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  • Locations: Leiden, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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The W&M Exchange program at Leiden University will not be available for the Fall 2018 and most likely spring 2019 semesters. 
Please contact Debi DeBacco (  for information about alternative W&M exchange programs or programs in Europe through study abroad providers. 


Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the Netherlands and internationally, Leiden has cultivated a strong global presence in research and teaching. Over 25,000 students attend Leiden, 4,000 of which are international, making the Leiden community a very student-oriented city with an international atmosphere.
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. The main train station is in the center of the city and offers direct access to Amsterdam (less than 30 minutes by train), The Hague, and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Automotive traffic in the city is fairly light, with most residents making their way by bicycle and on foot. The weather in Leiden is warm during the summer months but characterized by clouds and cooler temperatures in the winter months.

Fall Semester (early September--Dec/Jan)
Fall Intensive Dutch Course (August)
Spring Semester (early February--June)
Spring Intensive Dutch course (January)
Academic Year (early September--June)

*Students should plan to arrive for orientation:  
Third week in August for Fall  semesters 
Third week in January for Spring  semesters 

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 preferred courses. Deadline is October 15 (spring) and April 1 (fall). Students will be notified of acceptance once courses are approved by the specific Leiden academic departments. Students will finalize courses on the online registration system prior to the start of the program.

Course Information:
Although most classes are taught in Dutch, a great number of the university's classes across an array of disciplines are taught in English. A list of courses for international students, along with further information about studying at Leiden, can be found on the Leiden University Study Abroad/Exchange website. Even though a course is listed as open for international students, it is difficult to get into specific courses. Leiden is a good option for students who are very flexible in the courses they can take. 
Optional 3-week intensive Dutch classes are available to students at the beginning of the semester. Credit from these classes will not transfer to W&M, but they are valuable for the cultural enrichment they provide. There is an additional cost for these classes.
5 ECTS credits = 3 W&M credits 
8 ECTS credits = 4 W&M credits.

Except for History, all courses 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 appear on transcripts or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and University of Leiden allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to W&M while taking classes at Leiden. Students will pay for housing, meals, and other fees on site in Leiden.

A $375 application fee is required at time of application.  This must be paid at the Cashier's Office in Blow Hall.  International medical/evacuation insurance is required for all students who study abroad and a fee of $170 is applied to the students account prior to the start of the program. Students are responsible for airfare and visa costs.  

Students participating in semester long study abroad programs must have a visa and/or required entry documents. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements prior to applying and begin the application process immediately after you are nominated for the program. As a reminder, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program.

Housing and Meals: 
Room and board are paid on site in Leiden. It is very important to apply for and pay the housing fee before official acceptance because student housing is limited and offered on a first-come first-serve basis. The housing deposit is due before arrival and the remainder once in Leiden based on cost of assigned housing.  There are housing options in Leiden, which is student centered, and The Hague, which has a more diverse, international population. 

W&M Junior or Senior* in good standing; minimum 3.0 GPA
 * Seniors must receive approval from W&M Committee on Degrees
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.