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Honours College

Do you want to get more out of your Bachelor studies? Do you have the time and ability to follow an additional programme? If so, the Honours College is for you.

What is the Honours College?

The Honours College is an additional programme for ambitious and inquisitive Bachelor students who are looking for more challenge alongside their regular studies.

You can follow a faculty track at your own or another faculty. Or perhaps you want to put together your own programme? If so, you can choose an individual track. Students who are taking two simultaneous Bachelor’s programmes can opt for the Double Bachelor Plus.

Why take part in the Honours College?

This is a small-scale programme that offers plenty of opportunity for lively discussions. You can choose from a wide range of options, which means you get to shape your own study programme. On top of that, you’ll get the chance to venture beyond the boundaries of your own field of study, and work together with students and lecturers from other disciplines.


Upon successful completion of your Honours track, you will be awarded a certificate and have your Honours College credits mentioned on your diploma supplement.

Have you met all the requirements for your Honours College certificate, but want to postpone certification because you have also requested postponement of graduation from your bachelor’s programme? If so, you can request postponement of certification from the Board of Examiners.

In order to receive an Honours College certificate, you must complete both your bachelor’s programme and honours track within three years. If you are not able to meet this time limit due to exceptional circumstances, you can request an extension from the Board of Examiners.
By exceptional circumstances is meant:

  • Personal circumstances (e.g. chronic or long-term illness, psychological issues, the loss of a family member)
  • Study-related activities that contribute to your academic development (e.g. study abroad, internships)
  • Scheduling problems due to you having to follow additional courses
  • Board activities for a study or student association
  • Top-level sport or cultural activities

If your request is granted, you may still be eligible to receive your Honours College certificate.

If you require a postponement of certification or an extension of the time limit, you must submit a request to the Board of Examiners.

  • You are advised to first discuss your situation with your Honours College coordinator or coach. He/she can advise you on how to draw up your request.
  • Draw up your request, making sure to include the following information:
    • Your name, student number and email address
    • Your HC track name and commencement date
    • Your bachelor’s programme name and commencement date
    • Nature of the request, i.e. Postponement of certification, or Extension of time limit
    • Duration of requested postponement or extension
    • Reason(s) for your request and proposed study plan
  • Send your request to the Board of Examiners by mail.

The Board of Examiners will do it’s best to issue a decision on your request within three weeks. You will receive the decision by email. 


Honours Academy
+31 71 527 6594 
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GPW Leiden
Post Office Box 331
2300 AH Leiden

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