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
Leiden has faculties in the fields of:
Governance and Global Affairs
Social and Behavioural Sciences
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.
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.
Leiden University, Rapenburg, Leiden, Netherlands
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!
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.