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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

From the school:Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world since 1575.  As the oldest university in The Netherlands, and a leading university in Europe Leiden offers 6 English-taught bachelor's programmes in addition to more than 50 Dutch bachelor's and 80 English/Dutch master's programmes.  Additional English-taught programmes are added each year. Leiden provides an ideal setting to get the most out of your student life while preparing for an international career. Follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, René Descartes,  Albert Einstein, and John Adams.  Engage with our lecturers, who are renowned for their ground-breaking research and worldwide networks.  Benefit from the personal and interactive classroom experience.  Develop your international citizenship.  Ideally located in The Netherlands, we have campuses in Leiden and The Hague. Both cities offer a wealth of social, academic, and housing options for students.  Amsterdam is a short distance away, and the rest of Europe is at your doorstep.  Discover the world at Leiden University!

What are the admissions criteria?

The rolling admission period for most programs is from October-April 1st. LUC applicants are strongly advised to apply by the early bird deadline of December 1st. Psychology and International Relations are numerous fixed programs with a deadline in January. American applicants without an IB must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 3 AP scores of 4+ or 4 scores of 3+ (certain APs not accepted and the tests must be in different subject areas).  The requirements for other countries can be found here

In "exceptional" cases (when APs aren't offered at a school, for instance) SAT scores of 1300+ or ACT scores of 28+ will be considered.LUC requires a 3.5 GPA and  4 scores of 4+ in different subjects.  The math requirement can be met through AP Calc, an ACT score of 28+, or SAT math score of 650.

What is student life like?

There are various international student associations at Leiden, including ISN which arranges mentor programs, activities, trips, drink nights, and parties, and Leiden United which works toward the integration of international students into mainstream Leiden student life. Other student associations include social groups, music/art groups, and study associations (which are connected to the student's department and offer social and academic opportunities). A nine-month membership costs just 17 euros a month at the university sports center.  They offer fitness facilities, tennis courts, a pool, and 46 different sports/fitness, classes! These include everything from basketball, gladiator workouts, soccer, Irish dance, kickboxing, dance, volleyball, piloting, pole fitness, hula hoop, judo, mindfulness, and more. In addition, there are several student sports associations at Leiden. 

Leiden University College: Fortuna is the student association at LUC. They organize cubs, sports, happy hours, galas, film festivals, philanthropy, and more. UCSRN are the student competitions (sports, talent, other) held against other University Colleges in the Netherlands. LUC conducts an orientation week for new students each year and LUC students can also participate in the orientation week at the main campus in Leiden. Since LUC students are Leiden students this orientation provides them with information about the different clubs and services they can be a part of at the main campus, which is a short 10-minute train ride away.

Scholarships & Funding

Non-EU students can apply for the 5000 euro merit based Holland Scholarship.

Housing options.

The Student and Educational Affairs office helps arrange housing for first-year international students.  It is not guaranteed and works on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Housing is located either in the Hague or Leiden and single rooms usually cost between 350-600 euros per month, depending on the location and whether facilities are private or shared. International Studies students can choose to live in the Hague or Leiden.  The classes are held in the Hague, but the towns are a short 12-minute train ride. There is also housing exclusively used for first-year Psychology students.  Most rooms are singles with shared facilities and range from 360-450 euros per month. Leiden University College: LUC students are required to live on campus for the first two years of study, so housing is guaranteed. I was able to visit these rooms and they are amazing! The rooms are on the top floors of the LUC building, which is only five years old and in great condition. Most rooms are large single rooms with their own kitchenette and bathroom. There is a large floor-to-ceiling window with wonderful views of the Hague. Each floor has a shared lounge/eating area and an RA. Single rooms with private facilities cost around 560 euros a month.

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Additional notes.

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is the oldest college in the Netherlands.  It is about 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam, and 10 minutes from the Hague.  I fell in love with the town of Leiden.  The canals, windmills, and architecture made me feel like I was walking through a postcard. It’s a very safe city.  Crimes of opportunity occur (like bike theft), but violent crime is pretty much unheard of. The campus is decentralized and has various buildings throughout the town, but the town is compact and easy to get around.  Each department (which they refer to as a faculty) has its own building which houses classrooms, professors' offices, study spaces, a cafeteria, the program’s student association, and study advisors. In addition to the program-specific supports and groups, students also have access to the International Student advisors and other resources at the university level.  The university does a great job at making resources available, but students must be proactive in seeking out the help they need. Leiden plans to add new English-conducted programs each year.  Next year’s possibilities include Art History, PPE, and Cyber Security.  We will update the programs as soon as it is official. Leiden University College: Leiden University College is the honors, international, liberal arts program through Leiden University. Students study and live in the Hague, but have access to all of Leiden's facilities a short 12-minute train ride away. I am so glad that I arranged a visit to this school, as I think it provides some incredibly exciting opportunities. The modern building is located literally right outside of the Hague Central train station. The building was built for the LUC and is just five years old. I was impressed right when I walked in. An entire wall in the lobby is covered with a vertical garden, which is representative of one of their 4 themes-sustainability. The lobby also holds a student lounge, a student-run bar, and the offices of Fortuna, which is the student association at LUC. The other themes include the global challenges of peace and justice, prosperity, and diversity. Students get a taste of each of these themes during their first year and declare a major from one of the themes before their second year. Each semester is split into two 8-week blocks and is taught in classes of less than 20 students. The exception to that is the global challenge courses in the first year which have large weekly lectures along with a weekly small group discussion which is led by a professor. Global Citizenship is also a required component of the program and occurs during the second year. This requires students to choose a language, citizenship course, or community project. I was most impressed with the level of resources and support available for the students. Each student is assigned to an academic tutor. This is a professor from their major who helps guide their study plan. Each student also has a student adviser to help with practical matters. There are also RA’s for each floor, a student life office, as well as student life counselors who are available four days of the week. In addition, the program helps students find internships. Internship opportunities that are aligned with the program are abundant in the Hague and have included placements with international organizations, embassies, NGOs, and the international courts in the Hague.

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