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South and Southeast Asian Studies (BA)

After graduation

As a graduate of South and Southeast Asian Studies you will be ready for your next step. You can choose to continue your studies or enter the labour market. Once you have completed this programme, you will be fully prepared for both options.

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Your skills after graduation

After graduating from this bachelor’s programme, you will have obtained valuable academic as well as professional skills:

  • broad knowledge of and insight into the many aspects of South and Southeast Asia, including the languages, art, religion, culture, history and politics;
  • specialised knowledge about the region of your choice;
  • independent thinking and problem solving;
  • setting up and carrying out research projects;
  • writing texts for specific audiences;
  • presentation skills;
  • working individually as well as in teams;
  • intercultural skills.

These skills are sought after by employers and well as by universities selecting candidates for their master’s programmes.

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 Career 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 programme of the 2021 Career Event to get an idea of what such an event involves.

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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