Overview

Universiteit Leiden

City: Leiden
Language of instruction: Dutch, English
  • Universiteit Leiden was founded in 1575
  • One of Europe’s leading international research universities
  • It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences
  • Spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague
  • The motto of the University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom
  • 6,500+ staff members and 26,900 students have a strong impact on the town's daily life and appearance

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsLand and Food SystemsLawScience

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: September to late January (except Law)
  • Semester 2: February to June

Please note that some programs (i.e. Psychology) do not allow for alternate exams, meaning that you may not be able to return to UBC for Term 2. Please see an advisor for more information.

Timing

  • Students may be able to return to UBC for Term 2, depending on their area of study
  •  Does not apply to Leiden-Law students
  • When applying to Go Global, Law students must select Leiden-LAW
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

Browse courses at Leiden on their "e-prospectus." Courses are listed under the Bachelor and Masters Programs.

  • Law students can review course information here
  • Undergraduate students may take 400-level masters courses if they have the background knowledge.
  • Exchange students have the option to apply for Leiden University College: a residential program with courses that address global challenges
    • Students live together and take all their courses within this program
  • Students can be enrolled in courses at both The Hague campus and the Leiden campus

Full course load information

  • 20-30 ECTS per semester for non-degree students
  • 30 ECTS is the standard full-time load for Dutch students

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: AFST 3rd
Title: Oral Literature: Research in Living Traditions
Partner course code: 5732V2066
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-08
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Anthropology of Difference
Partner course code: 8002HD844
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-10
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View
Partner course code: 5810MCSN
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-10
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Topical course Art and the Fabric of Life: The Visual Arts of Africa
Partner course code: 5792VT17
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-19
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View
Partner course code: 5810MCSN
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-10
UBC course: ANTH 303
Title: The Anthropology and Sociology of Modern Day South-East Asia
Partner course code: 6492ZOA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-21
UBC course: ANTH 308
Title: Anthropology and Sociology of Sub-Saharan Africa
Partner course code: N/A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ANTH 332
Title: Oral Literature: Research in Living Traditions
Partner course code: 5732V2066 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: ANTH 341
Title: Museums, Cultural Heritage and Collections
Partner course code: 5792VMHC
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Cultural Heritage and New Media Archives
Partner course code: 5620MCH
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: ANTH 415
Title: Anthropology of Religion
Partner course code: 6493AR
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-24
UBC course: ARTH 1st
Title: Dutch Painting 1400-1950: introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands
Partner course code: 5811VKG1 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-04
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Professional Child Care
Partner course code: 6475KOPV
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-16
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Tibetan Buddhism
Partner course code: N/A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-05
UBC course: ECON 2nd
Title: Economies of South and Southeast Asia
Partner course code: N/A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-23
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Turnaround management and bankruptcy
Partner course code: LAW 22062617
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-30
UBC course: ENGL 331
Title: Linguistics 2: The syntax of English
Partner course code: Linguistics 2 5621VTSYN
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 344
Title: Marvels of the East in Old and Middle English Literature
Partner course code: 5204ien11
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 364
Title: British Literature in the Eighteenth Century
Partner course code: 5622KL3BR
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 464
Title: Anglo American Literature
Partner course code: 5623KLMOD
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: FNIS 2nd
Title: Indigenous Heritage of the Americas
Partner course code: 1043I10Y 3rd year
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-13
UBC course: HIST 351
Title: The History of East Central Europe from the 19th to the 21st Century
Partner course code: N/A 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: History: Europ
Partner course code: 5181KH43
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-21
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Introduction to the History of the Netherlands
Partner course code: 5810MIDH
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-21
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: From the Pilgrims to the Present: An Introduction to American Studies
Partner course code: 5772IAH12 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: History: North America
Partner course code: INTST 5181KH46H
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-29
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Reading Indian Nationalism
Partner course code: 5482K2A02
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: LING 3rd
Title: Language Use in the World
Partner course code: 5511VE009
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-15
UBC course: LING 4th
Title: Languages and Cultures in Contact
Partner course code: 5890lu044A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-15
UBC course: PHIL 3rd
Title: History of Modern Political Philosophy
Partner course code: 5011VM2
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-03
UBC course: POLI 324
Title: Politics of Southeast Asia
Partner course code: N/A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-23
UBC course: POLI 327
Title: EU Politics and Policy
Partner course code: 6452511
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-08
UBC course: POLI 360
Title: Strategic Studies
Partner course code: STS13 6440
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Public Values & Ethics (SPOC)
Partner course code: 6453729
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Democracy, Human Rights and Social Change
Partner course code: 6493DHS
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-19
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Comparative Analysis of Political Systems
Partner course code: N/A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Law and Culture
Partner course code: LAW 22989246
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-05
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Europe's Armed Forces and Societies
Partner course code: N/A 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Insitutions of the EU
Partner course code: VINS 5504
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Polling Public Opinion
Partner course code: KPPO 6440
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Professional skills for public impact
Partner course code: 6453730
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: History of European Public Law
Partner course code: 22967263
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: PORT 1st
Title: Beginners Portuguese 1
Partner course code: 5650K1003
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-09
UBC course: PORT 1st
Title: Beginners Portuguese 2
Partner course code: 5650K1004
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-09
UBC course: PSYC 365
Title: Cognitive Neuroscience
Partner course code: PSYC 400
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-20
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: SEXOLOGY
Partner course code: 6463PS022
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-23
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Psychodiagnostics
Partner course code: PSYC 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-14
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Psychological and Neurobiological Consequences of Child Abuse
Partner course code: PSYC 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-20
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Emotion and Cognition
Partner course code: 6463PS027 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-05
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Clinical neuropsychology
Partner course code: PSYC 400
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-23
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 400
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-23
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Attention: Theory and Practice
Partner course code: PSYC 6463PS021H
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-22
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Psychology of Advertising
Partner course code: PSYC 6463PS032
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-21
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour
Partner course code: 646323096
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-11-16
UBC course: URST 200
Title: Urban Studies
Partner course code: NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-06
UBC course: URST 3rd
Title: Resilient Cities
Partner course code: 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-26
UBC course: VISA 240
Title: Photography 2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-15
Education
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: LUC Community Project: Multicultural Education in The Hague
Partner course code: 8002GC11A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
Music
UBC course: MUSC 1st
Title: Introduction Jazz History
Partner course code: 5100KM04Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: MUSC 328
Title: World music: introduction
Partner course code: CPA 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-10
Science
UBC course: ENVR 3rd
Title: Sustainable Development: Big Issues, New Answers
Partner course code: 4602MDOBIY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-22
UBC course: GEOG 3RD
Title: Area Study Sustainability
Partner course code: 4602DOASSY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-24
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Attention: Theory and Practice
Partner course code: 6463PS021
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-27
UBC course: SCIE 4th
Title: Project Groups, Design of European Research
Partner course code: 4602DOPE8Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-22
Social Work
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Criminalistics
Partner course code: LAW 22989212
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-30

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 312
Title: Anthropology of Religion
Partner course code: 6493 ARH
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-06
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Introduction to Dutch Studies
Partner course code: 5811VIDS1
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-15
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Arts and Material Culture of Japan
Partner course code: 5691ITAM 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-20
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: World Art Studies
Partner course code: 5000 VWA1
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: POLI 240
Title: History of Modern Political Philosophy
Partner course code: 5011VM2
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-30
UBC course: POLI 311
Title: Law, Sharia and Governance in North Africa and the Middle East
Partner course code: LAW 22989269
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-07
UBC course: POLI 317
Title: Law and Governance in Africa
Partner course code: LAW 22967213
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-07
UBC course: POLI 383
Title: Basics of International Humanitarian Law
Partner course code: LAW 22967010
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-07
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Principles of Public International Law
Partner course code: 2901IJ07D 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-18
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Law and Governance in Developing Countries
Partner course code: LAW 22989206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Europe's Armed Forces and Societies
Partner course code: POWE 6440AFS14H
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: POLI 4th
Title: European Union Law: The Four Freedoms
Partner course code: LAW 22989237W
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: PSYO 1st
Title: Introduction to Psychology
Partner course code: 6461PS 002
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: PSYO 346
Title: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Partner course code: 646323097Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-30
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice
Partner course code: 6463PS024
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-15
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: School Psychology
Partner course code: 6463PS007
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-15
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Economic and Consumer Psychology
Partner course code: 6463PS008
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-15
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Consumer Psychology
Partner course code: 646323099Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-30
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness
Partner course code: 646323100Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-30
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: ARTH 1st
Title: Dutch Painting 1400 – 1950: Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands, Cultuurwetenschap I
Partner course code: 5811VKG
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-30
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Buddhist Art
Partner course code: 5482K1B05
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-30
Health and Social Development
UBC course: BIOL 232
Title: Infectious Diseases
Partner course code: 3012GPH53A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-20
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Health & Environment
Partner course code: 3013GPH52A 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-20
UBC course: HEAL 3rd
Title: Global Challenges: Prosperity
Partner course code: 8001Y108E 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: HEAL 3rd
Title: Non-Communicable Diseases
Partner course code: 3012GPH55A 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: PSYO 343
Title: Mental Health and Illness
Partner course code: 6463LUGPHA 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-18
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

Exchange students in the Netherlands are normally required to obtain local medical insurance as a requirement by Dutch immigration or the university. This would be in addition to whatever travel insurance you may have. See: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/international-students/prepare-your-stay/insurance.

Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • Housing in Leiden is very limited and difficult to find
  • It is recommended that students start looking for housing early on

Partner Housing Information

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