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Application & admission

Does the Individual track of the Honours College sound right for you? If so, take a look at the admission requirements and application procedures.

Apply at the faculty where you are following your Bachelor’s programme.

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.5. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

When?

Start date Application from Application closes
Second semester of first academic year December onwards 1 February 23:59
First semester of second academic year June onwards 14 august 23:59

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A completed motivation form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Recent transcript of grades

Apply

Do you have good reasons for preferring to compile a personal programme rather than following the Humanities faculty track? If so, you can pursue your specific academic passions by applying to do an individual humanities-based programme.

Although an individual track may look very appealing, experience shows that it can be demanding and difficult to complete. You will have to deal with practical obstacles such as scheduling conflicts, course prerequisites, un-available courses or non-admission to courses. You will be responsible for organising your own programme, i.e. searching for courses, drawing up your timetable, registering for courses and contacting lecturers to arrange participation. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you carefully consider your plan and be aware that a great deal of flexibility is required. You must be prepared to make frequent adaptations and invest a lot of time in organising practical matters.

Individual track criteria

You must include the following two required courses worth 5 EC each:

To fill the remaining 20 EC you can use the following options:

  • You can take regular bachelor’s courses, but must earn a minimum weighted average grade of 8.0 and at least 7.0 for each individual course for these to be recognised as Honours level.
  • You can pursue a research internship for a maximum of 15 EC.
  • You may include a maximum of 10 EC of master’s-level courses. Note that additional requirements may apply and these courses will not count towards a future master’s programme.
  • You can take Honours-designated courses, i.e.  Honours Classes, Leiden University College courses (max. 5 EC), courses offered by the Humanities Lab or courses offered by Honours tracks of other faculties.

Additional criteria:

  • Your individual track needs to be worthy of the Honours certificate, therefore courses should be at level 300 or 400, with a maximum of one course at level 200. 
  • Overall coherence is a very important consideration when designing your individual track programme. 
  • You may include a course at another faculty, or even another university, as long as it is consistent with your overarching theme and your programme remains humanities based. 

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (admission in the first enrollment phase in January BA1 is provisional);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You have a specific academic passion that can be translated into a coherent, solid, individual programme;
  • You receive a positive first study advice in January; 
  • You achieve good grades: we do not use fixed grade criteria, but experience shows that students with an average grade of 7.3 or higher are able to do an honours programme in addition to their regular Bachelor’s programme.

When?

Start date Application from Application closes
Second semester of first academic year (block 4) December onwards 15 February 23:59
First semester of second academic year June onwards 14 august 23:59

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to join the Honours College in general;
    • why you want to follow an individual track rather than a faculty track;
    • why your chosen courses are important to you, for example to deepen knowledge in an area of particular interest or for your future career plans;
    • the skills and knowledge you expect to have acquired by the end of your individual track;
    • what you can contribute to the Honours Community.
  2. A study plan for your chosen 20 EC of courses, drawn up in consultation with the Humanities Lab coordinator, showing the learning pathway you will follow through your programme. You can fill in the studyplan here.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Recent transcript of grades: to be obtained from the administration of your bachelor's programme.

Apply

After application, the Humanities Lab or your study coordinator will contact you about your application.

1. Practicum Musicae Honours

To take part in the Practicum Musicae Honours you must: 

  • apply for a Faculty of Humanities individual track as described below, and
  • apply to the Royal Conservatoire.

Application Royal Conservatoire
The step by step application procedure is available on the Royal Conservatoire website. You need to hand in three recordings. You might need to hand in extra material or  have a trial lesson with one of the main subject teachers. If you get pre-selected you will receive an invitation to the live auditions. Check the Royal Conservatoire website for more ideas about the repertoire to play on your audition.

The required entrance level is comparable to the Royal Conservatoire's ‘Preparatory Course’, this means you have to show in your audition, that you could reach the level of a bachelor entrance exam within three years. Since Practicum Musicae is very popular, there is a quotum. A maximum of 76 students in total is accepted for the programme.

If you already started with Practicum Musicae, you can transfer to Practicum Musicae Honours. Contact Caroline Cartens for more information.

2. Honours College Music

To take part in Honours College Music you must apply for a Faculty of Humanities individual track as described below. 

Application Faculty of Humanties individual track

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the ambition, self-discipline and time to pursue an extra 30 EC programme;
  • You achieve good grades (we do not use fixed grade criteria, but experience shows that students with an average grade of 7.3 or higher are able to do an honours programme in addition to their regular study programme).

When?

Start date Track Application from Application closes
Second semester of first academic year Honours College Music December onwards 15 February 23:59
First semester of second academic year

Honours College Music

Practicum Musicae Honours

June onwards

14 august 23:59

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. A letter of motivation, max. 500 words (Dutch or English), in which you describe: 
    • why you want to join the Honours College in general;
    • why you want to follow this track in particular: describe your knowledge of and passion for music;
    • what you can contribute to the Honours Community.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Recent transcript of grades: to be obtained from the administration of your bachelor's programme.

Apply

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.0. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

When?

Start date Application from Application closes
Second semester of first academic year December onwards 1 February 23:59
First semester of second academic year June onwards 14 august 23.59

Apply

The following documents must accompany your application:

  1. Recent transcript of grades
  2. Filled out motivation form

Apply

Admission requirements

  • You must obtain your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year (until then, you can be provisionally admitted);
  • You have the self-discipline and time to follow an extra programme;
  • You are interested in a broad range of intellectual issues;
  • Your average grade must be at least a 7.5. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted on the basis of your letter of motivation.

When?

Start date Application from Application closes
Second semester of first academic year December onwards 15 February 23:59
First semester of second academic year June onwards 31 august 23:59

Apply

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  1. Filled out motivation form
  2. Recent transcript of your grades from your current bachelor’s programme
  3. Curriculum Vitae

Apply

After application

Once you have submitted your application, the admission committee will decide whether you can be admitted.

If you have applied to begin in the second semester of your first academic year, you can be 'provisionally' admitted and permitted to start your honours studies. If you fulfil the admission condition of obtaining your propaedeutic (first-year) diploma within one year and the other conditions, your admission will be made 'definitive' in October.

If you have applied to begin in your second academic year, you will be informed whether you have been admitted in October, after we have verified that you have obtained your propaedeutic diploma on time.

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