Semester Abroad


Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) offers a range of possibilities for students who want to spend a semester in another country as part of their academic programme. This means that students continue to be registered at LUC but study elsewhere; credits and grades obtained during the study abroad semester count towards the degree if the requirements are met.

Where to start?

Studying abroad is an exciting prospect but you need to be well-organised and well-prepared, as there are a lot of things that need attention before you decide to apply and before you set off. This includes working out financing your year abroad, completing all the necessary paperwork and, if necessary, preparing to study in another language or making visa applications depending on your destination!

Who can go?

Studying abroad is something many LUC students would like to do. There are, however, some requirements that must be met before you are eligible to apply. Some of these requirements are set by LUC, but often the host institution also requires a certain level.

When can I go?

LUC students can study abroad during the first semester of their third year (semester 5). A request to go abroad in semester 4 may be submitted with the Semester Abroad Committee provided that the student can supply significant arguments with his/her request. Students who started their LUC programme in February are advised to contact the LUC Exchange Officer, Irene van der Wal ( ).

Where can I go?

Many students may already have an idea of the country where they would like to study or a specific field of interest. However, it is important that you research possible destinations well and with an open mind.

What do I need to know?

Exchange programmes are tuition fee neutral. This means that students continue to be registered at LUC and pay tuition and institutional fees to Leiden University while studying abroad.

How to apply?

The application procedure for an exchange through University-wide Bilateral Agreements and LUC-Specific Agreements (both Erasmus and non-Erasmus) is explained below.

Deadlines & Contact

The application deadlines for University-wide programmes for the academic year 2017-2018 can be found here.