Semester Study Abroad

Leiden University

Leiden University, founded in 1575, is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, spread over locations in the city of Leiden and The Hague. The University has over 25,800 students. In The Hague – city of peace, security and justice, where the University has had a campus since 1998 – the University’s teaching and research reflect the themes that are important for the capital city and for society. The two campuses are located approximately 15 minutes apart by train.

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international Honours College of Leiden University, offering an innovative and cutting edge Liberal Arts & Sciences programme to highly talented and motivated students from all over the world.

Yale-NUS exchange students may choose to either take courses at the comprehensive University, or to be part of the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme.

Number of Spots for Yale-NUS Students per semester: 2-3

Due to the enthusiastic interest in study abroad and the volume of inquiries that we receive, if you have any questions, please read the Semester Study Abroad FAQs carefully first. And if you have further questions unanswered in the FAQs, feel free to contact Wai Yee at

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Fields of Study

As mentioned above, exchange students may choose to either take courses at the comprehensive Leiden University, or to be part of Leiden University College The Hague (LUC), the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme. Please meet with the International Programmes advisor to discuss the two options if you have queries. Students should decide on which campus they would like to attend and inform the International Programmes advisor of their choice upon being selected by CIPE.

For information on the comprehensive University’s available courses and programmes, please see this. Courses are offered both in Leiden and The Hague.

Exchange students who wish to join the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme can choose any course offered across LUC’s six majors , minors , Global Challenges , and the Global Citizenship Programme. LUC has a maximum of 22 students per course, and students spending their semester at LUC are only allowed to take courses offered by LUCand not from the other Faculties of Leiden University. For more information on courses, please see this.

Language of Instruction

English and Dutch

Full Course Load (Required Number of Credits)


Students are required to take the full course load at the host institution, which will be equivalent to 20 MCs upon successful completion of credit transfer procedures back at Yale-NUS College.

Academic Calendar

Sem 1: September – December/January

Sem 2: February – June

For more detailed information, refer to this.

CAP Requirement


If you are interested in studying abroad at this institution and currently have a CAP below 3.5, please contact a member of the CIPE International Programmes team.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.