Leiden, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
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.
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 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.
Program Cost: 2017-2018
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
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 withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. 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.