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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."

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 800 staff members providing education for approximately 6,500 students, the Faculty offers an inspiring, innovative and international approach to research and education in the study of languages, history, society, culture, and religion. Its 26 bachelor’s and 28 master’s programmes are rated consistently highly for their tuition and research. The 2018 Times Higher Education Rankings, for example, placed us top 25 worldwide.

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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.
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