Founded in 1575, Leiden University is known for the quality of its education and research facilities. It is a fully accredited, classical university enrolling over 20,000 students. An increasing number of courses in various disciplines are being taught in English, as are all master’s degree programs. The university library contains a unique collection of old manuscripts and maps, as well as an elaborate collection of prints and drawings. There is an extensive collection of plants and herbs in the botanical gardens and the national herbarium. 

 

HOUSING AND MEALS

ISEP EXCHANGE: Housing (university dorms) and meals (meal stipend) are included per the exchange model. ISEP students will be placed in the Smaragdlaan Building, and will receive a meal stipend based on the cost of living for students in Leiden, which they can use to purchase groceries and cook meals in shared facilities. 

ISEP DIRECT: Please note that housing and meals are not included in the program fee. Students will receive guidance on applying for housing in student dormitories, and will be able to use their own funds for groceries and meals in university dining facilities or around campus.

Immerse yourself in a true Dutch experience by renting a bike for the semester and riding 10 minutes to class. Don’t know how to ride a bike? Don’t worry! There are free bicycle lessons during orientation! Otherwise, spend the 30 minute walk to campus admiring local architecture and the beauty of the waterways. 

All ISEP students will be expected to budget for their meals accordingly, and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

Program Website

Course Description

Learn more about the courses offered. Select the appropriate academic year and "exchange" or "study abroad" in the drop down menus. Only courses listed under "exchange" or "study abroad" are available to ISEP students. 

Please note: a full course load is equal to 24-30 ECTS. Please be sure to pay attention to the number of credits you are registering for, not just the number of classes.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Grace Glancy 703-504-9975 | GGlancy@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other German Studies Italian Studies Japanese Studies Korean Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies

  • Biology

  • Engineering

    Computer Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Linguistics Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Turkish Language and Literature

  • History:

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology European History Medieval and Renaissance Studies Museology/Museum Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Theological Studies

  • Physical Sciences

    Astronomy

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3.2 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 90
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Application Instructions

Students will be expected to provide a transcript with a list of courses they are taking in the current semester with the official ISEP application. After being placed by ISEP, the student will be notified and asked to complete an internal Leiden application. This does not guarantee placement in the program. After Leiden reviews the application, the student will be either be confirmed or denied acceptance. 

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

  • Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • History

  • International/Global Studies

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Social Sciences

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3.2 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 90
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Application Instructions

Students will be expected to provide a transcript with a list of courses they are taking in the current semester with the official ISEP application. After being placed by ISEP, the student will be notified and asked to complete an internal Leiden application. This does not guarantee placement in the program. After Leiden reviews the application, the student will be either be confirmed or denied acceptance. 

Other Academic Conditions

Students should be entering their third year of study at the time of application. Most courses are intended for students that have completed basic coursework (at least four or five courses) in their field of study prior to exchange.

ISEP recommends that students do NOT register for any psychology courses in the second period of their semester. Exams in the Psychology department often run past ISEP program dates and ISEP cannot guarantee any housing for the additional dates leading up to the exam period in that specific department. 

ISEP students may take a maximum of 15 ECTS with the Law Faculty.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

 

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