Required documents for bachelor’s applications
- Copy of valid passport or European ID card
- Up to date CV
- Motivation letter
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
- Information on your language proficiency
- Additional documentation
Please upload the following documents in the online application system.
If you live in the Netherlands, you must also include a copy of your residence permit (both sides) if applicable.
Please include the latest version of your CV (resume).
The motivation letter is a personal statement in which you explain why you wish to study at Leiden University and follow your particular programme of choice. It is also an opportunity for you to convince the faculty of your qualities. The letter should contain about 700-1500 words.
Exception: you are not requested to submit a motivation letter if you are applying for admission to the Bachelor's programmes in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences or Security Studies.
You are required to upload copies of all diplomas and official transcripts in the original language (with official translations if these documents are not in English, Dutch, German or French). If you have not yet completed your secondary school / current Bachelor programme, please mention your (expected) graduation date and include copies of all transcripts obtained to date.
If you will obtain an International Baccalaureate diploma you are also advised to submit your predicated grades.
If you will obtain an European Baccalaureate diploma, please do not forget to indicate in which subjects you take your written and oral examinations.
If you are admitted to Leiden University, certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts will be required. Your admission statement will specify exactly which documents are needed, as well as further certification requirements and the deadlines for submission.
Dutch language proficiency
If you are applying for a programme that is taught in Dutch you are requested to provide us with evidence of your Dutch language ability, e.g. certificates, diplomas or transcripts from Dutch language training courses or other study programmes followed in Dutch.
English language proficiency
If you are applying for a programme that is taught in English you are requested to provide us with evidence of your English language ability.
Proficiency in English is also an admission requirement for all Dutch-taught bachelor’s programmes. This is because some of your study materials and lectures may be in English. More information can be found under our Language Requirements section.
Note: In most cases applications can be processed without information on your language proficiency. If you are (conditionally) admitted to Leiden University your admission statement will specify exactly which documents you are still required to submit, as well as the certification requirements and the deadlines for submission.
Finally, please include any additional documents that may be required to process your application. For instance students applying to Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges at LUC The Hague need to submit additional documentation. Also keep in mind that additional documentation may be requested at a later moment.