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W&M Exchange- Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Debi DeBacco (
 Program Type:
WM Exchange
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Host Institution Website:
 GPA Requirement:
 Host Institution:
Leiden University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
 Housing Options:
Apartment (shared), Foreign Student Dorm
Program Description:
University of Leiden 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 clases.

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.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Leiden University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to William and Mary while taking classes at Leiden. W&M students will pay for housing and 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 (spring) and April 1 (fall). Students will be notifed of acceptance once courses are approved by the specific Leiden academic departments. Finalizing courses on the online registration system occurs 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:
Courses, except History, must be pre- or post-approved. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 once a syllabus is submitted to the Global Education Office at Reves.  Credits will be treated as transfer credits. Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.
8 ECTS credits = 4 W&M credits.

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition and all fees paid to W&M.

Housing and Meals:
Room and board paid on site in Leiden. Important to apply for and pay housing fee (approximately  $200 USD) before offical acceptance because student housing is limited and offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Housing deposit of approximately $280 is due before arrival and remainder 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 Fees:
A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee and an international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar's Office. Students are responsible for airfare and residency permit costs. 

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.