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Applying

The application period for minor programmes at Leiden is generally from 1 May to 31 July, but an earlier deadline applies to a number of minors. The application procedure is not the same for all students and all minors.

The procedure

There are different application procedures for different groups of students: 

1. Students at Leiden University

Information about applying for minors and the admission criteria that apply for Leiden University students can be found on the University website for students. Make sure you apply in time via Usis. Bear in mind that each minor has a maximum number of places and that in April and May we reserve a third of the places on each minor for students at Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. This is in the context of our collaboration with these two universities within the Leiden•Delft•Erasmus alliance. Delft and Rotterdam also reserve a third of the places on their minors for students at the partner universities during the months of April and May.  

2. Students at Delft University of Technology or Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Students at the partner universities TU Delft and Erasmus University who want to take a minor in Leiden should generally apply in May. A different application deadline applies to a few minors. In May, on each minor a third of the places are reserved for students at the two partner universities. After 31 May, admission will be via the faculty and/or coordinator of the relevant minor, but to be sure of a place it is advisable to apply via Osiris in April or May. For the application procedure after May, please see the information under 4. Other students from outside Leiden University. Contact details and the application deadline for each minor can be found in the e-Prospectus. Any questions about the minor will be answered by the relevant contact person.

3. Leiden students who want to apply for a minor at Delft University of Technology or Erasmus University Rotterdam

Leiden students can apply via uSis in May for minors at Delft University of Technology or Erasmus University Rotterdam. The deadline for some minors, particularly at Delft, is in April rather than May. For more information about minors and the exact application deadlines, see the websites of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology below. In May, a third of the places in each minor are reserved for students from the two partner universities. Under the same conditions as mentioned above at 2, Leiden students can apply for minors at Rotterdam and Delft.

Check the admission matrix

4. Other students from outside Leiden University

External students (from research universities as well as universities of applied sciences) can apply for just one Leiden minor in the period from 1 May to 31 July. They should fill in a registration form after having received approval from the programme. The contact person listed under the information about the minor in the e-Prospectus, will answer all questions about the content of the course. External students will be notified at the end of August/start of September whether they have a place on their chosen Leiden minor. 

Notification of placement

Applying for a minor does not automatically mean that you have a place. In principle, Leiden students have priority over external students for Leiden minors, with the exception of Rotterdam and Delft students who have applied in April or May. 

Leiden students can see in uSis whether they have a place on their chosen minor or have been placed on the waiting list. A different application deadline applies to a number of minors at both Leiden University and Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Students who have applied for these will be notified about their placement before 1 May.
 
Rotterdam and Delft students who applied after May and external students will be notified at the end of August/start of September whether they have a place on their chosen Leiden minor. 
 
Once their place has been confirmed, non-Leiden students will receive instructions about how they can register for the minor and the separate minor subjects via uSis, Leiden's student administration system.

Changed your mind?

Any student who decides not to take the minor after applying should de-register as soon as possible via uSis. This means that their place can then be offered to another student. 

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