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South and Southeast Asian Studies (BA)

Why Leiden University

In the South and Southeast Asian programme you gain a thorough understanding of the history, cultures, politics and languages of the region, home to almost a third of the world’s population (and two-thirds of its Muslims) and some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Three reasons to study South and Southeast Asian Studies in Leiden:

  • The Leiden University programme is unique: the only bachelor’s in the Netherlands where you can study languages and cultures of the region at a multidisciplinary, academic level.
  • You specialise in the areas and aspects that interest you most and learn a language like Hindi or Sanskrit as part of your studies.
  • You have access to the world-renowned Asian collection at Leiden University Library, as well as to the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS).

Asian Library

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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.

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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