Entry requirements

To be accepted at Leiden University College The Hague, applicants will take part in a selection procedure.

In order to be eligible for admission to LUC The Hague applicants must be able to provide:

Please note that all the requirements for admission should be fulfilled before the start of the programme, which means that all the required documents should be received by the Admissions Office before you commence and that it is, therefore, possible to apply for a place at LUC The Hague before you have obtained your diploma and/or proof(s).

Diploma requirements

LUC The Hague accepts a Dutch VWO diploma or a secondary school diploma equivalent to it, such as the International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate. Please view the following list for more information regarding other diplomas we consider for admission. However, it should be noted that this list contains the minimum requirements as LUC The Hague is an honours college for which additional admission requirements are set. Please contact the Admissions Office if your diploma is not on the list for information on how to best approach the application process and if additional requirements are requested in your case.

If the original documents are not issued in English, French, German or Dutch, they should be translated to English by a sworn translator or by the school/ institution itself. The translation needs to be added to the original document.

English proficiency requirements

Because the entire programme at LUC The Hague is taught in English, it is essential that you start your studies with a good level of proficiency.
All students need to prove English Proficiency and are required to fill out the English Proficiency form as part of the application process and submit the required documents . The form asks you to indicate which category fits your English Proficiency. You need to meet the requirements in one of the three categories below, by the time you submit your application. If you will be required to take an English Proficiency test, you need to indicate the date you have already registered for to take the the exam.

The English Proficiency categories are as follows:

A.Students may get a waiver for English Proficiency test, if they meet any of the following requirements at the time of submitting the application:

Full English-taught IB Diploma
At least 3-Alevels
National Diploma from any of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (except French-taught programmes)
European Baccalaureate English Language 1
Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général – Option International (English section)*

*The general Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général does not waive the English proficiency test for students unless the diploma/transcript mentions the OIB option and section. Otherwise, a student fits in Category C.

B. Students following the VWO diploma (including TTO students) may receive a temporary waiver IF they have an average 8 or higher in English at the time of submitting the application. This temporary waiver allows students to submit the application and if invited, take part in the interview. However, a student needs obtain a final grade of 8 or higher in English in the final VWO exams in order to get the full waiver and be able to register for the programme. If the final exams result does not meet the requirements for a waiver, the student will need to take an English Proficiency test and obtain the requested score before the academic year starts. Please note that test dates and locations are limited; students may need to book this well in advance. If it is not sure the required grade will be obtained, organise a language test before taking your final exams. VWO students who do not have a grade 8 or higher in English at the time of applying do not fall under this category, but into category C.

C.All other students do not qualify for a waiver or temporary waiver of the English language proficiency and will need to meet the minimum requirements set below in one of the accepted English proficiency tests at the time of submission of the application. :

TOEFL IBT 100 Paper copy from ETS Institutional code is 6342
IELTS 7.0 on each item and 7.0 overall band A digital copy of the certificate with all text and verification codes clearly visible
Cambridge CAE A A copy of the certificate, ID number and the “secret number” – Candidate Results Online service
Cambrdige CPE C A copy of the certificate, ID number and the “secret number” – Candidate Results Online service

An application will not be complete without the English Proficiency form , where students must indicate the category they belong to, and/or the test that has been taken or a date it will be taken on. Incomplete applications are not considered for interview. If invited to study at LUC every student MUST meet the criteria of one of the above categories in order to successfully meet the requirement for English Proficiency and register at LUC

If you require a student visa to enter the Netherlands the Admissions Office can only request one for you if you have passed one of the above mentioned tests before the visa deadline.

Mathematics proficiency requirements

All students who wish to start at LUC The Hague need to have a reasonable proficiency in mathematics in order to be able to pass the science orientated compulsory courses of the first year.
The first year includes academic skills courses such as Statistics and Mathematics which are designed to provide you with foundation skills that will be further developed throughout the curriculum and are useful throughout your entire career.

Students who do not take mathematics as part of their secondary school examinations or whose mathematics grades are considered insufficient, will be required to follow a Refresher Mathematics course in January of their first year at LUC in addition to their other courses if they are admitted into the programme (please note that students ARE NOT selected based on their mathematics proficiency). This Refresher Mathematics course will prepare students to be able to successfully participate in the academic skills courses of Mathematics and Statistics in the second semester of the first year.

The Admissions Office will determine whether the mathematics level of a student is adequate once the application is complete. A student can check whether a Refresher Course will be needed or not based on the three categories below:

A. The student has already graduated and obtained one of the following results:

Diploma/Certificate Requirement
VWO Wiskunde B grade 6 Wiskunde A gade 7 Wiskunde C grade 8
General Certificate of Education AS-Level Mathematics grade C
International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL grade 4 Mathematics SL grade 4 Math Studies grade 5
Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) Final Abitur exam (written) grade 10
Diplôme du Baccalauréate Général Mathematiques grade 14
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs – Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs Mathematics 70
Diplome d’Enseignement Secondaire Superieur – Enseignement Secondaire Général Mathematics 70
European Baccalaureate Mathematics *written *examination 7
Diploma di Superamento Dell ‘Esame di Stato Conclusivo from a Liceo Classico/Linguistico/Scientific Mathematics grade 7 (sette), written examination
SAT reasoning test Mathematics component score 650
SAT Subject test Mathematics score 650
ACT Mathematics score 28
James Boswell VWO Mathematics A Grade 7

B. Students who still need to graduate may be exempted if they obtain one of the results in category A or pass a mathematics diagnostic exam which will be offered at the start of the academic year. If not they will fall in category C.

C. Students who do not have mathematics at the expected level and are not in a position to obtain one of the results in category A before starting at LUC, will have to take the refresher mathematics course at LUC if admitted to the programme.

If you have questions regarding your mathematics level, please contact the Admissions Office: admissions@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

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September Intake: Regular deadline, April 1, 2017