Leiden University Law School
Leiden, The Netherlands

Are classes taught in English?

Exchange students can choose from a broad array of Leiden Law Courses (LLC). LLC courses are specially-designed bachelor-level classes taught in English and are open to both foreign and Dutch students. Approximately 15-20 courses are offered each semester, and students may select from a wide variety of offerings such as Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, Aerospace Law, Law and Information Technology in Europe, European Asylum Law, Comparative Corporate Law, Law and Governance in Developing Countries, and more. For a glimpse into the academic and student environment at Leiden, check out the Moot Court Public International Law LLC course video.

What are the major strengths of the program?

Leiden is well known for its Public International Law programs. Hugo Grotius, termed as the "founder" of Public International Law, began his studies at Leiden in 1594 at the age of 11. In addition to its Public International Law focus, Leiden brings together students of many different nationalities - and, consequently, diverse legal perspectives - in the classroom for a dynamic learning experience. There are a wide variety of law courses offered in English and students that pursue study at Leiden can expect to undertake a semester of interactive education where the faculty and administrators offer a personal approach to legal education and the institutional environment. Leiden also has close ties with The Hague in the Netherlands, which is known as the City of Peace and Justice.

How many U.S. exchange students are there?

Approximately 20 U.S. exchange students will study abroad at Leiden over the course of an academic year, most remaining for a semester at a time. Leiden welcomes between 150 and 200 law exchange students annually, and has exchange agreements with partner schools across the globe in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.

What is the term schedule?

Leiden's academic calendar is comprised of two semesters, each of which is divided into two blocks. The fall semester runs from late August or early September through late December. The spring semester typically begins in late January or early February and concludes in May or June. Leiden arranges a week-long orientation program covering a general introduction to the university, faculties, student organizations, and the city for incoming exchange students prior to the start of each semester.

Where can I get housing?

Exchange students are welcome to apply for housing for their semester abroad at Leiden through the Housing Office. Those students seeking housing may apply for accommodations by June 1st for the fall semester and November 15th for the spring semester through the Housing Office, which offers placement assistance in cooperation with local housing organizations, such as DUWO. The cost of housing in Leiden is variable, but is estimated to average between €300 - €800 per month depending on amenities and housing preferences. Leiden offers additional information about accommodations and housing on its website.