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Required documents

When you apply for admission, you’ll be asked to submit several documents. The documents that are required depend on your educational background and chosen study programme. For details of the documents required by each study programme, refer also to the programme-specific information.

Note: If you have a Dutch diploma that grants direct admission, you will generally not be asked to submit additional documents.

Required application documents

Please upload a copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph. If you are from the EU/EEA, you can submit a copy of your identity card instead. Please upload copies of both sides.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.

Your CV (curriculum vitae) must be written in English and should contain your basic personal data, as well as a clear overview of your educational and professional history to date.

Your letter of motivation should be a personal statement explaining why you want to follow the programme, why you want to do so at Leiden University, and what makes you think you’ll be a good candidate. The statement must be between 700 and 1,500 words and written in English.

You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission. Of course, if you already have your English language test results, you can upload them directly.

 

  • Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required. Once you have been admitted, we will inform you how to submit certified copies.
  • The documents must be in the original language. If they are not in English, Dutch, German or French, they must be accompanied by official translations into one of these languages.
  • If you have not yet completed your current programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date.

For some programmes, all the submitted documents must be in English (or official English translations) including copies of diplomas and transcripts.

Additional requirements – not all programmes

Check first in your programme's admission requirements whether you are required to submit letters of recommendation and what the requirements of the letters of recommendation are.

Requirements for and how to submit letters of recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee.
  • Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies.

Option 1. Uploading the letter yourself
You can upload the letter(s) of recommendation in the online application portal (uSis).

Option 2. Sent by your referee
Your referee can send the letter directly to the university, as follows:

1. Your referee must clearly state your name and student number in the letter.

2. He or she should send the letter to us, either: 

- digitally, by uploading the letter in the Referee contact form

- by posting it to:
Leiden University Admissions Office
“Gravensteen” Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden, the Netherlands

3. Complete this form and upload it in the online application system (uSis), instead of your letter of recommendation.

Some master’s programmes require additional documents. Always check the specific programme.

>> Go to the next step: Step 4: Start your application

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