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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

Admission requirements

In order to be admissible to LUC The Hague, applicants will need to meet certain requirements. After you have checked the general admission requirements for all of Leiden University, inform yourself about the additional requirements specific to this programme.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to LUC The Hague Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must meet the minimum diploma requirements set by Leiden University. The minimum requirement for admission to any bachelor’s programme at Leiden University is a diploma that is at least equal to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). Please check this website to see a list of the common non-Dutch diplomas, and their minimum academic requirements.

Additional Admissions Requirements for LUC The Hague

As LUC The Hague is an honors programme of Leiden University, admissions requirements will usually be slightly higher than the general academic requirements. Below you will find the specific diploma admission requirements from the most common non-Dutch diplomas.

At least 3 GCE A-levels in general, academic subjects with grades A-B. 
When you apply, you are requested to upload your GCSE and, A/S-level results and your predicted A-level results (statement from school). Please note that an A/S level is not sufficient and also that 2 A/S levels do not add up to an A-level.

The IB Diploma awarded after the completion of the full IB Diploma programme with a score of at least 30 points (excluding bonus points), is sufficient for admission to LUC.

High School Diploma, College Preparatory programme with:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 and 
  • 3 AP’s from the College Board (grades 4-5) in different subjects (no AP studio Art)  

Your  SAT / ACT test scores may also be taken into consideration; When you apply, you are requested to upload your SAT or ACT test scores and College Board results

English Proficiency requirements

Because the entire programme at LUC The Hague is taught in English, it is essential that you start your studies with a good level of English proficiency. 

All students need to prove English Proficiency and are required to fill out the LUC Admissons Requirement Form Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges as part of the application process and submit the required documents. In the English Proficiency section of this form, it asks you to indicate in which category you fall under.  You need to meet the requirements in one of the three categories below, by the time you submit your application. If you will be required to take an English Proficiency test, you need to indicate the date you have already registered for to take the exam.

The English Proficiency Categories are as follows:

Students may get a waiver for English Proficiency test, if they meet any of the following requirements at the time of submitting the application:


Full English-taught IB Diploma

At least 3-Alevels

National Diploma from any of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (except French-taught programmes)

European Baccalaureate English Language 1

Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général – Option International (English section)*

*The general Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général does not waive the English proficiency test for students unless the diploma/transcript mentions the OIB option and section. Otherwise, a student fits in Category C.

Students following the VWO diploma (including TTO students) may receive a temporary waiver IF they have an average 8.0 or higher in English at the time of submitting the application. This temporary waiver allows students to submit the application and if invited, take part in the interview. However, a student needs to obtain a final grade of 8.0 or higher in English in the final VWO exams in order to get the full waiver and be able to register for the programme.

If the final exams result does not meet the requirements for a waiver, the student will need to take an English Proficiency test and obtain the requested score before the academic year starts. Please note that test dates and locations are limited; students may need to book this well in advance. If it is not sure the required grade will be obtained, organise a language test before taking your final exams. VWO students who do not have a grade 8.0 or higher in English at the time of applying do not fall under this category, but into category C.

Please note that we are looking at the full grade stated when applying and do not round up to the next grade. This means to get a waiver grades must be at or above an 8.0.

All other students do not qualify for a waiver or temporary waiver of the English language proficiency and will need to meet the minimum requirements set below in one of the accepted English proficiency tests at the time of submission of the application. :

English Test Minimum results Submitting your score 
TOEFL IBT 25 on each item and total score of 100 Paper copy from ETS Institutional code is 6342
IELTS 7.0 on each item and 7.0 on overall band A digital copy of the certificate with all text and verification codes clearly visible
Cambridge CAE/CPE * 185 on each item and overall score of at least 185 A copy of the certificate, ID number and the “secret number” – Candidate Results Online service


*Students who have obtained a CAE or CPE with the old score (letter grade) need to meet the following requirement: CAE grade A/CPE grade C. All other students taking these tests will need to meet the new requirement as stated above.

If you require a student visa to enter the Netherlands the Admissions Office can only request one for you if you have passed one of the above mentioned tests before the visa deadline

Additional Requirements - Mathematics

Students who wish to start at LUC need to have reasonable proficiency in mathematics to pass the science oriented compulsory courses in the first year.

Students who do not take mathematics as part of their secondary school examinations or whose mathematics grades are considered insufficient, will be required to follow a Refresher Mathematics course in January of their first year at LUC if they are admitted into the programme. This Refresher Mathematics course will prepare students to be able to successfully participate in the academic skills courses of Mathematics and Statistics in the second semester of the first year.

The Admissions Office will determine whether the mathematics level of a student is adequate once the application is complete. A student can check whether a Refresher Course will be needed or not based on the three categories below:




Wiskunde B grade 6 Wiskunde A gade 7 Wiskunde C grade 8

General Certificate of Education

AS-Level Mathematics grade C

International Baccalaureate

Mathematics HL grade 4 Mathematics SL grade 4 Math Studies grade 5

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)

Final Abitur exam (written) grade 10

Diplôme du Baccalauréate Général

Mathematiques grade 14

Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs – Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs

Mathematics 70

Diplome d’Enseignement Secondaire Superieur – Enseignement Secondaire Général

Mathematics 70

European Baccalaureate

Mathematics *written *examination 7

Diploma di Superamento Dell ‘Esame di Stato Conclusivo from a Liceo Classico/Linguistico/Scientific

Mathematics grade 7 (sette), written examination

SAT reasoning test

Mathematics component score 650

SAT Subject test

Mathematics score 650


Mathematics score 28

James Boswell VWO Mathematics A

Grade 7

Students who still need to graduate may be exempted if they obtain one of the results listed in category A or pass a mathematics diagnostic exam which will be offered at the start of the academic year. If not they will fall in category C.

Students who do not have mathematics at the expected level and are not in a position to obtain one of the results in category A before starting at LUC, will have to take the refresher mathematics course at LUC if admitted to the programme.

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