Universiteit Leiden



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Why Leiden University?


Study at Leiden University and experience the small, picturesque university city of Leiden and the exciting global hub The Hague, both in a region close to the sea.

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Highly ranked

Leiden is ranked #67 in the THE and # 95 in the QS World University Rankings, as well as scoring very highly in law, arts & humanities and medicine.

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International and personal

In Leiden you will find an international atmosphere and diverse student population, within easy reach of home. Over 110 nationalities are currently represented at Leiden University.

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English-taught and interdisciplinary

Teaching and research in Leiden are interdisciplinary and intellectually stimulating. Over 70 master’s with around 200 specialisations and 6 bachelor's programmes are taught in English.

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Nova Bergst

Nova Bergst MSc Psychology

I chose Leiden because of the great variety of master’s studies it offers. A lot of attention is paid to the students and workgroups are given in small groups to make room for discussion. I enjoy the open atmosphere and I like the fact that the University is so internationally oriented.

Hanna Straffenberger

Hanna Straffenberger PhD Media Technology

Coming here has proven to be a wise decision. Leiden University has lived up to its reputation and even exceeded my expectations. What was intended as a two-year master's quickly turned into four years and I am genuinely looking forward to the years to come.

Corinna Broekmans

Corinna Broekmans BSc Psychology

The choice of subjects in Leiden is really broad, so there are always interesting minors to take and I am impressed with how well the programmes are organised.

Niels Schiller

Niels Schiller Professor of Neuro- & Psycholinguistics

Leiden University is embedded in an extensive network of international research universities. And besides that, Leiden is uniquely located and is one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. The enormous number of historical buildings and the canals make Leiden so attractive.

Lara Weiss

Lara Weiss PhD Egyptology

Leiden University provided excellent training and opportunities I wouldn’t have had at any other university. The Cairo programme, for instance, is unique in the world. The study programme allowed me to participate in conferences and publish the results of my research, which is crucial for a decent academic CV.

Jutta König

Jutta König Alumna, Psychologist & Career Coach

I was given such a warm welcome at Leiden University. My education here instilled in me a life-long joy of learning. This is where the groundwork was laid for my career.


Master's Day March

Leiden University will be holding a Master's Information Day on Friday 11th March with information on all our master's programmes! Sign up now! »

Dies Natalis

On 9th February, Leiden will celebrate its 441st anniversary at the Pieterskerk in Leiden. »

Deutsches Kino at the Filmhuis Lunen

Every month “Deutsches Kino” movies are screened in arthouse cinema Lumen in Delft. »

Leiden University Video

Check out our video, giving you an insight into what Leiden University is all about! »


Leiden is a typical university city with an environment where people soon feel at home. The University buildings and student accommodation are spread throughout the city. Join one of Leiden's many clubs and organisations! Discover more»