Why Leiden University
High-quality education, a broad choice of bachelor’s and master’s programmes and personal support in two student cities. And that’s just for starters. Leiden University offers you the ideal basis for enjoying the time of your life and gives you a head start to a world-class career.
At Leiden University you can choose from 11 English-taught bachelor’s and 250 English-taught master’s programmes. We enjoy an excellent worldwide reputation accumulated over more than four centuries. Today we’re consistently highly placed in major rankings, such as The Times Higher Education, QS and Shanghai Rankings.
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We offer bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English, international classrooms and a community of students and lecturers from all over the world. And if you’re keen to venture further afield, we are members of several international networks of renowned universities, including the leading League of European Research Universities (LERU). Our global network of over 600 universities and partnerships will make studying abroad a truly unforgettable experience.
As a student at Leiden University you can interact closely with your lecturers, conduct your own research and explore topics that are both current and relevant. The style of teaching here is personal, with small-scale classes that stimulate and encourage interaction between students and lecturers. And support will always be available when you need it, in the form of study coordinators, international student advisers and counsellors.
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Fun student cities
Finally, Leiden and The Hague are real student cities. At least 10 per cent of the population of Leiden are students, the city has over 20 student associations and its compact centre is full of student cafés. The Hague, Leiden University’s second location, is the Netherlands’ fastest-growing student city and has international allure. Both Leiden and The Hague are centrally located among the Netherlands’ main cities.
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Excellent career opportunities
Leiden University alumni are found in all professional walks of life and they can count on excellent opportunities in the job market. Three-quarters of our alumni find a job in less than three months.
Strong links to research
Leiden University is a leading European research university with an excellent reputation as a multidisciplinary and research-intensive university, and we give our researchers both the space and the resources to excel. Perhaps you, too. will have what it takes to become a renowned scientist and, who knows, maybe even the 16th Leiden alumnus to win a Nobel Prize!