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Leiden University

When you choose Leiden University, you are choosing to broaden your personal and academic horizons. You will find a truly international atmosphere here, with an inspiring community of students, lecturers and professors who come from almost all corners of the world.

Excellent reputation

Our university has built a solid position of authority over four and a half centuries, and is today highly regarded, both in the academic and the professional world. Our academic staff include many top scholars with an international reputation of excellence. They provide outstanding research and teaching that makes the world a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just place – at local, regional and global levels.

We challenge

We want our graduates to become academic professionals and engaged global citizens who contribute to solutions for the challenges facing our society. This calls for teaching that is strongly research driven, focused on active learning, stimulates the development of academic and professional skills, and offers flexibility for individual learning paths. As a student, 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. 

Did you know?

Leiden University stands for freedom; our motto is Praesidium Libertatis: Bastion of Freedom. In an increasingly complex world, your opinion matters. This is why we offer you freedom to think, freedom in collecting knowledge and freedom in forming your opinion. 

We care

Leiden University’s size allows for a both personal and engaged experience for our students. Not only will you have access to our excellent facilities, including libraries with internationally-acclaimed collections and state-of-the-art laboratories, you will also get to know your lecturers, programme coordinators and fellow classmates through discussion, debate and teamwork. We will provide an environment in which you can excel and we will encourage you to give your best!

A tale of two cities

Leiden University is located in two amazing locations. Medieval and quaint, Leiden is the founding city and heart of the university. A short 10-minute train journey away is our second home; The Hague. Our teaching and research in the international city of peace, justice and security reflect the themes that are important to this centre of government and international diplomacy.

‘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