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Taught courses

You can create your own programme of selected courses in English to match your academic background and interests.

Our credit system is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The normal full time study load is 30 ECTS in a semester and 60 ECTS in a year. Exchange and study abroad students must take between 15 and 30 ECTS per semester. For information on our credit and grading system please see ‘EC and grading information’.

You can find information on courses in our e-Prospectus. Most courses offered in one academic year will be offered again in the next, but some exceptions may apply. Courses are added to the prospectus in the spring, mostly between March and June for the following academic year (starting in September). Course timetables are made available through the e-Prospectus a few weeks before the start of each semester.

  1. Go to the e-Prospectus.
  2. Either browse through all courses per subject area by selecting ‘Exchange and Study Abroad’;
  3. Or search for courses according to specific criteria as follows:
    • Click “Extended search” in the top right-hand corner
    • Select search criteria (at least Academic year, Period and Language)
    • Tick the Exchange or Study Abroad box (as applicable)
    • Click "Find courses →"
  4. Once you have found a course you are interested in, check the following information at the top of the course page, to make sure it is suitable: 
    • Is the course open to exchange/study abroad students?

    • Is it taught in the right semester/block? 

      • Semester 1 (Blocks I and II) = Fall (Sep–Dec/Jan)

      • Semester 2 (Blocks III and IV) = Spring (Feb–Jun)

    •  Is it the right level?

      • 100, 200, 300: Bachelor level courses

      • 400: Advanced Bachelor or Master level

      • 500, 600: Master level courses (cannot be taken by Bachelor students)

    • Do you meet the prerequisites?

      • For level 300 or above, specific background knowledge of the subject is required

    • What is the language of instructions? 


Faculty specific course information

Below you can find specific information about each faculty’s courses, for example timetabling, availability and prerequisites.


Bachelor’s Programmes

  • African Languages and Cultures
  • Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean World
  • Art History
  • Arts, media and Society
  • China Studies
  • Classics
  • Dutch Language and Culture
  • English Language and Culture
  • Film and literary Studies
  • French Language and culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • History
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Japan Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies

Timetable system

Please note

  • Exams for the Fall semester may be scheduled in January. If you need to be back at your home university by the beginning of January, discuss this with your instructor at the beginning of the term.
  • Requests for an exam at a different time or in a different manner than scheduled,should be directed to the Board of Examiners of the study programme that offers the course. The Humanities International Office can accommodate this requirement, given sufficient notice.
  • We cannot guarantee that an exception to the regular scheduled exam will be granted.


  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Life Science & Technology
  • Mathematics and Physics

Timetable system

  • Semesters
  • Full-time courses

Please note

  • As time schedules of different study programmes can overlap, we do not recommend to choose courses of different study programmes.
  • All MSc programmes at the Faculty of Science are fully taught in English, but mostly a BSc diploma is required. Here you can find an overview of the English-taught BSc courses.
  • The courses of the BSc minor programmes are offered fulltime (all day/week) and one at a time. It is not possible to combine these courses with courses from other faculties.


  • Anthropology
  • Child & Education Studies
    Please note: No course offering in fall semester. Very limited course offering in spring semester.
  • Political Science
    Please note: Very limited course offering in the Spring semester.
  • Psychology
    Please note: It is not possible to make alternative arrangements for psychology exams. If you need to be back at your home university in early January, you cannot take psychology courses in block 2.

Timetable system


Timetable system



Timetable system

Please note

  • Courses with course codes starting with 2298 and 2296 are organised in such a way there will be no or hardly any, overlap between courses and exams. In the first semester the exams will (most likely) also finish before the Christmas break. Courses with other course codes may overlap.
  • Students attending Leiden University on a university-wide exchange agreement cannot take more than a maximum of 15 ECTS of Law courses.


  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Medicine

Timetable system

  • Semesters
  • Full-time courses

Please note
Courses at LUMC are offered fulltime (all day/week) and one at a time. It is not possible to combine these courses with courses from other faculties. However you can add on an internship in order to fill a whole semester, both in terms of workload and study credits.

The Hague

International Studies

Timetable system

Please note
All courses have a lecture and an obligatory tutorial.


  • Liberal Arts & Science: Global Challenges - Leiden University College (LUC)
    Please note: Options at LUC. You can only study at the LUC if you follow all courses at the LUC – it is not possible to combine these with course at other faculties or departments.
  • Public Administration
    Please note: No courses in English offered in the Spring semester.
  • Security Studies
    Please note: New programme, course offerings to be confirmed.

Timetable system

International Relations and Organisations

Timetable system

Please note
New programme, course offerings to be confirmed.

Dutch language courses

The Academic Language Centre offers a range of Dutch language courses. There is a fee for these courses, and they do not appear on your Leiden university transcript.

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