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Selecting courses

If you will follow taught courses during your semester at Leiden University, follow the steps below to make sure you select courses that are suitable for you.

  • Go to the Prospectus.
  • Click on ‘Exchange’ at the bottom of the screen.
  • On the next page use the filters on the left side to filter the results by semester, faculty, level etc.; or search for courses according to specific criteria by using the search bar at the top of the screen.
  • Click on a course you are interested in, then check the following information in the right-hand menu to find out if the course is suitable for you:  
Course period
  • Semester 1 (period 1 & 2) = Fall (Sep & Dec/Jan)
  • Semester 2 (period 3 & 4) = Spring (Feb & Jun)
Credits How many EC the course is worth

Level

  • 100, 200, 300: Bachelor level
  • 400: Advanced Bachelor or Master level
  • 500, 600: Master level (only open to Master students)

Note: for level 300+ specific background knowledge is required.

Language Language of instruction
Available as Make sure the course is available to exchange/study abroad students

First, check with your home university how many credits you need to take at Leiden University. The normal full-time study load is 30 EC per semester. 

To be admitted as an exchange/study abroad students, you must be admitted to at least 15 EC for one semester. However, your home university will usually require that you take more credits than that. Make sure you are admitted to sufficient courses to meet your credit requirements before arrival!

Leiden University uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). For further information on our credit and grading system please see EC and grading information.

Are you interested in a course, but the course dates in the prospectus have not yet been updated for the upcoming academic year? You can still select the course. In general, most courses offered in one academic year will be offered again the following year. If the course is later cancelled, you will be informed via the online application portal and invited to make a new selection.

Some faculties have additional criteria that you must take into consideration when choosing courses. You can find these here below, as well as the contact details of each facuilty in case you have further questions.

Faculty of Science

  • Science courses have strict admission requirements. Make sure you meet these requirements before selecting a course. In your letter of motivation (see required documents) explain clearly why you believe you are qualified to follow your selected Science courses.
  • Different degree programmes at the Faculty of Science have overlapping schedules. When selecting courses at the Faculty of Science, we advise you not to choose courses from different degree programmes. You can see which degree programme a course belongs to by looking under ‘Part of’ in the prospectus course description.
  • If you wish to do a whole BSc minor programme, you cannot combine this with courses at other faculties. The minor is a full-time course of study.
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the Faculty of Science, send a mail to: incoming@science.leidenuniv.nl.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science

Psychology 

  • Course selection is final. You cannot add or drop courses after 1 July (fall semester) or 1 December (spring semester).
  • For courses in period 2 of the first semester:
    • Exams take place in January or early February. It is not possible to reschedule exams or make alternative arrangements (such as online exams). So if you need to be home in January, do not select psycholgy courses in this period.
    • Exam resits take place in the second semester (period 3), so do not select these courses if you find it important to be here on the resit date. 
    • Be aware that first-semester university housing contracts end in mid-January. So if you take courses in this period, you may need to arrange accommodation for the final weeks.
  • For level 400 courses:
    • Exam resits take place the following semester or in late summer. Do not select these courses if you find it important to be here on the resit date. 
    • All 10 EC level 400 courses are offered twice a year. In the prospectus you will see, for example, 'block 1, block 3'. This means you can do the course in either block (not that you have to attend both blocks).
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the Institute of Psychology, send a mail to: exchangepsy@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Institute of Political Science

  • Our courses are taught both in Leiden and at our campus in The Hague. Please check the location of the course you prefer to follow. If you want to combine courses taught in The Hague with courses taught at our Department (or other Faculties) in Leiden,  please take the door-to-door travel time into consideration.
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the Institute of Political Science, send a mail to: exchangeps@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, send a mail to: stucoanthropology@FSW.leidenuniv.nl

Institute of Education and Child Studies

  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the institute of Education and Child Studies, send a mail to: jabouwer@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Leiden Law School

  • If you are joining Leiden University on a university-wide exchange agreement, you may take a maximum of 15 EC of Law courses. If you are unsure what type of exchange agreement your university has with Leiden, check with your home university coordinator. 
  • Courses with a prospectus catalogue number starting with 2298 and 2296 are organised in such a way there will be no, or hardly any, overlap between courses and exams. Courses with other catalogue numbers may overlap.
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at Leiden Law School, send a mail to: incomingexchange@law.leidenuniv.nl.

Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)

  • As courses at LUMC are fulltime, it is not possible to combine them with courses at other faculties. However you can add an internship in order to fill a whole semester, both in terms of workload and study credits.
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at LUMC, send a mail to: intoff@lumc.nl.

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA)

  • The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is located in The Hague. If you want to combine your FGGA courses with courses at other faculties located in Leiden, please take the door-to-door travel time into consideration.
  • Public Administration: English-taught bachelor level courses are only offered in the Fall semester.
  • Leiden University College (LUC): You cannot combine LUC courses with courses at other faculties. If you study abroad at LUC, you will be admitted to a package of courses amounting to 30 EC per semester.
  • Security Studies: courses are only open to direct partners of the Institute of Security & Global Affairs or the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. If you are joining Leiden University on a university-wide exchange agreement or an agreement with another faculty, you may not follow Security Studies courses. If you are unsure what type of exchange agreement your university/faculty has with Leiden, check with your home university coordinator. 
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, send a mail to: international@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Faculty of Humanities

  • If you are joining Leiden University on an Faculty of Humanities exchange agreement, you have to take a minimum of 15 EC of Humanities courses. If you are unsure what type of exchange agreement your university has with Leiden, check with your home university coordinator. 
  • For courses scheduled in the first semester, some exams may take place in January. If you need to be back at your home university in January, inform your lecturer and the Humanities International Office upon arrival so we can look into possible alternative arrangements. 
  • Our courses are taught both in Leiden and at our campus in The Hague. Please check the location of the course you prefer to follow. If you want to combine courses taught in The Hague with courses taught at our faculty (or other faculties) in Leiden,  please take the door-to-door travel time into consideration.
  • If you need more information on choosing courses at the Faculty of Humanities, send a mail to: exchange@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Faculty of Archaeology

Dutch language courses

Do you want to follow Dutch language courses at the university's Academic Language Centre? If so, these will be 'in addition' to your exchange/study abroad programme and will not be included on transcript. There is a separate fee for courses at the Academic Language Centre. 

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