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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

  • You can search for university-wide exchange programmes in Teams. Submit a request to join the Study Abroad University-wide Exchange programmes Team.
  • You can search for faculty exchange programmes or special exchange programme only for students on your study programme by following the instructions on your faculty or study programme tab.

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 Study Abroad University-wide Exchange programmes Teams omgeving 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? 

On our Blackboard page (go to leidenarchief.blackboard.com and select ‘Study & Internship Abroad – Faculty of Science’) you can find an overview of all our Faculty exchange partner universities.

When selecting a destination for your exchange, follow the instructions in the menu on the left en keep these steps in mind:

  1. Look at the list of faculty partner universities. Check if the agreement you are interested in, is open to your intended field and level of study. Some agreements are for one field of study only, others are intended for more study programmes. Also make sure to check if an agreement is intended for bachelor and/or master students and what the language of instruction is.
  2. To get an idea about course options at the partner university, look at the overview of previously approved courses.
  3. Read the student reports for more detailed information about the university, the course options and accommodation.
  4. Check the scholarships that are available for your destination. 
  5. Make a selection of max 10 universities for your application.

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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