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Application

Does the Honours College sound right for you? If so, take a look at the admission requirements and application procedures.

Admission requirements

For all Honours College tracks, the following requirements apply:

  • you must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • your average grade must be at least 7*;
  • you should have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • you should be interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • you should be dedicated to your studies.

* If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Additional requirements for faculty tracks

There are additional requirements in place for certain faculty tracks. These can be found in the detailed description of each track.

Application period

Faculty track

You can apply for a faculty track either half way through your first academic year, or right at the end of your first academic year. Application periods can vary per faculty. The exact dates will be published here once they become available.

Double Bachelor plus

You must apply for a Double Bachelor Plus before commencing the third academic year of your first Bachelor’s programme. 

Individual track

You can apply for an individual (or Solo) track either half way through your first academic year, or right at the end of your first academic year. Application periods can vary per faculty. The exact dates will be published here once they become available.

Application

To apply, click on your chosen programme in the list below.

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe:
    1. why you want to join the Honours College in general;
    2. which honours track you want to follow and why;
    3. what you want to learn during your honours track;
    4. how you will combine the Honours College with your studies and (if applicable) other activities.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Recent transcript of grades

Tracks per faculty

Archaeology

From June 2018, you can apply for the following programmes:

  • Faculty track HC Crossing the borders in World Archaeology
  • Individual track
  • Double Bachelor Plus

Humanities 

From June 2018, you can apply for the following programmes:

  • Faculty track HC Humanities Lab
  • Individual track
  • Double Bachelor Plus

Medicine (LUMC)

Send your letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and transcript of grades to the coordinator, Nelleke Gruis.

Governance and Global Affairs

From June 2018, you can apply for the following programmes:

  • Faculty track HC Tackling Global Challenges
  • Individual track
  • Double Bachelor Plus

Law

Send your letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and transcript of grades to honours@law.leidenuniv.nl.
All students with 30 EC after the first semester and 60 EC after the second semester and with a GPA of 7 or higher are automaticly invited for an admission interview. Students who didn't receive an invitation, but who are willing to join, can sent an email to honours@law.leidenuniv.nl.

Social and Behavioural Sciences

From June 2018, you can apply for the following programmes:

  • Faculty track HC Science & Society
  • Individual track
  • Double Bachelor Plus

Science

From June 2018, you can apply for the following programmes:

  • Faculty track HC Bèta and Life Science
  • Individual track
  • Double Bachelor Plus

After application

Once you have submitted your application, the admission committee will decide whether you can be admitted.

If you applied to begin in the second semester of your first academic year, you will only be provisionally admitted, as you have not yet obtained your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma and have therefore not met all admission criteria. If you obtain your propaedeutic diploma on time, you will be definitively admitted in October.

If you applied to begin in your second academic year, selection will take place once you have met all requirements for your propaedeutic diploma. If you meet all criteria you will then be definitively admitted. You will receive a letter concerning your admission status in October.

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