Discover the world at Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University you will develop the knowledge and skills you will need in your future career, make a valuable contribution to tackling the various issues facing modern society and benefit from the inspiring academic community we have to offer.

Be a part of it

For over 446 years, students and lecturers from all over the world have come to Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands. Leiden University offers you a truly international experience with 130+ nationalities represented in a unique mosaic of cultures. We are a small-scale academic community where there is room for personal contact and regard for your talents and opportunities. 

Learn from the best

Leiden University is among the top 100 universities in prominent international rankings. Our academic staff include many top scholars with an international reputation of excellence. You will have the chance to closely interact with Leiden’s scholars and thinkers, conducting your own research and exploring topics that are timely and relevant.

Look beyond your boundaries

Leiden University attaches great value to freedom of spirit, thought and speech, and is open to everyone who is willing to get the best out of themselves. What binds us is the search for solutions for current global challenges, a search that we conduct with an open mind. We do not shy away from difficult discussions and we allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

‘Having come from a warm country like Curacao, Leiden took some getting used to: not only the cold, but also the language. I joined the ESN international student association. Since I don’t have any family in the Netherlands, it’s nice to be surrounded by other international students, and to go out for a meal together, take part in activities or organise weekends away. 

The university also takes good care of new students. The POPcorner’s buddy programme paired me with a Dutch student. I practised Dutch with her and we studied together. POPcorner can also pair you with an older student from your programme, who can advise on how to plan and make good lecture notes and what to expect from exams. That has helped me a lot

Nazjirah Bito Psychology