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Study at Public Administration

Students are welcome to come to the Institute of Public Administration as an exchange student. Bachelor students are welcome to join our English taught courses in the first semester (Fall semester only, no Spring semester courses).

Application and Admission

The application procedure for incoming exchange students goes through the central Student and Educational Affairs Office (SEA) in Leiden.

In order to start your application, your home university coordinator has to nominate you via the Leiden University nomination portal. Instructions will be sent to your home university directly. As soon as your nominated is approved by SEA, you will receive instructions to visit the Leiden University application portal to start your application.

Once your application file is completed it will be forwarded to the admissions committee of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs for a final decision on admission.  This procedure can take up to 4 weeks to complete.  

The required documents for all students are:

  • Letter of motivation;
  • Official and Certified transcripts as issued by your home university‚Äôs Registrar. If you have attended any university or college prior to your current university enrolment, you will need to submit original certified copies of these as well.
  • Copy of your passport (only the page with your personal details.

The application deadline for fall semester (start late August) is 1 April.

The application deadline for spring semester (start late January) is 15 October.

After you have been offered admission, the SEA Dept. will assist you further with e.g. visa, registration at the University, and housing.  The FGGA International Office will  inform you more about the course registration, start of the semester (including introduction activities), etc.

The procedure from application to admission takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

More information can be found on our web pages: Study abroad/exchange admission and application.

Course timetables for exchange students

The schedules for the courses at the Faculty Governance and Global Affairs can be found on the student website.

Course and exam registration in uSis

Students are registered for their pre-approved Public Administration courses and exams in uSis. Students are not automatically registered for the re-takes of exams. Students need to do this themselves. Registration for the re-takes opens 4 weeks and closes 10 days prior to the exam.

If you have difficulties, please contact the Education Services Centre, preferably via email: osc.fgga@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

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