For over 440 years, students and lecturers from all over the world have come to Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands. Leiden University offers you a truly international experience with 120 nationalities represented in a unique mosaic of cultures. We are a small-scale academic community where there is room for personal contact and regard for your talents and opportunities.
Leiden University’s story is a tale of two cities: Leiden and The Hague. Medieval and quaint, Leiden is the founding city and heart of the university. A short 10-minute train journey away is our second home: The Hague. Our teaching and research in the International City of Peace and Justice reflect the themes that are important to this center of government and international diplomacy. IU students are welcome to take courses in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, which include the departments of Psychology, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Political Science, and Education and Child Studies, the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, and the Faculty of Humanities. Courses are available in English and Dutch.