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  • Locations: Leiden, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/01/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 09/15/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Name: The Netherlands: Leiden University Country: The Netherlands
Program Type: Full-time Study, Language Immersion Region: Europe
Term: Fall, Spring City: Leiden
GPA Requirement: 3.2 Class: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Other Requirements: Demonstrated ability to do upper-division work in subject chosen Language of Instruction: Dutch, English
Academic Fields Available: Business and Management, Humanities, Language and Cultural Studies, Law, Social Sciences
Program Description:


About The Leiden University Program

Leiden University is the oldest university in The Netherlands, founded in 1575 by Prince William of Orange. Since its inception, the university has maintained a prestigious place in academia, with four of its faculty members receiving Nobel Prizes in the 20th Century. Students will find an impressive array of academic resources, including the library with a circulating volume of 3 million, an extensive collection of historic maps and manuscripts and an exotic botanical garden for research. 

Today, Leiden is fully accredited modern university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, including approximately 1,600 international students.  The University comprises six faculties: Archaeology, Law, Humanities, Medicine, Science and Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

The university buildings are interspersed throughout the town itself, which makes students' residences within walking and cycling distance of the academic buildings and city shopping areas. The City of Leiden with a population of 118,000 is conveniently located in the political, cultural and economic heart of the Netherlands.  Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are just 30 minutes away by train and The Hague and Schiphol International Airport is just a 15 minute train ride from Leiden. 

While the principle language of academic instruction is Dutch, the majority of students and faculty speak English and the study abroad program is constantly increasing courses offered in English, with approximately 100 or more courses in English per semester.

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Leiden is 8 miles from the coast and less than 30 miles from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The center of the city is a mix of canals, 18th Century architecture, university facilities and student pubs and cafes, imparting a college-town feel with a unique historical quality.

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The Brockport Program at Leiden University offers you the opportunity to:
  • Live and study in one of the world's most rewarding and cosmopolitan educational environments,
  • Receive instruction in small classes, seminars and tutorials from members of the faculty at Leiden University,
  • Choose (and be guaranteed - before you leave the US) the coursework you want/need from a tailored list of courses for study abroad participants taught in English,
  • Enroll in the 3-week intensive Dutch language course option for an additional three credits (for a nominal extra fee),
  • Total integration with Dutch students,
  • Improve your research skills.

Your experience at Leiden University will:
  • Introduce you to typical Dutch society and the Dutch educational system,
  • Make you a better student,
  • Expand your outlook on the world,
  • Build your self esteem and self confidence,
  •  Enhance your career prospects.

At Leiden University, you will:
  • Live with Dutch students in modern, single bedroom, shared kitchen and bathroom University-owned accommodations, in international quarters with full-time degree seeking foreign students,
  • Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation to study at Leiden University that will maximize the benefits of your semester/year of study,
  •  Work with the international student office staff to ensure housing, course, and excursion needs are met during a two-day orientation program.
city of leiden   

Housing and Orientation


As with most Dutch universities, students in Leiden live in the town rather than on campus. Participants in Brockport's Program at Leiden University (The Netherlands) will be housed in a variety of buildings in town managed by Leiden University. Students generally have their own bed and sitting rooms, but share sanitary and kitchen facilities with others. The office has a number of rooms reserved especially for international students, and furnished rooms are also available. The University will, upon admission into a program, assist in finding suitable accommodation for all Brockport Leiden University (The Netherlands) Program participants who complete and return housing preference forms to the Office of International Education at Brockport, in a timely manner.


Prior to the start of each semester, the International Office at Leiden University organizes an orientation program. This 2-day program consists of a general introduction to the university, the city of Leiden, and the student societies. Leiden students act as guides and introduce their international guests to study, sporting and social events. This fee is not included in the cost of the program and must be paid for by the student. 

Throughout the semester, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of field trips designed to acquaint students with the unique society of the Netherlands. Typical locations include The Hague (site of Dutch Parliament & International Court of Justice), Deltawerken (the largest water management project in Holland), and museums in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam.


Fees for Brockport's Leiden University, Netherlands Program

Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program (Fall 2019): $11,215.02 (Est.)

Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Spring 2020): $11,215.02 (Est.)


  • TUITION (at Brockport and at Leiden University)
  • Program acceptance fee
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Leiden University's Study Abroad Office Services
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
  • SUNY International Health Insurance*
  • Various campus-specific fees** (college fee, technology fee, etc.)

  • Airfare to and from The Netherlands
  • Transportation while in Netherlands
  • Passport
  • Residence permit
  • Housing
  • Expenses for on-site orientation upon arrival at Leiden University 
  • Textbooks/supplies
  • Meals (if in self-catered housing)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Intensive Dutch language course is available for thee additional credits prior to the study abroad program. Additional fee is € 325.00.

As a very rough guide, a participant in the Brockport Leiden Program will need around $400 to $500 per month to pay for daily local travel, textbooks and other school supplies, entertainment, meals and other necessities.
  • This estimate does not include the purchase of clothing; travel in The Netherlands or Europe outside of the excursions/field trips organized by the program.
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.

Financial aid applies towards fees. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office at your home school.  If applying or receiving financial aid, you will need to give the Financial Aid Office (at your home school) a copy of your acceptance letter and budget sheet.

*The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.

The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.



The following subject areas are available:
Leiden campus
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Chinese Studies
  • Dutch Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Japanese Studies
  • Law
  • Literary Studies
  • Medicine & Bio-medical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Religious Studies
  • Science (Faculty of Science)

For more information on the specific courses available, please visit: and:


Participants in the Brockport program at Leiden University will normally earn 12-18 credits per semester. However, participants need to be aware that not every course carries the same credit weight, because the amount of credits awarded per class varies between, and even within, departments. The Office of International Education at Brockport can assist you in constructing a course schedule that will constitute a full-time schedule in the US.


Participants in the Brockport Leiden University (The Netherlands) Program will select (prior to departure) at least four courses available to study abroad students at Leiden University. All instruction in the Brockport Leiden University (The Netherlands) Program is by Leiden University (The Netherlands) faculty.

Participants in the Brockport Leiden University (The Netherlands) Program are examined in the same manner (and to the same standard) as their Dutch counterparts and classmates. The majority of courses in which they will enroll are examined formally at the end of the semester and in order to be awarded credit, participants must take--and pass--the examination at the end of the study period in question.

Prior to the start of each semester there is also an option to enroll in a 3-week intensive Dutch language course. There is an additional fee of approximately $325, plus a supplemental housing charge for this option, paid directly to Leiden. While English is widely spoken in the Netherlands, students will find that a basic knowledge of the Dutch language will make more opportunities available to them during their time in Leiden. 

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View a list of the possible academic subjects offered by Leiden University as well as all of Brockport's university programs in Europe, here: Academic Subjects- Programs in Europe.pdf


Spring 2021 (est):  January 26th - July 4th 

Fall 2020 (est):   August 17 - January 31st 
***Please note that final exams can take place anywhere from mid-December to late-January. We provide the latest estimated date so students are aware they may not be home in time for the beginning of Spring semester. 

Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor.