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Leiden University

Rapenburg 73 Leiden View map
Netherlands
#118
Public
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30,309
2,507
5,431

Overview

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
  • 444 years of tradition and innovation
  • Top 100 research-focused university
  • 16 Nobel Prize winners
  • 120 nationalities
  • +29,000 students


Academic fields

Leiden has faculties in the fields of:

  • Archaeology
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences


Bachelor’s programmes


Master’s programmes

International students


 

International student advisers
The international student advisers are a good place to go when you need assistance during your stay in the Netherlands. Students in both locations of Leiden University have access to these specialised advisers. In many cases they will be able to provide the information you need, or will refer you to the relevant services. You can consult the advisers on a variety of matters, ranging from financial concerns, settling down issues, academic issues and health insurance to dealing with external housing agents or finding a family doctor.

Student counsellors
We have a number of specialised student counsellors available. They can help in legal and financial matters, but can also assist you in developing study-related skills. The skills package that is offered involves individual counselling and workshops designed to support you in your academic performance. Topics covered include thesis writing, time management, stress management and planning. Additionally, our counsellors are available to help resolve study and personal problems, should this be needed.

Departmental study advisers and coordinators
Each department has its own study advisers/coordinators who can answer questions about matters that are related to the study programme of your choice. You can consult the study adviser/coordinator on issues such as timetables, exam grades, choice of subjects and application for graduation.


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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 centre 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!

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Admissions processes and requirements are dependent on the level of study, programme and your credentials. Find out more here:  https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/admission-and-application

With its international reputation of excellence, Leiden University offers its graduates a first-
class starting position on the job market. In addition, we are committed to supporting
you in building the skills needed to take your career in the right direction.

Career Services
Our career counsellors provide advice and information on planning the next steps in your career. You will have access to our workshops and web-based resources, which include career
step plans, job seeking strategies and self-assessment tools. If you prefer a personalised approach, you can make an appointment for
an individual counselling session with your departmental career counsellor. Additionally, each of Leiden’s seven faculties has its own career services department, which embody specific expertise and resources related to the faculties’ programmes. These services are open to students and to alumni for a maximum of one year
after graduation.

Academic and professional network
Leiden University’s lecturers and professors have an extensive network in their field of expertise. Their connections may range from international or national corporations and organisations to international universities and research institutes. Access to this network can prove useful when you are ready to take your next
career step.

Internships and jobs
An internship can be a good way to explore the job market and to get an insight into a specific organisation or job. Also, working as an intern can help you to expand your professional network. Our
career counsellors can support you in applying for internships and jobs and can provide you with information about pursuing a career both in and outside the Netherlands.

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Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Faculty of Archeology

  • Archaeology

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

  • Cultural Antrhopology and Development Sociology
  • International Relations and Organisations
  • Psychology

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

  • LUC The Hague / Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges
  • Security Studies

Faculty of Humanities

  • Arts, Media and Society
  • Dutch Studies
  • English Language and Culture
  • International Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives 
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Urban Studies

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Faculty of Archeology

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology (Research)

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

  • Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (Research)
  • Education and Child Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Psychology (Research)

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

  • Crisis and Security Management
  • Cyber Security
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Management Public Sector
  • Political Science and Public Administration (research)
  • Public Administration

Faculty of Humanities

  • African Studies
  • African Studies (research)
  • Arts and Culture
  • Arts and Culture (Research)
  • Asian Studies (120 EC)
  • Asian Studies (Research)
  • Classics and Ancient Civilisations
  • Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research)
  • Dutch Studies
  • European Politics and Society
  • History
  • History (Research)
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin American Studies (Research)
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics (Research)
  • Literary Studies
  • Literary Studies (Research)
  • Media Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies (Research)
  • North American Studies
  • Philosophy (120EC)
  • Philosophy (60EC)
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian and Eurasian studies

Faculty of Law

  • Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law
  • Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law
  • Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law
  • Advanced Studies in Global and European Labour Law
  • Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights
  • Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law
  • Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
  • Advanced Studies in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration
  • Advanced Studies in Law & Finance
  • Advanced Studies in Law and Digital Technologies
  • Advanced Studies in Public International Law
  • Child Law
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Criminology
  • Law - European Law
  • Law - Public International Law
  • Notarial Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technical Medicine

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • ICT in Business
  • ICT in Business and the Public Sector
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Life Science and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Media Technology
  • Physics
  • Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences

Faculty of Меdicine

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Vitality and Ageing

Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching

  • Language Teaching in Secondary Education
  • Sciene Teaching in Secondary Education
  • Teaching Social Sciences and Humanities in Secondary Education

University Highlights

Total students - 30,309

38%
62%

International students - 5,431

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Total faculty staff - 2,507

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1770

Total students - 30,309

38%
62%

International students - 5,431

Total faculty staff - 2,507

1770
737
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