MA North American Studies

Leiden University    Faculty of Humanities

Full time September, February MA Full-time: 1 year
Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

FindAMasters summary

The MA North American Studies programme at Leiden University offers a fascinating and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the United States. Delve into the rich history, culture, and literature of the U.S., with a focus on how the past influences present-day social, political, and cultural developments. You'll also explore the U.S.'s role in the global arena and its impact on the region. Benefit from small class sizes and learn from internationally renowned researchers. This programme prepares you for a range of exciting career opportunities, where analytical skills and specialized knowledge of U.S. history, literature, politics, and culture are highly valued.

About the course

The master’s programme in North American Studies at Leiden University takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the United States, with a particular emphasis on examining key aspects of American history, culture, and literature.

Read more about this course

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

 Course Content

Visit institution website

Chat to a Student Ambassador

Our student ambassadors are the best people to tell you about what studying at Leiden University is like.

Chat to a student now

Where will I study?

Where is Leiden University


All Available Videos:
Leiden - The Student City Leiden - The Student City 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Leiden - The Student City
Leiden, The Netherlands Leiden, The Netherlands 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Leiden, The Netherlands
Leiden Humanities Timelapse Leiden Humanities Timelapse 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Leiden Humanities Timelapse
Why Humanities Matter Why Humanities Matter 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Why Humanities Matter
Studying at Leiden University Studying at Leiden University 19/12/2017 11:05:06
Studying at Leiden University

Student Profile

Lexi Cleveland

As an American, I am understandably interested in finding out more about what makes America tick. Leiden’s program really appealed to me because it takes a holistic approach to America by examining history, culture, and contemporary politics. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students from many fields, such as history, international relations, and literature, all come together to build a deeper understanding of the multiple facets of American topics. Even though I am a historian by trade I found that I actually really liked taking classes on literature as it helped me to understand familiar topics in new ways. I can say, in all sincerity, that I had a wonderful experience studying at Leiden. North American Studies is a relatively small program which allowed for me to become great friends with all of my classmates. Moving abroad to study means having to make a new network of friends in an unfamiliar culture; although this seemed daunting at first students were actively working to befriend each other from the very start. Likewise, not only are the faculty members experts in their fields but they are also wonderful mentors who take a real interest in meeting the needs of their pupils. There was a real sense of community within the program and both faculty and peers went out of their way to help me succeed. Overall, I highly recommend studying in Leiden to anyone looking for an academic challenge as well as lifelong friendships.

Leiden is an excellent city to study in as it is simultaneously quaint and lively. Leidenaars tend to embrace and enliven their history as can be seen in the city’s many wonderful museums and celebrations. Every Wednesday and Saturday an outdoor market with a carnival feel is held which makes grocery shopping a social event. Leiden is small enough that you are always seeing friendly and familiar faces any time you enter town and the locals make everyone feel welcome and at home. If you are into indoor activities, Leiden has plenty of cute, niche shopping boutiques as well as cinemas and cozy restaurants. If you are into the outdoors Leiden does have a few green spaces that are perfect for having picnics and enjoying natural scenery and the beach is just a bike ride away. Even if you don’t like small town life, being located in-between Amsterdam and The Hague means you are only ever a few minutes away from bigger cities.


For full details please visit the Leiden Excellence Scholarship website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial to full tuition.


For excellent Non-EEA/non-EFTA students joining a full-time Leiden University Master's degree programme - with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School. Exception: All nationalities for Advanced LLMs & MSc Int. Relations and Diplomacy are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

For full details please visit the Leiden Excellence Scholarship website.

Find out more

For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to €30,000


The scholarship is intended for students who have received an official letter of admission to a one-year Master's programme at Leiden University. Applicants must be nationals of one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen. This fund is intended for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence and a strong motivation to promote Euro-Arab dialogue.

Application Procedure

For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

Find out more

Search Suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters