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Do cities fascinate you? Would you like to gain insights into the nature and origin of problems and learn more about, and help solve, cities' health, safety, multicultural and sustainability issues?


locatieDen Haag
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Are you unfazed by statistics and economics and excited at the prospect of following an international, English-taught programme? If all these questions elicited a “yes”, then our Urban Studies bachelor's is definitely for you.

Currently, some 70 per cent of Europe's population live in cities and in a few decades this is expected to hold true for the whole world. In the Urban Studies programme you will learn how cities are currently coping with economic growth, social cohesion, safety and sustainability, and how they'll do so in future. And all this in an international classroom in the Netherlands' political capital, The Hague.
Urban Studies at Leiden University

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

This bachelor's is unique in the Netherlands, because it is the only such interdisciplinary programme to combine humanities, social sciences, law, science and language. Its graduates are exactly what cities need to solve their problems, given that our increasing urbanisation means that understanding cities is becoming ever more urgent and relevant.
In addition to being centres of production, wealth-creation, creativity and innovation, cities also pose problems relating to sustainability, health, and multicultural diversity. The diverse and complex urban problems faced by cities all over the world are driving an increasing need for interdisciplinary approaches.

Why study Urban Studies at Leiden University?
  • Practical orientation: During the research, practical exercises, individual work and teamwork that you'll be involved in, you'll be given an excellent overview of the career options that will be open to you after graduating.
  • Broad scope: After kicking off with a broad introduction during the first year, you'll build on this in year two by studying the four themes: the multicultural city, the safe city, the healthy city and the sustainable city. Courses include law, social sciences, ecology and administrative science.
  • Study at a world-class university


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1e jaar The first year is a thorough introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Urban Studies. You will learn the basic concepts and theories of urbanisation. You will gain insights into the emergence and functioning of cities, as well as the important role they play by focusing on economics, social and cultural aspects and sustainability. Methodology courses and academic skills are also essential parts of the first year.
Academic Writing and Presenting Urban Studies
8 EC
2 EC
Cultural diversity in urban contexts
5 EC
Urban Studies: long term and conceptual perspectives
5 EC
Urban Economics and Planning
5 EC
Individuals, groups and urban institutions
5 EC
Data collection methods
5 EC
Methodologies: Introduction to methodology
5 EC
Philosophy of Science and the city
5 EC
Imagining the City
5 EC
The Material City
5 EC
Governance of cities and citizens
5 EC
2e jaar In year two you'll extend your knowledge by following classes in the programme's four themes: the multicultural city, the safe city, the healthy city and the sustainable city. You'll also specialise in two themes, by choosing two elective courses. By the end of this year you will have become a specialist in urban issues. Also in year two, you will broaden your methodology skills and learn more about the job market by doing your own research and setting up a project for an external partner.
3e jaar The first semester of year three is reserved for studying abroad, a minor, or an internship. Your focus this year will be on one of the four themes. In the second semester you will choose the subject of your thesis, and take more courses focusing on your focus theme. If you want to do a master's programme after Urban Studies, year 3 will also be a year in which you can work towards fulfilling the entry requirements of the master's programme of your choice.



But this close proximity of many people and resources also create opportunities for innovation towards a more sustainable future.For example, cities have started using urban spaces or peripheral land for food production. By exploiting renewable sources of energy they have also taken steps towards self-sufficiency, and they have launched successful recycling programmes. Innovation continues to drive sustainable change in cities that include Amsterdam, Zurich, Frankfurt, Seoul, Singapore, Toronto and Melbourne. In addressing these topics, this theme places a particular focus on the importance of sustainability, cities' role in the circular economy, policies to combat urban pollution and waste, and the cultural and ecological changes taking place at urban level.

In addressing these topics, the Sustainability theme places a particular focus on the importance of sustainability, cities' role in the circular economy, policies to combat urban pollution and waste, and the cultural and ecological changes taking place at urban level.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
40% theorie
40% praktijk
groepsdiscussie, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, onderzoek, onderzoeksvoorstel, project, seminar, stage, werkcollege, werkgroep, zelfstudie
As an Urban Studies student, expect to put in a full working week of about 40 hours. An average of 14 of these will be spent in lectures and tutorials, with the rest taken up by independent study. Lectures will focus on specific topics and broken down into work groups of 20 students. This makes it possible to discuss the material in greater depth, allowing for more student input, using individual or group presentations, for example.
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden
honours-/excellence program honours program

De Honours Academy biedt getalenteerde en gemotiveerde studenten alle kansen om zich tijdens hun studie te ontwikkelen tot leiders voor de toekomst.

Leiders in de meest brede zin van het woord: als wetenschapper, binnen het bedrijfsleven of ergens anders in de maatschappij. Deze studenten stimuleren hun kennis en vaardigheden om deze op een optimaal niveau te brengen, zodat ieder op zijn of haar eigen manier in de samenleving het verschil kan maken, dat is de doelstelling.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 10800

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend
toelaatbare profielen
vwo C&Mtoelaatbaar
vwo E&MDirect toegang met alle profielen.
vwo N&GDirect toegang met alle profielen.
vwo N&TDirect toegang met alle profielen.
WO propedeusetoelaatbaar

Direct toegang met alle VWO profielen.

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
326kamerhuur in Den Haagrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1194totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU

Op kamers in Den Haag

31524studenten studerend
17582studenten woonachtig   
€ 326gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Job market surveys have highlighted an increasing demand for students in the field of urban studies, particularly those who have been trained in an interdisciplinary programme that includes social and cultural perspective on cities and urbanisation processes.
After graduating as an urban specialist you will acquire invaluable skills that can be applied in private, public and non-profit sectors alike. These skills include critical thinking, communication, data collection and analysis, methodology, and designing research programmes that relate to urban problems and their solutions.

You could, for example, work for a consultancy firm as a policy advisor for urban issues or as a financial crime specialist with local government. Alternatively, you could be a strategic researcher in sustainability with central government or a researcher of medical urban issues with a university.

Potentiële beroepen

beleidsadviseur stedelijke vraagstukken voor een consultancybedrijf
financial crime specialist bij de lokale overheid
onderzoeker naar medische stedelijke aangelegenheden bij een universiteit
strategisch onderzoeker naar duurzaamheid bij de rijksoverheid
bron: StudieData


Dennis van Leeuwen

Coordinator of Studies

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