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Foreign Language


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This is a language course for beginners, and has a communicative approach. Attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations. The focus will be on listening, speaking and reading. However, basic writing instruction will also be part of the course. For this purpose, pronunciation, basic vocabulary, basic grammar and the most important standard phrases will be taught as the key elements of this course.

Course objectives

This course is the first course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies programme. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in [language], aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

  • Spanish, French, Dutch
    Target level in terms of the Common European Framework for this course: Speaking: A1, Listening: A1, Reading: A1. Writing A1.

  • Swahili, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Indonesian, Hindi, Arabic
    Target level in terms of the Common European Framework for this course: Speaking: A1, Listening: A1, Reading: A2. Writing A1-.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two hour seminars every week.

Assessment method

Written and/or oral language test.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list



Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Area/ Language uSis code Foreign Language: Mandarin 5181KFL01 Foreign Language: Japanese 5181KFL02 Foreign Language: Korean 5181KFL03 Foreign Language: Portuguese 5181KFL04 Foreign Language: Spanish 5181KFL05 Foreign Language: Arabic 5181KFL06 Foreign Language: Persian 5181KFL07 Foreign Language: Turkish 5181KFL08 Foreign Language: French 5181KFL10 Foreign Language: Russian 5181KFL11 Foreign Language: Hindi 5181KFL12 Foreign Language: Indonesian 5181KFL13 Foreign Language: Afrikaans 5181KFL15 Foreign Language: Swahili 5181KFL16 Foreign Language: Dutch 5181KFL17 Foreign Language: Italian 5181KFL20Please note that Korean, Portuguese, Persian, Turkish, Afrikaans and Italian will only be offered if there is sufficient demand.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable