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African Studies (research) (MA)


Get the most out of your studies at Leiden University by taking part in our extracurricular activities.

African Studies Centre Leiden activities

As an African Studies (Research) student you will be able to join the regular seminars, conferences and research collaborations on Africa organised by the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). These activities, as well as the Centre’s extensive research library, will provide you with an international orientation and embedding for your research.

L.S.A. Mugusa

L.S.A (Leiden Study Association) Mugusa is the study association for the BA, MA, and ResMA African Studies, as well for any other student in The Netherlands who is interested in the study of Africa. It is the only English speaking study association for Africa on mainland Europe, which makes it a unique community of students from all over Europe, as well as Africa.


Mugusa organises a yearly introduction weekend for all new members. Furthermore, the association organises monthly activities like lectures, educational visits, film nights, debates, workshops, parties, study trips, and more, related to the African continent and its diaspora.

Join L.S.A Mugusa!

If you want to join Mugusa, please follow this link for more information. We are excited to welcome you into the community! 

For general information, please visit our website or Instagram, or send us an email.

Learn a language

You will be able to benefit from the extensive language expertise at Leiden University by learning a new language or improving your existing language skills. In preparation for your fieldwork in Africa you may decide to study a specific language so that you are able to communicate better with the people in the country of your choice.

Master Honours Education

Are you a curious and motivated master’s student? The Honours Academy of Leiden University offers various kinds of extracurricular education, ranging from long-running programmes to short-term courses. 

Leiden Leadership Programme

Are you interested in a leadership challenge? Join the Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP). This one-year programme will equip you with the leadership knowledge, insights and skills you need to increase your societal impact. You further your personal development through trainings, seminars and a practical assignment within an organisation, in which you learn to cooperate intensively with other professionals. With the LLP, you earn 15 EC in addition to your regular master's degree.

Master Honours Classes & Challenges

Would you like to further develop your academic skills and societal awareness? Join one of our Master Honours Classes & Challenges. In a small-scale, interdisciplinary course, you will tackle a complex issue for society or for a specific partner organisation. You will learn about the latest scientific insights concerning the topic and cooperate in a practical setting, together with students from many different backgrounds. There are Master Honours Classes on offer for 5 or 10 EC. 

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