Leiden University has been an international university from its founding in 1575.
We firmly believe that working and studying in an international community generates new insights, inspiring contacts and more robust research and teaching. Since its foundation, Leiden Univeristy has been a host to many international students and scholars. The university is member of several international university networks.
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.
Diverse and inclusive
Our students encounter linguistic and cultural differences. This increasing diversity at the University sharpens the mind and facilitates the development of language skills, knowledge and insights.
See also the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027
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.