consistently been building a solid position of scholarly authority that is recognised in the academic and professional worlds. Leiden, and particularly its Faculty of Humanities, is rated consistently high in all the major Dutch and international rankings, with the Faculty of Humanities as one of its top-tier departments.

Our academic staff includes many scholars with an excellent international reputation. Their research contributes to and shapes the debates that our societies engage in every day. Students can participate in that research, as our staff integrate their latest insights into their lectures.

Commitment to freedom

As our students you are important to us, and we will do everything we can to give you the best possible support. As a university, we are committed to freedom: freedom of spirit, thinking and expression, and we will challenge you to become an independent thinker.

Diversity and inclusion

We are convinced that our education can only flourish if everyone within the programme feels supported, respected and empowered to do their best work. We find it important to offer a learning environment that allows for different perspectives and points of view that students bring with them, depending on their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, health, religion, age or socio-economic background. Every new generation sees the world from a new perspective – and our students are the newest generation. We look forward to hearing more about your perspective. Leiden University has been pursuing diversity policy since 2014, with the aim of creating a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment for all staff and students. 
More reasons to choose Leiden University.

Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities offers an inspiring and international work environment with room for diversity and reform for employees and students from the Netherlands and abroad. It offers a wide range of education, with students being able to choose from no less than 26 Bachelor’s and 27 Master’s degree programmes. The Faculty’s research is organised within seven institutes and contributes to six research dossiers for research at Leiden University.

In this era of globalisation, humanities are more important than ever. Migration, integration, trade, and technology are blurring the borders between countries and cultures. To be able to cooperate and live together, it is crucial that we understand each other. Humanities offer the insights we need to do this. The Leiden Faculty of Humanities helps you to discover the world!

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