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Europaeum Programme European History and Civilisation (MA)

Required documents

Along with your application, you will need to submit the documents below.

Note: If you have a Dutch diploma that grants direct admission, you will generally not be asked to submit additional documents.


Required application documents

You’ll need to submit the following documents:

Please upload a copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph. If you are from the EU/EEA, you can submit a copy of your identity card instead. Please upload copies of both sides.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.

Your CV (curriculum vitae) must be written in English and should contain your basic personal data, as well as a clear overview of your educational and professional history to date.

You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission. Of course, if you already have your English language test results, you can upload them directly.

  • Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required. Once you have been admitted, we will inform you how to submit certified copies.
  • The documents must be in the original language. If they are not in English, Dutch, German or French, they must be accompanied by official translations into one of these languages.
  • If you have not yet completed your current programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date plus an official list of subjects still to be completed.

Additional requirements specific to Europaeum Programme European History and Civilisation

This programme requires two samples of academic writing (such as chapters, essays, theses) in English. 

A thesis proposal (ca. 1500 words): the proposal needs to introduce a topic and state a research question, contain a reflection on the existing literature on the topic (and what the proposal aims to add), and finally provide a preliminary discussion of the sources and methods that the applicants wishes to use. NB: the proposal has to be submitted via 'optional' in registration system Usis

This programme requires two letters of recommendation. Both letters must be from academic members of staff who are acquainted with the academic work of the applicant. The letters of recommendation must be in English. 

A well-argued and structured motivation letter in which the applicant indicates why he/she wants to follow the specialisation and convincingly discusses what makes the applicant a good candidate for the specialisation. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

  • Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee.
  • Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies.

Option 1. Uploading the letter yourself
You can upload the letter(s) of recommendation in the online application portal (uSis).

Option 2. Sent by your referee
Your referee can send the letter directly to the university, as follows:

1. Your referee must clearly state your name and student number in the letter.
2. He or she should send the letter to us, either: 

  • digitally, by uploading the letter in our contact form
  • by posting it to:

Leiden University Admissions Office
“Gravensteen” Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden, the Netherlands

3. Complete this form and upload it in the online application system (uSis), instead of your letter of recommendation.

Other programme-specific documents

  • An academic CV (including activities such as student board membership, internships and work experience)
  • Transcripts of the curriculum of previously completed BA- and/or MA-programmes

>> Go to the next step: Step 4: Start your application

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