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Leiden University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Established in 1575, Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. With seven faculties in the arts, humanities and sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague, the university has over 6,700 staff members and 29,520 students. It offers over 47 Bachelor’s programs and 79 master courses to suit the interests of all kinds of students.

  • Students can apply online through Leiden University website which will direct them to Studielink.
  • Students will have to pay an application fee of Euro 100.
  • Students have to meet Dutch language requirements for Dutch taught subjects.
  • The university accepts TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English Test as the requirement for English language proficiency.
  • There is no automatic admission for international students


Admission Portal for International ApplicantsOfficial Website/ Studielink
Application Fee€100
Dutch proficiency testsRequired/optional for certain programs
English Proficiency TestsIELTS/ TOEFL/ Cambridge English Tests
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsMultiple intakes
Financial AidFunding, scholarships

Admission Deadlines

At Leiden University, international students are strongly recommended to complete their applications as early as possible, because the sooner they apply, the sooner they will receive the admission decision.

SemestersGraduate Programs
September (Fall)1 April
February (Winter)15 October

Leiden University Undergraduate Admissions

There are almost 4000 international students enrolled till now in Leiden University. Every student who wants to apply for bachelor programs at Leiden University will need to start at Studielink, the national online registration system for students. Afterwards, they can continue the online application process at Leiden University.

Where to Apply: Studielink

Application fee: €100

Admission Requirements

The general requirements and admissions process for international applicants is as follows:

  • Students from India must have completed their high school education in arts or science streams with a percentage greater than 60%
  • Students should be proficient in Dutch and English Languages (If required)
  • Official transcripts of grades/high school marks
  • Resume
  • English language proficiency proof- TOEFL/ IELTS/Cambridge English Tests

Dutch Language Proficiency Requirements

Tests accepted by:-

  • Faculty of Science & Faculty of Medicine (LUMC): Dutch TUL intermediate exam from the Academic Language Centre or Dutch NT2-II diploma (in Dutch)
  • All other faculties: Dutch TUL advanced exam from the Academic Language Centre

English Language Proficiency Test Scores

TestsMinimum Score Requirements
Cambridge English tests169-191

Visa Process

  • Once students receive an offer letter from the university, the university will request a student visa on behalf of the applicant.
  • The application can be filled through the online application system uSis.
  • Students need to submit the following documents:
    • Copy of passport
    • Signed Antecedents certificate
    • Proof of financial support
    • Bank statement
    • Sponsor letter, if applicable
    • Acceptance letter
    • Scholarship letter, if applicable
  • After the submission of the above mentioned documents students will receive a confirmation of visa email.
  • Students can contact the Dutch embassy after receiving the visa approval.
  • Students can then get a visa appointment and submit the biometrics data.

Leiden University Graduate Admissions

Leiden University offers almost 80 graduate programs, out of which the most popular ones are, History, Engineering, Sciences, Economics and Management. The application requirements for international applicants are mentioned below:

Admission Procedure

  • Application in Studielink.
  • Apply for admission via Leiden University’s online application portal (uSis)

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a relevant B.Sc. or B.A. degree to get an admission into the master’s program at Leiden University. Some programs may require certain proficiency requirements for other languages also.

Documents Required:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • CV/ Resume
  • Letter of motivation
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Dutch proficiency (if required)
  • Letters of recommendation

Individual programs may have specific requirements

CoursesAcademic RequirementsLanguage Proficiency Requirements
M.A. Arts and CultureBachelor’s degree in a relevant field; CV/ Resume; Letter of Motivation; Writing SampleIELTS-7.0
TOEFL- 100 iBT
M.Sc. Bio Pharmaceutical SciencesBachelor’s degree in a relevant field with above; 7.5 Training in life sciences; CV/ Resume; Letter of Motivation; Letters of RecommendationIELTS-6.5
CAE- Minimum grade C
M.Sc. Chemistry and Business ManagementBachelor degree in Chemistry, or in a field related to Chemistry; CV/ Resume; Letter of Motivation; Letters of RecommendationIELTS-6.5
CAE- Minimum grade C
MA in Ancient HistoryBachelor’s degree from a research university; CV/ Resume; Letter of Motivation -Writing SampleIELTS-7.0
TOEFL- 100 iBT
CAE- Minimum grade C
M.Sc. Computer ScienceBSc degree in Computer Science; CV/ Resume; Letter of Motivation; Letters of RecommendationIELTS-6.5
CAE- Minimum grade C

The university usually takes around 6-8 weeks in announcing the admission decisions.Students can check their application status online to keep track. Admissions at Leiden University are highly competitive and require high scores every level. Other documents required should also be in terms with the specifications given on the university website.

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