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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Mini-App 2018 09/18/2017
09/21/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 01/31/2018
02/21/2018 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 01/31/2018
02/21/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 01/31/2018
02/21/2018 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester program Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Undergraduate Credits/Typical Courseload: 12-18
Prerequisite: Either GLS 101, 102, 110, 114, 116, or any ML course Housing: Dormitory/Residence
Program Advisor: Christine Hollenhorst Program Category: Partner
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Program Description:
Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden is 8 miles from the coast and less than 30 miles from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The center of the city is a mix of canals, 18th Century architecture, university facilities and student pubs and cafes, imparting a college-town feel with a unique historical quality. The university buildings are interspersed throughout the town itself, which makes students' residences within walking and cycling distance of the academic buildings and city shopping areas. The City of Leiden is conveniently located in the political, cultural and economic heart of the Netherlands.  Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are just 30 minutes away by train, and The Hague and Schiphol International Airport is just a 15 minute train ride from Leiden.

University of Leiden

Leiden University is the oldest university in The Netherlands, founded in 1575 by Prince William of Orange. Today, Leiden is fully accredited modern university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, including approximately 1,600 international students. 


Students at University of Leiden will have the opportunity to take classes alongside local Dutch students and other international students. Many courses are available in English. Courses are taught by a series of formal lectures/classes together with a strong emphasis on coursework outside class, including individual project work, group project work, computer skills, library work, and class presentations. Students may find they have more free time during the week with less day-to-day homework than they are used to, but professors may expect a great deal more from them on exams.

Additional Information

Prior to the start of each semester there is also an option to enroll in a 3-week intensive Dutch language course. There is an additional fee for the language course, plus a supplemental housing charge for this option, paid directly to University of Leiden. While English is widely spoken in the Netherlands, students will find that a basic knowledge of the Dutch language will make more opportunities available to them during their time in Leiden. 

Accommodations and Meals

Leiden University does not own their own student accommodation; however, the housing agency DUWO offers furnished accommodation to international students. The staff at the university will help incoming students find a housing placement suitable to their needs. Student housing is only available to students who have a passport from outside of the Netherlands. Most student housing is in Leiden, but some students will be placed in The Hague once the housing in Leiden is full.  Students will be responsible to purchase and prepare their own food.


This program is currently not accepting applications.