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Middle Eastern Studies

Unified around the dual themes of unity and diversity and continuity and change , the programme offers instruction and research guidance across a spectrum of topics and interests – from the birth of Islam to the mediaeval world of 1001 Nights to the modern-day cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.


News and events

Find out more about the ILLP at our information evening!

Are you an international master’s student looking for a challenge? Do you want to know more about leadership and your personal leadership style? Visit our information evening on 1 November and find out whether the International Leiden Leadership Programme (ILLP) is something for you!


3 October holiday: university closed

October 3rd is a local holiday in Leiden: the ‘Leids Ontzet’. For this reason, the university buildings are closed and there will be no lectures. This is also in effect for International Studies in The Hague.


Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme: get yourself a buddy!

Are you about to move to Leiden to obtain your Master’s degree? We want to help. To facilitate your integration into the university and student life in Leiden, The Humanities Faculty has set up the Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme. Our aim with this programme is to welcome new students and create a social and academic network from day one.