Leiden University

With two inspiring locations in the beautiful historic cities of Leiden and The Hague, Leiden University has a lot to offer: wonderful social, academic, and cultural student experiences.


Undergraduate Students:
Average 1st Year Class Size:

City Campus in Leiden and The Hague


12-500 depending on program

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges through your own research efforts. We keep an open mind and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

Broaden your horizons through one of our 14 English-taught bachelor's programmes in the beautiful historic cities of Leiden and The Hague. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!


Somewhat Selective

IB Grades

For 11 of 14 of our English-taught programmes, the full IB with a passing grade is sufficient for admission. The remaining 3 programmes are selective, with academic achievement being one of the selection criteria.

UFP Grades

Education Model

Internships within degree

Study Abroad available

We offer 1 Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, 3 inter-disciplinary degree and 10 Single focus but all allow minors.



Tuition Cost

Financial Aid

EU/EEA citizens - 2143 Euro per year (year one is halved)
Non-EU/EEA citizens - 11,500 Euro per year
Leiden University College has an additional fee for all students of 2385 Euro per year
These are fees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and are subject to change. Fees are based on nationality.

Non-EU/EEA students can apply for the Holland Scholarship. This is a competitive scholarship with an award of 5000 Euro in the first year of studies.
Leiden University College offers financial aid options for admitted students. Interested students should check the programme page for details.



World Top 10

Dutch Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (6 majors: World Politics; International Justice; Human Diversity; Earth, Energy and Sustainability; Governance; Economics and Development; Global Public Health)

Political Science: International Relations and Organisations

World Top 50

South and Southeast Asian Studies

Art History: Arts, Media and Society

English Language & Culture

World Top 100


World Top 50


World Top 50

Urban Studies (Interdisciplinary study of sustainability, multiculturalism, health, safety of cities)

World Top 50

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (includes a specialisation in documentary making)

World Top 50

International Studies (8 regions of the world to choose from, study culture, a language, history, politics and economics)

World Top 50

Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

World Top 200

Security Studies

World Top 50

World Rankings = QS World Subject Rankings 2020 https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2020
Please note that rankings do not exist for all subjects

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