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Leiden University College

Leiden University College is a small liberal arts & sciences college in the heart of The Hague. Our international community with 600 students from 40 different countries is a welcoming and stimulating environment where you will be challenged by your peers and make friends for life.

About the institution

Leiden University College is the international honours college of Leiden University, the oldest university in The Netherlands (1575). LUC is located in the vibrant and international city of The Hague, home to many international organizations, 10 minutes from Leiden, and 45 minutes away from Amsterdam.

LUC offers a 3-year Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s programme, focusing on today’s Global Challenges - major issues facing humanity and the planet: Diversity, Prosperity, Sustainability and Peace and Justice. Six Majors (3 majors leading to a BSc, 3 majors leading to a BA) are offered centered around these Global Challenges.

LUC is home to 600 students coming from over 50 different nationalities, offering an opportunity for talented, open-minded and ambitious students from all over the world. First and second year students live and learn on-campus in a community focused on making an impact on society. The central 21-story-high building in the middle of The Hague offers individual studio apartments. This residential concept ensures for a close-knit community, and a very active student body, offering many activities, clubs and committees for students to participate in.

Leiden University, of which Leiden University College is one of the bachelor's programmes, offers 15 other English-taught programmes in the fields of Governance and Global Affairs, Archaeology, Language and Area studies, Security Studies, Urban Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.


Number of Undergraduate Students

Average First Year Class Size


Size of Instituition

Small Institution <5000


Selective (25-50% admitted)
Leiden University College accepts 200 students each year out of approx 800 applications.

Campus Style

Students live on campus for the first two years at Leiden University College.

Education Model

Leiden University College is part of Leiden University, which is a Research University.

Are there internship opportunities?

Yes - Students can do an optional internship for credit. They receive limited support in arranging it.

Are there study abroad options?


Cost of Tuition

EU: € 5,000 | non-EU (inc British): € 19,000


International students can apply for needs-based scholarships, up to 15% of the tuition.
Home/Domestic students can apply for needs-based scholarships which will reduce the tuition.

IB Grade Requirements

35 points including bonus

UFP Grade Requirements

Not specified



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Subject Name
Degree Area
Society & Social Sciences
Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary Study of Global Challenges
Society & Social Sciences
International Relations
Society & Social Sciences
Legal Studies/Pre-Law
Society & Social Sciences
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Society & Social Sciences
Social Policy
Society & Social Sciences

Live on Campus at Leiden University College

Did you know that Leiden University College offers housing for the first two years of your degree? You will live in our modern college building right next to central station. The Hague is the international epicenter of peace and justice, so plenty of opportunities for internships and guest lectures. Do you the outdoors? The nearest park is just a 5 minute walk, and the beach is 20 minutes away by tram. The ideal location!

Download a brochure

Are you interested in learning more? Want to download a PDF brochure to read in your own time? Perhaps compare other programmes that Leiden University has to offer? Download the brochure or brochures of your choice!

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