Profile and mission

Leading research and education

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.


University and city

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.