Be a part of it
For almost 450 years, students and lecturers from all over the world have come to Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands. We’re a small-scale, international academic community where there’s room for personal contact and regard for your talents and opportunities.
Learn from the best
Our academic staff includes many top scholars with an international reputation of excellence. You’ll 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. The University is open to everyone who’s willing to get the best out of themselves. What binds us is the search for solutions to current global challenges, a search that we conduct with an open mind.
As a university with a responsibility to society and to future generations, Leiden provides excellent research and teaching that make the world a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous, and just place—at the local, regional, and global levels.
Are you interested in culture, history, language, international law, safety/security issues, human rights, human behavior, debate and ethics, politics, art and media, sustainability, health issues, diversity, liberal arts and sciences, and more? Leiden University likely offers a program that’s perfect for you.
One university, two locations
In 1575, Leiden became the founding city of the University. Leiden offers a traditional, picturesque Dutch experience but also much more: wonderful restaurants and cafés, first-class museums, and venues for theater, music, and film. A bike ride to the beach or a stop at the Leiden University Sports Center will keep you fit, and joining the International Student Network will connect you to the social heart of the University.
Our second location is in The Hague, the international city of peace, justice, and security. The programs and research taking place here reflect the themes that are important to this center of government and international diplomacy. The city hosts 160 international organizations and NGOs, including the International Court of Justice and several UN bodies. As the seat of the Dutch government, The Hague has a rich history that can still be savored today on the streets and squares near the Houses of Parliament and many other historic buildings.
Experience Leiden University anytime
Find out what it takes to become a student at Leiden University by visiting our website to learn more about our programs and admission requirements. We encourage you to utilize all of our online activities to see if Leiden University is the right place for you. Attend an online Open Day or Experience Day, try out a program through an Online Experience, chat with our students, watch a webinar or video, live chat with program faculty, find us on social media, or simply contact us with your questions anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.