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Leiden, the Netherlands

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (Leiden University was founded in 1575). Map of Leiden


Open to undergraduate students in all majors.

Academic areas: Courses taught in English can be found in the following areas: Archaeology, Art History, Anthropoligy, Chinese Studies, Dutch Studies, English, History, Japanese Studies, Law, Linguistics & Literature, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, and Science.

There are also beginning Dutch Language and Studies courses offered for foreigners.


Yes - Although the primary language of instruction at Leiden University is Dutch, some courses are taught in other languages, including English. Browse Courses in English



Fall Semester September - January*
Spring Semester February - June
Year September - June (academic year)

Leiden University Academic Calendar

*Note: In some cases, students may arrange to take their fall semester exams in late December. However, if you receive financial aid, you may not study at Leiden University for just the Fall Semester. Doing so will render you ineligible for financial aid for the following spring semester at UHM.


Arrange your own housing
Leiden University can arrange housing for exchange students. Leiden University does not own any of its own housing facilities; it uses local housing coorporations to find housing for students close to campus. Upon acceptance to Leiden University, students must pay a housing deposit to reserve their housing.

More information about Housing for Exchange Students


TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $200-400
  • Books & Supplies: $300-500
  • Room & Meals: $6,000-8,000
  • Personal Expenses: $2,000-3,000
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $2,000-2,800
  • Visa Expenses: $400-600 (Residence Permit)

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   


Residence Permit - The Netherlands is part of the Schengen Borders Agreement. UHM students who are U.S. citizens do not need a visa to study in the Netherlands. However, they do need a Residence Permit in order to study abroad in the Netherlands for a semster or year.

Once you accept your offer of admission from Leiden, you must send several required documents to the Leiden University Admissions Office, and they will apply for your Residence Permit for you. More information about Residence Permits to the Netherlands


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