Leiden University has approximately 17,000 students and offers almost 50 undergraduate degree programs in a variety of fields. A great number of the university's classes across an array of disciplines are taught in English. A list of courses for international students can be found on the Leiden University website (www.education.leiden.edu) by clicking on "Education," followed by "Non-Degree Programmes" and then "Study Abroad in Leiden." There you will find the link for "Courses." Textbook requirements and syllabi will be distributed on the first day of classes.
Intensive Dutch classes are available to visiting students at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; credit from these classes will not transfer to W&M, but they are valuable for the cultural enrichment they provide. There is an additonal cost for these courses.
The historic city of Leiden is situated in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands, which is very centrally located in Europe and provides a base from which to explore many other countries. Its population includes to a high percentage of students, and W&M students are typically housed in international student residences situated throughout the town. The main train station is in the center of the city and offers direct access to Amsterdam, the Hague and Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam). Automotive traffic in the city is fairly light with most residents - students and non-students alike - making their way by bicycle and on foot.
Assisted enrollment requires W&M students to pay tuition to Leiden University. Out-of-state students often find assisted enrollment the best option. All W&M students will pay for housing, meals and fees on-site in Leiden.
Host Institution: Leiden University
Fall Intensive Dutch Course (August)
Fall Semester (September—Dec/Jan)Spring Intensive Dutch Course (January)
Spring Semester (February—June)
Academic Year (September—June)
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Academic Year: March 15
After nomination by W&M, students are required to complete an online Leiden application indicating their perferred courses. Deadline is October 15 (fall) and April 1 (fall). Students will be notified of acceptance once courses are approved by the specific Leiden acadamic departments. Finalizing courses on the online registration system occures prior to the start of the program.
W&M Junior or Senior
Seniors must receive approval from W&M Committee on Degrees
Language of Instruction:
English and Dutch
Students choose from a broad range of courses in English. Optional preliminary 3-week intensive Dutch course.
Academic Credits: All courses except for those in history must be pre- or post-approved; history courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 once students submit a syllabus to the global Education Office at Reves. Grades will not be posted on transcript or be included in GPA calculations. Credits will appear as transfer credits on W&M transcripts. Please note 8 ECTS credits = 4 W&M credits.
Tuition paid directly to Leiden University.
Housing, Meals, Fees:
Room and board paid on site in Leiden. It is important to apply for and pay housing fee (approximately $200 USD) before offical acceptance because student housing is very limited and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Housing deposit (approximately $280USD) is due before arrival and rermainder once in Leiden based on cost of assigned housing.
A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee and international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the W&M Bursar’s Office.
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.
Global Education Advisor is Debi DeBacco firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Reves Center for International Studies
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