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 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.

‘I’ve spent a lot of time living abroad, in America and Taiwan. It struck me how cities are very different from one another and how people behave differently in cities. People have such a different relationship with cities in Asia and Europe. I found that really interesting. More and more people are living in cities. That also brings challenges. What about sustainability, health, safety and multiculturalism, for example? In the Urban Studies programme, we look at the problems, the solutions, the opportunities and the drawbacks.’

You could see Urban Studies as a mix of social geography, planning and urban administration. You actually cover loads of topics. That’s what makes the programme such fun. We’re taught by lecturers from all sorts of faculties. If you have broad interests and like to think about complex issues, this is the right programme for you. 

There’s a vibrant student life in Leiden and The Hague. Leiden and The Hague are both great cities and it’s a good university. There are more Dutch students in Leiden, whereas The Hague is more international. I’ve got friends from all over the world that I’d never have met otherwise.

Comar Beulens
Loves cities