Leiden University

Leiden University, Rapenburg 73, Leiden, The Netherlands

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Leiden University has been elevating minds, pioneering research and having a real-world impact since 1575. Broaden your horizons through one of our 10+ bachelor’s programmes or 80 master’s programmes from our 7 faculties (English-taught): Archaeology, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Governance and Global Affairs, Medicine, Humanities and Law. With two inspiring locations in the beautiful historic cities of Leiden and The Hague, Leiden University has a lot to offer: wonderful social, academic, and cultural student experiences. Leiden is a safe and friendly student town full of period canal-houses, windmills, national museums, markets and cafes. The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice, and boasts international government and non-government organisations, multi-national companies and a myriad of cultural experiences. Study in an ideal setting to get the most out of student life while preparing for your international career Leiden University will contribute to your academic and your personal development. Besides attending lectures, you will be doing your own research into topics that are relevant to society today. Engage with our lecturers, who are renowned for their ground-breaking research and worldwide networks. Benefit from the personal and interactive classroom experience. In its nearly 450 years of existence, our university has built a solid reputation. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of our 16 Nobel Laureates, and other notable alumni such as King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, our current prime minister Mark Rutte and international DJ Armin van Buuren. Not to mention former US president John Quincy Adams, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Albert Einstein! Leiden University's good name will help you find a job after you graduate. Your opinion matters. Whatever your views, whatever your faith, for us freedom of thought and opinion is key. Discover yourself. We would love to welcome you at Leiden University!

Quick facts

Motto: Bastion of Freedom

Endowment: €588 million (2016)

Administrative staff: 6500

Students: 26,900

Undergraduates: 16900

Postgraduates: 10000

Male students 41 : 59 Female students

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