Leiden University

Leiden University

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of the leading international research universities in Europe. It has seven faculties and a campus in both Leiden and The Hague. Its motto is Praesidium Libertatis – Bastion of Freedom.

The five disciplinary clusters in which Leiden University and the Leiden University Medical Center excel are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Law, Politics and Administration
  • Languages, Cultures and Societies

The University’s academic partners in the province of Zuid-Holland are Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Within Europe, Leiden University works intensively with the other members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

At Leiden University we offer English-taught bachelor’s progrannes, over 200 English-taught master’s specialisations and Ph.D. programmes in the faculties of:

  • Archaeology
  • Humanities
  • Medicine/LUMC
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Law
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Science

Student Life

Fun student cities: Leiden and the Hague

Leiden is a real student city. At least 10 per cent of the population are students, the city has over 20 student associations and its compact centre is full of cafés, many of which are popular haunts for students. The Hague, is the Netherlands’ fastest-growing student city, and as the seat of government and home to many consulates and international organisations, it boasts international allure. Although the majority of courses and programmes are offered in Leiden, in recent years the campus in the Hague (12 minutes by train from Leiden) has grown into a hub of internationally-oriented programmes. And like Leiden, The Hague is also centrally located among the Netherlands’ main cities.

Contact Us


Leiden University
PO Box 9500
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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