About this minor
N.B. This is a selection minor! Applications close 16 April 2023. See Target Group for more information
This joint minor is offered in collaboration with Leiden University and TU Delft. Education will take place at all three institutions.
Through an unique collaboration between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam the minor aims to capacitise students from all fields of study to identify, track, and strengthen Africa’s role in the globalised world.
Fusing expertise in the humanities, social and natural sciences and technology, and building on the goals set in the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Agenda 2030, this multidisciplinary minor will foster a deeper understanding of integrated and sustainable approaches in Africa. In the first quarter, two subject - Reading Africa (5 EC) and Exploring Africa(10 EC), serve as the theoretical underpinning of the study. Leading Africanists depict the continent from different perspectives and expose students to approaches, theory and expertise in diverse fields with an emphasis on how Africans themselves view their continent and the world.
The second quarter that entails the practical component of the minor, builds on the accumulated knowledge of the first block. The objective of the only course - Collaboration Africa (15 EC), is to expose students to real-life scenarios, develop a critical lens, investigate transdisciplinary and innovative sustainable approaches and establish future partnership networks. The online environment is an integral tool employed to facilitate virtual exchange and intercultural dialogue.
If you are concerned about issues impacting on Africa, want to know more about emerging opportunities and sustainable approaches, interested in the continent’s rich socio-cultural traditions and diversity, and/or considering to pursue a career in Africa, this minor will provide you with a solid multidisciplinary foundation. You will be discovering African realities and dynamics together with students from different study and disciplinary backgrounds, and collaborate with students from African universities. Whether you are completing a bachelor study at the universities of Leiden, Delft or Erasmus* in Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, History, International Relations and Global Affairs, Languages, Law, Management, Medicine and Health, Natural Sciences, or Social Studies and Behavioural Sciences, you could be an ideal candidate for this minor. Students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply.
- In general, EUR students can only take part in the first quarter (15 ECs) of the minor. It is however possible to complete the whole minor (30 ECs) under certain conditions. Please discuss this with your study coordinator.
The minor requires full time commitment, is presented in English and serves as a pre-master for the masters in African Studies at Leiden University. More details can be found in the Leiden University e-prospectus
Good to know
To strengthen the multidisciplinary collaboration, a diversity of disciplinary interests and backgrounds is essential and we also strive for an equal representation of the three partnering universities*. Therefore this minor resorts as a selection minor and applications have to be submitted via EduXchange between 3 and 16 April 2023 together with a Background and Commitment Form.
Incomplete or applications received after 16 April will not be taken into consideration!
Successful candidates will be informed by 1 May 2023. Address any further enquiries to the minor coordinator: Madi Ditmars
- Link to more informationMinorpage on website of Leiden University
- Contact coordinator
- CreditsECTS 30
- Selection minorNo