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BA Dutch Studies

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2019  (Dutch)
September 2020  (English)
September 2020  (Dutch)
September 2021  (English)
September 2021  (Dutch)

Program Description

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Study a BA in Dutch studies at Leiden University

The bachelor degree in Dutch studies is an intensive 3-year program. Upon graduation you'll receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. For students entering the program with an advanced level of Dutch, it is possible to complete the program within two years. There is also the option to follow a 1-year program.

As a student of Dutch Studies, you will:

  • Learn the Dutch language
  • Study the visual arts of the Low Lands
  • Examine Dutch literature
  • Linguists and (art) history
  • Acquire all the skills necessary to obtain a full understanding of Dutch culture and society

During the third year of your bachelor’s program in Dutch studies, you'll choose to specialize in one of the following: Dutch literature, linguistics, history or art history. You may choose your specialization after consulting the Coordinator of Studies.

Admission requirements

If your diploma is considered comparable to a VWO diploma, and your level of English proficiency is sufficient too (see below), you will be admitted to the program. 

You will be exempted from having to take the English test if you have:

  • Completed your education (secondary and/or higher) in Canada (except Quebec), the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia
  • Obtained an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successfully completed the Dutch VWO
  • An official Bachelor Propedeuse diploma from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hogeschool), with an average level of 7 and a Dutch Senior/Higher General Secondary Education (HAVO) diploma with a 7 for English

If the above does not apply to you, you will have to provide proof of your proficiency, by means of one of the tests below. You have to organize the test yourself. You can take the test before or after you apply for admission. Please, be advised to prepare and register in time. Leiden University accepts three kinds of official tests:

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Academic modules only. Minimum score of 6.5
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores are 570 (paper-based) / 230 (computer-based) / 90 (internet based). Original test results should be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL institution code for Leiden University is 0504. Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A-C)

Degree & diploma

Bachelor of Arts in Dutch Studies

Tuition & fees

Tuition fees for Dutch and European students are 2000€ a year. For non-European students, fees vary. Please complete an information request form to learn more.

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With a long and rich history, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Students may choose to study from 7 faculties and 3 campuses, watch this video to learn what Leiden can offer you!

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Location & accommodation

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Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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