When and where?
Write down what you want to get out of your time abroad. Working out what you want to achieve will help determine the choices you make. Research your options well, make good arrangements and make sure to consider your study plan carefully.
During your Bachelor’s programme
The most obvious time to go abroad is during the free electives phase of your Bachelor’s programme. You are then relatively unrestricted in the courses you can follow and the credits you earn abroad can generally be counted towards your studies in Leiden.
During your Master’s programme
In general students on two-year (research) Master’s programmes are advised to spend a semester or more abroad. During your Master’s studies you get to analyse your subject matter in more depth therefore a period of study abroad can be very beneficial. Students on one-year Master’s programmes can also study abroad but this can be trickier to organise. If you’re not sure when would be the best time for you, speak to your study adviser.
After your studies
Of course you can also choose to go abroad after your studies, for example to do an (additional) Master’s programme. However this can have its drawbacks, so make sure to read the information on doing an entire Master's programme carefully in advance.
In general different procedures apply depending on whether you will study within or outside Europe. This is especially true for exchange programmes. The EP-Nuffic website is a handy tool for researching possible study destinations. If you have a particular country in mind it’s easier to focus your research.
You can also search through all Leiden University's exchange agreements.
Students cannot travel to or through a region that has been given a colour code of orange or red by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any purposes relating to their studies. Always check the travel advice (in Dutch) issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure you have selected a safe destination.
Finding out more
A great start to your preparations is a visit to the annual Study Abroad Festival. This event is organised every autumn by Leiden University. You’ll be provided with information about your options, the procedures and deadlines involved, and all the practical aspects of studying abroad. Meet students who have just returned from their study abroad adventure and hear about their experiences. There’s no better way to prepare for your time abroad.
There are lots of websites and sources that provide useful information on all aspects of studying abroad:
- EP-Nuffic:information about internships, scholarships and countries;
- Fulbright: for students wanting to study or undertake research in the United States;
- AIESEC: an organisation that offers assistance in searching for internships;
- Wilweg.nl: a website that assembles information on all kinds of possibilities for spending time abroad;
- Information about finances;
- Speak to Leiden students who have already been abroad.
Do you still have questions about studying abroad after reading this web information? If so, please contact the study abroad staff at the international relations department or consult our FAQs.
Why should you go abroad?
It’s good to go abroad for six months (or longer) as part of your study! You benefit from the experience for the rest of your life. Reasons for studying abroad:
- learn about other legal systems
- personal development
- improving language skills
- improving intercultural skills
- it’s fun!
Making enquires and choosing your destination
It’s possible to study abroad during part of your Bachelor’s degree or your Master’s degree. This can be for one semester, or a whole academic year, including the period to write your thesis. We have a large number of partner universities both in and outside Europe that provide opportunities for you to take law or criminology courses as part of your study programme. Check out the information on the Blackboard site Studeren in het Buitenland (BIO) (Dutch) to find out more about the different universities.
|Where to?||Europe, outside Europe||Oudsite Europe|
|For whom?||Students Leiden Law School||All students Leiden University|
|Contact||Office for International Education, Leiden Law School||Student and Educational Affairs (Plexus)|
|Deadline||1 February||1 December|
If there are 2 languages mentioned for a university, please check the website of the university concerned to see which courses are offered in which language (and during which period). Or contact the Office for International Education.
|University of Vienna||Oct-Jan, Mar-Jun||ger||law|
|Universiteit Gent||Sep-Jan, Feb-Jul||dut, eng|
|Katholieke Universiteit Leuven||Sep-Jan, Feb-Jun||dut, eng||law/crim|
|University of Liège||Sep-Jan, Feb-Jun||dut, eng||law/crim|
|Vrije Universiteit Brussel||Sep-Jan, Feb-Jul||dut, eng||crim|
|University of Zagreb||Oct-Feb, Feb-Jul||croa, eng||law|
|Charles University in Praque||Oct-Feb, Feb-May||eng||law|
|Aarhus University||Aug-Jan, Feb-Jun||dan, eng||law|
|University of Copenhagen||Aug-Jan, Feb-Jun||dan, eng||law|
|University of Helsinki||Aug-Dec, Jan-Jul||eng||law|
|Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 University||Sep-Jan, Jan-May||fre, eng||law|
|Sciences Po, Paris||Sep-Jan, Jan-May||fre, eng||law|
|University Panthéon-Assas, Paris||Oct-Jan/Feb-Jun||fre||law/crim|
|Université de Poitiers||Sep-Jan/Jan-May||fre||law|
|Université de Strasbourg||Sep-Jan/Jan-May||fre||law|
|Université François-Rabelais Tours||Sep-Jan/Jan-May||fre||law|
|University of Göttingen||Oct-Mar, Apr-Jul||ger||law/crim|
|Heidelberg University||Sep-Feb, Mar- Aug||ger||law/crim|
|Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Sep-Feb,Feb-June||gre, fre, eng, ger||law|
|University College, Cork||Sep-Dec, Jan-Jun||eng||law/crim|
|Trinity College, Dublin||Oct-Dec, Jan-may||eng||law|
|National University of Ireland, Galway||Sep-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|University of Bologna||Sep-Feb, Mar-Jul||ita, eng||law/crim|
|LUISS Guido Carli, Rome||Sep-Feb, Mar-Jul||ita, eng||law|
|University of Naples-Federico II||Sep-Feb, Mar-Jul||ita, eng||law|
|University of Siena||Oct-Feb, Feb-Jul, Mar-Jul||ita, eng||law|
|University of Latvia||Sep-Jan, Feb-Jul||lat,eng||law|
|University of Oslo||Aug-Dec, Jan-Jul||nor, eng||law/crim|
|University of Coimbra||Sep-Feb, Feb-Jul||por, eng||law|
|Jagiellonian University in Krakow||Oct-Feb, Feb-Sep||pol, eng, ger, fr||law|
|University of Bucharest||Oct-Feb, Mar-Jul||rom, eng, fr||law|
|University of Novi Sad||Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun||Serbian||law|
|University of Ljubljana||Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun||eng||law|
|University of Barcelona||Sep-Feb, Feb-Jun||spa, cat||law|
|University of Deusto, Bilbao||Sep-Feb, Feb-Jun||spa, cat, eng||law|
|Universidad de Granada||Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun||spa, cat||law|
|Lund University||Sep-Jan, Jan-Jun||swe, eng||law|
|Uppsala University||Aug-Dec/Jan, Jan-Jun||swe, eng||law|
|University of Fribourg||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||fre, ger, eng||law|
|University of Zurich||Aug-Jan, Feb-Jul||ger||law|
|Istanbul University||Oct-Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, tur||law|
|Bilkent University||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||eng, tur||law|
|Koc University||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||eng, tur||law|
|King’s College, London||Sept-Jun||eng||law/crim|
|Queen Mary, University of London||Sep-Dec, (Jan-April)||eng||law|
|University of East Anglia, Norwich||Sep-Dec||eng||law|
|University of Essex||Oct-Dec, Jan-June||eng||law|
|University of Oxford||Sep-Jun||eng||law/crim|
|University of Dundee, Scotland||Sep-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|University of Edinburgh, Scotland||Sep-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|University of Glasgow, Scotland||Sep-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|North-West University, Potchefstroom||Jan/Feb-Jun||afr, eng||law|
|Stellenbosch University||Jan/Feb-Jun, Jul-Dec||afr, eng||law|
|University of Pretoria||Jan/Feb-Jun, Jul-Dec||afr, eng||law|
|China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Peking University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Renmin University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Tsinghua University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|China Foreign Affairs University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Shanghai Jiao Tong University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Shanghai International Studies University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|East China University of Political Science and Law||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Law School of Shandong University||Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul||eng, chi||law|
|Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||eng, ind||law|
|Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||eng, ind||law|
|Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||eng, ind||law|
|Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv||Sep-Jan, Feb-May||eng, ara||law|
|Sungkyunkwan university Law school||Mar-Jun/July, Sep-Dec||eng, kor||law|
|Holy Spirit of Kaslik, Juniyah||Sep-Jan, Feb-Jun||eng, fre||law|
|National Taiwan University||Sep-Dec, Jan- May||eng, man||law|
|Bond University, Gold Coast||Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sep-Dec||eng||law/crim|
|Monash University, Melbourne||Feb-Jun, Jul-Nov||eng||law/crim|
|University of Sydney||Mar-Jun, Jul -Nov||eng||law|
|United States of America|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law/crim|
|University of Connecticut, Hartford||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law/crim|
|University of Florida, Gainesville||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||law|
|Indiana University Maurer School of Law||Aug - Dec,||eng||law|
|Boston University Law School, Massachusetts||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||
|Cornell Law School, Ithaca||Aug-Dec, Jan-May||eng||
|University of British Columbia, Vancouver||Sep-Dec, Jan-May||eng||
|University of Sao Paulo||Feb-Jun, Aug-Dec||por||law|
|Universidad Diego Portales||Feb-Jun, Aug-Dec||spa||law|
Want to find out more about studying abroad? At the Information Days organised in spring and autumn students are present to tell you about their experiences abroad. You also receive information on all aspects of a period of study abroad.