Crossing borders in your third year

All students of South and Southeast Asian Studies spend the first semester of their third year abroad.

Off to Asia

The quickest way to obtain a really good command of a new language is to use that language every day in a country where it is routinely spoken. Intensive contact with local people is of course also good for developing intercultural understanding, skills, and appreciation. For the benefit of its South and Southeast Asian Studies BA students, Leiden University has standard ‘semester abroad’ arrangements with the University of Hyderabad in India, and with Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta) in Indonesia.

More information about the exchange to the University of Hyderabad.

Or a European city

You can also decide to study in another European country. The South and Southeast Asia department has excellent contacts with universities in the following cities:

Casper Luckerhof

Have you ever visited South and Southeast Asia?
Last summer, with a grant from the University, I was able to spend a month in India, studying Hindi, the most widely spoken language in the country. I took language lectures in Mussoorie, a village at the foot of the Himalayas. This is where the British used to retreat to in the summer months to escape the heat. I had a really great month!