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Application & admission

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

Faculty track

You can either follow an Honours track at your own faculty or at a different faculty. All tracks can be followed by students of other faculties, with the exception of the HC Bèta and Life Science, the HC Medicine and the HC Law.

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.5. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Deadline

You can apply up to and including 17 August.
Admission interviews take place on 28 August.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

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

Fill in the application form

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • You receive positive initial study advice in January; 
  • You achieve good grades (we do not use fixed grade criteria, but experience shows that students with an average grade of 7.3 or higher are able to do an honours programme in addition to their regular study.)

Deadline

You can register up to and including 1 July.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to join the Honours College in general;
    • why you want to follow this track in particular;
    • what you can do for the Honours Community.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Recent transcript of grades: to be obtained from the administration of your bachelor's programme.

Fill in the application form

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • You receive positive initial study advice in January; 
  • You achieve good grades (we do not use fixed grade criteria, but experience shows that students with an average grade of 7.3 or higher are able to do an honours programme in addition to their regular study.)

Deadline

You can register up to and including 1 July.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to join the Honours College in general;
    • why you want to follow this track in particular;
    • what you can do for the Honours Community.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Recent transcript of grades: to be obtained from the administration of your bachelor's programme.

Fill in the application form

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.0. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Deadline

You can register up to and including 31 August.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

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

Fill in the application form

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.0. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Deadline

You can register up to and including 31 August

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to follow this track;
    • why you think you are suitable for this track;
    • what will be your contribution to the programme;
    • how you will combine the Honours College with your studies and (if applicable) other activities.
  2. Final transcript of grades from the study programme you completed before commencing your current bachelor's programme (e.g. VWO, HBO or high school diploma)
  3. Recent transcript of your grades from your current bachelor's programme
  4. Curriculum vitae

Fill in the application form

Individual track

Apply at the faculty where you are following your Bachelor’s programme.

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.5. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Deadline

You can apply up to and including 17 August.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

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

Fill in the application form

Humanities offers an individual track called Solo.

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • You receive positive initial study advice in January; 
  • You achieve good grades (we do not use fixed grade criteria, but experience shows that students with an average grade of 7.3 or higher are able to do an honours programme in addition to their regular study.)

Deadline

You can register up to and including 1 July.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to join the Honours College in general;
    • why you want to follow this track in particular;
    • what you can contribute to the Honours Community.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Recent transcript of grades: to be obtained from the administration of your bachelor's programme.

Fill in the application form

The Practicum Musicae is currently closed for applications.

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.0. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

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

Fill in the application form

Deadline

You can register up to and including 31 August.

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.0. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

Deadline

You can register up to and including 31 August

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to follow this track;
    • why you think you are suitable for this track;
    • what will be your contribution to the programme;
    • how you will combine the Honours College with your studies and (if applicable) other activities
  2. Final transcript of grades from the study programme you completed before commencing your current bachelor's programme (e.g. VWO, HBO or high school diploma)
  3. Recent transcript of grades from your current bachelor's programme
  4. Curriculum vitae

Fill in the application form

Double Bachelor plus

  • You are following two bachelor’s programmes at a Dutch University, at least one of which is at Leiden University;
  • Your average grade for both bachelor's programmes is at least 7.0;
  • You are looking for extra challenge alongside your studies;
  • You have made satisfactory progress in both bachelor’s programmes.

The faculty deadline for your second bachelor's programme applies.

Archaeology

Up to and including 17 August

Humanities

Up to and including 1 July

Governance and Global Affairs

Up to and including 31 August

Social and Behavioural Sciences

Up to and including 31 August

The following documents must accompany your application:

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

Fill in the application form

After application

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

If you have applied to begin in the second semester of your first academic year, you can be 'provisionally' admitted and permitted to start your honours studies. If you fulfil the admission condition of obtaining your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year, your admission will be made 'definitive' in October.

If you have applied to begin in your second academic year, you will be informed whether you have been admitted in October, after we have verified that you have obtained your propaedeutic diploma on time.

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