University Name

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. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

Leiden University – The facts

7 faculties spread across Leiden and The Hague
14 English-taught bachelor's programmes
200+ English-taught master’s programmes
446 years of tradition and innovation
Top 100 research-focused university
16 Nobel Prize winners
130 nationalities
+31,000 students

Academic fields

Leiden has faculties in the fields of:

Governance and Global Affairs

Social and Behavioural Sciences

Bachelor’s programmes

Master’s programmes

Information for international students


Admissions processes and requirements are dependent on the level of study, programme and your credentials. Find out more here: general information about application and admission.

Admission and application

So, you’ve made your choice for one of our programmes and want to apply. That’s great! To complete your application and admission process to Leiden University, we are here to help.

Bachelor's ProgrammesAdmission and application
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Study Abroad/ExchangeAdmission and application

Leiden University, Rapenburg, Leiden, Netherlands

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Student Life

If you want to study at Leiden University, you can choose between the best of two cities: Leiden and The Hague. Leiden is a real student city. If you didn’t know better you might think that the historic and lively city of Leiden was made for students. Its atmospheric and compact center has everything that students could wish for: from university buildings to student pubs, and from student accommodation to student associations. Studying and living in The Hague broadens your perspective on the world and quickly gives you an international network. Studying in a city full of embassies, multinationals and international courts certainly has its advantages!

Information for international students

Take a virtual tour of our student cities of Leiden and The Hague


Leiden University is proud of its alumni. Alumni contribute in many different ways to the growth and development of the university. The university also contributes to ongoing personal and professional development of her alumni.

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The Greater Angkor Region in contemporary Cambodia was dramatically more urbanized in the 13th century than previously thought, and home to 700.000 to 900.000 people. These discoveries were made by a research team led by Sarah Klassen @LeidenArchaeo 👇
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🍖 Eat less meat
🚴 Take the bike more often
🗑️ Waste less food

Environmental scientist Laura Scherer investigates which lifestyle changes are effective but also feasible: 'In the Netherlands, it's easier to take the bike than in the USA'. Read more:
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Biology alumnus Bart van Zijll Langhout was closely involved in the successful development of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
On 11 March the company received approval to launch its corona vaccine on the European market.
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How do harrowing war experiences affect different generations? Students have made a video about poignant family stories. They interviewed other students and writer Dubravka Ugrešić. The film premieres on 4 May during the online Hour of Remembrance.
3 weeks ago
ERC Advanced Grants for six Leiden researchers! 🎉 The ERC awards these grants to established principal investigators for ground-breaking research.
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