Leiden University

Program Details

Program Location Leiden, Netherlands
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20240
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/05/24 to 07/07/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Leiden University

University:  Founded in 1575, Leiden University has been a respected, internationally-oriented university for over four centuries. Leiden's special program in public policy and public administration is geared specifically toward international students and is especially attractive to political science majors.

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic town of Leiden. It is very easy to run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is a small town, all the university buildings are within walking or cycling distance.  Students tend to feel at home quickly because of the safe environment and the individual approach.

Information about courses

Location:  Leiden is located just eight miles east from the North Sea coast between the cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht.  It is a picturesque town with about 114,000 inhabitants.  Public transportation is excellent - The Hague can be reached by train in 12 minutes, Schiphol Airport in 20 and Amsterdam in 45.  The country's position at the crossroads of Europe facilitates travel to France, Belgium, Germany, and Britain.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Leiden University

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Exchange students can select courses offered in English in a number of disciplines.  The list of possibilities is accessible online and includes a full syllabus and reading list for most courses.


The housing market in Leiden is extremely tight and the university does not own residence halls. However, the Leiden Housing Office helps to arrange accommodation for exchange students.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Housing $3,000.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $250.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.


Program Application Deadline
Fall Semester or Academic Year Feb 1
Spring Semester Sep 1

Returnees Information

Leiden University

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.