Why South and Southeast Asian Studies at Leiden University?
- The programme is unique: Leiden University is the only place in the Netherlands where you can study the languages and cultures of South and Southeast Asia at an academic level.
- It is in fact the only Bachelor programme in Europe that expressly integrates the study of South and Southeast Asia.
- Choose to specialise in the parts and aspects of the region that interest you most.
- Learn a language like Hindi, Sanskrit, Tibetan, or Indonesian.
- Follow lectures by internationally recognised experts in almost all disciplines, whether you are interested in language, culture, art, religion, philosophy, law, history or politics.
- The teaching in this programme is based on top level scientific research and stands in a long and venerable tradition of Leiden scholarship of the region.
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Leiden University is one of the world’s most important centres of South and Southeast Asian Studies – not least because of the many unique book and document collections, and related research institutions, which are located nearby:
- Leiden University Library, with its famous collections of Asian books and manuscripts
- The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), an internationally renowned research institute founded in 1851 and specialising particularly in Indonesia, which shares premises with Leiden University
- The International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), also in Leiden
- The National Archive of the Netherlands, including many unique materials relating to Asia, a short train ride away in The Hague
Informal and personal
- South and Southeast Asian Studies is a small-scale programme with an informal and personal atmosphere, so you will soon get to know both your fellow students and your lecturers.
- Throughout your study you will be closely supervised by the programme’s Co-ordinator of Studies and Student Mentor, who will always be ready to answer your questions.
- The lecturers, too, are very approachable, both inside and outside the lecture rooms.
- The programme has it’s own student-run study association Siitaa.
Questions? Contact the Co-ordinator of Studies.
The teaching in this programme is based on top-level scientific research. Your lecturers and supervisors will include internationally recognised scholars in the field of South and Southeast Asia, such as professors Arps, Bisschop, Henley, Klokke, Silk and Wickramasinghe.