Application Process

The application process for non-degree/exchange students is managed by the university's central admissions office ("Student and Educational Affairs").

Online Application

Once you have reviewed the "Important Information before you Apply" webpage, and have selected the courses you are interested in taking at Leiden, you can start your online application. This process is taken care of on a central, not faculty level. You will be assisgned an admissions officer who will help you to complete your application, and can advise you on your next steps. Only once your application is complete your admissions officer will forward your course requests for approval to the faculty.

All application and housing information, including a link to the online application, can be found on the Student and Educational Affairs website.

All admissions-related questions should go to your admissions officer during this period. After you have been admitted, feel free to contact our Incoming Student Coordinator with any course or study-related questions you may have. Questions regarding your housing or visa should be directed to the housing office or your admissions officer, respectively.

A Few Tips for your Online Application

You will greatly increase the speed of your admission to Leiden University if you keep a few things in mind:

  1. Be sure to submit your application by/before the deadline (April 1st for the fall term, October 15th for the Spring)

  2. Review the application requirements (TOEFL/IELTS requirements where applicable, official transcripts, etc) well in advance of the deadline so you can submit a complete application. If your application is complete at the time of submission, it can be sent quickly through to the faculty for review of your courses.

  3. Review the course requirements and tips on our faculty's webpage "Important Information Before you Apply" if you haven't already done so. Choose courses for which you meet the prerequisites, and which are offered in the term you are coming. Choosing courses outside of the faculty, or which are in other ways not suitable, will significantly slow the processing of your application.

  4. Apply for housing and pay your housing fees as early as possible. Don't wait to be accepted as an exchange student, as housing is limited.

  5. You can keep an eye on your progress in your online application. Be sure to keep an eye on your email as well, as the admissions office may contact you to submit extra documents.

Last Modified: 16-07-2015