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Highly ranked

The ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) places Leiden University 77th in the world and The Times Higher Education ranks Leiden University as first in the Netherlands and 64th worldwide.

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6 bachelor's programmes and 76 master's programmes with nearly 200 specialisations are taught in English.

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Enjoy living in a small, safe city of Leiden in the heart of Western Europe. Our campus in The Hague offers programmes in an exciting international hub.

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Join the diverse student body at Leiden University. Over 110 nationalities represented across the university's programmes.

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Yezi Mu

Yezi Mu MA Linguistics (Research)

What I like most is the academic freedom here. You are encouraged to have your own opinion and you can sit in on any courses you like, depending on your personal interests. My study in Leiden has enabled me to be creative and independent, not only in academic research but also in my daily life.

Zhihan Xia

Zhihan Xia MSc Computer Science

I was attracted at first sight by the city’s warm and friendly atmosphere. Professors were always willing to answer my questions, and my classmates were always available to exchange clever ideas and suggestions. Knowledge and experiences are shared here along with friendships.

Jinhua Wu

Jinhua Wu PhD Chinese Studies

The library facilities are so impressive. I can find just about everything I need for my research here. The libraries subscribe to the CNKI database, which makes it easy for students and staff to keep up to date with research developments in mainland China.

Xueyan Xing

Xueyan Xing BA/BSc Liberal Arts & Sciences

I have been dreaming of coming to the Netherlands to study for almost 10 years. I was really excited when I heard that I was accepted at Leiden University College. Being a student here is awesome! The courses, students, teachers...are all fantastic! I can choose my favourite courses, which are all, I feel, enlightening!

Chaoju Tang

Chaoju Tang PhD Linguistics

I am proud to have obtained my PhD at Leiden University; it was a great experience for me. The International Office for all their help, the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics for guiding my academic performance and the rich collections in the Library: I have very fond memories of them all.

Peng Wang

Peng Wang MSc International Relations

As the motto of the University suggests, education in Leiden aims to create an ambience of discovery, which in my understanding means not only instruction by lecturers, but also inspiration from fellow students. You come here for the excellent education, and for the invaluable access to foreign culture and history.

What's on?

Holland Day Beijing

Join us at Holland Day on October 23, 2014 at Peking University. Find out about studying in Holland and Leiden University. »

China Education Expo Beijing

Meet us in Beijing a the China National Convention Center on October 25th and 26th to learn more about Leiden University and the programmes we offer. »

China Education Expo Shanghai

Meet us in Beijing a the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on November 1st and 2nd and talk with representatives from the faculties of Law and Science about what programmes Leiden University offers. »

Holland Day Shanghai

Join us at Holland Day on November 3, 2014 at Shanghai International Studies University - Songjiang Shanghai Library. It's a great opportunity to meet representatives from Dutch universities including Leiden University! »

Video: Life @ Leiden

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, and there are many student groups and social events to join. Discover more»