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Taught courses

When applying for exchange or study abroad at Leiden University, you will select the individual courses you want to follow and so create your own personal study programme.

In the Prospectus you can find details of all taught courses, including contents, dates, level, prerequisites and schedules.

  • Course information is updated each year between March and June for the following academic year (starting in September).  
  • Course schedules are published a few weeks before the course starts.

Choosing courses

  • Go to the Prospectus.
  • Click on ‘Exchange’ at the bottom of the screen.
  • On the next page use the filters on the left side to filter the results by semester, faculty, level etc.; or search for courses according to specific criteria by using the search bar at the top of the screen.
  • Click on a course you are interested in, then check the following information in the right-hand menu to find out if the course is suitable for you:  
Course period
  • Semester 1 (period 1 & 2) = Fall (Sep & Dec/Jan)
  • Semester 2 (period 3 & 4) = Spring (Feb & Jun)
Credits How many EC the course is worth

Level

  • 100, 200, 300: Bachelor level
  • 400: Advanced Bachelor or Master level
  • 500, 600: Master level (only open to Master students)

Note: for level 300+ specific background knowledge is required.

Language Language of instruction
Available as Make sure the course is available to exchange/study abroad studen

Leiden University uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The normal full-time study load is 30 EC per semester.

To be admitted as an exchange/study abroad students, you must be admitted to at least 15 EC for one semester. For further information on our credit and grading system please see EC and grading information.

Some faculties have additional criteria that you must take into consideration when choosing courses. These are listed here below: 

Faculty of Science

  • Different degree programmes at the Faculty of Science have overlapping schedules. When selecting courses at the Faculty of Science, we advise you not to choose courses from different degree programmes. You can see which degree programme a course belongs to by looking under ‘Part of’ in the prospectus course description.
  • If you wish to do a whole BSc minor programme, you cannot combine this with courses at other faculties. The minor is a full-time course of study.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science

  • Psychology: for courses scheduled in the first semester - period 2,  exams will take place in January. If you need to be back at your home university in January, do not select psychology course in this period. Exams cannot be rescheduled.

Leiden Law School

  • If you are joining Leiden University on a university-wide exchange agreement, you may take a maximum of 15 EC of Law courses. If you are unsure what type of exchange agreement your university has with Leiden, check with your home university coordinator. 
  • Courses with a prospectus catalogue number starting with 2298 and 2296 are organised in such a way there will be no, or hardly any, overlap between courses and exams. Courses with other catalogue numbers may overlap.

Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)

  • As courses at LUMC are fulltime, it is not possible to combine them with courses at other faculties. However you can add an internship in order to fill a whole semester, both in terms of workload and study credits.

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA)

  • Leiden University College (LUC): You cannot combine LUC courses with courses at other faculties. If you study abroad at LUC, you will be admitted to a package of courses amounting to 30 EC per semester.
  • Security Studies: courses are only open to direct partners of the Institute of Security & Global Affairs or the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. If you are joining Leiden University on a university-wide exchange agreement or an agreement with another faculty, you may not follow Security Studies courses. If you are unsure what type of exchange agreement your university/faculty has with Leiden, check with your home university coordinator. 

Faculty of Humanities

  • For courses scheduled in the first semester, some exams may take place in January. If you need to be back at your home university in January, inform your lecturer and the Humanities International Office upon arrival so we can look into possible alternative arrangements. 

Dutch language courses

Do you want to follow Dutch language courses at the university's Academic Language Centre? If so, these will be 'in addition' to your exchange/study abroad programme and will not be included on transcript. There is a separate fee for courses at the Academic Language Centre. 

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