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Leiden University

4.2 out of 5 (167 ratings / 152 reviews) Leiden, Netherlands
As a prestigious European research university, Leiden University plays a foremost role in academic research and teaching. High-quality academic research and teaching are crucial to a safe, healthy, sustainable, prosperous and just world. 

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (109)
Humanities (78)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (61)

About

History

Leiden University was the first university to be established in the Netherlands. William of Orange gave Leiden Academia Lugduno Batava in 1575, it is said in recognition of the city’s courageous resistance against the seige by the Spanish invaders.

Education

Our teaching is characterised by individual attention for students, contact with diverse cultures and innovative teaching methods. Personal supervision and the binding study advice contribute to our success. Our teaching and research are closely interwoven.

Research

  • Leiden University is an internationally oriented, comprehensive University. Our scientific research and teaching inspire one another, and this cross-pollination shapes our contribution to society. With our research, we work to gain a fundamental understanding of the world and the people around us. 
  • In our teaching, we train our students to become analytical thinkers and critical world citizens who can apply this knowledge to make the world a safe, healthy, sustainable, prosperous and just place. Where possible, we endorse and apply the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Career

As an alumnus you can come to the Career Services for career guidance for up to one year after graduation. A session with one of the career counsellors is free of charge. For workshops you pay the student rate.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
70 -3
2020
67 1
2019
68
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
80 2
2019
82 -8
2018
74
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
86 3
2020
89 -3
2019
86
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
128 -10
2020
118 4
2019
122
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Housing services

  • The Housing Office offers accommodation for international students in Leiden and The Hague via DUWO student housing corporation.
  • Students with a disability: If you have a disability you may require additional facilities in your living environment. Finding suitable accommodation can be time-consuming, so please contact the Housing Office as early as possible for advice. 

Library services

The UBL owns a vast collection of scientific information, both on paper and online. Furthermore, UBL provides access to special collections of international allure. Among these are medieval manuscripts, archives, old prints, maps, sketches, drawings and photographs, both from the Western world and the Middle East and Asia. 

Student Life

Campus life

Leiden University chose The Hague because the city’s identity complements the University. As a city of peace, justice and security and as a metropolitan area, The Hague provides plenty of opportunity for research and teaching. It is also the political and administrative heart of the Netherlands and a home to many international organisations. The teaching and research at Campus The Hague is closely linked to the city’s profile and is grouped into four key themes:

  • International law, peace and security
  • Politics, public administration and international relations
  • Urban issues
  • Health and patient care

Sports facilities

  • In Beehive, located opposite the Wijnhaven building, you can find our brand new sports facility, The Buzz.
  • The Buzz is equipped with the latest technology in the world of fitness: eGym. Combined with our functional- and cardio training equipment and group classes, we offer a complete fitness concept for students and employees of Leiden University.

Student clubs

  • Becoming a member of a student association is the best way to quickly feel at home in The Hague. You’ll soon get to know people and you’ll make new friends for life.
  • The Hague’s student associations: As a student city, The Hague is growing in stature and is gaining more and more student associations. But don’t worry if you’re not sure which one you should join. During The HOP introduction week you can simply drop by them all, talk to existing members and visit their parties. Or, to get a better picture, you could check them out online first.

Student Reviews

Studying during Covid
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My overall experience was largely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. I began my university year online and ended it online too. Thé courses were interesting and I learnt a lot however the important human contact and socialisation that was missing was really felt.

Leiden University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The quality of teaching is for the most part on a really high level. LU appropriately teaches you academic skills as well. The only reason I give it 4 stars is it's administration problem - when you need to solve an administrative issue, problems arise, phone calls are left unanswered.

Leiden University is the best
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I'm absolutely positive about the programme and the university. The only thing I think could be improved is the education during Corona times, especially the online classes

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