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Leiden University

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 through one of our 16 English-taught bachelors.

About the institution

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. Leiden is a safe and friendly student town full of period canal-houses, windmills, national museums, markets and cafes. The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice, and boasts international government and non-government organisations, multi-national companies and a myriad of cultural experiences. Study in an ideal setting to get the most out of student life while preparing for your international career.

Leiden University will contribute to your academic and your personal development. Besides attending lectures, you will be doing your own research into topics that are relevant to society today. Engage with our lecturers, who are renowned for their ground-breaking research and worldwide networks. Benefit from the personal and interactive classroom experience.

In its nearly 450 years of existence, our university has built a solid reputation. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of our 16 Nobel Laureates, and other notable alumni such as King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, our current prime minister Mark Rutte and international DJ Armin van Buuren. Leiden University's good name will help you find a job after you graduate.

Your opinion matters. Whatever your views, whatever your faith, for us freedom of thought and opinion is key. Discover yourself. We would love to welcome you at Leiden University!


Number of Undergraduate Students


Average First Year Class Size

Varies per programme

Size of Instituition

Very Large Institution >30,000


Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted)
Selectivity depends on the programme.

Campus Style

Leiden University is located in the cities of Leiden and The Hague.

Education Model

Leiden University offers a mix of focused, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programmes.

Are there internship opportunities?

Yes - Some courses only. Most students will do internships extracurricularly, but ask per programme for options.

Are there study abroad options?

Yes - Leiden University has over 200 partner institutions world-wide.

Cost of Tuition

2314-18,500 Euro depending on the programme and EU/EEA citizenship.


International students - The Holland Scholarship for non-EU/EEA students, 5000 Euro in year one only, competitive
Home/Domestic students - shows loan options for EU/EEA students

IB Grade Requirements

Passing grade, some programmes more selective

UFP Grade Requirements

Information not provided



World Top 200


14th Most Innovative University in Europe (Reuters 2019)


THE Reputation Ranking World Top 100

Subject Name
Degree Area
African Studies
Language & Culture
American Studies
Language & Culture
Society & Social Sciences
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Language & Culture
Society & Social Sciences
Art & Design
Art & Design
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Computing & ICT
Chinese Studies
Language & Culture
Computer Science
Computing & ICT
Data Science
Computing & ICT
Development Studies
Society & Social Sciences
Ecology & Conservation
Society & Social Sciences
English Literature and/or Language
English & Media
Environmental Science
Society & Social Sciences
History of Art
Society & Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Study of Global Challenges
Society & Social Sciences
International Relations
Society & Social Sciences
Language & Culture
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Language & Culture
Modern Languages Mixed
Language & Culture
Performing Arts
Society & Social Sciences
Society & Social Sciences
Society & Social Sciences
Social Policy
Society & Social Sciences
Society & Social Sciences
Urban Planning
Society & Social Sciences

Attend an online or in-person event

Leiden University offers many options to experience the university, Leiden and The Hague. Attend our Online Open Days, Online Experiences or take a virtual tour. If you can visit in person there are on-campus Open Days, Experience Days and Student for a Day options.

Chat with a current student

Chat with any of our current student ambassadors from our 16 English-taught programmes. Find out what it's like to study in Leiden and The Hague, straight from the source!

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