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W&M Exchange- Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Caylie Zidwick (
 Program Type:
WM Exchange
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Host Institution Website:
 GPA Requirement:
 Host Institution:
Leiden University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:
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 ( 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.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Leiden University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition to William and Mary while taking classes at Leiden. The exchange program is best for VA in-state residents. Students not chosen for the exchange program have the option of assisted enrollment. 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

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, be pre- or post-approved. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299. Credits will be treated as transfer credits. Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition paid to W&M.
Assisted Enrollment: 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 ( 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.