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What will I learn?

This Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives bachelor's programme is unique in that it offers comparative perspectives from around the world that will enable you to be part of the next generation of thinkers, someone studying and shaping philosophy for a globalised 21st century.

Study Philosophy in a global context

Philosophy challenges you to question prejudices and to be open to different perspectives. This philosophy bachelor programme is unique in that it offers a cross-cultural dimension of comparative philosophy in which the world’s thought traditions mutually inform and enrich one another. Studying the philosophies of India, East Asia, and the Arab world alongside those of the West will give you a global context for thought and make you the kind of professional that today’s global world is simply crying out for.

Why study Philosophy at Leiden University?

  • It’s unique in the Netherlands. It’s also one of only a few programmes in the world to feature thought patterns from India, East Asia, Europe and the Arab world, while all the while focusing on opportunities for interaction and comparison.
  • It’s taught in an internationally acclaimed academic environment.
  • It favours small tutorial groups that stimulate in-depth discussion and excellent skills training and mentoring by senior students and dedicated lecturers.

After graduation

As a Philosophy graduate you will have developed strong academic competences, backed up by resourcefulness and a broad outlook. Your hands-on experience in processing complex ideas will be a very appealing asset for a prospective employer and your intercultural skills will be widely sought after.

What are your skills after graduation?

After graduating from this Philosophy programme you will have received a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective education in Philosophy that is highly relevant for the 21st century. You will have developed critical and analytical reasoning, skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to systematically process complex issues, either individually or as part of a team, and the capacity to work with abstract texts. Moreover, you will also have an open mindset and sound intercultural skills.

Your career prospects

Graduates of the programme who want to further their academic education can continue with a master’s programme. Having successfully completed a master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA), which will significantly increase your chances of finding a position at academic level.

Career Service

The Career Service of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to give you personal advice and guidance about internships and jobs, as well as courses and workshops in career-planning, job-applications and interviews. We can also provide contact details for potential employers. Furthermore, an internship coordinator and career advisor will help you match your interests and abilities with suitable internships and career options. You can contact the Student Career Service up to six months after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€10,716.00 (8,65,590) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants can be admitted with an equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic modules only. Minimum score of 6.5 overall; The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score of 90 overall (internet based). Original test results should be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service, Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A-C) or CPE/CAE 180. Cambridge A-Levels in three general, academic subjects with grades A-C. Must have High School Diploma, College Preparatory programme with: A minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0, and Three College Board APs (grades 4-5) in different subjects (not accepted are: AP studio Art, AP Capstone, AP Research, or AP Seminar). When applying, please upload your SAT (or ACT) exam scores, College Board results and information on your schools accreditation. In exceptional cases, if sufficient AP scores and/or GPA cannot be submitted, SAT general scores > 1200 (or ACT composite scores > 28), may be taken into account.

For international students

An equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma.

If your diploma does not meet these requirements you may still be admitted, on condition that you sit additional exams. You will receive more information on this once you have applied.

Leiden University accepts three kinds of official tests:

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic modules only. Minimum score of 6.5 overall.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score of 90 overall (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) or CPE/CAE 180.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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