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Latin American Studies (MA)

Pre-master's programme

The pre-master's is a bridging programme for students who have applied for the MA Latin American Studies but who, according to the Board of Admissions, still have deficiencies in their educational background. Once you have completed the pre-master’s programme, you will be admitted to the Master’s programme.

Diploma requirements

  • Applicants with an academic bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch WO bachelor’s degree, or;
  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo), who do not meet the diploma requirements as stated for the master’s programme.

English language requirements

The English language requirements for a pre-master's programme are identical to the language requirements for the master's programme for which admission has been requested. These requirements must be met before the start of the pre-master.

Application procedure pre-master programme

In order to apply for the pre-master programme, you must first apply for the master’s programme.

After submitting your application for the master programme in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme, whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme, or if you’re not eligible for either programme because the deficiencies are too extensive.

Students who have been offered a pre-master programme, will find the procedure for the registration into the pre-master programme stated on their admission statement.

Start date

This pre-master offers 1 intake: September. Depending on the individual student’s educational background, the Board can also decide whether a start in February would suit instead.

More information

This pre-master is tailor-made. The Board of Admissions will decide based on your educational background what the pre-master should look like. The pre-master consists of bachelor-level courses and may include an academic skills course and/or a final assignment comparable to a bachelor’s thesis.

The premaster is taught in English, Dutch, and possibly Spanish and/or Portuguese. 

Read more about tuition fees for pre-master programmes here.

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