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International Studies Area Fair 2020

Date
Friday 23 October 2020
Time
Address
Online

Welcome to the International Studies Area Fair for 2020. It’s a bit different from what we are used to, but all these lecturers and language teachers are here to answer all your questions nonetheless!

To give every area and language ample time, the programme has been divided in two parts. A morning programme, during which Area Lecturers will give a presentation on the region they teach. And an afternoon programme. During which language teachers will be present to introduce you to their respective languages and answer any questions you may have. You can find the programmes below. Just click on the name of the lecture you want to attend and it should link you directly to the appropriate Kaltura room.

The Study Coördinators will also be providing sessions during the day to help you with any questions you may have. You can find them on skype by clicking here. They will be present from: 11:00-12:00, 13:-14:00, 15:00-16:00.

Morning programme (areas)

09:15 - 10:00 10:00 - 10:45 10:50 - 11:35 11:40 - 12:25 12:30 - 13:10
  Africa   Africa  
  East Asia   East Asia  
    Middle East   Middle East
    South & Southeast Asia   South & Southeast Asia
  Latin America   Latin America  
  Europe   Europe  
    North America   North America
    Russia & Eurasia   Russia & Eurasia

 

FAQ: Area's

You follow four courses specific to your area: History, Culture, Politics and Economy. Next to this you also need to take the thesis seminar (and write your thesis) in your area of specialization.

You can enroll through uSis for the courses in your specific area. Please make sure to do so before the semester starts.

We guarantee a place in the area you prefer. When a course is full, please contact the Student Information Desk International Studies (osz-admin-thehague@hum.leidenuniv.nl) as soon as possible.

No, when you go abroad (to study or for an internship) you are not obliged to go to a country in your area of specialization.

You are allowed to switch your area until February 1st. You can do this by registering for the correct area in uSis. Do not forget to also deregister for the old area courses!

When you change after the semester started, we cannot guarantee a place in your preferred area anymore.

Afternoon programme (languages)

13:30 - 14:00 14:00 - 14:30 14:30 - 15:00 15:00 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:00
Mandarin   Mandarin   Mandarin
  Japanese   Japanese  
Spanish   Spanish   Spanish
  Portuguese   Portuguese  
Arabic   Arabic   Arabic
  Russian   Russian  
French   French   French
  Swahili   Swahili  
Dutch   Dutch    
  German   German  
Modern Hebrew   Modern Hebrew    
  Persian   Persian  
Korean   Korean    
  Indonesian   Indonesian  
Hindi   Hindi    

FAQ: Languages

No this is not possible. The only possible exception, made by the board of examiners, is for students who can prove that they already master all the other languages belonging to the chosen area.

The courses are only suitable for students who do not have prior knowledge in this language. If you have prior knowledge of the language we strongly advise you to choose another language in your area. For a limited amount of courses we also offer to start on pre-intermediate level (French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Russian & Mandarin).

You are not allowed to choose a language if the language is your mother tongue.

The levels that are reached within the courses are listed in the Prospectus.

You can enroll through uSis. Please make sure to do so before the semester starts. Preferably as soon as possible after enrollment opens, so you can ensure a spot in your preferred group.

We guarantee a place in the language you prefer. When a course is full, please contact the Student Information Desk International Studies (osz-admin-thehague@hum.leidenuniv.nl) as soon as possible.

You are allowed to switch your language until February 1st. You can do this by registering for the correct language in uSis. Do not forget to also deregister for the old language course! If you change after the semester started, we cannot guarantee a place in your preferred language anymore.

When the language of your choice offers this option, please register for it in uSis as soon as possible but at least before December 31. Students who enroll in a pre-intermediate class will be asked to take a placement test which you will receive in the first week of January. You can take the test from home.

Yes, you can, but Given the high course load, students who want to take a second language need to pass all courses in the first semester and have a GPA of 7.0. Each language course has 6 hours of class a week and corresponding homework. Next to studying your first language this proves to be quite a challenge and it is therefore only suitable for highly motivated students.

Also students should consider the following when applying for a second language:

  • We will only be able to inform you if you have been placed in the last week of January so just before the start of the classes.
  • When you are interested in one of the languages that offer a pre-intermediate option, you will be asked to take a placement test.
  • We only offer places that are left open after the first year students made their choice for the first language.
  • If the available group for the second language clashes with your other (compulsory) classes, you cannot participate in this course.
  • Please note that you will not be allowed to enroll in uSis for a second language yourself.
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