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Tradition and Innovation: Leiden University, The Netherlands

What comes to mind when you think of Holland?  Tulips? Windmills? How about Education?

The Netherlands is renowned for high-quality programmes which provide excellent value for today’s graduate students.  Leiden University is the oldest university in the country, translating long-standing tradition and cutting-edge research into a worldwide reputation for excellence.   

The Academic Building from 1575

The Academic Building from 1575

Why Leiden?

English-taught:  A broad range of English-taught bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes are offered; it is not necessary to know any Dutch.

International: Students from over 110 different nationalities are represented.

Location: Campuses are located in the safe and historical cities of Leiden and The Hague, right in the heart of Europe.

Reputation: Founded in 1575, 16 Nobel Laureates and an internationally renowned institution.

Ranking: The University is currently ranked number one in The Netherlands by The Times Higher Education Recognition: Leiden University is recognised by the Dutch Ministry of Education and its programmes accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

Personal: Classes are small, encouraging interaction and debate between students and the professor. Staff members are there to assist students, creating a personal learning environment and community. 

Old traditions for new graduates

The Leiden experience is characterised by our dedication to engaging in and contribute to the demands and challenges of today’s globalised society. Our research-based education is traditionally innovative and multidisciplinary. Leiden holds a leading position in many fields:  natural sciences, life sciences, medicine, social sciences, international law, astronomy and non-Western languages.

We invite you to follow in the footsteps of important researchers and personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, René Descartes, Albert Einstein, and John Adams among many others who studied here.

Which Programme?

Throughout our 7 faculties, we offer over 76 English-taught master’s programmes and over 50 bachelor’s programmes of which 6 are fully taught in English.

Take a look at some of the programmes:

Archaeology - Do you like to play in the dirt?  Our programmes have a strong emphasis on field archaeology and involve projects all over the world.  Unleash your inner Indiana Jones here.

Campus The Hague If you want to work together with national and international partners on new insights and solutions to current issues at the crossroads of politics, public administration and international law this is a great place to start.

Humanities Leiden is a unique centre for the advanced study of many languages and can claim world-class expertise in the whole range of artistic and cultural phenomena.    Find your tribe here!

Medicine/LUMC Have you always wanted to know more about what causes illness, how we fight it, what can be done to improve diagnoses and other biomedical concerns?  Gain a thorough understanding of human health and disease here.

Law Do you want participate in a century’s old tradition of excellence in the training of lawyers and diplomats?  Making a difference in the world starts here.

Social and Behavioural Sciences - Do you want to know what makes a person “tick”?  How people and societies work and develop mentally or politically?  Combine education and research in the social sciences here.

Science and Mathematics Mathematics – Are you intrigued by bioscience or fundamental science?  Do you dream of the universe, equations, experiments or computers?  Make your impact on the world through ground-breaking research and innovation here.

Students relaxing at the beach

Students relaxing at the beach

Student Life

Leiden is a typical university city: the students who live and study here give the city it's relaxed, yet vibrant atmosphere.  It’s a small and safe city in the heart of Western Europe with many international residents. The historical centre has many beautiful historical buildings and is crisscrossed by enchanting canals. The University buildings, new and old, are spread throughout the city, making the city the campus. 

The Hague Campus

Our campus in The Hague is just ten minutes by train from the city of Leiden. In the judicial capital of the world,  home of the International Court of Justice and the Peace Palace,  programmes based on the themes of peace and justice are offered within the Dutch and global context. The Hague is a cosmopolitan city bursting with style and culture, full of parks, elegant homes, embassies and non-government organisations. The city has always been the seat of the national government and the official residence of the Dutch monarchs.  It is also one of the most international cities in the Netherlands, with over 40% of the population being comprised of expatriates.

Why is attracting international students to Leiden University a priority for us?

We believe that a diverse international learning environment with students from all over the world enriches the educational experience of both the students and staff at Leiden University. For students, this means that they are better equipped with a broad international knowledge, and it prepares students for a career in an increasing globalised world.  Co-operation with universities worldwide plays an important role to establish an enriched environment for our students by setting up international exchange programmes.

The quintessential Dutch accessory - a bike!

The quintessential Dutch accessory - a bike!

Financial matters

Our tuition fees range from approximately £1,300 (EU/EEA students) to £15,750 (non-EU/EEA students) per year.  


Contact Details:

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70

2311EZ Leiden

The Netherlands

International inquiries: study@bb.leidenuniv.nl

+31 (0)71 527 1111


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