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Liberal Arts & Sciences

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences

3 years

€4418 pa

Programme profile

The programme takes place in the Hague, at Leiden University College [LUC], a college of Leiden University.

Students gain broad knowledge of the wider world, but also study one area of interest more deeply: their "major".

Within the framework provided by the institution, the students have the responsibility to compose their own individual programme. LUC offers you a broad, interdisciplinary curriculum, with freedom to design your own study programme in accordance with your own personal interests and ambitions. The LUC majors all have their own perspectives on global challenges and offer a framework within which students attain a degree of depth in disciplines while integrating knowledge from various disciplines.

The college offers a flexible and versatile curriculum framed by pressing questions of peace, justice and sustainability; these questions are nuanced and developed through a matrix of individual courses that can be sequenced together into coherent, progressive tracks, which can then in turn be combined to form majors that will determine the exit trajectory of LUC graduates. In general, our majors are thematically rather than disciplinary-oriented and each of them culminates in a final 'capstone project'.

Fee includes standard statutory Tuition Fee of Eur2060 plus an Institutional Fee of Eur2185

Programme content

General Education
This part of the curriculum is compulsory for all students and starts in the first semester. It consists of four courses on Global Challenges: "Peace", "Sustainability", "Justice" and "System Earth".

Academic Skills
All students learn to present and write in Academic English, they work on their quantitative and qualitative research skills, their mathematical skills are also trained.

The Major
In Years 2 and 3, students specialise in one of the following majors:

- Global Justice
- Global Public Health
- Human Interaction
- International Development
- Sustainability
- World Politiccs
- Political Arts
- Policy Science

Optional Tracks
Students take at least one three-course optional track in Economics OR Diversity and Integration OR Law, Society and Development

Capstone Project
You can carry out individual research, or can also do a research internship with for example one of the international institutions in The Hague. Another option is to take part in a Capstone Project group, which is a group working on a larger project under the supervision of a researcher


The university offers related Masters programmes, taught through English, in the following areas:

Evolution and Conservation Biology;
Industrial Ecology;
Public Administration;
Public International Law;
International Relations and Diplomacy;
Political Science;
Area Studies

Entry Requirements

3 A-levels. LCU prefers students to present a minimum of three A-levels at C, or higher [ an average of B preferred] OR 32 points in IB. Exceptional candidates with lower grades/points may be considered

Scottish Students are required to have a SQC with 2 Advanced Highers {Grades A-C] and at least 4 Highers [Grades A-B]. Subjects to include Maths.

There are no Maths requirements as such but the university has strong preferences, depending on your preferred major [specialisation]. For science majors, a minimum of Grade A at A-Level is preferred. For Social Sciences, A-S Maths is preferred, and, for Humanities majors, a minimum of A grade at GCSE is required

Six Higher subjects at Leaving Certificate, including at least two 3 at H4. LUC prefers students to have a minimum of 400 points. Exceptional candidates with lower points may be considered.

There are no Maths requirements as such but the university has strong preferences, depending on your preferred major [specialisation]. For science majors, a minimum of H2 is preferred. For Social Sciences, Higher Maths is preferred, and, for Humanities majors, a pass in Hiher Maths is preferred but Maths at Ordinary Level will be considered.



Yes: Admissions Essay & Letter of Motivation

10 October

01 May

Also February entry. Application deadline: 01 November