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Leiden University College

Study Abroad Program Overview

Leiden University College offers an innovative and cutting edge Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum to talented and highly motivated students from all over the world. LUC is located in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, and home to leading institutions such as the International Criminal Court, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Court of Justice. It is also has eleven kilometers of sandy beach within cycling distance of the historic city center. 

Space in this program is limited. Please check with your campus Study Abroad office as soon as possible.​

Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Fall :  
Mid-August to late December​

Spring :  
Early February to early June​

Year :  
Mid-August to early June










​You will apply for housing through Leiden University's housing office. You will be placed in one of two buildings located in close proximity to Leiden University College, with only a few minutes commute by tram or by bicycle. Single or shared rooms are available.
More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

​In The Hague there is a variety of clubs where students can take part in sports, culture or music. Some clubs are hosted by Leiden University College while others are open to all students living or studying in The Hague. Interaccess is a social organization for and run by international students in The Hague. It aims to improve contact between international students and Dutch students in The Hague, by organizing speakers, presentations, festivals and debates. Weekend activities include bicycle trips, poker tournaments, and parties.

More information about student organizations.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The LUC international office staff and a UCEAP liaison officer based in Utrecht will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with course selection, housing, safety, and other issues.

Course Opportunities

​Leiden University College's curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach to the global challenges of today: peace and justice, sustainability, prosperity, and diversity. Classes are small seminar style modules taught in English. UC students take classes with Dutch and international students.  LUC offers approximately 350 courses in the following areas of study: Earth, Energy, and Sustainability, Global Public Health, Governance, Economics and Development, Human Diversity, International Justice, and World Politics.  

Each semester is divided into two blocks. You will take 2 courses per block for a total of 4 courses per semester. All courses are worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units and instruction is in English.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You will take a full-time course of study while abroad. 
Term: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester are required; four courses.

Research and Independent Study

​Research for academic credit is possible at Leiden University College. Interested students will apply for a spot in a Research Clinic after they have been accepted to LUC. If selected, you will participate in an ongoing research project with an LUC faculty member. A Research Clinic is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units and will be taken in lieu of one regular university course. 

About Leiden University College
LUC was established in 2009 as the international honors college of Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). It is a small liberal arts college offering an English-taught interdisciplinary program with a distinctive focus on Global Challenges. LUC is home to 600 students from over 45 different countries. The LUC campus at Anna van Buurenplein incorporates teaching facilities and housing accommodation for first- and second-year degree students. The "AvB" buiding is centrally located in the heart of the city right next to The Hague Central Station and the Royal Library.

Test Drive Your Future

​Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network. ​


  • International organizations
  • Government agencies
  • NGOs​

Setting Up Your Internship 

Internships at Leiden University College take a lot of advance planning and a significant amount of work on your part.
  • You will need to find your own internship placement, there is no internship office at LUC. 
  • LUC needs to be notified as soon as you have secured an internship position so that they can start the appropriate paperwork for your internship. You will need to complete the following
    • ​Internship Forms at LUC
    • Write an internship proposal
    • Find a supervisor at your host organization to supervise your work
    • Find a faculty supervisor at LUC who will grade your final paper​

Additional Information

  • LUC and UCEAP recommend that you do not start an internship at the same time as your studies. You will need time to adjust to your new academic environment and adding an internship is often too high of a workload for students. 
  • Most organizations only want students who can work 20 hours per week or more. You must work at least 140 hours total in order to earn credit. 
  • All internships must be for credit. You cannot do an uncredited or paid internship on your student residence permit. 
  • Internships will earn 6 quarter/4 semester UC units graded on a P/NP basis only.
  • If you are really interested in participating in an internship, we recommend that you apply for the spring semester program and then do your internship in the summer following your semester. This will give you time to secure an internship position and allow you to focus solely on the internship during the summer term. 
  • If you are on the yearlong program you can consider using the fall term to settle in and find an internship position and then complete the internship in the spring semester. 
  • If you are able to do your internship during the semester it will take the place of one course. 

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.


Class Level:

Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



3.20 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: