The admission requirements for the ‘Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives’ bachelor’s programme are an (international) equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma and proficiency in English.
Further information regarding admission requirements for prospective students with a:
Admission requirements with a Dutch diploma
The requirements for the bachelor’s programme in Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives are one of the Dutch diplomas listed below, plus proficiency in English.
If you comply with the following requirements, Leiden University will automatically admit you and you can register for the programme in ‘Studielink’ right away (see below) :
- a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma with no further requirements of your subject cluster;
- a completed first-year programme or a final bachelor’s or master’s diploma from a Dutch university (universiteit);
- a completed first-year programme or final bachelor’s or master’s diploma from an accredited Dutch university of applied sciences (hogeschool).
English proficiency requirements
It is essential that at the start of your Philosophy programme you have a good level of proficiency in written and spoken English, as the programme is taught in English, and you will have to do all your course work in English. The accepted Dutch diplomas account for sufficient proof of your English proficiency.
If you meet the Dutch diploma requirements mentioned above, you do not have to submit an application for admission. Instead you only have to register for this programme in Studielink. In all other cases you have to apply for admission first, before you can register for the programme.
Admission requirements with a non-Dutch diploma
The requirements for the bachelor’s programme in ‘Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives’ are an international equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma, plus proficiency in English.
- A final bachelor’s or master’s diploma from a university outside the Netherlands;
- A pre-university education diploma obtained outside the Netherlands which is considered comparable to a VWO diploma, an International Baccalaureate (IB), or a European Baccalaureate (EB). Leiden University’s Admissions Office publish some examples of diplomas equivalent to the Dutch VWO.
Please note that these are only examples. If your diploma is not on this list, it does not automatically mean that it is not valid.
Proficiency in English
It is essential that at the start of your Philosophy programme you have a good level of proficiency in written and spoken English as the programme is taught in English, and you will have to do all your course work in English. It is therefore important to include in your application proof of your English proficiency.
You do not need to provide proof of your level of proficiency if you have:
- completed your education in Canada (English-taught programme), the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia;
- obtained an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate.
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. Please be informed that at the time of the application deadline the test scores may not be older than 2 years, since their validity expires. You have to arrange the language test yourself and make sure you take the test as early as possible. Leiden University accepts the following three official tests and minimum scores:
- 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 score is 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)
If you wish to be considered for admission, you can start the application procedure.