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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.
  • 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)

Exchange Programmes

The Faculty of Humanities has a large network of student exchange partnerships within Europe. These are the so-called Erasmus+ partnerships, for more information see Where?.

Going abroad indepently

Students who independently apply to a university of their choosing are called 'Free movers'. For more information, see Going abroad independently

Mandatory Studies Abroad

A number of BA and MA programmes in the Faculty of Humanities have a mandatory study abroad period as a component of the programme. These students are usually not considered to be exchange students. For more information, please check your programme specific tab.

You are strongly advised to book an online intake appointment with BA International Studies study abroad advisor Wencke Appelman to discuss your options for exchange. Only start your application after your intake appointment with Wencke. Rest assured that selection is not based on first-come, first-served.

BA International Studies Partners

The BA International Studies programme has a global network of partner universities, selected specifically for their fit with the International Studies programme. This means that they offer a programme where you can deepen your knowledge of topics related to International Studies, or perhaps that you can study the region in more depth. Sometimes location is a primary reason for the partnership, to allow students the opportunity to live and study in the region of their specialization for a semester, and sometimes it is based on the course offerings.

Find all information on Blackboard

You can find all information about the BA International Studies partners and the application process on our Blackboard course [1920] Study Abroad – Humanities (Code: 5OSZ-ST-ABR-1920FGW). The application deadline for the BA International Exchange Programme is 1 November, 23:59 hours.

Go to the Blackboard archive course

If you have any questions after reading the information on Blackboard or about the partner universities, please contact the faculty of Humanities Outbound Student Advisor.

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