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Admission requirements

To be eligible for one of Leiden University’s master's programmes, you must meet the following admission requirements.

You’ll need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes.

English-language proficiency
For admission to most master’s programmes you must be proficient in English. The types of English test accepted are listed below. For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: Academic
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic year 2021-2022, but not yet for 2022-2023 pending national decision-making. As soon as further information is available this webpage will be updated.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Proficiency in other languages
For some master’s programmes you must also be proficient in other languages. You can find the exact language requirements for your chosen master’s programme in the programme description.

The specific academic and professional entry requirements for each master’s programme are listed under each programme description.

>> Go to the next step: Step 2. Check the application deadlines. 

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