Semester Exchange - Leiden University
High-quality education, a broad choice of courses, and an active international student life. Leiden University offers you the ideal basis for having the time of your life during a semester exchange.
Founded in 1575, Leiden University is 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 University has over 5,500 staff members and 25,800 students.
Leiden & The Hague, the Netherlands
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Length of Program
First Semester: September - January
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A minimum GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 and at least two years of undergraduate study prior to semester exchange.
Housing through Leiden University is not guaranteed and only available on a limited basis in Leiden and The Hague.
There are two intake periods per year:
For the best chance of securing housing through the university, students should ensure they pay their (non-refundable) housing fee of €350 as early as possible after application and before the housing deadline of June 1st for the Fall semester and November 15th for the Spring semester, even if they have not yet been admitted to the programme. Other costs, such as the refundable €500 housing deposit, are due before students arrive.
Exchange Student Website
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (varies each program),
- Must have completed at least two years of university education by the time of exchange,
- Completion of at least 12cp at the time of application. 18cp to go abroad,
- Enough credit points remaining to complete the program,
- Your academic background must be relevant to the courses you are applying for,
- You will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English, preferably by means of an IELTS test though we also accept TOEFL, the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) and the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). We need to receive an original report with test results that are no more than two years old,
- Comply with the eligibility criteria outlined in the Student Exchange Policy.
How to Apply
Applicants must complete an online Application form. You'll need to include:
Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.
Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Payment Website.
Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their journey beyond their overseas program. Students will be covered throughout the duration of their exchange program dates. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.
Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.
*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.
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Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is 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 University has over 5,500 staff members and 25,800 students. The motto of the University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom.
Area of study
Health and medical sciences; Society, history and languages
Has a GPA requirement
Macquarie, Undergraduate, Leiden University, Semester Exchange , Netherlands, Law, Society, history and languages, Health and Medical Sciences
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