The University of Leiden was founded in 1575 and is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It has around 26,900 students from over 115 nationalities.
The University is organised into seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, along with its graduate schools, research centres and research institutions.
The city of Leiden is nestled between Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam, making it very accessible to travel around the Netherlands. It is a relatively small, university city with a rich cultural heritage. University buildings are scattered around the compact city, with university departments, lecture halls and pavement cafés never more than a ten-minute bicycle ride away.
The University’s library holds approximately three million books, and special collections include mediaeval manuscripts, old prints, maps and atlases, letters, photographs and materials from around the world. The University also provides access to more than 16,000 e-journals as well as hundreds of other digital collections and resources.
Leiden’s Institute for History is responsible for the main part of the historical research carried out at the university and has five main specialisations:
- the unification of the Mediterranean world
- collective identities and transnational networks in medieval and early modern Europe, 1000-1800
- political culture and national identities
- European expansion and globalisation
- migration and global interdependence.