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

Search through the exchange programmes and find a destination that is compatible with your studies and interests.

Find your exchange programme!

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.

Gather more information


On the Blackboard page Study Abroad Outside of Europe you can find extensive information about university-wide exchange programmes, including factsheets and reports written by students about their study abroad experiences. To access this information, log in, then click on 'enrol' in the left-hand menu. 

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.

For university-wide destinations, you can find the answers to many of these questions in the factsheets on the Blackboard page Study Abroad Outside of Europe. To access this information, log in, then click on 'enrol' in the left-hand menu. 

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

Photo: Joëlle Dekkers


Study in or outside of Europe?
As a Psychology student you can sign up for a university-wide exchange programme (outside of Europe) or an exchange programme organised by the Institute of Psychology (within Europe).

Find a university-wide exchange programme
Information about university-wide exchange programmes can be found under the “General” tab.      

Find a faculty exchange programme
The Institute of Psychology has exchange agreements with over 40 Psychology departments within Europe. Master students in Psychology can also apply to an exchange semester at one of these universities.

However, keep in mind that as a master student your options can be limited. For example, not all host universities offer master courses or allow exchange student to take part in their master programmes.

Please note: at some universities you will only be able to study Psychology courses. However, many host universities will also give you the opportunity to take (a number of) your classes in other departments. You can find more information about the exchange options on the host university's website.

Things to consider

  • You can only apply to these exchange programmes if you are studying Psychology and you fulfil the criteria for studying abroad.  
  • The credits you gain abroad can only be listed as extracurricular courses on your diploma. Not all courses offered will be approved, however. Therefore it is important to check the Institute of Psychology's course requirements well in advance.
  • Check if what host universities offer is in line with your preferences and your current curriculum. Do you want to broaden your knowledge by taking courses from a different subject area? Or do you plan to take Psychology courses? 
  • Are the courses you would like to follow open to exchange students? Are there any master courses offered?
  • Are you sufficiently proficient in the language of instruction to study at an academic level and take exams? Or can you achieve the necessary level of proficiency with a language course?
  • Compare academic calendars: when do the semesters start and finish at the university abroad? Will you be back in time to pick up your course in Leiden again? You may well have other commitments in Leiden that you will need to keep in mind as well. 

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