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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)

Why study abroad?

As a law or criminology student, it’s a good idea to study abroad for a half year (or more). You’ll get to know a different legal system and, after all, crime is an international phenomenon. On top of that, you’ll improve your language skills and gain intercultural experience.

Moving to a different city can be quite a terrifying prospect, particularly if it involves moving to a different country as well. Leiden Law School has therefore set up a Buddy Programme, especially for international master’s students.

Exchange agreements

  Faculty University-wide
Where Within and outside Europe Ourside Europa
For who? Leiden Law School students All Leiden University students
Contact person Leiden Law School Office for International Education University-wide inernational exchange coordinators
Countries Partners faculty University partners
Deadline 1 February 1 December

Leiden Law School faculty exchange
Leiden Law School has faculty exchange agreements with many renowned universities around the world. In most cases, the study credit you earn can be counted towards your Leiden studies. Faculty exchange programmes are organised by the law school’s Office for International Education.

Information sessions

Would you like to know more about studying abroad? In the autumn (usually November) and winter (January), a number of information sessions are held. Here you can hear about other students’ study abroad experiences and lean about the various aspects of studying abroad. Informations sessions are done in Dutch.

Information sessions - Global Lounge

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