African Studies (MA)
To be eligible for African Studies at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.
- A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in African Languages and Cultures;
- A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in the relevant programme International Studies with the area specialisation Africa;
- Completed the pre-master's / bridging programme. Please contact the Coordinator of Studies for more information about the pre-master’s/bridging programme.
The Faculty Board may, on request, grant admission to applicants who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Faculty Board that they possess a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in African Languages and Cultures or International Studies with the area specialisation Africa;
You should meet the following requirements:
- the bachelor’s degree is in the field of humanities or social sciences,
- your prior education must include the following subjects: language, literature, cultures, history, economics and/or social sciences, related to Africa with at least the following study load: 30 EC.
In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:
- IELTS: 7.0
- TOEFL: 100
- C1 Advanced (former CAE): 185
For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.
English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old!
- IELTS: academic modules only
- TOEFL: internet based
- We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
- We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™ for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
- Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria
Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.