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Modern Languages (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Modern Languages at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Master's admission: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2021-2022 academic year.

For this specific master’s programme, this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2021-2022 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2021. The following additional conditions apply: 

  1. You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice. 
  2. You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2022 at the latest. 

This option does not apply to non-EER students who are following a Bachelor abroad due to visa restrictions.

What do you need to do?

Enrol on and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before the relevant deadline (check the Application deadlines page)
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s before 1 September.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2021 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2022 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.

You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2022 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in English/French/German/Italian/China Studies with at least 15-20 credits in core linguistics courses (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), or a minor in linguistics.
  • Completed the pre-Master's programme. Read more here.

If you can demonstrate a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a degree mentioned above, you may be eligible.

All applicants must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that matches the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including general academic skills;
  • have knowledge of and insight in linguistics comparable with the qualifications acquired by students graduating from the Bachelor’s programmes referred to above, for example:
    • A Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, with – as evidenced by appropriate tests (see below):
      • a CEFR C1 level in either French, German, or Italian (CEFR B2 for speaking and writing in Italian),
      • or for English IELTS 7.5/TOEFL (Internet based) 113/C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185; a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required for each of the four components).

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 
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or 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.

  • For courses on French linguistics taught in French: A good command of French (the minimum entry level is CEFR C1, as evidenced by an appropriate test (Dalf C1 with a C1 score for each of the subtests) 
  • For courses on German linguistics taught in German: A good command of German (the minimum entry level is CEFR C1, as evidenced by an appropriate test (Goethe-Zertifikat C1) 
  • For courses on Italian linguistics taught in Italian: A good command of Italian (the minimum entry levels are CEFR C1 (listening, reading) and CEFR B2 (speaking, writing), as evidenced by an appropriate test). 
  • For courses on English linguistics taught in English: English IELTS 7.5/TOEFL (Internet based) 113/C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or C1 Advanced ( former CAE) 185; a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required for each of the four components.

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