In 1575, The Netherlands founded its first university in Leiden. It soon became one of Europe’s leading universities and it still is today. Probably the most obvious reason to study in Leiden is its excellent international reputation as a multidisciplinary, research intensive university with a global orientation. Leiden performs consistently well in international rankings, for example rankings such as the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities or the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE).  At Leiden University you are also spoilt for choice:  the university offers 6 English-taught bachelor's programmes in addition to more than 50 Dutch bachelor's and 80 English/Dutch master's programmes with almost 200 specialisations. 

Over the centuries,  Leiden University has attracted many important researchers, world leaders and famous personalities. You will be in good company! These are some of the people in whose footsteps you will be following: Nelson Mandela (former ANC leader and former President of the South African Republic), Winston Churchill (British prime minister during the Second World War and writer), René Descartes (French natural philosopher and mathematician), Albert Einstein (theoretical physicist, inventor and father of the theory of relativity), John Adams (second President of the United States).