Your first year International Studies
Courses and language training
International Studies is divided into core courses, area courses and language training.
- The core courses are compulsory for all students, irrespective of which area you choose. This is where you will learn the theory and concepts for comparing regions worldwide.
- The area courses, on the other hand, focus specifically on the world area you have chosen. These courses address the history, politics, culture and economy of that area.
- The language classes will focus on improving your speaking, writing and reading skills.
Summary of the first-year courses
|Configuring the World||10|
|Introduction to Area Studies||5|
|Reading & Writing International Studies||5|
|Philosophy of Science||5|
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.
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.