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Leiden University College The Hague

About

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international Honours College of Leiden University, offering an innovative Liberal Arts & Sciences undergraduate programme to highly talented and motivated students from all over the world.

LUC's teaching methods are intensive and small-scale. The setting is residential. This stimulates students to also grow outside the classroom through a variety of extracurricular activities. 

The ultimate goal the programme aims to achieve is woven into the motto of LUC,  ‘Building Knowledge for a Better World’. Our graduates aspire to make a true difference in the world they live in.

We want to enable students to respond critically and creatively to the flow of a rapidly changing world and we aim to enable them to look at issues from creative and novel perspectives. Our clearly defined international profile creates an intercultural experience that proudly culminates in our community of global citizens. No less than around 40 different nationalities are represented in both student body and staff.

The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice

Our residential campus is located in the heart of The Hague. More than 150 international organisations and multinational companies chose our multicultural city as their headquarters. Over 100 foreign embassies are based in The Hague. In addition to this, the Dutch judicial capital hosts no less than five international courts of law: the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The Hague truly deserves its nickname, "the international city of Peace and Justice".

At Leiden University College we incorporate the key themes of The Hague, Peace & Justice, into our academic programme. The city’s numerous NGO’s, international organisations and research institutes play a substantial role in educating LUC’s students. Our Major students undertake fieldtrips to the International Criminal Court, as well as following internships at local NGO’s and participating in MOOT courts.

LUC is in many other ways right at the centre of the The Hague community, e.g. through internships at the local Public Health Service and field trips to Dunea, a leading Dutch drinking water company. Our global citizenship project Engage the Hague  immerses our students in the local community through volunteer opportunities, relevant internships and service-based learning programmes.