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International collaboration

International partnerships in which Leiden University participates.

League of European Research Universities

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an alliance whose primary objective is to convince national and European governments of the importance of basic scientific research and the role that research universities can play in it. In addition, LERU focuses on the exchange of expertise between its members and fostering cooperation and interaction between its students and scientists.

Coimbra Group

Founded in 1987, the Coimbra Group is a network of centuries-old universities, European multidisciplinary universities with an international reputation. Coimbra aims to forge academic and cultural relationships between its members in order to promote internationalisation, academic cooperation, excellence in education and research, and the transfer of knowledge to society. The Coimbra Group also aims to influence European education policy and facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices between its members.
Coimbra Group

The Europaeum

The Europaeum was established in the early 1990s to bring together young researchers and leaders to discuss developments in Europe and to promote pan-European thinking. The Europaeum encourages cooperation in research and education between leading European universities and supports scientists and students in the organisation of conferences, colloquia and summer schools where political, cultural and business leaders participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue with the world of science.
The Europaeum

European University Association

The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 47 countries by providing a forum for cooperation and expertise development. The EUA plays an important role in shaping the European higher education and research landscape of the future. Its central role in the Bologna process and European policy discussions, as well as its relations with international and European organisations, makes the EUA suitable for bringing to the European fore precisely those issues that are crucial for European universities.
European University Association

Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus is a European cooperation and mobility programme in higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote mutual dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with non-European countries. The programme supports higher education institutions wishing to set up joint programmes at masters or PhD level and institutions wishing to initiate cooperation between European and other countries. Leiden participates in two Erasmus Mundus consortia: ALGANT and MIND, which offer three joint programmes.

Exchange partners

Leiden encourages its students to spend part of their studies abroad in order to expose themselves to different cultures and different ideas in education. To facilitate this, the University has set up a dense network of cooperation partners with universities in Europe and beyond. There are more than 600 agreements with universities worldwide.


EUniWell, the European University for Well-Being, is an alliance of Leiden University with six other universities on well-being challenge. Besides Leiden, the universities of Birmingham, Cologne, Florence, Linneaus, Nantes and Semmelweis (Budapest) participate in this alliance. EUniWell offers students, researchers and teachers new, international opportunities for cooperation and development.

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