Programme Turkish Studies

The specialisation Turkish Studies focuses on Turkey in the widest sense, ranging from history to linguistics, from literature to art and material culture.

Programme information

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As a student in this programme you opt to gain insight into the dynamics of modernisation in Turkey, with an eye to the legacy of the past as well as the long term political, social, economic and cultural developments. The programme includes courses offered by specialists on Ottoman and modern Turkish history such as Prof. Erik Jan Zürcher and Dr. Jan Schmidt; on the social history of Central Asia  and the Caucasus such as Prof. Touraj Atabaki; on linguistics such as Dr. Gerjan van Schaaik; on cultural history and art and material culture such as Dr. Hans Theunissen; on  literature and performing arts such as Dr. Petra de Bruijn; on minorities and Christian communities in the Middle East such as Prof. Heleen Murre-van den Berg and Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian.

For specific information about the courses see the Turkish Studies section of the prospectus.

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Turkish Studies section of the prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll for a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board
Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff Turkish Studies

Information for alumni Middle Eastern Studies

Last Modified: 01-12-2016