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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
Rolling Admission 02/21/2019 01/31/2020
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** 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:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
Dutch, English
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Leiden University, established in 1575 and the oldest university in the Netherlands, has an outstanding international reputation and is highly placed in rankings of universities worldwide
  • Its particular strengths include the Arts—Art History is naturally excellent—and Humanities. Leiden also offers classes in its six faculties: Archaeology, the Humanities, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as has a terrific Islamic Studies program
  • In Leiden, the university buildings and student accommodation are spread throughout the city. But as Leiden is a compact city, you are never far from the action
Your Host City: Leiden
Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students (approximately 18,000), as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden. Since Leiden is a small city, all the university buildings are within walking or cycling distance. Leiden is located just eight miles inland from the North Sea coast, within easy distance of the cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht.  The Hague can be reached by train in 12 minutes, Schiphol Airport in 20 minutes and Amsterdam in 45 minutes.

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Leiden University website.  When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study, offered in English. 

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Leiden University and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take three to five classes a term at Leiden University. The credit translation system between Leiden and Rutgers University is normally 2:1, meaning a 10-credit course at Leiden will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. The majority of courses at Leiden are worth 5 ECTS credits which translate as 3 RU credits.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: Mid-August – Mid-January (exams may be arranged in advance of official semester end date)
Spring Semester: Late January – Late-June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Leiden Information sheet 2018-2019.pdf web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Most residence halls are located within a 15-minute walk from the center of Leiden and contain single, fully furnished rooms with shared bath (keep in mind the bathrooms are sometimes unisex) and kitchen facilities. Your residence hall will have a refrigerator, stove-top, and food storage areas. There are no “American-only” residences. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of Leiden University. Many students choose to stay in the recently renovated Hugo de Grootstraat Residence Hall, a national monument also known as the Horizon House, or in a Residence Hall of comparable quality. For more information on individual residence halls, please visit the Leiden Housing website. 
NOTE:  Due to high demand and limited supply, housing is NOT guaranteed.  Housing is allocated on a "first come first serve" basis" which means paying the housing fee. See your Program manager for more details.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.