Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Latin American Studies

Leiden University · Humanities

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements available at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/latin-american-studies/en/introduction

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

In the master’s programme in Latin American Studies at Leiden University you will focus on key social, political and cultural developments which are currently shaping the complex reality of Latin America.

The programme has been deliberately designed to understand the here and now of this region by paying attention to the most recent academic discussions. The master’s makes use of scholarly contributions coming from several academic disciplines such as modern history, literature, and linguistics, as well as from the social sciences, and has a strong focus on research. In order to let you get an in-depth immersion into the current reality of Latin America, virtually all lectures are taught in Spanish. This allows us to use present-day Latin American sources and documents on a wide-range of topics. Besides, you will have the opportunity to conduct an individual field work research for your final thesis in a Latin American country of your choice.

The department has long-existing contacts with academic centres and scholars in most Latin American countries that can provide the needed academic support. All this makes the programme unique in the Netherlands and abroad, attracting very motivated students from a wide variety of, among other, European and Latin American countries.

The programme has three disciplinary tracks:

  • Public Policies in Latin America
  • Cultural Analysis in Latin America
  • Language Variation and Bilingualism

Due to the department’s long tradition of research and teaching at Leiden University, the staff has built up a well established international reputation.

The programme also maintains a broad network of active contacts throughout Latin America, capable of offering you support during your research period. You will have the possibility to carry out research at various locations, including:

  • Argentina:
    • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
  • Brasil:
    • Universidade de Sao Paulo
    • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
    • Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul
    • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Chile:
    • Universidad de Chile
    • Universidad Diego Portales
    • Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • Mexico:
    • Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
    • Colegio de México
    • Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia
    • Universidad Iberoamericana

But we also offer possibilities in many other Latin American countries.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (2017-2018)
International students
€ 16,600 (2017-2018)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team