To be regarded admissible to the International Bachelor in Psychology, you have to meet the requirements described below. Please note that we have a two-step procedure: Step 1 is admission, and those who are deemed admissible (meet the requirements), will continue to Step 2: the selection procedure. We will have 150 places available for the September 2016 intake. (Since most applicants will graduate from their previous education in the summer, admissibility is of course on the condition that you do indeed obtain the diploma that makes you admissible.)
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2016-2017:
Application for the year 2016-2017 opens in October 2015.The deadline is 15 February 2016. See the page on how to apply. If you require proof of your English language proficiency, make sure you take the appropriate test soon (TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge tests). It can take a long time for the results to get to us. Try to take the test before Christmas 2015. Please note: the deadline for the results of your language test has been extended. Please read this document: Language Test Result Deadline.
Scroll down on this page for information on the level of English we require.
1: Educational background/diplomas
Your level of education should be comparable to the Dutch VWO (pre-university/high-school) level, and include mathematics*.
Check this list of diplomas to see if your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma. If your diploma is not on this list, you may still be admissible. Your diploma will be evaluated by the Admissions Office after you have submitted your online application.
*Mathematics: the level of mathematics that we require is pre-university level. This means a VWO diploma (all profiles), an IB diploma (all levels of maths, but if you do Maths Studies make sure you get a high grade), or (academic) A-levels with mathematics at AS or A level (mathematics at GCSE level is generally not enough). For other diplomas, the general rule is that you should have taken final exams in mathematics. The admissions office will assess your level to see if you meet the admissibility requirements.
Prospective students with a Dutch VWO diploma and an average grade of 8 or higher are directly admissible to the IBP (but still have to apply through Application Online and go through the selection process).
2: Level of English proficiency
It is essential that you start your studies in IBP with a good level of written and spoken English, as the programme is taught in English, and you will have to do all your studying and writing in English.
Make sure you take the language test as early as possible! There is a limited number of test dates for these tests, so make sure you sign up early. Also, it may take up to 6 weeks for the results to be known. Please note: the deadline for the results of your language test has been extended. Please read this document: Language Test Result Deadline.
When you apply, you have to include proof of your proficiency in English, unless you:
- will complete/have completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia;
- will obtain/have obtained UK A-levels or an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate or a European Baccalaureate with English as language 1;
- will successfully complete/have successfully completed the Dutch VWO.
If the above does not apply to you, you will have to provide other proof of proficiency, using one of the tests below. Please note the proficiency test scores must not be older than 2 years at the time of the application deadline.
We accept the following tests and minimum scores for IBP:
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), academic module. Minimum score of 6.5.
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores are 90 (internet-based) / 570 (paper-based). Original test results should be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL institution code for Leiden University is 0504.
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE: Grade A, B, or C) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
Please note: Psychology is a popular programme. To continue to guarantee the quality of our programme, Leiden University has set a maximum for the number of bachelor students we accept in the Dutch-language version of the programme (numerus fixus). However, in the past six years, all candidates who applied and met the requirements for the Dutch-language version of the programme were placed.
The International, English-language version of our programme (IBP) has a decentralised selection procedure which means that we select students for the 150 available places in the programme in 2016. In the past three years we have been able to place 85-90% of the candidates who completed the application and selection process.