Leiden University Admissions

Leiden University, also known as Universiteit Leiden, is a public university founded in 1575 in Leiden, Netherlands. The university is home to 3,256 academic staff, 14,977 undergraduate students, 4,560 postgraduate students, and 1,147 doctoral students. Universiteit Leiden is most notable for its Graduate studies in Air and Space law, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Bioinformatics, and Functional Genomics.

Official website: leidenuniv.nl

Admission To-Do List

  • Mathematics proficiency
  • Dutch VWO diploma
  • Baccalaureate
  • A-levels
  • Advanced Placement Certificates
  • Bachelor's degree Law or Criminology
  • English language proficiency
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Motivation letter of recommendation
  • Interview
  • Best 10% of students


Writing Supplement:
Motivation letter The motivation letter is a personal statement in which you explain why you wish to study at Leiden University and follow your particular programme of choice. It is also an opportunity for you to convince the faculty of your qualities. The letter should contain about 700-1500 words. See more

Application Deadlines

May 15
Fall, undergraduate
April 1
Fall, graduate
October 15
Spring, graduate

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Advice on Personal Statement for Leiden University Admissions

The Leiden University personal statement must be three pages, double spaced, and typed in a 12 point font. The personal statement needs to describe the academic background of the applicant, as well as their interests in the desired field of study and why they believe they will be a good fit for the program. The more personal the essay is, the better. The committee wants to be able to know the applicant on a personal level and learn more about them other than what is written in the application.