Leiden University

Leiden University

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Leiden University was established in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years’ War. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and it is located in Leiden, and The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands.

Leiden University is ranked 109th position in the ranking of the world's best universities and it takes 74th position in the ARWU ranking (2018). Leiden University is among the top 100 universities in four prominent international ranking and it is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as an official university. All programmes offered at the university are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by the NVAO.




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Leiden University has no central campus, its buildings are spread over the city.  The university is located in Leiden, a city in the province of South Holland, in The Hague and South Holland, Netherlands.


The university has no central campus, its buildings are scattered over the city, some like the Gravensteen, are very old, while buildings like Lipsius and Gorlaeus are somewhat new. The university is affiliated with some institutions such as The KILTV or Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean studies, a natural history museum, with a very complete anatomical cabinet. The university’s anatomical and pathological laboratories are modern, and the museums of geology and mineralogy which are now available. The university's Campus The Hague occupies a number of buildings in the historic centre of the city including a college building in Lange Voorhout.

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Leiden University offers a variety of residential options for students to choose from. You can live in a historic building in the heart of Leiden or stay in a modern student complex in The Hague, and it is also necessary to arrange for a student accommodation as soon as possible because residences are given on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.


Over 6,700 staff members in Leiden University and the university has seven faculties. Teaching is characterized by small-scale classrooms, contact with diverse cultures and innovative teaching methods. Programmes offered at the university attracts both the Dutch and International students.

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Approximately 4,000 staff members are in employed in the university, the institution also employs non-academic staff that will contribute to the enhancement of the educational activities in the university.

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