Leiden University or Universiteit Leiden (LEI) - public higher education institution in Netherlands. LEI was founded in 1575. Leiden University has an urban campus in Leiden.

University ranking. Leiden University is in top 5 universities of Netherlands according to the national rankings. Leiden University is a highly renowned educational institution in Netherlands and abroad. It is very proud of its long history and rich traditions. The university is in the top 5% according to international ratings. It ranks the highest in the following disciplines «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management», «Physics». The university is among the top 100 in the quality of education. Thanks to the good standing among the employers of Netherlands, the graduates of LEI find employment quite easily.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The admission is based on the results of the examinations. The academic year is divided into semesters like in many other educational institutions of Netherlands. The cost of tuition for the bachelor’s programs is around 12,111 USD per year. A master’s degree of LEI will cost a student a significant sum of 16,148 USD per year. In addition, part of the cost can be covered by university scholarships. More information about tuition fees and admission requirements can be found on the official website of the university(http://www.leidenuniv.nl).

The composition of the university. Leiden University is considered to be a large university, teaching more than 22,000 students. Foreign citizens can submit their applications along with the local students. Foreigners make about 7% of all students. To ensure that the quality of education stays high the university has an academic staff consisting of more than 1900 specialists. The majority of academic staff at LEI consists of foreign specialists. The university provides its students with the opportunity to participate in the international exchange programs. To learn more about the students and alumni of the university you can visit the university’s social media pages: Twitter, Youtube, Facebook.

Infrastructure of LEI. The students have access to the university’s library. Students can apply for a dormitory. Leiden University is a part of the following groups European University Association (EUA), League of European Research Universities (LERU), Coimbra Group, Europaeum, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).
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Universiteit Leiden
Country Netherlands
City Leiden
Bachelor (foreigners) 12,111 USD/year.
Master (foreigners) 16,148 USD/year.
Bachelor (citizens) 2,841 USD/year.
Master (citizens) 5,682 USD/year.
Living expenses $670 -1,241 USD/month
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General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1575
Abbreviation LEI
Teachers 1,964
Students 22,490
Foreigners 7%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Bastion of Freedom
• Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Nederland
• European University Association (EUA)
• League of European Research Universities (LERU)
• Coimbra Group
• Europaeum
• Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)
World ranking 84
Country ranking 4
Academic Reputation 77
Employer Reputation 262
Quality of teaching 377
International Faculty 221
Citations per Faculty 91
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 40
Engineering and Technology 261
Life Sciences and Medicine 58
Natural Science 110
Social Sciences and Management 126
Ranking in world by discipline
Physics 51
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 84
QS World University Rankings 95
ARWU Academic Ranking 82
Cost of living in Leiden
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 284 371
Food 187 417
Transportation 87 193
Communications and utilities 66 91
Clothing 24 93
Sports and leisure 21 76
Total 670 1,241
Accommodation in Leiden USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 287
Shared room in city centre 375
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 565
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 661
Alternative title
Arabic جامعة ليدن
German Universität Leiden
Spanish Universidad de Leiden
French Université Leiden
Japanese ライデン大学
Korean 레이던대학교
nl Universiteit Leiden
Portuguese Universidade de Leiden
Russian Лейденский университет
Chinese 莱顿大学
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Leiden University - Official Description

Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. As reflected by its motto ‘Praesidium Libertatis’ (Bastion of Liberty), we have always been strongly committed to freedom of spirit, thought and expression. Over the years, this atmosphere of freedom of speech has proved an ideal environment for famous and outstanding scholars such as Descartes, Boerhaave, Einstein and several Nobel Laureates, to develop their theories. The Leiden experience is strongly characterized by our dedication to engage in and contribute to the demands and challenges of today’s globalised society. Our research-based education is traditionally innovative and multidisciplinary. Our students are motivated to be curious and to constantly question the essence of nature, the human mind and the complex interactions between their elements. They are offered the chance to develop their own talents and interests through a diverse range of academic opportunities and are encouraged to excel through participation in honours and research programmes.

Description of Leiden University

Brief statement/description of institution Leiden University (founded in 1575) is one of Europe’s foremost international research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts as well as for functions outside academia. The University has approximately 24,500 students (from 110 countries) and 5,500 staff members (including the academic staff of the Leiden University Medical Center). The University offers a varied range of 46 bachelor's and 73 master's programmes, and highly diverse PhD tracks as well as various interdisciplinary minors. In addition, Leiden University has (in the Honours Academy) a Pre-University College, an Honours College, Leiden Leadership Programme, and Leiden University College The Hague for excellent students. Leiden has elected to concentrate its research on 11 key profile areas, most of them with a strong multidisciplinary focus: Asian modernities and traditions; Bioscience: the science base of health; Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan; Fundamentals of science; Global interaction of people, culture and power through the ages; Health, prevention and the human life cycle; Interaction between legal systems; Language diversity in the world; Political legitimacy: institutions and identities; Translational drug discovery and development; Vascular and regenerative medicine. These areas offer ample opportunity for first-class fundamental research, but they also have strong links with key issues prevalent in contemporary societies. Mission statement The guiding principles of the University are: · a strong international orientation· a research-intensive profile· education and research of the highest quality

Leiden University is proud of its core values:· freedom of spirit, thought and expression· independent development of knowledge· societal responsibility· integrity
The University’s motto is: Praesidium Libertatis, Bastion of Liberty. Mission:In the coming years, Leiden University aims to make major contributions to society in the areas of prosperity, well-being and culture. Talent is indispensable to realising these ambitions. The University is therefore committed to both recruiting and developing talented individuals, from secondary school pupils and university students to young researchers and academics.
Leiden University strives for an internationally recognised position as a top-ranking research-intensive university within the European Higher Education and Research Area. Leiden already has a leading position in a great many fields, including natural sciences, life sciences (the so-called Red Biotech), medicine, arts, social and behavioural sciences, international law, astronomy and non-Western languages. The University positions its degree programmes in an international context and guarantees their quality and standard in accordance with internationally accepted norms. Our graduates are therefore fully equipped to embark on both master’s and PhD degree programmes in the Netherlands and abroad.
Leiden University is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an alliance of leading research universities in Europe. The University also works closely with other partners such as Leiden’s Bio Science Park. With over 70 specialist businesses, this is the Netherlands’ largest knowledge cluster in the field of life sciences

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