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Leiden University College The Hague

Exchange Students

Students are welcome to come to LUC for an exchange programme, or as a non-degree seeking student. Information on this webpage is intended for students currently registered at another University and would like to study at LUC for one or two semesters.

Application and Admission

The application procedure for incoming exchange students goes through the central Student and Educational Affairs Office (SEA) in Leiden. After official nomination by your home university you will be informed of the application procedure. As the honours college of Leiden University, LUC has slightly stricter admission requirements than the standard Leiden University requirements.

More information about Application & Admissions can be found soon.

Do I qualify for an exchange at LUC?

In order to qualify for a semester (or two) of exchange at LUC there needs to be an agreement in place between your home university and either LUC in a specific agreement or a university-wide agreement with Leiden University as a whole. Please realise that choosing LUC as your semester abroad destination means you take up all of your courses at LUC.

As of 1 January 2018, LUC will only accept exchange students with which Leiden University or LUC has an Exchange, ISEP or SAP agreement with.  Independent study abroad students (so-called “freemovers”) will no longer be admitted to LUC’s Exchange Programme.  If you are interested to study at other Faculties of Leiden University as an independent study abroad student, please contact Leiden University’s Central Admissions Office at studyabroad@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

Course Offerings

LUC offers a total of 350 courses and all courses are offered in English. If you decide to spend a semester or year studying abroad at LUC The Hague, please bear in mind that you will be required to take all you courses at LUC.  It will not be possible to take courses at other faculties or programmes of Leiden University. In our e‐Prospectus you will find all relevant academic information about available courses, including detailed course outlines, timetables, the LUC attendance policy, and the LUC grading policy.

If there is no agreement in place between your home university and LUC or Leiden University, you may also choose to come to LUC as a so-called free mover. 

To understand the difference between Exchange Students and Study Abroad students, read over the general Exchange information.