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Exchange

Exchange programmes offer an easy way to study abroad. You’ll study at a university that has an agreement with Leiden University and, in return, a student from that university will come to study here.

Characteristics of exchange programmes

  • You will apply via Leiden University and must meet certain eligibility criteria.
  • There are limited spaces available, so you are not guaranteed a place on an exchange programme. Leiden University selects students on the basis of their grades and motivation.
  • Exchange programmes are inexpensive. You will remain registered as a student of Leiden University and won’t need to pay additional tuition fees to your host university.
  • If you get advance permission from your Board of Examiners, the credits you earn can be counted towards your study programme at Leiden University.

Two types of exchange

There are two types of exchange programme:

  1. University-wide
  2. Via a faculty or study programme

Characteristics of university-wide exchange

  • As a rule, for students of all disciplines. Conditions may apply.
  • At your host university, you can generally follow courses offered by any programme or faculty.
  • All destinations are outside Europe.
  • The programme is organised by the international exchange coordinator for university-wide exchange, whom you can contact with any questions.

Characteristics of exchange via a faculty or study programme

  • Only for students from specific study programmes or faculties.
  • You may only follow courses offered by specific study programmes or faculties at your host university.
  • Destinations are both within Europe (Erasmus+) and outside Europe.
  • The programme is organised by the international exchange coordinator at your faculty or programme, whom you can contact with any questions.
Exchange in South Korea. (Photo: Anna Hommel)
Exchange in South Korea. (Photo: Anna Hommel)

As an Archaeology student you can sign up for a university-wide exchange programme (outside of Europe) or an exchange programme organised by the Faculty of Archaeology (within Europe).

Information about university-wide exchange programmes can be found under the ‘General’ tab.

Find a faculty exchange programme

The Faculty of Archaeology has exchange agreements with nearly 20 universities within Europe. So, as an Archaeology student you can apply for an exchange, if you meet all requirements, at universities that have an agreement with the BA Archaeology.

Erasmus+ partnerships are created for specific programmes and in specific subject areas. These exchange agreements are part of the Erasmus+ programme. Students who go on this type of exchange are eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship.

The Exchange Coordinator is the contact person for students who want to go on an Erasmus+ exchange. Please email her at exchange@arch.leidenuniv.nl, and she will provide you with more information where needed.

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