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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Leiden, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing Option: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Economics, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, Political Science Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:




This is an international exchange program based on an agreement between The Ohio State University and Leiden University. Leiden University offers a wide variety of courses taught in English at the undergraduate and graduate level. Participants have the opportunity to study in Leiden for a semester or academic year. This exchange program is open to students of all majors, however, Political Science, Public Policy and History majors and minors are preferred as participants must take courses in one or two of these areas. The Dutch Studies Department organizes a pre-session, three-week intensive Dutch language course for interested exchange students for an additional fee.


The University of Leiden is located in the city of Leiden, in the center of the Netherlands, close to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague. Leiden, with a long history dating back to the 12th century, is now a city of approximately 115,000 inhabitants, and is home to such international corporations as Olivetti and the National Flower Center. The life of the city is influenced by the large number of students who live and study at the university. The city is only 15 minutes away from the Schiphol Airport and is also easily accessible by other means of public transport.

Leiden University was founded in 1574 by William of Orange as a reward to the brave inhabitants who successfully resisted the Spaniards. It is a fully accredited, government-financed university with a population of 14,000 students. It offers 60 degree programs and is a firm believer in the importance of international academic exchanges. The university's education and research facilities are well known for their high quality. The university libraries have a collection of three-million books, periodicals, old maps and manuscripts.


As the university does not have a campus, its buildings and dormitories are found throughout the city. Exchange participants will be given priority in housing as long as they submit their housing application well in advance. Dormitories are provided with a shower, bath, kitchen and launderette. Housing assignments are not known until very close to the departure date.

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter. 

Interested students can begin researching the available courses offered in English on Leiden University's website

Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher, be Junior rank, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Complete applications will include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor; the strong preference is for a referee in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Applicants may be invited for an interview. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made.



Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included.  In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.

Leiden University offers a list of estimated living expenses on its website

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions

  • TBD


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 08/01/2020
09/01/2020 01/31/2021 07/02/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021
03/15/2021 08/29/2021 07/01/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Fall 2021 03/01/2021
03/15/2021 08/29/2021 01/28/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning. Semester I (Autumn) technically overlaps with Ohio State's Spring semester; interested students will need to work with the host institution to arrange an earlier departure. Early departure is not guaranteed.
Spring 2022 09/01/2021 10/01/2021 01/28/2022 07/01/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.

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