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Latin American Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Latin American Studies at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements (starting in February 2022)

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in (the specialisation in) Latin American Studies
  • Completed the pre-master's/ bridging programme. Contact the coordinator of 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 (the specialisation) Latin American Studies.

You should possess comparable knowledge, understanding and skills with those acquired upon graduating from a Dutch research university in (the specialisation in) Latin American Studies. Specifically:

  • elementary knowledge and understanding of the most important linguistic, cultural and/or historical developments in Latin America; and
  • the ability to deal with theories about the chosen research subject and to apply those theories into a concrete case study.

Applicants with a  bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in International Studies who have completed all area courses for Latin America and the programme’s Spanish or Portuguese language classes are regarded to have fulfilled all entry requirements.

Diploma requirements (starting in September 2022)

  • You are eligible to apply for the MA Latin American Studies if you have: A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Latin American Studies; or
  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree; and
  • comparable knowledge, understanding and skills with those acquired upon graduating from a Dutch research university in Latin American Studies, specifcally: 
    • elementary knowledge and understanding of the most important linguistic, cultural and/or historical developments in Latin America; and
    • the ability to deal with theories about the chosen research subject and to apply those theories into a concrete case study;

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Latin American Studies on the basis of the requirements specified above.

BA International Studies
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in International Studies who have completed all area courses for Latin America and the programme’s Spanish or Portuguese language classes are regarded to have fulfilled all entry requirements.

Students with a Bachelor of Latin American Studies from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission and can apply in Studielink. There is no need to submit an application for admission using the online application portal.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for a pre-master programme tailored to your individual background. After submitting your application in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme or whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme. It is not possible to apply for a pre-master’s programme directly. Once you have completed the imposed pre-master programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For students with a bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences, equivalent to the level of a Dutch hbo bachelor’s degree, the Board of Admissions may impose a pre-master’s programme, tailored to the individual background of the prospective student, to be completed before admission into the MA programme.

For questions about the pre-master’s programme you can contact the coordinator of studies.

Language requirements

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

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or C1 Advanced (former CAE): 180

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 
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic year 2021-2022, but not yet for 2022-2023 pending national decision-making. As soon as further information is available this webpage will be updated.
  • 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 the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta, 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.

You must be sufficiently proficient in the language of instruction (to be assessed by the Board of Admissions):

  • Spanish and/or Portuguese:
    • Listening: CEFR B2  
    • Reading: CEFR C1  
    • Spoken interaction: CEFR B2  
    • Spoken production: CEFR B2
    • Writing: CEFR B2
    • These are the levels of the BA Latin American Studies at Leiden University and other comparable academic degree programmes.
  • Candidates who have previous knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese (i.e. heritage speakers or secondary school) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions.

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