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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.

Admissions Requirements for LUC The Hague

In order to apply to LUC The Hague Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges programme, you must meet the minimum diploma requirements set by Leiden University. As LUC The Hague is an honors programme of Leiden University, admissions requirements will usually be higher than the general academic requirements for admission to other programmes of Leiden University.

Please check the following list with the minimum academic requirements for the common non-Dutch diplomas. This list contains the additional admission requirements for LUC The Hague for each diploma.

If your diploma is not on the list, please contact the Admissions Office to inquire about your specific admission requirements before you apply. Students who meet the admission requirements of Leiden University, but not the additional requirements of LUC The Hague can still submit an application for our programme. Please note that students who meet the LUC The Hague admission requirement have a higher chance to be selected for the programme.

All profiles are considered for admission. An average of 7.0 is required to partake in the selection process for admission to LUC The Hague. Students whose average is a 6.5 or higher can still submit an application for our programme, however, please note that students who meet the admission requirement have a higher chance to be selected for the programme.

English Proficiency requirements

The entire programme at LUC The Hague is taught in English and therefore 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 Application 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 which category applies to you.  You need to meet the requirements in one of the three categories below by the time you submit your application. If you are required to take an English Proficiency test, you also need to indicate the date on which you have scheduled to take the exam.

The English Proficiency Categories are as follows:

Students may get a waiver for an English Proficiency test, if they obtain any of the following diplomas with the additional requirements:


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 English/American option and section. Otherwise, a student fits in Category C.

How to meet the requirement?

Students following the VWO diploma (including TTO students) need to have an average of 8.0 or higher in English at the time of submitting the application. Students with an average of 7.5 at the time of applying will be considered for admission, however, please note that in order to start at LUC The Hague a final grade of 8 for English is required.

Students who have already graduated need to have a final grade of 8 for English in order to meet the English proficiency requirement and to be allowed to start the programme.

If you have not met the requirement?

If you do not have an 8.0 in English on your final VWO exam or you have a different Dutch education background (such as HBO, HAVO or other) you will be required to take an English language exam facilitated completely by LUC. More information on this exam will be communicated to you by the admissions office if you are selected by the programme. Please select category C on the LUC application form and leave the rest blank.

If you have obtained an English proficiency test before you applied to LUC The Hague and this test meets the requirements stated in category C, the requirement of obtaining a final grade of 8 for English on VWO level is waived.

Students obtaining a different diploma than stated in category A or B need to take one of the following English proficiency tests and need to obtain the required scores in order to start the programme.

Students who have not yet taken an English proficiency test need to indicate on the LUC Application form which test they have scheduled to take and when.

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 before 1 September 2017 need to meet the following requirement: CAE grade A/CPE grade C. From 1 September 2017 onwards all 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 with the required scores before the visa deadline of 1 June.

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. Topics students must be able to comprehend are 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.

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 help students prepare for 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. A student can check whether a Refresher Course will be needed or not based on the three categories below:




Mathematics score 28

AP Calculus

grade 3

Bachillerato (Titulo de Bachiller)

Mathematics score of at least 7.5 on the PAU university exam

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

Mathematics grade 7 (sette), written examination

Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs – Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs

Mathematics 70

Diplome d’Enseignement Secondaire Superieur – Enseignement Secondaire Général

Mathematics 70

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires – Général

Mathematics grade 44

Diplôme du Baccalauréate Général

Mathematiques grade 14

European Baccalaureate

Mathematics *written *examination 7

General Certificate of Education

A/S-Level Mathematics grade C

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

James Boswell VWO Mathematics A

Grade 7

Leaving Certificate

Mathematics on Higher Level grade H3

Lise Diplomasi

Mathematics in the 12th grade with 85%

Reife(prüfungs)zeugnis from an Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule

Mathematics grade 2

SAT reasoning test

Mathematics component score 650

SAT Subject test

Mathematics score 650

VWO Diploma

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

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)

Final Abitur exam (written) grade 10

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.

The mathematics course will help students prepare for the academic skills courses of Mathematics and Statistics. However, students 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 before they start their studies at LUC in order to be successful in the mathematics course and the academic skills courses of Mathematics and Statistics.

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