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Southeast Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Southeast Asian Studien at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:  

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university with specialisation: South and Southeast Asian Studies.

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 South and Southeast Asian Studies;

You should meet the following requirements:

  • the bachelor’s degree is in the field of humanities or social sciences,
  • you should have knowledge of the nature and role of as well as the ability to analyse and report on academic inquiry in the humanities or social sciences.
  • you should have completed components at the bachelor’s level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on the history, art, culture, politics, society and/or economy of one or more Southeast Asian countries or regions.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS:    7.0 
  • TOEFL (internet-based):  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.

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