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Study in Africa


Admission requirements

At least the first year (60 ECTs) must have been completed


The aim of this seminar abroad is that the students experience African societies in multiples ways:
1. Through participating in an African University, or doing an intern at a knowledge institute;
2. Learning a second African language;
3. Doing a small research.

In principle the semester abroad is in second semester of year 2;
Students can also opt to participate in a diaspora community, and study at a European University close to the diaspora community.
1. Students take 10 EC courses of their choice at a local university or do an internship worth 10 EC in the country where they learn the second language.
2. Next to this the students will learn a second language. There is an exchange agreement with the University of Ghana that many of our students go to. Students can also go to the Institute of Leiden Univerist in Rabat, NIMAR, Morocco. Students can also go to another location in Africa to learn a second language. The lecturers of the programme can be appraoched for contacts. They must submit this to the Examination Board. The Africa trip is subsidized.
3. With the knowledge gained in the methodological courses (activating the past; research in present-day Africa; Oral traditions) the student has to develop a research proposal and do a small research that will result in a paper 0f 8000 Words.
The paper can be written in English or French.

Course objectives

Students experience an African environment and show their capability to study a language; they will also acquire research skills.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The studnet has to show that he/she has followed 10 ECTs courses with good results;
The students will do a short exam on the acquired second language in Leiden (with the lecturers who teach African languages)
The research paper.


Each part will count 30 % for the final mark.



There is no resit; the stay in Africa is obligatory

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list



Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.


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