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W&M Semester- Leiden (Assisted Enrollment)
Leiden, Netherlands
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Debi DeBacco (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Semester
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Host Institution Website:
 GPA Requirement:
 Host Institution:
Leiden University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:

**Please note that this is the last semester the GEO will be accepting applications for the assisted enroll program in Leiden University.  Spring 2017 is the last semester students will be able to study abroad on this program option. We encourage all students planning to study abroad on this program during the Academic Year 2017-2018 to consider studying abroad in Spring 2017 if they have the flexibility in their academic plans. Please note that the exchange option for Leiden University will remain open.

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 ( 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 Leiden 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
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:

Language of Instruction:
English and Dutch

Course Information:
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.
8 ECTS credits = 4 W&M credits.

Program Fees:
Tuition paid directly to Leiden University.

Housing and Meals:
Room and board paid on site in Leiden. It is important to apply for and pay housing fee (approximately $200USD) 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.

Please note:
These costs provided are based on information from the host university and are subject to change.
Currency exchange rate as of May 27, 2016.

Other costs:
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.
Students are responsible for airfare and residency permit cost. 

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

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/03/2016 10/15/2016 TBA TBA
 NOTE: Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.