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South and Southeast Asian Studies (BA)

After graduation

Graduates of South and Southeast Asian Studies are attractive candidates for employers in many different fields. This is due to your broad knowledge of the region and the language, academic and practical skills you have acquired. You can work, for example, as a researcher, consultant, museum curator or a P&O officer.

What are your skills after graduation?

The three-year bachelor’s programme South and Southeast Asian Studies gives you  a thorough understanding of this fascinating and dynamic region.  The approach in this programme is multidisciplinary, so you  acquire knowledge about the languages, art, religion, culture, history and politics of the region. You study either Hindi, Indonesian, Tibetan or Sanskrit and may specialise in a specific country in the region. You gain the research, writing, and other academic and general skills necessary to go on to a master’s programme or into the working world.

Your career prospects

Do you want to follow a full academic programme? After obtaining your bachelor’s degree you can continue with a master’s programme. Once you have successfully completed your master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA). Your master’s diploma will increase your chances of finding a job or academic-level position.
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Your future workplace will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the elective choices you’ve made during your study. Students who complete this programme find themselves prepared for a wide range of sectors and occupations.
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Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event!

Career Service

The Career Service of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to give you personal advice and guidance about internships and jobs, as well as courses and workshops in career-planning, job applications and interviews. The advisors can also provide contact details for potential employers. Furthermore, an internship coordinator and career advisor will help you match your interests and abilities with suitable internships and career options. You can contact the Student Career Service during your studies or up to six months after you graduate.

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