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Required documents

You will be asked to submit the following documents when applying for admission.

A completed nomination form

This form can be downloaded from within the online application and needs to be signed by the exchange coordinator at your home university.
If you are attending Leiden University as an independent fee paying student ( i.e. if there is no agreement with your home university) you do not need to submit this form.

Your home University student ID card

Upload a copy of your student card, or other proof that you are a registered student, for example a statement from your university confirming your registration.

A copy of a valid passport or European ID card

A copy of a valid Upload a copy of the page(s) with your personal details and photograph. If you come from the EU/EER, then you may also send a copy of your identity card.

A motivation letter

A personal statement explaining why you have chosen Leiden University and what you would like to accomplish here. 700 words max.

Copies of certified transcripts

Upload a digital copy of your official certified transcript(s) showing your grades and credits achieved so far. Unofficial copies are not accepted. If not originally in Dutch, English, German or French, transcripts should be officially translated to English. If you are a Masters student, please also submit the transcript from your Bachelor degree.
Note - If you are attending Leiden University as an independent fee paying student (i.e. if there is no agreement with your home university) you must also send us your original certified hardcopy transcripts by post.

Language proficiency information (if applicable)

Check under Admission requirements whether you need to submit an English Language certificate. You can apply before you obtain the results of your language exam if needed. In this case, if you are admitted it will be on condition of sufficient results on these tests.

Letter of recommendation 

It is not compulsory to submit a recommendation letter, unless specifically requested by us.
If you are requested to submit a reference:

  • The letter must be written by an academic member of staff
  • The letter must be printed on letterhead paper, signed and bearing the full contact details of the referee (for verification purposes).
  • Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies.

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