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Bachelor Honours Classes

Bachelor Honours Classes are small-scale, interdisciplinary courses that address complex scientific and social issues. Are you looking for an extra challenge alongside your Bachelor studies? If so, why not register for an Honours Class?

Small-scale and topical

On average there are 16 students in a Bachelor Honours Class. Due to this small scale, there is plenty of scope for personal focus and debate. A new range of Classes is offered each year, which means you’ll always be working on topical themes and the latest research.

Interdisciplinary and international

During Bachelor Honours Classes you will work together with students from other faculties and other universities. Honours Classes are also popular with international students. Due to the interdisciplinary and international nature of these classes, you’ll learn to tackle issues from different disciplinary and cultural perspectives.

Skill development and innovative education

Honours Classes will help you develop new skills, such as negotiation, writing skills, debate and rhetoric. You will also enjoy the challenge of innovative educational forms, such as practical assignments, yoga and virtual education.

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For everyone

Students following the Honours College programme are required to take at least one Bachelor Honours Class as part of their Honours track. However third-year Bachelor students who are not following the Honours College Programme are also welcome to register for Bachelor Honours Classes. All you need is sufficient time and motivation to follow an Honours Class on top of your regular studies. 

TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam

Students of TU Delft and the Erasmus University Rotterdam can also follow Bachelor Honours Classes at Leiden University. You don’t need to be an Honours College student at your own university to do so. 

Wide range of classes

You can choose from a selection of around 40 different Bachelor Honours Classes. The selection changes each year due to the up-to-date and topical nature of the issues covered.

View the offer of Bachelor Honours Classes

Bachelor Honours Classes


You can follow Bachelor Honours Classes either

  • during the first semester
  • during the second semester
  • during the summer.

Honours College students can decide at what point in their Honours track they want to follow an Honours Class. In general, the best time to follow a Bachelor Honours Class is during the second year or the first semester of the third year.

Study credits and certificates

Bachelor Honours Classes are worth 5ECs. These are extra-curricular study credits, not elective credits. In other words, they cannot be counted towards the credit requirement for your degree programme.*
Successfully completed Bachelor Honours Classes will be mentioned on your diploma supplement and you will also receive an Honour Class certificate. (Honours College students will not receive a separate Honours Class certificate. Instead they will receive a certificate upon completion of their entire Honours College track.)

* Exception: LUC students can count the 5 EC of the Bachelor Honours Class towards the elective space in their Bachelor programme. However, they must request permission from the LUC Board of Examiners in advance. 


Honours BA Classes
+31 71 527 6594
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GPW Leiden
Post Office Box 331
2300 AH Leiden
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