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    Hi guys!

    I wanna apply for European Studies MA at the Uni of Leiden, and of course I need to prove my English language sufficiency. I took the IELTS exam last Saturday, but I feel like I won't acquire the needed score, because I messed up both the writing and speaking parts - like I will only get 6 or 6.5 instead of the at least 7. I did some research on the matter, but I didn't find anything useful.
    So, long story short, should I still apply for the programme if I won't have the required score? Have you heard about somebody who got accepted anyway?
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    Yes you should apply. Although I don't understand why you would study in this boring country when you have the UK.
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    Yeah, originally my plan was to go Scotland, but I realized the Netherlands is better for me, as I can also speak Dutch a little bit, and I don't wanna waste it away. Also, I find it a nice and cool country, from what I've seen so far.
    Anyway, I guess you're Dutch. So, you have any experience, or have heard some stories? Or, is that just a general advice?
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    (Original post by Eldobawm2)
    Yeah, originally my plan was to go Scotland, but I realized the Netherlands is better for me, as I can also speak Dutch a little bit, and I don't wanna waste it away. Also, I find it a nice and cool country, from what I've seen so far.
    Anyway, I guess you're Dutch. So, you have any experience, or have heard some stories? Or, is that just a general advice?
    Well maybe it is the malaise of someone who has lived here their whole life! I moved here two years ago and I love it, Leiden is perfect for me. It is close enough to other cities where there is plenty going on if what happens in Leiden isn't enough for you. Speaking some Dutch is great and should give you a nice boost. I don't know about going through with a low IELTS score, but maybe you could try TOEFL for a different system? Or if you have time, try again I guess. I have never heard of anyone getting an exemption on this though
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    (Original post by tobiasxjones)
    Well maybe it is the malaise of someone who has lived here their whole life! I moved here two years ago and I love it, Leiden is perfect for me. It is close enough to other cities where there is plenty going on if what happens in Leiden isn't enough for you. Speaking some Dutch is great and should give you a nice boost. I don't know about going through with a low IELTS score, but maybe you could try TOEFL for a different system? Or if you have time, try again I guess. I have never heard of anyone getting an exemption on this though
    I'm glad to hear that you like it! May I ask what you study there?
    Well, I'm gonna receive my results at the end of the next week, until then I can still hope for hitting the minimum scores in speaking and writing. But anyway, I will need a pre-master's course which only starts in September 2017, and as I've heard they have a conditional offer - so if I'm missing something, but I present it before the programme starts they let me participate. Even in the summer I could get the required scores, a year is more than enough.
    Can you collaborate on my plan B with the conditional offer?
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    (Original post by Eldobawm2)
    I'm glad to hear that you like it! May I ask what you study there?
    Well, I'm gonna receive my results at the end of the next week, until then I can still hope for hitting the minimum scores in speaking and writing. But anyway, I will need a pre-master's course which only starts in September 2017, and as I've heard they have a conditional offer - so if I'm missing something, but I present it before the programme starts they let me participate. Even in the summer I could get the required scores, a year is more than enough.
    Can you collaborate on my plan B with the conditional offer?
    Hi, I study a Research Master in Middle Eastern Studies, two year programme. I know they do conditional offers based on English results, so hopefully you can get there! Your English seems fine so I certainly hope so! Maybe have a look at language programmes here if you want to check out the city etc for a few months before.

    Toby
 
 
 
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