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Study programme

When deciding what to study you undoubtedly read a lot of information about your study programme. Leiden University employs various systems to provide information about programmes and courses and to facilitate communication between lecturers and students.

The Prospectus contains information about all the courses within your study programme. Here you can find all you need to know about your programme. Via Blackboard you can communicate with your lecturers and submit assignments.


International Studies is a three year bachelor programme. Its study programme is designed around three elements: core courses that introduce disciplinary concepts and that analyze the international setting, area courses that analyze the situation in a selected region from a disciplinary, and increasingly interdisciplinary, perspective and language courses that prepare students for access to the cultural context in the relevant language.

The core concepts, ideas and methods are taken from four broad disciplinary approaches:

  • History (mostly modern history)
  • Cultural Studies (modern cultural phenomena in their societal settings)
  • Economics (and the concepts from International Political Economy)
  • Political Science (and Sociology and Anthropology)

For a detailed description of the programme and its courses, please see the Studieguide for International Studies.

Electives (BA3)

In the third year of your programme in International Studies you will have the so called Electives. Please see the Electives website for information about your options: Study Abroad, Internships, and minors. When you have made your choice, fill in the Electives form.

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