Leiden University - the facts

  • 7 faculties spread across Leiden and The Hague
  • 14 English-taught bachelor's programmes
  • 200+ English-taught master's programmes
  • 444 years of tradition and innovation
  • Top 100 research-focused university
  • 16 Nobel Prize winners
  • 129 nationalities
  • +29,000 students

Academic fields

Leiden has faculties in the fields of:

  • Archaeology
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences

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Student life & Student cities

If you want to study at Leiden University, you can choose between the best of two cities: Leiden and The Hague. Leiden is a real student city. If you didn’t know better you might think that the historic and lively city of Leiden was made for students. Its atmospheric and compact centre has everything that students could wish for: from university buildings to student pubs, and from student accommodation to student associations. Studying and living in The Hague broadens your perspective on the world and quickly gives you an international network. Studying in a city full of embassies, multinationals and international courts certainly has its advantages!

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Student support

International student advisers

The international student advisers are a good place to go when you need assistance during your stay in the Netherlands. Students in both locations of Leiden University have access to these specialised advisers. In many cases they will be able to provide the information you need, or will refer you to the relevant services. You can consult the advisers on a variety of matters, ranging from financial concerns, settling down issues, academic issues and health insurance to dealing with external housing agents or finding a family doctor.

Student counsellors

We have a number of specialised student counsellors available. They can help in legal and financial matters, but can also assist you in developing study-related skills. The skills package that is offered involves individual counselling and workshops designed to support you in your academic performance. Topics covered include thesis writing, time management, stress management and planning. Additionally, our counsellors are available to help resolve study and personal problems, should this be needed.

Departmental study advisers and coordinators

Each department has its own study advisers/coordinators who can answer questions about matters that are related to the study programme of your choice. You can consult the study adviser/coordinator on issues such as timetables, exam grades, choice of subjects and application for graduation.

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Housing

Leiden University is not campus-based and the university buildings and student housing are therefore spread throughout the cities of Leiden and The Hague. The cities themselves are the campus. Living and learning in either location will give you first-hand experience of Dutch life, and direct access

to student life and the regular comings-and-goings of the cities. Most students rent a room or share an apartment with others.

As an international student, house hunting in the Netherlands can present additional challenges. You can independently look for housing via private landlords or housing associations. There are a number of housing organisations that can assist, such as DUWO. You can also apply for a housing offer through the university Housing Office. Here you will be assisted in finding accommodation in Leiden or The Hague. Accommodation ranges in location, size, number of people with whom you share facilities and rental fees.

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Programs taught in:
  • English (US)
  • Dutch

This school also offers:


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In the Bachelor's in Security Studies you study 21st century security challenges and learn to devise strategic solutions for a complex world. ... [+]

Security challenges such as terrorism and cybercrime rank among the most pressing issues of our time. In the Bachelor’s in Security Studies you study 21st-century security challenges and learn to devise strategic solutions for a complex world.

Why study Security Studies?

International terrorism, cybercrime, natural disasters and other issues affect the security and safety of millions each day. In Security Studies you learn to unravel security challenges by focusing on the political, historical and societal context in which they arise, as well as the effect of governance, institutions, and the media. You gain an academic perspective, and the ability to think critically about complex issues while taking all relevant factors of specific security challenges into account.... [-]

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Are you interested in international organisations, diplomacy, and issues of peace and security? The BSc specialisation in International Relations and Organisations is jus ... [+]

You choose International Relations and Organisations (IRO) because you are fascinated by global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict, and you prefer in-depth analysis over unsubstantiated opinion. Your open mind, inquisitive and critical attitude, as well as your willingness to invest in acquiring new knowledge and skills, makes that you fit in perfectly with your fellow IRO-students.

Global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict

Studying IRO means understanding the real story behind today's headlines; working with excellent academic teachers and researchers; developing skills in research, writing and presenting; and being part of an international classroom and community.... [-]

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Artistic and (digital) media are increasingly shaping our culture and world. In this BA programme you will examine contemporary art practices in order to find new perspec ... [+]

Arts, Media and Society is a three-year, English-taught programme (a specialisation of the BA in Art History).

Art has an urgent and relevant role in today's society. It provides a unique view on complex issues and is an indispensable force for a democratic society. In Arts, Media and Society you will study contemporary art that engages with society over global issues, such as terrorism, biotechnology, ecology, and politics. You will also learn how art, film, photography and digital media shape our society and how the arts and media can provide strategies for social and political activism.

The programme will provide you with the academic and professional skills essential to your future career, so you will exit the programme prepared to take on work such as curating, consulting, (digital) publishing, arts journalism; or further research in a master's or research master's.... [-]

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A unique programme: it offers comparative perspectives from around the world to enable you to be part of the next generation of thinkers: studying and shaping philosophy ... [+]

This unique programme in Philosophy offers you comparative perspectives from around the globe, enabling you to become part of the next generation of thinkers: those who are studying and shaping the philosophy for a globalized 21st century.

The programme gradually prepares you for independent study and research. The first year focuses on study skills like reading, argument analysis, and writing short essays.

The second year focuses on presentation skills, argument design, and advanced writing. In the third year you will be combining these skills in specialist seminars, with the bachelor's thesis as your final proof of competence.

Why study Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives? ... [-]
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Study past societies, cultures, and human behaviour, with the aim to reconstruct and revive them. Lay a strong foundation for an international career in archaeology or he ... [+]

Make a meaningful contribution to our knowledge of humankind by studying the activities and behaviour of people from the past. With learnings from history, you will gain new insights into our present-day world. You will look at contemporary issues like migration, globalisation, and climate change through an archaeological lense. With this unique angle, you may contribute to the public debate.

Depending on your preferences, you may also immerse yourself in the role of heritage in society. You will think about the future and the preservation of heritage, and you will gain experience with heritage policy. Furthermore, you will explore current issues, for example the role of cultural heritage within migrant communities.... [-]

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Leiden University College The Hague is a Liberal Arts & Sciences programme that focuses on the global challenges of today: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prospe ... [+]

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international Honours College of Leiden University, offering an innovative and cutting edge Liberal Arts & Sciences programme to highly talented and motivated students from all over the world. It offers a broad, flexible and interdisciplinary residential Bachelor's programme with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

LUC The Hague allows students the flexibility of creating their own curriculum based on their major. Whether your interests are in questions of international justice, world politics, diversity and integration, health and the environment, climate change and alternative energy strategies, or decision-making processes and human security.... [-]

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In the English-taught bachelor’s programme in International Studies, you will study the history, culture, politics, and economy of a world region, and you will learn one ... [+]

Are you fascinated by other cultures and how they are affected by globalization? Do you want to really understand a particular area from a wide range of perspectives, and apply this knowledge in your future career? Then International Studies is for you!

Why study International Studies?

The Bachelor's in International Studies is a 3-year English-taught programme that offers you the opportunity to study the issues and effects of globalisation by focusing on one of eight world regions. You develop expertise ranging from proficiency in one of your chosen region's languages to an in-depth understanding of its culture, history, politics and economy. Unique to any Humanities programme, this BA integrates real hands-on experience of working with organisations and businesses into its curriculum.... [-]

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September 2020
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3 years
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The English-taught bachelor’s programme in South and Southeast Asian Studies offers you a wide range of options for studying this region in all its diversity. ... [+]

South and Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic and diverse areas. Understand the complexity of the region's history, languages, and cultures.

Why study South and Southeast Asian Studies?

In the South and Southeast Asian programme you gain a thorough understanding of the history, cultures, politics and languages of the region, home to almost a third of the world's population (and two-thirds of its Muslims) and some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Relevant contemporary issues such as ethnic and religious conflicts, inequality and development, the surge in cultural and political movements and the tensions between modernity and tradition are addressed in lectures and seminars.... [-]

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September 2020
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3 years
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We offer our students a broad orientation on psychology in the three-year programme as we cover the basics and all subdisciplines. ... [+]

Psychology plays a role in every aspect of life and society. It’s a study for people who are interested in understanding why we behave the way we do.

Why study Psychology?

Would you like to know why a conflict arises among your friends or why your grandmother with Alzheimer's keeps forgetting who you are?Why do we behave differently when we're in a group? What can we do about a depression? These are questions psychologists try to find answers to. And the nice thing is, that most psychological topics are applicable to your own life.

If you are thinking about taking our Bachelor programme in Psychology you are no doubt interested in people's behaviour. You are aware that psychology is a science and you have an inquisitive and open mind. You do not take opinions for granted just because they sound plausible and are held by a large group of people. You enjoy studying and reading about all aspects of psychology. You are looking forward to becoming a psychologist: a person who looks at things scientifically and from a distance; is observant and a good listener; is able to think systematically and reason logically.... [-]

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Leiden University
Address
Leiden: Academy Building, 1575 Rapenburg 73 2311 GJ Leiden
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden - Law
Address
Leiden - Law: Kamerlingh van Onnes Building Steenschuur 25 2311 ES
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden - Humanities
Address
Leiden - Humanities: Lipsius Building Cleveringaplaats 1 2311 BD
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden - Social and Behavioural Sciences
Address
Leiden - Social and Behavioural Sciences: Pieter de la Court Building Wassenaarseweg 52 2333 AK
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden - Archaeology
Address
Leiden - Archaeology Van Steenis Building Einsteinweg 2 2333 CC
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden – Science
Address
Leiden – Science Gorlaeus Building Einsteinweg 55 2333 CC
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden University College The Hague
Address
Koningin Julianaplein 10 2595 AA
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden University College (BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges only)
Address
Leiden University College (BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges only) Anna van Buerenplein 301 2595 DG
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
International Studies (BA only)
Address
International Studies (BA only) Lange Voorhout 44 2514 EG
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands