Honours College and Classes
Students have various options in the Honours College. They can choose one of the seven faculty tracks, in which they can deepen or broaden their knowledge, or they can put together their own programme of study. Students who are enrolled in two bachelor’s programmes can opt for the Double Bachelor Plus Honours programme.
The seven faculties of Leiden University all offer an Honours College track. Some students choose the track at their own faculty, but others find it interesting and inspiring to choose a track in a very different field. Five of the seven faculty honours tracks are accessible to all honours students, thus enabling them to deepen or broaden their knowledge. As classes are small, students have regular contact with the lecturers and other students, which makes the teaching very personal. There is also plenty of opportunity for knowledge exchange.
More information and an overview of the tracks is available at the student website.
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Honours College students can also put together their own individual programme, thus reflecting their own interests in a challenging programme. They draw up a study plan with the faculty coordinator, which must be approved by the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners approves study plans if they:
- comprise at least 30 EC, 20 of which are for research activities or classes;
- correspond with the Leiden vision of excellence and the profile of the excellent student;
- include an interdisciplinary Bachelor Honours Class worth 5 EC.
Students who are highly proficient in a musical instrument can choose to take part in the Honours Practicum Musicae as part of an individual honours track. They follow the regular Practicum Musicae programme at the Royal Conservatoire and further expand their programme with research. They can also follow a Bachelor Honours Class.
Double Bachelor Plus
The Honours College offers a separate programme for students who are enrolled in two bachelor’s programmes: Double Bachelor Plus. Students on this programme follow at least one 5 EC Bachelor Honours Class. Those who wish to deepen their academic knowledge can also choose to follow more honours classes. Students who wish to follow this programme write a study plan describing how they plan to achieve it. To qualify for the Honours College certificate, Double Bachelor Plus’ students must:
- earn at least 210 unique credits within three years, at least 270 unique credits within four years or at least 330 unique credits within five years;
- earn both bachelor’s degrees, both with an average mark of at least 7;
- complete a Bachelor Honours Class of at least 5 EC.
Honours College certificate
To qualify for the Honours College certificate, students partaking in a faculty track or an individual programme must have completed their bachelor’s degree within three years and have an average mark of at least 7.0. They must also have completed an Honours College track of (at least) 30 EC within the same period. Students following the Double Bachelor Plus track must fulfill the requirement as described under the header ‘Double Bachelor Plus’.