Working and studying in an international community generates new insights, inspiring contacts and more robust research and teaching.
Safe and sustainable
Internationalisation helps make the world a safe, healthy, sustainable, prosperous and just place, and prepares students for the globalising world. The University therefore strives to attract more international researchers and students to its campuses.
Leiden University aims to equip its students for the world of tomorrow. Students are increasingly becoming global citizens. The opportunities that the University offers them to become familiar with other cultures will enable them to enter the international world with a curious, critical and open approach that will help them resolve problems.
Students encounter linguistic and cultural differences in international classrooms. This increasing diversity at the University sharpens the mind and facilitates the development of language skills, knowledge and insights.
If we are to offer a wider range of international classrooms, we will need more talented international students. The University is therefore working to increase its range of English-taught programmes and online courses. Eighty-five per cent of our master’s programmes are already taught in English.
International networks of foreign universities, institutes and authorities will help improve our research and teaching in a strategically over the longer term. The University is working to establish partnerships with relevant partners abroad.
We believe that it is important that our students learn to think internationally and learn how to deal with other cultures. A period of study abroad gives them the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and enables them to specialise further and gain relevant experience. They find their feet in a new environment, come into contact with other cultures and improve their language skills, thus increasing their chances on the job market. A global network of more than 600 universities and partners helps to make studying abroad a valuable and unforgettable experience.