Your first year International Studies

Courses and language training

International Studies is divided into core courses, area courses and language training.

Summary of the first-year courses

Subjects Credits
Configuring the World 10
Introduction to Area Studies 5
Reading & Writing International Studies 5
Global History 5
Communicating Power 5
History: Area 5
Economics 5
Cultural Studies 5
Philosophy of Science 5
Language 10

For detailed information on courses check out the e-Prospectus.

Credits / ec

The academic year comprises two semesters. During and at the end of each semester you will have exams. This can be an oral or a written exam, a final paper or an assignment. For each subject you pass you will be awarded a number of credits. One credit equates 28 hours of study. One fulltime year of studies is 60 ec.

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

You are expected to complete three quarters of the study credits of the first year in the course of the first year. That means 45 out of the total of 60 study credits. Passing the course Reading and Writing International Studies, as well as the Foreign Language course, is an additional requirement of the BSA in your first year. Failure to meet these requirements leads to exclusion from the rest of the programme.
See the Leiden University study system for more information.

Digital facilities

For students at Leiden University, many of the activities related to their study can be organized online. uSis is the University online administration system. Students have to register themselves via uSis for tutorials, papers and exams. uSis also shows your personal information, grades and timetable. You will also have access to Blackboard, Leiden University’s digital learning environment. Lecturers and tutors use this web-based tool to support the lectures and tutorials.

Your first year International Studies testimonial Maria

What was the first year like?
I’ve learned about such fascinating fields as Sociolinguistics and Area Studies. Because I’m going to focus on Europe, I have the chance to learn a new language, so, besides International Studies, I’m also learning French. This programme really does enrich you as a person.

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