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Leiden University

Leiden University


Leiden University


University type
Research University
Degrees offered
Bachelor, Certificate, Master
Accredited by
Netherlands Government
QS Ranking
TH Ranking
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University description

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1575. The university takes a multi-disciplinary approach to education and research. Fundamental research is combined with a focus on issues in contemporary society. This approach has lead to high international acclaim. The university has brought forth a number of Nobel Prize laureates.

With over 50 bachelor programs and nearly 80 English taught master programs, Leiden University is a comprehensive institution. Education is centered on 7 core areas: Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine, Law, Social Sciences and Science. More and more international students come to study in Leiden each year. Currently around 15% of the student body is of non-Dutch origin. Leiden has 1600 international students.

Education at Leiden University is highly rated by international students. Independent student surveys show that Leiden is a top 10 player in terms of lecturer quality (source: International Student Barometer)

Leiden University has a broad international partner network. Partner universities include: King’s College (UK), University of Oxford (UK) and the University of California (USA). This allows students to go on an exchange to one of these top universities. Leiden University has always been active on the international stage. It was one of the founding members of LERU, the prestigious League of European Research Universities.

Leiden University in the 2017 University Rankings

In terms of university rankings, Leiden is one of the best performing institutes in the Netherlands. Currently it holds 79th place in the Times ranking and 88th place in the QS ranking. Leiden scores particularly well in Arts and Humanities (37th place), Social Sciences (78th) and Natural Sciences (80th).

QS World Humanities and Arts Ranking 2017
Position of Leiden University in the various Discipline Rankings
Philosophy Ranking: 51 - 100
Modern Languages Ranking: 51 - 100
English Language and Literature Ranking: 51 - 100
History Ranking: 19
Linguistics Ranking: 41

Times Higher Education Humanities Top 50 World Ranking 2017
Position of Leiden University in the Rankings
Humanities and Arts Ranking: 26

QS World Engineering and Technology Ranking 2017
Position of Leiden University in the various Discipline Rankings
Computer Science Ranking: 101 - 150

QS World Life Sciences and Medicine Ranking 2017
Position of Leiden University in the various Discipline Rankings
Medicine Ranking: 51 - 100
Biologicial Sciences Ranking: 51 - 100
Psychology Ranking: 51 - 100
Pharmacy Ranking: 30

QS World Natural Sciences Ranking 2017
Position of Leiden University in the various Discipline Rankings
Physics and Astronomy Ranking: 101 - 150
Mathematics Ranking: 151 - 200
Environmental Sciences Ranking: 151 - 200
Chemistry Ranking: 101 - 150

QS World Social Sciencesand Management Ranking 2017
Position of Leiden University in the various Discipline Rankings
Statistics and Operational Research Ranking: 51 - 100
Sociology Ranking: 51 - 100
Politics Ranking: 51 - 100
Law Ranking: 31
Communication and Media Ranking: 51 - 100
Education Ranking: 51 - 100

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Leiden University Scholarships

Students have a choice of a number of scholarships they can apply for. Scholarships include:

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Faculty of Archaeology, Campus The Hague, Faculty of Humanity, Faculty of Law, Leiden University Medical Centre, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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