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Middle Eastern Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

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

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation):
  • Middle Eastern Studies;
  • A bachelor’s degree in the field of the specialisation of the relevant programme(s) BA Arabic Language and Culture, BA Hebrew Language and Culture, BA Religious Studies with a specialisation Islam Studies provided the student has at least 30 EC of courses on the cultures, histories, literatures, politics, and religions of the Middle East;
  • Completed the pre-Master's / bridging programme. Read more here

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 Middle Eastern studies, Arabic Language and Culture, Hebrew Language and Culture, Religious Studies with a specialisation Islam Studies provided the student has at least 30 EC of courses on the cultures, histories, literatures, politics, and religions of the Middle East.

Language requirements

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

  • IELTS:    7.0 
  • TOEFL:  100 (internet-based)
  • 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.

Proficiency in other languages

The language requirements per course may consist of one of the requirements below:

A good working knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: listening B1; reading B2; spoken interaction B1; spoken production B1; writing B1)

A good working knowledge of Persian (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: listening B1; reading B2; spoken interaction B1; spoken production B1; writing B1)

An adequate proficiency in reading Turkish (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: reading B2)

A good working knowledge of Modern Hebrew (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: listening B1; reading B2; spoken interaction B1; spoken production B1; writing B1).

Which additional language (and other) requirements apply to which course can be found in the Prospectus.

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