Applying and enrolling

Both foreign students and Dutch students can apply for the BA in Archaeology online. International students and Dutch students with a qualification other than a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma should apply via Leiden University’s Admissions Office. Prospective Dutch students with a VWO diploma can register via Studielink.

Application deadlines

University bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands only have a September intake. It is not possible to start in February. Please note that the University has to have received your submitted application – including the 100 euro application fee for non-VWO students – before the application deadline. Although late applications may not necessarily be refused, the processing of your application may be seriously delayed if you apply after these deadlines.

If you have any questions about our application system or the admissions procedure, take a look at the website Application and Admission for prospective Bachelor students. Additional documents as mentioned on the list of required documents are not required for the Bachelor in Archaeology.

Please note the following deadlines for application:

September intake

After submitting your application you have until 31st August to complete any missing documents.
Certified copies of your academic records should be sent directly to the postal address of the Admissions Office at Pieterskerkhof 6, 2311 SR LEIDEN.

Foreign students and Dutch students with a qualification other than a Dutch VWO diploma

Foreign students and Dutch students with a qualification other than the Dutch VWO diploma can apply via Leiden University’s Online Application System. You can use this online form if you are an international student (you hold a non-Dutch passport and/or you are seeking admission on the basis of a diploma that was obtained outside the Netherlands or an International or European Baccalaureate) or if you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch academic university other than Leiden or from a university of applied science. Or if you qualify to apply for admission via the Colloquium Doctum procedure.

Dutch students with a VWO diploma

Prospective Dutch students with a VWO diploma can apply for the BA in Archaeology on Leiden University’s page on Studielink.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are calculated per academic year (1 September to 31 August), and you are required to pay fees for each calendar month that you are registered at the University. The tuition fee amount depends on your nationality and your study programme. More information on tuition fees.


There are several ways to support you in financing your studies; take a look at the scholarships, grants and loans site of Leiden University.
For non-EU/EAA students applying for an English-taught Bachelor in Leiden the Holland scholarship programme is available.
Another way to find a grant is through the Nuffic ‘Study in Holland’ site; take a look at the Nuffic grant finder

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