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Choices during your studies

Your choice for the International Studies programme is only the beginning. There are many more choices to make during your studies which will influence your future. Below you will find an overview of the choices to make within the programme. And some tips to help you out with making the decision.

Choices within the curriculum

During the BA International Studies this is the timeline of the choices you have to make about your study path:

Year 1, semester 1

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Choose an Area specialisation

Area fair

Choose a Language Area fair

Year 1, semester 2

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Choose a Thematic seminar: Research Method


Choose the course Cultural Interaction or Communicating across cultures


Year 2, semester 1

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Prepare for Elective credits:

  • Study abroad (early deadlines for exchange)
  • Internship (enrol for preparatory course OTCB)
  • Minor 

Elective credits information session

Choose a thematic seminar  

Year 2, semester 2

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Prepare for Elective credits:

  • Study abroad
  • Internship (arrange your internship)
  • Minor (enrol for a minor)
Elective credits information session

Year 3, semester 1

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Choose a Thesis Seminar

Thesis Seminar Guidelines

Choose a PRINS project


Year 3, semester 2

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Enroll for a MA programme and/or prepare for entering labour market Leiden University Master's open day

Master's choice

Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities offers many master’s programmes for students of International Studies. Check out this webpage to see which choices you need to make in order to be directly admissible to one of our MA programmes. 

On the same page (at the bottom) you can find a list with examples of MA programmes students chose to do after graduating from International Studies. These includes MA programmes of Leiden University, but also elsewhere.

Do you need some tips about choosing 'the right' Master's programme? Then take a look at this page. More information about decision making in general can be found on this page.

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