Leiden university admissions
Application procedure for bachelor’s programmes
You can apply online for admission to a bachelor’s programme at Leiden University if you are:
- an international student,
- a Dutch student with a non-Dutch diploma, such as the International or European Baccalaureate,
- a Dutch student with a specific type of Dutch diploma, -for example a VWO diploma with deficiencies or a propedeuse diploma-, Refer to this list for all applicable diplomas,
- applying for the International Bachelor in Psychology or the Bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (LUC the Hague).
Please note that students applying for the joint Bachelor’s programme in Life, Science and Technology and the joint Bachelor’s programme’s in Clinical Technology should apply to Delft University of Technology.
Dutch students with a Dutch diploma can also visit the website studereninleiden/toegang (in Dutch).
In addition to applying to the university, you will need to register with Studielink, the enrolment system for higher education in the Netherlands. We advise you to do so before 1 May. The final deadline to take care of this matter is 1 September. Failure to do so will result in you not being permitted to join the study programme.
If you are applying for a limited quota programme, different deadlines apply:
- Limited quota programmes – decentralised selection:
- Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Studielink registration is required before 15 January.
- Psychology (in English): Studielink registration is required before 15 February.
- Limited quota programmes – centralised selection: Studielink registration is required before 15 May.
If you have any questions about Studielink or need help registering, please refer to the Studielink ‘I have a question’.
Only a limited number of places are available on the following bachelor’s programmes at Leiden University. This means that even if you meet the admissions criteria for the programme, you are not necessarily guaranteed a place:
Limited quota programmes – decentralised selection:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Psychology (in English)
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
For Medicine and Biomedical Sciences a de-centralised selection procedure is organised. To request participation in this selection procedure you must have submitted your online application and registered through Studielink before 15 January. In order to join the de-centralised selection you must be proficient in Dutch. More information about de-centralised selection:
Medicine (in Dutch)
Biomedical Sciences (in Dutch)
English-taught Psychology programme
For the English-taught Psychology programme a de-centralised selection procedure is organised by the Department of Psychology in Leiden. To request participation in this selection procedure you must have submitted your online application and registered through Studielink before 15 February.
More information about de-centralised selection of the English-taught Psychology.
Limited quota programmes – centralised selection:
- Psychology (in Dutch)
- Tax Law
The deadline for online application via the Admissions Office for these limited quota programmes is 1 April. For these limited quota programmes, a national selection procedure is organised by the government’s education body, DUO.
You can participate in the DUO selection procedure a maximum of three times. If you wish to cancel your participation you must notify DUO before 15 May.
Participating in the de-centralised selection for these limited qouta programmes is only possible if you have completed Leiden University’s Pre-University College (in Dutch).
- The Admissions Office will check whether you have paid the application fee (if required) and if your application is complete.
- You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application and, if necessary, indicating any documents you still need to submit.
- The Admissions Office and the Admissions Committee of the relevant faculty/department will review your application.
- The faculty or department will make its decision four to six weeks after receiving your application documents and fee. In the meantime, you can track the status of your application online.
- The Admissions Office or faculty will email you a copy of the Admission Committee’s decision.
- If you have been admitted, you will then receive an email from the Admissions Office with information on student housing, immigration, student registration and further required documents.
- You are required to submit all documents required to meet your admission conditions before the official start date of your study programme. Failure to do so may result in you not being permitted to start your studies. If you require a student visa/residence permit please be aware that certain admission conditions, such as language requirements and submitting certified copies of academic records, must be met before the visa/residence permit application deadline. If you have applied for a limited quota programme, earlier deadlines may apply.
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Application deadlines for bachelor’s programmes
- If you need a visa, residence permit or accommodation via Leiden University Housing Office, the application deadline is 1 April.
- If you do not need a visa, residence permit or accommodation via Leiden University Housing Office, the application deadline is 15 June.
- If you wish to apply for the Bachelors programme in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences the application deadline is 15 January.
- If you wish to apply for the Bachelors programme in Psychology (in English), the application deadline is 15 February.
- If you wish to apply for one of the other ‘limited quota’ programmes, the application deadline is 1 April, though we strongly advise you to apply earlier.
Please note that if you are applying to Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague, different application deadlines apply.
See Application LUC The Hague
Please visit our Colloquium Doctum website (in Dutch).