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Sustainable Development

Admission & Application

When and how can you sign up?

Whether you are a language or chemistry student, a biologist or a cultural anthropologist, the minor Sustainable Development is open and of interest to third year bachelor students from all degree programmes.
Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 90 students. Admission is based on the students’ qualifications + a first come, first served basis. Students of Leiden University are given priority over external students.

For students of Leiden University registration is possible from May 8 (13:00) until July 15 (13:00).

Registration for an elective (half minor) of 15 EC
For students who do not have the full 30 ECTS available, we have a few spots availabe for the ‘Sustainable Development: Big Issues New Answers’ course. If you are interested in joining the half minor, please reach out to minor@cml.leidenuniv.nl. You may need permission from the exam board of your degree programme to follow the course as an elective.

Registration students TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam
Since 2015, Leiden, Delft and Erasmus have together been applying special admission criteria for their minors. To avoid students not being able to enroll for a minor at one of the other two partner universities because the programme is full, in May the three partners reserve one-third of the places in their minors for one another's students. Please note, to join this easy registration process you have to register for the Minor in May 2023 via your own university.

Other Students
In principle, the minor is also open to students of other universities and universities of applied science (HBO), provided that they are highly motivated to do so and show great commitment. Participants will be selected on the basis of a letter of motivation and order of registration. Please see this website for more information.
You can send your motivation letter via minor@cml.leidenuniv.nl before 7 May 2023.
We will let you know if you are accepted between May and June. Please make sure to also have a ‘plan B’, since we only have a limited number of available spots for guest students.
You can also register your interest. We will then keep you informed of developments regarding the minor programme through a newsletter.

Application start and deadline

Minors with admission requirements* &  TU Delft and LDE selection minors 3 April (13.00) till 16 April (13:00)
Minors without admission requirements TU Delft, Erasmus University and LDE     8 May (13.00) till 31 May (13:00)
Minors without admission requirements Leiden University 8 May (13.00) till 15 July (13.00)

* A minor with admission requirements is a minor with a different selection procedure. You can check which minors have admission requirements in the Studiegids or on the website of TU Delft and Erasmus.

Other students
Between 3 and 16 April 2023 (minors with admission requirements) and 8 May and 15 July 2023 (minors without admission requirements), external students (from other research universities and universities of applied sciences) can apply for just one Leiden University minor. 

An overview with all relevant information about the minors can be found on this website.

Limited number of places

Every minor has a limited number of places. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis (with the exception of TU Delft and Erasmus minors with admission requirements*). So apply on time.

Reserved spots for LDE-students

Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam collaborate closely on a range of educational matters, thus making it easy to follow a minor at TU Delft or the Erasmus University. During the application period for Leiden students, in April and May, TU Delft and the Erasmus University reserve a third of their minor places for Leiden University students.

Maximum of one minor

You may only apply for one minor with admission requirements. You may only apply for one TUD/EUR/LDE minor. If you are placed on a waiting list, you may apply for another Leiden minor (without admission requirements). Please note: you can only follow one minor. Are you placed on two waiting lists? Deregister from one of the two minors and apply for a different one. 

For questions about applying, contact 071 – 527 1111 or studielijn@leidenuniv.nl.

Application Process

Steps to take
Students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University have to apply via EduXchange.

External students (from research universities as well as universities of applied sciences) can apply for just one of the Leiden minors. This is not done through eduXchange, but through the procedure described here.

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