How to Apply

Admission and registration for the International Bachelor in Psychology (IBP) programme at Leiden University consists of the following five steps. Please read the procedure carefully and make sure to fulfil all steps in time.

  1. Register via Create an account and select your programme
  2. Upload your documents in our online application system.
  3. Leiden University assesses your previous education
  4. Participate in the mandatory matching module
  5. Prepare you arrival

1. Register via Create an account and select your programme

You register for a programme via Studielink. In Studielink you state which programme you want to do. Future students must first of all make an account in Studielink. If you live in the Netherlands then you can log in directly with your DigiD. If you do not have a DigiD yet, then you can apply for one. If you do not live in the Netherlands yet, then you must first request a user name and password from Studielink.
With these you can make an account.

For Studielink use the British flag in the right-hand top corner to change the language settings in ‘Studielink’ for English, if you happen to be in the Dutch version of Studielink. Once you have filled in your personal details in Studielink, you get to choose the programme and year. First indicate B Psychology, and make sure you choose academic year 2017-2018. Once you have chosen that, on the next screen, choose “English language version of the Psychology programme (International Bachelor in Psychology)”. That is the only way you can sign up for the IBP programme in Studielink.

2. Upload your documents in our online application system

If your previous education is a Dutch VWO diploma, you can skip this step.
You will have to fill in your personal information and upload (scans of) the documents that are mentioned below in our university application system Application Online:

1: a transcript of your most recent grades. This document should be an official document from your school and should show the name of your school, the kind of diploma you will be getting, the stream/profile (e.g. science, languages, etc), and the predicted grades (for IB and A-levels).
2: your secondary school diploma, or higher education diploma if you already have one.
3: valid proof of language proficiency: for the kind we accept, or if you are exempted from handing in proof see the entry requirements.
4: passport.
5. curriculum vitae. There is no specific format for this, just show us what you have done so far.
6. letter of motivation. Again, no specific format, but do let us know why you want to study psychology, why the international version of the programme, and why in Leiden.

3. Leiden University assesses your previous education

The Admission Office assesses whether you are admissible for the programme on the basis of your educational background.

4. Participate in the mandatory matching module

In order to complete your application for the International Bachelor’s programme in Psychology you have to participate in and complete our mandatory matching. During this online Psychology module you will get to know our programme and university, our students and professors and the course material of our International Bachelor’s programme in Psychology. You will be introduced to the field of Psychology and watch web lectures by our academic staff. Studying set literature, completing assignments and taking a test will give you the chance to experience our Leiden Psychology programme before committing yourself. You will also explore future career opportunities with a degree in Psychology.


During the mandatory matching you will experience what the IBP programme can offer you. Does the focus and level of education fit your interests and capacities? What does the IBP programme expect from you? By completing our matching module you can find out if Psychology is the right study for you before the actual programme starts. It is important to invest in a sound orientation, since choosing the right study programme is an essential for your future studies and for your career. Matching is a good predictor for study success and will help you to find out whether studying Psychology at Leiden University is a good choice for you. Once you have completed the matching module it is up to you if you wish to continue your registration for our IBP programme and start preparing your studies in Leiden.


The module takes approximately 10-20 hours and can only be completed during two periods in the admission procedure. The first, early bird module takes place in March and the second from in June. We strongly advise you to take part in March so that you still have enough time to register for a different programme if Psychology proves not to be the right programme for you. Prospective students who are unable to take part in either of these matching periods, and who can show that this is due to circumstances beyond their control, may be offered a final opportunity at the end of July/start of August.

You’ve taken part in the matching, then what?

A few weeks after the matching module you will receive personal feedback on your assignment and test, and your study advice by email. This advice will give a good indication of your chances of completing the Psychology programme at Leiden University successfully. Once you have completed all the parts of the matching activity and provided you meet the standard admission requirements for the programme, you will be admitted to the Psychology programme at Leiden University and you can finalise your enrolment.

5. Prepare you arrival