Why Leiden University?

Archaeology at Leiden University encompasses the study of societies and cultures from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them, and to make a meaningful contribution to resolving present-day societal issues, such as migration, globalisation and climate change. Archaeological research applies methods and techniques from the social, historical and natural sciences.

The Archaeology programme in Leiden:

Read more about the bachelor’s programme in Archaeology.

The international classroom

As a student you are part of a special international community right from the start. A third of our undergraduates come from abroad, as do more than half of our staff members. In your first year, you can therefore choose whether to follow the programme in English or in Dutch. From the second year, the classes are in English, but you can always take your exams and complete the programme in Dutch.

Discover the world

We consider it important that during your studies you are exposed to other cultures, not just from the past but also from the present. This prepares you for an increasingly globalised job market, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

We are active in various fields of research all around the world, from excavations to heritage management to museums, and from Europe to the Caribbean. From Leiden you can take off in all directions and to various continents to follow your archaeological interests and further your expertise. In Archaeology you literally discover the world.

Check out this student’s view on Leiden!

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Rory Granleese

Why Archaeology at Leiden University?
‘I grew up in Ireland, which is a very interesting place in terms of archaeology. Leiden was the only university to offer an international bachelor for the subject, and that was very appealing to me. I think it provides more opportunity, considering that English is the lingua franca of the Western world, and very popular in the field of archaeology.’