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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

Leiden University College offers an innovative liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Courses take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring modern global challenges such as peace and justice, sustainability, prosperity, and diversity. The program’s globally conscious curriculum capitalizes on the atmosphere of The Hague, a vibrant and international city committed to peace and justice. Classes are small, seminar-style modules taught in English.

Unique study opportunities

  • Join a Research Clinic project with a local faculty member.
  • Access exciting courses on trending subjects such as public health, international justice, world politics, or social entrepreneurship.
  • Explore the balances between human rights, privacy, and security.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English. If you’re interested in Dutch language study, you can take a language course during the spring semester (Dutch language is not offered in the fall). Dutch language courses are 9 quarter/6 semester units and count as two regular courses.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Six courses for a total of 27 quarter/18 semester UC units.
  • Semesters are divided into two blocks and you are required to take three courses per block.
  • You can take two courses per semester for pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

LUC offers approximately 350 courses taught in English in the following areas of study: Earth, Energy, and Sustainability, Global Public Health, Governance, Economics and Development, Human Diversity, International Justice, and World Politics. All courses are worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units. ​

Research for academic credit is possible at Leiden University College. If interested, you can apply for a spot in a Research Clinic. If selected, you will participate in an ongoing research project with an LUC faculty member. A Research Clinic is worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units and will be taken in lieu of one regular university course.

Independent study is typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • Leiden University College Course Catalog: For current course offerings click on the majors/minors to find a list of courses offered in each field. Courses in the 100-level are introductory, courses in the 200-level are intermediate, and courses in the 300-level are advanced. Next to each course title it will list the semester the course is offered in. Semester 1 is fall; Semester 2 is spring. Under the semester column the blue bar shows you which block the course is offered in.
  • Research Clinics: Review the current Research Clinic projects at LUC.
  • Leiden University College comparison: Compare LUC with other Dutch universities available through UCEAP.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

​Leiden University College is the honors college within Leiden University and therefore has stricter requirements for admission. You can expect to take courses with other highly motivated students.

LUC caps their courses at 20 students. This means that you will have a high degree of individual attention and interaction with the instructor and other students.

You will register for courses prior to departure directly with Leiden University College. 


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grading is done according to American letter grades, as opposed to the numerical grades (1-10) common for Dutch universities. Grading based on a curve—a form of relative ranking of class performance—is uncommon at Dutch universities. You will be graded on the basis of objective standards and not on your relative rank in the class.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available in March and grades for the spring semester are typically available in August.