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Urban Studies (BA)

Do cities fascinate you? In the Urban Studies bachelor's programme you will gain insights into the nature and origin of cities’ current and future problems and learn more about their health, safety, multicultural and sustainability issues.

Bachelor's programme Urban Studies in The Hague

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Why study Urban Studies?

Graduates of this programme are exactly what cities need to solve their problems, given that increasing urbanisation means that understanding cities is becoming ever more urgent and relevant. As well as being centres of production, wealth-creation, creativity and innovation, cities also pose problems relating to sustainability, health, and multicultural diversity.

The diverse and complex urban problems faced by cities all over the world are driving an increasing need for the type of interdisciplinary approach this bachelor's programme takes.

Cities all over the world
In addition to being centres of production, wealth-creation, creativity and innovation, cities also pose problems relating to sustainability, health, and multicultural diversity. The diverse and complex urban issues faced by cities all over the world are driving an increasing need for interdisciplinary approaches.

Urban Studies' themes
Urban Studies is a broad bachelor’s programme. After the first, introductory year you will learn more about four relevant themes, namely, the multicultural city, the safe city, the healthy city and the sustainable city. 

Urban Studies is unique in the Netherlands. It is the only interdisciplinary Urban Studies programme combining humanities, social sciences, law, science and language studies.

Manon van der Heijden

Lecturer in Urban Studies

Manon van der Heijden

“It’s through cities’ past that we learn why and how they have become so important. But while history might explain cities as we know them today, it also creates false images. Did you know, for example, that cities are healthier, safer and more sustainable than they’ve ever been? Above all, Leiden University’s Urban Studies programme is about people, their opportunities, beliefs and perspectives.”

Hannah De Mulder

Lecturer in Urban Studies

Hannah De Mulder

“Cities are where people with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds tend to live in close proximity to one another. In the course, Cultural Diversity in Urban Contexts, we examine the city as a multicultural and multilingual hotspot and how urban communities reconcile cultural and linguistic differences.”

Vlad Niculescu-Dinca

Lecturer in Urban Studies

Vlad Niculescu-Dinca

“We all enjoy the occasional stroll through picturesque city streets, an old park or even a local neighbourhood. But how should these urban spaces be kept secure and what about security governance? And what are the respective roles of urban policing, citizens and the private sector, not to mention the importance of surveillance and the material urban environment? While sometimes taking in the delightful streets of The Hague, this programme addresses these and many other issues.”

Why Urban Studies at Leiden University?

  • This bachelor’s programme is unique in the Netherlands, since it is the only such programme where you learn to approach and analyse urban issues through combining perspectives from different disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, law, science and language. 
  • Urban Studies is a broad programme that focuses on four relevant themes, namely, The Multicultural City, The Safe City, The Healthy City and The Sustainable City.
  • By choosing electives, a minor and an internship in year three, mapping out your career path is largely in your own hands.

Is Urban Studies the programme for you?

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, we can safely say that the Urban Studies programme is for you.

  • Are you fascinated by cities?
  • Are you internationally oriented?
  • Are you an “out of the box” thinker, a planner and communicative by nature?
  • Are you unfazed by statistics?

Check out the Urban Studies programme

Online Experience Urban Studies

Want to know if Urban Studies is the right study for you? Check out our Online Experience, which consists of online mini-courses with a few assignments, just as if it were real first-year courses.

You can directly register for the Online Experience: this link will take you to the form. 

Chat with a student

Do you have a question about student life in Leiden or The Hague, studying at Leiden University, or do you want more information about the Urban Studies programme? You can get in contact with a student directly!

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