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

Admission requirements

You need to meet certain requirements in order to be admissible to LUC’s Liberal Arts & Sciences programme.

Diploma requirements

As LUC The Hague is an honours programme of Leiden University, admissions requirements are higher than the general academic requirements for admission to other programmes of Leiden University. If you meet the admission requirements for Leiden University, but not the additional ones of LUC The Hague you can still submit an application for our programme. Please note that in this case you have a lower chance to be selected.

Please check this list with the minimum and additional LUC diploma requirements.

If your diploma is not on the list, please contact the Admissions Office to inquire about your specific admission requirements before you apply.

English Proficiency requirements

The entire programme at LUC The Hague is taught in English and therefore all students need to prove English Proficiency.

You need to meet the requirements in one of the three categories below:

You qualify for an English waiver, if you obtain any of the following diplomas:


Full English-taught IB Diploma

At least 3 A-levels

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)*

*If you obtain the general Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général, you fall in category C.

Obtained VWO Diploma

English Meet English Requirement Sufficient for admission
Final grade 8 or higher Yes Yes
Final grade 7 
(average of SE and CE grades must be at least 7.0)
No Yes, after passing an LUC English test in June
Final grade 7 or lower (average of SE and CE are lower than 7.0) No No
Obtained English proficiency test as stated in category C. Yes, if the required results are obtained* Yes, if the required results are obtained

* The requirement of obtaining a final grade of 8 for English on VWO level is waived.

Still need to graduate

If you still need to graduate and cannot prove English proficiency yet, the selection for LUC is based on your average English grade. Please note that you will need to meet the requirements in the table above before the start of the programme.

English Considered for Selection
Average grade 8.0 or higher Yes
Average grade 7.5-7.9 Yes
Average grade 7.0-7.9 Maybe*
Obtained English proficiency test as stated in category C Yes, if the required results are obtained

* Please note that your chances to be selected are higher if your English average is at least a 7.5.

If you obtain(ed) a different diploma than stated in category A or B, you must take one of the following English proficiency tests and obtain the required scores before the start of the programme. Please note that test results cannot be older than two years by the time you apply.

English Test  Minimum Overall Score Minimum Component Score Submitting Your Score
 TOEFL IBT 100 22 Paper copy from ETS Institutional code is 6342
IELTS 7.0 6.5 A digital copy of the certificate with all text and verification codes clearly visible
Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 185 176 Send your results through Candidate Result Website or send your ‘Statement of Results number’ to the Admissions Office
Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 176 Send your results through Candidate Result Website or send your ‘Statement of Results number’ to the Admissions Office

All students in this category are strongly advised to take an English proficiency test as soon as possible, preferably to have these results by the time of applying.

Mathematics Requirement

All students must prove that their mathematics skills are sufficient in order to pass the science oriented compulsory courses in the first year.

You can check the categories below to determine whether an LUC Mathematics Refresher course is needed (for more information see category C below).

Please check this list with the minimum mathematics requirements for admission to LUC.

If you obtain one of the results listed in category A before the start of the programme, you meet the mathematics requirement. If not you fall in category C.

If admitted, you need to take the mathematics diagnostics exam in your first week of classes. The result determines whether you need to take the two or three week Mathematics Refresher course in January 2021. A high score exempts you from taking this course.

You must be able to comprehend:

  • Basic algebra (fractions, roots, and exponentials),
  • Linear and quadratic functions and their graphs,
  • Basic exponential and logarithmic functions,
  • Basic trigonometric identities,
  • Inequalities and derivatives

More information regarding these topics and free online courses can be found here.

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