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Where?

Leiden University has exchange agreements with universities all over the world. So there are plenty of destinations to choose from.

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.

Check which exchange programmes are available to you

Before starting your search for suitable destinations, check on your faculty/study programme tab which types of exchange programmes are available to you. For example university-wide exchange programmes, faculty exchange programmes, or special exchange programmes only for students on your study programme.

Search for destinations

In our world map you can search through all Leiden University’s exchange agreements to find a destination that is compatible with your studies and interests. You can filter on the basis of country, exchange programme type, level, language and more. Once you have found an interesting destination, check the details carefully. Pay particular attention to the following sections:

  • Intended for students from: is this destination open to students from your study programme?
  • Important consideration: are there other important aspects you should consider, e.g. language requirements or semester dates?

Find your exchange destination via the world map! 

Negative travel advice? Check your destination

You may not go on exchange in a country for which negative travel advice has been issued. Check here if your destination is safe. This webpage is in Dutch, but by entering the country name (Dutch spelling) you can view the safety status on a map. If your destination is red or orange, you may not go there. See the Health and Safety page for further information.

Gather more information

Student reports

In the student reports database you can find reports written by students about their study abroad experiences. You can filter the reports on the basis of country, faculty and type of activity abroad. This is a great way to learn more about what to expect when studying abroad in a particular country, field and institution.

Study Abroad Festival

Launch your international adventure at the annual Study Abroad Festival. Find out more about the country in which you want to study, talk to students who have already studied abroad, attend faculty information sessions and much more.

Via your faculty or study programme

Click on your faculty or study programme tab for information on the destinations available via your own faculty or programme. 

Tips for choosing a destination

Be flexible

There are limited places available on exchange programmes, which means there is no guarantee you can go to your preferred destination. Remember that there are lots of great places to study abroad. We recommend that you don’t restrict your options by setting strict criteria.

What to take into account

  • The courses you want to follow: are they open to exchange students?
  • The language spoken and any language requirements: do you speak the language well enough? Or could you attain the required level by following a language course?
  • Cost of living: this can differ greatly from destination to destination, even within the same country. Do you have sufficient funds?
  • Special requirements due to disability or illness: can your destination meet your requirements? Also take a look at the Health and Safety page.
  • The atmosphere, culture and environment: do you prefer small scale or large scale, something completely different or something more familiar?
  • Equal treatment of all gender identities and sexual orientations: what is the situation in your destination? Take a look on ILGA.org.
Photo: Joëlle Dekkers

If you want to follow courses abroad, you can choose among the different partner universities with which the faculty or university has a so-called 'exchange agreement'. As an exchange student, you will have the advantage that you will not have to pay the tuition fees of the university abroad and you can use the credits for your curriculum here in Leiden.

As a student of the Faculty of Science , you can go abroad via the following types of exchange programmes: 
-    University-wide exchange programmes (deadline 1 December)
-    Faculty of Science exchange programmes (deadline 1 February)

Please note that the information below concerns the Faculty exchange programmes only. For university-wide (uni-wide) programmes and application procedures we refer you to the information on the general pages.

Which destinations may I select? 

First make sure to choose the faculty of Science while exploring the options you have in the world map. The science partners are only intended for science students, the Humanities partners are only intended for the humanities students and so on. 

In our world map you can search for destinations by filtering on the basis of country, exchange programme type, level, language and more. Once you have found an interesting destination, check the details carefully. Pay particular attention to the following sections:

  • Intended for students from: is this destination open to students from your study programme?
  • Important considerations: are there other important aspects you should consider, e.g. language requirements, admission requirements for the courses of your interest or semester dates?

What to keep in mind:

  1. Course offer: take a look at the overview of previously approved courses, to get an idea of possible course options at the partner university. Please note you are not limited to these courses, but it gives you a general idea of what is available at the partner university.  
  2. Experiences of other students: do you have a couple of universities in mind and you are still not sure which is your number 1? Then take a look at the student reports database. Here you find an overview of reports of students who came back from their exchange.
    You can read about things as the university itself, the course options, housing and more. 
    Note: there were no exchanges in the academic year 2020-2021 due to covid-19. Due to this there are no student reports of this period of time.   
  3. Scholarship options: check the scholarships that are available for your destination. 
  4. Final selection: make a selection of max 10 universities for your application.
  5. Priority: the world map indicates for which study program the agreement is intended. For example, it is possible as non-biology student to choose an agreement intended for biology students (as long as they take courses in this field at the partner university). However biology students have priority over other students to go on exchange via this agreement.   

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If you have questions about the different options, please contact the Science International Office via outgoing@science.leidenuniv.nl 

Please note: Students from the master programme Governance of Sustainability (GofS) are asked to contact the Science International Office (outgoing@science.leidenuniv.nl) and FGGA International Office (international@fgga.leidenuniv.nl) directly to discuss their possibilities, depending on their area of interest. The master programme Governance of Sustainability is a joint master programme of the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.   

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