Application procedure for master’s programmes

Application to Leiden University, registration with Studielink & what happens after I submit my application?

Application to Leiden University

If you hold a bachelor’s degree from Leiden University and wish to follow a master’s programme in the same discipline at Leiden University, you can register directly with Studielink. However, if you wish to follow a research master’s, you also need to apply online. Please note these procedures may be amended in the near future due to new legislation.

Please make sure you submit your application and €100 application fee before the application deadline. Late applications may be subject to delays.

Registration with Studielink

In addition to applying to the university, you will need to register with Studielink, the enrolment system for higher education in the Netherlands. You will receive a reminder to register with Studielink once you have been accepted onto a master’s programme at Leiden University. Be sure to do so before 1 September if you will start your master’s programme in September, or before 1 February if you will commence in February. Failure to do so will result in you not being permitted to join the study programme.

Please note that Studielink registration is not required if you will follow a non-subsidised programme. That means that you don’t need to register with Studielink for: 

  • all Master of Advanced Studies in Law programmes 

  • the MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy

  • the MSc in Vitality and Ageing 

  • language courses.

If you have any questions about Studielink or need help registering, please refer to the Studielink ‘I have a question’.

What happens after I submit my application?

  • The Admissions Office will check whether you have paid the application fee and if your application is complete.
  • You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application and, if necessary, indicating any documents you still need to submit.
  • The Admissions Office and the Admissions Committee of the relevant faculty/department will review your application.
  • The faculty or department will make its decision four to six weeks after receiving your application documents and fee. In the meantime, you can track the status of your application online.
  • The faculty or department will email you a copy of the Admission Committee’s decision.
    If you have been admitted this document will explain in detail which certified copies of academic records you must now submit. Please note that all certified copies must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by the issuing institution in a sealed envelope.
    The Admissions Office must receive all documents required to meet your admission conditions before the official start date of your programme, otherwise you may not be permitted to start your studies.
  • If you have been admitted, you will then receive an email from the Admissions Office with information on student housing, immigration, student registration and further required documents.
  • If you require a student visa/residence permit please be aware that certain admission conditions, such as language requirements and submitting certified copies of academic transcripts, must be met before the visa/residence permit application deadline.

Last Modified: 06-09-2017