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Leiden University


Leiden University and Leiden University College unite people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  We currently offer 8 English-taught bachelor's programmes at the main university and 1 at the international honours college of the university, Leiden University College:

  • BA/BSc Archaeology
  • BA Art History: Arts, Media and Society
  • BA Dutch Studies (1 yr immersion programme also available)
  • BA International Studies
  • BA Philosophy:  Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • BSc Political Science:  International Relations and Organisations
  • BSc Psychology
  • BA South and South East Asia Studies

At Leiden University College, the curriculum is taught in the Liberal Arts and Sciences philosophy.   The programme is aptly named a BA/BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges. The topics of study are thematic:  Peace and Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity and Diversity.   These themes are part and parcel of the college’s motto:  building knowledge for a better world.

There are 6 majors to choose from to create a highly personalised, flexible and multi-disciplinary programme:

  • BA World Politics
  • BA International Justice
  • BSc Global Public Health
  • BSc Earth, Energy and Sustainability
  • BA Human Diversity
  • BA Governance, Economics and Diversity

Entry requirements are dependent upon the secondary school diploma a student may be studying.  Essentially students must be university-prepared, and have followed a rigorous secondary curriculum that is aimed at preparing them for university.  For example, a full IB diploma, A-levels, College Board AP exams and an American secondary school diploma, or one of many other national diplomas that fit this description. Applicants must also provide a motivational statement, an online application and application fee, a copy of their passport and grade transcripts when applying. Depending on diploma and country of education, an English proficiency exam may also be required.  Depending on the particular programme, there may be other requirements in addition. The application process starts online by applying directly to the programme, followed by registration in the Dutch national study database, Studielink.

Tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens are set by the Dutch government each year.  For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, this means €2006 per year for most programmes and programmes last 3 years. Non-EU/EEA citizens have higher tuition fees and are approximately €10,500 per year.  Leiden University College students pay an institutional fee of €2135 in addition to these fees for the small-scale, intensive honours programme.

For non-EU/EEA citizens, there is The Holland Scholarship.  A one-time award of €5000 to help with tuition costs.  EU/EEA citizens have access to a tuition fee loan from the Dutch government.  In all cases, students must budget for their living expenses and non-EU/EEA students must financially plan to cover most if not all of their tuition.

We invite you to engage with our lecturers, who are renowned for their ground-breaking research and worldwide networks.  Benefit from the personal and interactive classroom experience.  Study in an ideal setting to get the most out of student life while preparing for your international career.

Our campuses in Leiden and The Hague offer a wealth of social, academic, and housing options for students.

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