A university of approximately 17,000 students, Leiden 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. Please note, 8 ECTS credits are equivalent to 4 W&M credits.
Intensive Dutch classes are available to visiting students at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; credit from these classes may not transfer to W&M, but they are valuable for the cultural enrichment they provide.
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 thetown. 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.
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
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. Grades will not be posted on transcript or be included in GPA calculations. Credits will appear as transfer credits on W&M transcripts.
Tuition paid directly to Leiden University.
Housing, Meals, Fees:
Room and board paid on site in Leiden. A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee and insurance fee of approximately $34 per month apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.
The Reves Center advisor for Leiden University programs is Caylie Zidwick (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: NOTE: 1. 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.
Reves Center for International Studies
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