Universiteit Leiden

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North American Studies (MA)

Pre-master’s programme

The pre-master's is a bridging programme for students who have applied for the MA North 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

  • a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo) equivalent to the level of a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO) bachelor’s degree in History, English, European Studies, or Journalism; or
  • a bachelor’s degree from a research university equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic (WO) bachelor’s degree in Humanities or Social Sciences, but have not yet completed 30 EC worth of courses in American Studies.

Applicants with a Dutch university of applied sciences bachelor’s degree (HBO) or those with a comparable degree, can expect, if considered eligible, to be assigned the full 60 EC pre-master 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 2 intakes: September and February.

More information

For more information on the content of the pre-master programme, see the Prospectus. Search for “North American Studies pre-master”. The programme prospectus of the pre-master has a yearly update for the upcoming academic year in June.

The pre-master is taught in English.

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

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