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Financial matters

What are the costs involved in studying abroad and how can you finance your stay? Avoid unexpected expenses by researching financial matters thoroughly in advance.


Make an overview of anticipated expenses and sources of income, to make sure you have sufficient funds for your studies abroad. Consider the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Travel expenses (to/from your destination and during your stay)
  • Rent
  • Other living expenses (food & drink, clothing, etc.)
  • Visas and residence permits
  • Vaccinations, medication, health certificates
  • Insurances
  • Telephone costs etc.
  • Student finance
  • Scholarships
  • Language tests
  • Study costs (books etc.)
  • Sports/recreation

Student finance

Under certain circumstances you may be eligible for Dutch student finance and travel subsidy during your stay abroad. You can submit an application via the DUO website (in Dutch).


There are a number of scholarships available for study, research and internships abroad. If you have completed your studies but want to do an additional programme abroad, for example a master’s, there are also scholarship options.

Points to remember

  • Before applying for a scholarship, check carefully that you meet all the criteria.
  • You can apply for multiple scholarships. One scholarship alone is generally not enough to finance your whole stay.
  •  Some scholarships may only be requested once during your academic career. Keep this in mind if you want to go abroad during both your bachelor’s and master’s programmes.
  • Apply on time: many scholarships have early deadlines!

Find a scholarship

On the scholarships page you can find all the scholarships managed by Leiden University. Use the filters to search for scholarships that are relevant for you.

Find a scholarship



Within Europe

European Funding Guide
Scholarshipportal EU


Scholarships in Canada


China Scholarship Council


German Academic Exchange Studies (DAAD)


Study in Italy


Study in Japan
Japan Study Support
Japan Student Service Organization


Study in Taiwan
Taiwan Embassy Taiwan

United Kingdom

British Council

United States


There are also sources of private funding available. The student counsellors can provide you with further information, or take a look in the ‘funds book’ which can be found in the University library.

Funding for students with a disability

If you will incur additional costs while studying abroad due to a disability, you can request additional funding. 

  • Are you going to a European country? Request additional funding from the Erasmus+ programme.
  • Are you going to a country outside Europe? Request additional funding via Fenestra Disability Centre.

International Discount Card

With an International Student Identity Card (ISIC card) you can get discount on a range of products and services in more than 130 countries, including flight tickets. Purchase your card from ISIC Netherlands.

Photo: Lana Liem

Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund

The Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund has been set up especially for students doing an internship. The fund provides an allowance for the travel and living expenses that an internship outside of Europe entails.

More information

Uhlenbeck scholarship programme

The Uhlenbeck scholarship programme has been set up especially for research master and master students who are doing mandatory fieldwork abroad. The programme provides a (supplementary) scholarship for your stay.

More information

One-year fellowship at Yenching Academy of Peking University

Master of China Studies program (in English) at Peking University, Beijing, China, designed to prepare an elite class of future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century global landscape.


The Yenching Academy offers international students a one-year fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in China Studies degree program. It will be possible for international students to complete their degrees with courses taught in English. Chinese language study will be required for all international students; those with an advanced level of Chinese will be encouraged to take courses taught in Chinese.

Residential College

The Yenching Academy classrooms and offices are located in the Jing Yuan Courtyard in the heart of the Peking University campus. Yenching Scholars and visiting faculty will reside nearby in dormitory facilities that will feature common lounges, a library, and cafeteria.


Yenching Scholars receive a full tuition scholarship, accommodation in the residential college, a stipend to cover living expenses, and round trip airfare from their home country.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree
  • Be preferably 25 years of age or younger in 2016
  • Outstanding academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Active in extracurricular activities
  • Active community engagement and a strong sense of social responsibility
  • Strong moral character
  • Demonstrated interest in exploring diverse cultures, in particular about China and the Asia Pacific region
  • Demonstrated English proficiency (IETLS 7.0 or TOEFL 100)


If you’d like to compete for the scholarship, please follow the instructions hereunder and send your completed application documents by 15 January 2017 for the Pre-selection by Leiden University (Studyabroad@sea.leidenuniv.nl).

Pre-selection by Leiden University

Fill out the application form from and complete it.

Ask two recommenders to complete the Recommender form and ask them to send it directly to: Studyabroad@sea.leidenuniv.nl (and mention Yenching Academy and your name). 
Guidelines for recommendations .

Write a personal statement. The statement should include a personal introduction and reasons why you wish to be a Yenching Scholar. Written in English, it should not exceed 750 words. Use your full name + Personal Statement as a document name.

Send your application package to: Studyabroad@sea.leidenuniv.nl, please mention ‘Yenching Academy’ in the subject line by 15 January 2017.

Application package

  • Completed application form
  • Scanned copy of your most recent official transcript
  • IELTS or TOEFL test score report (not necessary for students who follow (or completed) an English taught programme at Leiden University). If you haven’t taken the test yet, please indicate this on your application form. 
  •  Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae


15 January 2017

More information

Please visit yenchingacademy.org or studyabroad@sea.leidenuniv.nl

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