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This is an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility project of the Faculty of Humanities with Ural Federal University Russia.

Project details

Leiden University coordinator:

  • Faculty of Humanities, project coordinator: Wencke Appelman

Partner institution:

  • Ural Federal University

Type of mobility:

  • Staff and student exchange

Project duration:

  • 2020-2023

Project summary

The main goal of this mobility project is to further institutionalise the cooperation between Leiden University and Ural Federal University. There is growing student interest within the Faculty of Humanities in opportunities in Russia, largely due to the Faculty’s BA International Studies programme. This project will enrich the academic cooperation between the two universities and increase the intercultural and academic dialogue between Russia and the Netherlands.

Internationalisation at Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities

Starting the mobility project with our partner in Russia, the Ural Federal University (UrFU), will increase the presence of students from Russia in Leiden and also increase the diversity of our students and staff. 

The main goal of the planned mobility project is to further institutionalise the cooperation between the two universities. There is growing student interest within the Faculty of Humanities in opportunities in Russia, largely due to the Faculty’s BA International Studies programme. In order to accommodate this great interest, Leiden University signed a mobility agreement with UrFU in 2016 to provide students of the BA International Studies specialising in the Russia/Eurasia area and the Russian language with the possibility of experiencing the region and culture first hand, while improving their language skills at the same time. The 2016 exchange agreement has greatly benefited LU’s Faculty of Humanities, having enabled eight BA International Studies students to study at UrFU for a semester.

This project will enrich the academic cooperation between the two universities and increase the intercultural and academic dialogue between Russia and the Netherlands. The Erasmus+ ICM grant provides the necessary scholarships to UrFU students to study at Leiden and increases the chances of LU students with limited means to study at UrFU. The exchange project will thus raise the quality of internationalisation in research and education, in line with the Faculty of Humanities’ Strategic Plan.

Internationalisation at the Ural Federal University

In order to create favourable conditions for internationalisation and develop the University in accordance with international best standards, UrFU has been fostering academic mobility programmes that help to establish an intercultural milieu and increase the number of international students of all levels, visiting professors and postdoctoral researchers. International academic mobility ensures higher quality of education in partner universities in general and serves as an important driving force for development of their educational programmes in English. 


UrFU is specifically interested in cooperation with Leiden University, because we have had a successful collaboration since 2016 in the form of a bilateral student exchange agreement, and LU has proven itself to be a reliable partner and first-rate university, sending excellent exchange students. Because UrFU is one of the leading universities in Russia, placed 364th in the QS World University Ranking, its internationalisation strategy focuses on building partnerships in education, innovation and research with the world’s leading universities, including Leiden University. As UrFU and LU offer similar English-taught programmes – namely: chemistry, biodiversity, psychology, international relations, linguistics and philosophy – UrFU has expressed great interest in developing these study areas through student and staff mobility and sharing knowledge and experience with one of the oldest and best universities in the Netherlands. The cooperation will be mutually beneficial for UrFU and LU.

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