Programme Bachelor International Studies

Experience the Bachelor programme of International Studies

This is an online experience for when you are thinking about taking the bachelor of International Studies at Leiden University, and would like to find out if it is right for you.
This is done through a short online experience in which you will take 3 different subjects. These subjects are taught in the first semester of the International Studies programme, so you can get a real feel for what to expect when you are a student.

The Online Experience is offered at no charge and will take you approximately 2 weeks to complete.

Upcoming Online Experience opportunities

7-20 November 2016. Please register at the latest on the 2nd of November.

15-29 January 2017. Please register at the latest on the 11th of January.

March 28-April 10 2017. Please register at the latest on the 23rd of March.

You can register for the next online experience through the green button on the right hand side. You will receive an update on when you will be able to participate.

You can always visit us on location. For example during one of the programme’s Experience Days in November and March.

If you are not able to visit one of the Experience Days, but do want information about the BA programme International Studies, please let us know. We will try to find another solution.

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Online Experience programme: what to expect?

Within each of the three courses an online lecture of around 20 minutes will be provided, as well as reading material, on which a short test will be based. The programme for the Online Experience will be as follows.

Week 1: Introduction to Area Studies | Dr. Ethan Mark

Scholars who study “other places” and “other peoples” have long sought to live up to the ideal of representing and understanding what is “really there” in a balanced and objective way, without imposing their own assumptions or prejudices upon their subject. But recent scholarship has shown that this challenge is more complicated than you might think, particularly when power and history are added to the equation. The purpose of this course is to equip young scholars of “other places” with a critical awareness of how history and power can shape the categories and assumptions that divide “us” from “them.”

Week 2: Communicating Power | Dr. Simanique Moody

In this course we explore how language is used in social interaction at the individual, institutional, societal and cultural levels. We examine, for example, what is polite or impolite in different cultures and how this is reflected in language; how language is gendered; the diverse understandings of speech and language ideologies and how these are sites for potential and purposeful miscommunication and misunderstanding.

Week 3: Configuring the World | Dr. Jeff Fynn Paul

The world is an exciting and diverse place and no two areas are ever the same. But even within areas, there are differences between regions and between groups of citizens. These differences are often described on the basis of numerical measurements, usually aggregated at some higher level. But even if the numbers carry the same name and classification what do they actually measure and are they strictly comparable? This course examines various aspects of the world through the medium of global data bases and encourages students to (critically) compare and present experiences in an attractive and comprehensible format. To register for the on-line experience programme, press the green button. For additional information about Bachelor of International studies please scroll down.

To register for the online experience programme, press the green button. For additional information about Bachelor of International studies please scroll down.

International studies

About Bachelor International Studies

This full time three-year Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in The Hague offers a unique combination of area studies, placed in an international setting and provides the opportunity to learn a foreign language.

After a broad semester, you specialise in one of the world areas and languages offered. You analyse your area of choice from cultural, economic, historical and political angles and compare them within an international perspective.

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)
find out more about the BA International Studies request the brochure

International classroom

The Bachelor of International Studies boasts a diverse and international classroom. With small workgroups with students from all regions of the world, students will enjoy a unique learning experience. If you would like to see what a workgroup looks like in practice, here is a short video to give an idea of the experience in the classrooms.

Video: Tutorial Video: Tutorial

Housing & Social life in The Hague, the Netherlands

International students are accommodated by the University in apartments in The Hague. Visit the University’s housing website for more information on the possibilities.

BASIS (Bachelor Association for Students of International Studies) is the study association for International Studies students. Throughout the year BASIS organises a variety of activities such as book deals, Model United Nations events, guest lecturers and much more. But BASIS is not just there to help you out academically; with events such as ski trips, Halloween parties, '90s parties, jam sessions and salsa lessons, BASIS can help you form new friendships and overall make your university experience the best it can be.
For more information see the BASIS website or like the BASIS Facebook page.

Career Preparation: internships and exchange

As a graduate of International Studies you will have a lot to offer future employers. Knowledge of languages and cultures is crucial for international contacts, so you will be ideally suited for positions where such contacts are key.
The Bachelor of International Studies can also further your options in the career market through the option for students to either study abroad or participate in an internship in their third year. This map below show where over a third of our current third year students are aboard on either exchange or on an intership.
If you would like to know more about our internship experience, please browse through this leaflet with students experiences and internship information.

One of the main aspects of the International Studies programme is the specialisation in a certain area in the world, in the region’s culture, politics, history and economics. In order to truly understand an area, one must live in it, and this is exactly what a semester abroad offers: attending a different university in a different country for four to five months, and learning and taking courses in a different education system, while deepening one’s knowledge and understanding of the area. If you would like to know more download the PDF “Why study abroad”.

Study in The Hague
exchange students 2014/2015 | internship students 2014/2015

The Hague international City of Peace & Justice

The Bachelor of International Studies is offered in the city of The Hague. The Hague is a lively, safe, and multicultural city that offers an abundance of cultural and student experiences. It is located close a short train ride from Amsterdam, Leiden, and Rotterdam. To get a better impression of The Hague follow this link.

Leiden University, Humanities, The Netherlands

Leiden University, Humanities, The Netherlands

Leiden University is the oldest (founded in 1575) and possibly most renowned of the universities in the Netherlands. Leiden’s Faculty of Humanities is home to more than 4,500 students, who are able to choose from no fewer than 28 BA programmes and 27 MA programmes, including Research Masters. The faculty is an international centre for study of the world’s languages, cultures and nations.

The Faculty of Humanities is ranked 17th within the subject area ‘Arts and Humanities’ in the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) of 2015-2016. The faculty scores particularly high in teaching, research and international outlook.

Information for Study Counsellors

Do you have students who are interested in a program that offers a broad range of disciplines from which to study the world? The Bachelor of International Studies may be what those students are looking for. This program looks at the history, culture, politics and economy of a world region, and students will learn one of the region’s languages. Students will be able to put world events in perspective by comparing regions in their worldwide context.
If this sounds like the right choice for some of your students, and you would like to know more please feel free to contact our study coordinators at
Additionally directing your students to the On-line Experience outlined on this page is a great way to give students an experience of the International Studies programme.

English taught bachelor’s programmes at Leiden University

Besides the Bachelor of International Studies Leiden University offers 7 other English taught bachelor’s programmes (Archaeology, Arts Media and Society, Dutch Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges, Philosophy, Psychology and South and Southeast Asian Studies). If you want to know what the content of these programmes are, what student life in Leiden or The Hague is like, or how your students can apply, please check our website
We look forward to meeting you and your students sometime very soon, so let us know if you want us to visit your school and give a presentation about studying at Leiden University and our bachelors programmes.
For more information about our visits, please contact Carolyn Barr, our International Relations Officer.
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