Frequently asked questions
- Does my diploma meet the requirements for BA International Studies?
- I am a native speaker of English. Do I need to hand in standardised test scores?
- Does Leiden University have funding available for bachelor students?
- Is the application fee refundable if I don’t get a place at the university or if I enter the university next year?
- What is on average the cost of living in the Netherlands?
- How much support do foreign students get in finding a place to live?
- For my specialisation, will I be learning the language from a beginner level or is it possible to take more advanced classes?
- What are the application deadlines for starting in September?
- Is there a maximum number of students for BA International Studies?
- I have some questions about the on-line application form. Whom can I contact?
- When do I need to arrive in the Netherlands? Will someone welcome me at the station/airport?
Is your question not in here? More Leiden University student FAQ’s
1. Does my diploma meet the requirements for BA International Studies?
You will be granted admission to the Bachelor’s programme in International Studies if you are in the possession of:
- a pre-university education (VWO) diploma or equivalent with no further requirements of your subject cluster or
- a first-year or final diploma from a higher professional (HBO) institution of education or
- a first-year or final diploma from a university programme.
Dutch applicants with a VWO-diploma are automatically admitted to the BA-programme. Equivalents of a VWO-diploma include certificates obtained outside the Netherlands, an International Baccalaureate (IB) or a European Baccalaureate (EB).
Leiden University’s Admissions Office has published some examples of certificates equivalent to the Dutch VWO. A US high school certificate alone does not guarantee admission to Leiden University. We ask for three Advanced Placements graded with at least a C.
Please note that these are only some examples. The fact that your diploma is not listed does not automatically imply that it is not valid. Please apply via our online application system so the university’s Admissions Office can determine whether your certificate meets the requirements.
2. I am a native speaker of English. Do I need to hand in standardised test scores?
When filling out your application, you do not need to hand in any test scores if you
- have completed (or will soon complete) your education in Canada, the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia;
- have obtained (or will soon obtain) an (Engish-taught) International Baccalaureate;
- have succesfully completed (or will soon complete) the Dutch VWO.
For more information see Requirements.
3. Does Leiden University have funding available for bachelor students?
Unfortunately, Leiden University has no funding available for international bachelor students. At the moment, there are only grants for master students. For available grants from other sources, see the grant finder provided by Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education.
4. Is the application fee refundable if I don’t get a place at the university or if I enter the university next year?
Unfortunately, the application fee of € 100,- is non-refundable. Our Admissions Office has set this fee several years ago to be sure that international students applying for the university are actually serious about coming to the Netherlands for our study programmes. We are preparing a ‘welcome package’ for new international students which will have a broadly comparable value.
5. What is on average the cost of living in the Netherlands?
On average a student will need at least € 850 – € 950 per month. This estimate does not include tuition fees, health insurance and unforeseen costs, and is meant as a general indication of living costs.
International students are often housed in single studio apartments with private facilities, with an average rental price of € 500 per month. For more information, see Leiden University’s website on the monthly expenses of living in the Netherlands.
6. How much support do foreign students get in finding a place to live?
Once your application has been accepted and you are registered at Leiden University, the University’s Housing Office will assist you in finding a place to live in The Hague.
7. For my specialisation, will I be learning the language from a beginner level or is it possible to take more advanced classes?
That depends on the language you choose and how difficult it is to learn. On page six of the second semester programme, you can read at the bottom which level you will be reaching per language in the general study programme.
The study programme provides several opportunities to improve your level of proficiency (electives/room for advanced theory). In your last year, you can for example use the elective space (30 EC) to increase your language proficiency, either by taking more advanced language training or by doing an internship abroad to improve your foreign language skills.
8. What are the application deadlines for starting in September?
The application deadline for international students who require a visa is April 1st. The final deadline for registration in studielink for all students is May 1st.
9. Is there a maximum number of students for BA International Studies?
No, there is no maximum number of students for BA International Studies. There are only a few university programmes in the Netherlands that use a numerus fixus (fixed intake number), such as Medicine or some of the BA Psychology programmes.
When BA International Studies began, in September 2012, we welcomed 375 new students. In September 2013, 500 new first years joined the international classroom. We cannot say for certain how many students will apply. We provide this figure so that our prospective students have some idea of what to expect: a bachelor’s programme will have a different feel depending on whether there are 10, 150 or 800 students. At this point in time, if you apply before the deadline and you meet the requirements, you are sure of a seat in our class rooms in The Hague.
10. I have some questions about the online application form. Whom can I contact?
You can email Leiden University’s Admission Office via the online contact form Front Office for any questions about your online application, for instance about the documents you need to upload. The Front Office staff members can also answer your questions regarding English proficiency tests, entry requirements, postal address for official documents and any other questions you might have about application and admission.
11. When do I need to arrive in the Netherlands? Will someone welcome me at the station/airport?
Our registration and introduction days take place in the end of August/ beginning of September. We are not able to welcome you at the airport but you can get in touch with fellow students via the Facebook group.