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Latin American Studies (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

The Latin American Studies master’s programme offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires in-depth knowledge of Latin America and advanced English, Portuguese and Spanish language skills.

Our alumni can be found working in:

  • The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (policy advisor)
  • NGO’s
  • Fairtrade organisations
  • Translation agencies
  • Education
  • PhD’s in Colombia, Germany, and the United States.

Your qualifications

Your degree qualifies you for roles in cultural organisations, education, translation, tourism, publishing, documentation and information processing, development, embassies, ministries of foreign affairs, and semi-governmental and non-profit organisations with a focus on Latin America. You are also well-equipped to pursue a PhD position and a career in academia.

Learn more about our career preparation activities

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Tim Vergoossen

Graduated in MA Latin American Studies

Tim Vergoossen

“I work as a project manager for CNV International, the international branch of th labour union. I manage and monitor current projects and do their financial administration. I also assess new applications and check the evaluation reports, which often brings me into contact with the employees of the labour unions in Latin America, Africa and Asia.”

Straight to Guatemala

“This job is a great fit for my area of study – I’ve been very lucky in that way. I maintain contact with organisations throughout the world and I work a lot with foreign languages: I speak French or Spanish every day. I even got to go to Guatemala straight away, in my first year, partly to visit a union we had been supporting for years.”

Applying knowledge

“The course places a strong focus on politics in Latin America, and I can really apply that knowledge in the work I do. I’m familiar with the political situation in the various countries, and I understand how it came about, which is knowledge you need to improve policy and design efficient strategies that work in Latin American countries. What’s more, there might be a lot that you want to change, but if you don’t know how to approach someone from Latin America or how to communicate on their terms, all your plans will come to nothing.”

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in Latin American Studies 2015-2019.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 22.0 % Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 11.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 11.0 % Consultancy
  • 11.0 % Business services
  • 11.0 % Education

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 80.0 % found a job within two months
  • 70.0 % found their first job at academic level

Career preparation

Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career at Career preparation.

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