Application and admission

Once you’ve decided on the right programme for you, making your application is the next step.
To apply, just follow these steps.

What happens next?

  • The Admissions Office will start processing your application once the application fee has been paid and inform you of any missing items.

  • Admissions decisions are made in 6-8 weeks on average.  

  • If you are informed that your application has been successful, congratulations! 

  • The next step is to actively accept your offer. Follow the instructions given.

  • Complete your enrolment by paying your tuition fee. 

  • Follow the instructions concerning visa (if applicable) and other registration details.

  • Register for the Warm Welcome Arrival Days and the relevant orientation week.

  • Welcome to Leiden University! See you soon!

Visa and residence permit

If you come from a non-EU/EEA country, you will need a visa and/or a residence permit. Our staff at the Admissions Office will apply for these documents on your behalf. They will contact you once you have been admitted to a master’s programme, have applied for or secured accommodation, and after you have submitted proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your study period.

‘After high school in Venice, I first went abroad for one and half years in the USA. 
I always hoped I would become a curator at Venice Biennale or at Documenta, a big art exhibition in Berlin. To accomplish this and my focus on art in the contemporary sphere, I chose to study Arts, Media and Society in Leiden. My grandparents are from the Netherlands and I thought reconnecting with these roots would be nice. Leiden University has great rankings and interesting programmes.

After arriving in Leiden, I was lucky to be able to participate in the OWL week, the introduction week for international students. This week full of social activities makes entering the university community very easy. I still see the people from my group! I also signed up for the SKC student volleyball association. It was nice to be able to play in a student team, but it was also challenging since most of the other students were Dutch. In the beginning it was hard to get into conversation, but with some confidence I managed to turn conversations into English. I am now part of the volleyball student committee that organises integration activities for new students.’

Alessia Zanon
Loves to play volleyball