Universiteit Leiden

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Urban Studies (BA)

Why Leiden University?

Leiden University is a leading university, the oldest 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.

An academic education from Leiden University is respected around the world. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands and has locations in both Leiden and The Hague.

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.
More reasons to choose Leiden University

Practical orientation

During the research, practical exercises, individual work and teamwork that you’ll be involved in, you’ll be given an excellent overview of the career options that will be open to you after graduating. Career-related aspects include the relationships between government policy and urban practices as these affect our multicultural societies, safety, health and welfare and sustainability. The specialisation you choose in the second and third years will give you further insights into opportunities in the job market and master programmes that you could follow.

Broad scope

Currently, some 70 per cent of Europe’s population live in cities and in a few decades this is expected to hold true for the whole world. In the Urban Studies programme you will learn how cities are currently coping with economic growth, social cohesion, safety and sustainability, and how they’ll do so in future. And all this in an international classroom in the Netherlands’ political capital, The Hague.

After kicking off with a broad introduction during the first year, you’ll build on this in year two by studying the four themes: the multicultural city, the safe city, the healthy city and the sustainable city. Courses include law, social sciences, ecology and administrative science. Furthermore, choosing an elective to match your theme will prepare you for a suitable master’s. A study coordinator and mentor will always be on hand to help and answer possible questions about your study or career.

Three reasons to study Urban Studies in Leiden

  • Leiden University is a world-class university that has been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings for many years and is now quoted in several top international rankings too.
  • Specialisation options later will give you significant advantages when it comes to career opportunities and possible master programmes.
  • As the prospect looms of over 70 per cent of the world’s population living in cities, you will learn how cities are coping, and will cope in future, with economic growth, social cohesion, safety and sustainability.

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