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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.

Corona measures

If you are planning on studying abroad, the coronavirus situation can certainly be a cause for uncertainty. By following the advice and guidelines on the Health and Safety page, you can minimise any potential (financial) risks as much as possible. Still unsure whether it’s a good idea to study abroad at the moment? Read the university’s advice.

Also take a look at the study abroad and corona FAQs.

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.
  • 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.
  • Also open to master students, though restrictions generally apply at both Leiden University and partner universities.
  • 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)

BSc Security Studies students can study abroad during the first semester of their third year (semester 5). A study abroad application must be submitted in semester 3. Details about the application procedure will be explained during information session for which all students will be invited and on MS Teams. More information via international@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

ISGA has several exchange partners (“Faculty partners”) that are exclusively for FGGA students.  In addition, BSc Security Studies students can also apply for one of the 70+ exchange destinations of Leiden University.  

Is the desired department or institute really the best in its field? Does it complement your programme at Leiden? Students should take their own initiative in this, but make sure you discuss your plans with your the Exchange Officer as well as their Academic Advisor who can help you out to make an informed decision.


There are different ways to get information.  Every year, FGGA’s Exchange Office organizes a plenary information session.  Students can also visit the office hours of the Exchange Officer or the International Programmes Officer of the University.

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