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North American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #67 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
The master’s programme in North American Studies at Leiden University takes an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the study of the United States, with a particular emphasis on examining key aspects of American history, culture, and literature, from a historical perspective and within an international context.
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Overview

According to Elsevier, Leiden has the best MA programme in North American Studies in the Netherlands. Moreover, the Leiden programme has received the label ‘top programme’ in the Keuzegids Masters of March 2019. This ranking is based on the opinion of students (through the National Student Survey) and academic experts (NVAO).

During your studies you will learn alongside talented and highly-motivated students in a diverse and international classroom setting. Classes are kept relatively small to allow for a high level of interaction with your instructors, all of whom are internationally acclaimed researchers in the field of American Studies, and to facilitate a research-led learning environment.

North American Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in North American Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

  • The master’s programme in North American Studies prepares you for a wide range of careers in which well-developed analytical and other academic skills or specialised knowledge of U.S. history, literature, politics, and culture are valued. 
  • Our graduates pursue careers in the international job market in fields including teaching, journalism, IT, business, politics, government policy, publishing and research.

Programme Structure

Programme content

  • The master's programme in North American Studies consists of one core course, three elective research seminars, and an MA thesis.  You also have the option of replacing one elective course with an internship at an organisation or institution in the Netherlands or abroad.
  • The Leiden programme offers an international classroom setting: it draws international and internationally oriented students from a range of academic backgrounds and has an international teaching staff.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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General Requirements

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
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