European Union Studies

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, in the field of social sciences, humanities, law or economics.
  • Applicants should have completed components at the bachelor’s level equivalent to at least 30 ECTS in the field of contemporary European studies with comparable content and course objectives.
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE); for the ‘speaking’ and ‘writing’ components a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL25 is required) For a list of exceptions, see the website on language requirements.

Additional information

  • Please note that a specific motivation letter for the specialisation of your choice is required. This motivation letter (max. 800 words) should include a clear indication of the reasons why you are applying for European Union Studies.
  • Please include two letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic staff member) in your application.
  • Applicants can be advised to take on additional reading in preparation for specific optional courses, depending on the student’s prior training and background.
  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO) in the field of economics, history, political science (and international relations), law or European Studies, with an average grade of at least 7,0 (Dutch grading system) will be admitted after completing the pre-master’s programme. See the pre-master’s page for more details.
  • Applicants who have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a university, but who do not meet the entry requirements above, will be admitted after completing the pre-master’s programme. See the pre-master’s page for more details.

Information for Leiden University students

  • No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application. See How to apply for further details.
  • Applicants who completed the minor in European Union Studies, will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application. See How to apply for further details.

Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: International Relations
  • Graad Master of Arts in International Relations
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60734

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