Universiteit Leiden

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International profile

Since its beginning, Leiden University has been one of Europe's leading international research-intensive universities.

International university

Leiden University has been an international university from its founding in 1575. In the first decades of its existence, the university was host to many international students, from Europe and beyond. Since those early days,  it has developed into a truly international university, annually hosting more than 3000 international and exchange students each year in its Bachelor and Master programmes, almost 1000 international PhD students and more than 800 international academic staff.

The university is member of several international university networks. Membership in the League of European Research Universities is of particular strategic importance for Leiden University. 

International expertise

Leiden University’s knowledge and expertise has a strong international focus. We have built strengths on important regions in the world such as Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. We explore these regions from a wide range of perspectives: political, legal, cultural, environmental or historical. 

We analyse global developments and challenges through an international perspective on law, governance, security, health, and more. This expertise is further strengthened by strong links with international partners (NGOs, IGOs, UN organisations) in The Hague, city of international law, peace and justice. 

Leiden Global offers the university an international platform in Leiden to link up with museums and other cultural sector organisations around the world. In the field of bio and life sciences the Leiden Bio Science Park hosts many international companies and start-ups that are closely linked to the university and play an important role in the university’s international profile.

International presence

The university hosts several offices abroad, including the KITLV Jakarta in Indonesia, the Netherlands Institute Morocco and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo.   

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