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Welcome to Leiden University

Welcome from the Rector Magnificus of Leiden University

Dear prospective student,

Thank you for showing an interest in studying at Leiden University. There are some 28,130 students at Leiden University, but you’ll always be more than just a number; your lecturers will know you by name. We’ll do our best to give you the best-possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you at every step of the way. This is why we offer our talented and motivated students honours education, courses at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, and a broad range of minors. 

At Leiden University theory and practice go hand-in-hand. Learning is not only about remembering facts and consolidating information; it’s also about applying what you learn. In addition to the knowledge they’ll give you, our programmes will develop your intercultural and academic skills, teach you how to carry out a scientific study independently and then present your research findings, verbally and in writing. At Leiden University it’s all about participation, interaction, collaboration and learning by doing.

An important fact not to be underestimated is that Leiden is a real student city. If you didn’t know better, you might think that the historic and lively city of Leiden was made for students. Its atmospheric and compact centre has everything that students could wish for: from university buildings to student pubs, and from student accommodation to student associations. Studying and living in The Hague broadens your perspective on the world and quickly gives you an international network. Studying in a city full of embassies, multinationals and international courts certainly has its advantages! 

After all these years, I still look back with a lot of pleasure at my own student life at Leiden University. I wish you a lot of inspiration when finding the study that suits you and hope you have the same great
experience of studying at Leiden University as I did!

Prof. Carel Stolker    
Rector Magnificus
Leiden University

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