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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 your way it will show you how to challenge largely unquestioned patterns of thought and develop new perspectives on current issues.

Five reasons to study Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives in Leiden

  • Leiden is the only Dutch university, and one of only a few in the world, to offer a philosophy programme that combines Western perspectives with those of India, East Asia, and the Arab world.
  • It’s taught in English and has a distinctly international flavour.
  • You’ll have access to the Leiden University Library, with its world-famous collections of Asian manuscripts and materials.
  • You’ll study with academics that are leaders in their fields.
  • Leiden is a genuine university city, with several museums and other research and cultural institutions

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 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 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.
More reasons to choose Leiden University

Discover the world at the Faculty of Humanities

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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