Study guide: Leiden University in third place

According to the Keuzegids (Study guide) Universities 2016, Leiden University is ranked third in the list of the best broad, classic universities to study at.

Determined by students

Repeating the results of last year, Leiden University is ranked third, behind Radboud University in Nijmegen and the University of Groningen. Unlike many other lists, this particular ranking has largely been based on how the attending students rate their own experiences.


Two excellent programmes

The Keuzegids Universities 2016 has been judging individual programmes with the help of a variety of criteria, giving them a score between 1 and 100. Each programme awarded a total of 76 points or higher will be given the ‘excellent programme’ distinction.

Fantastic examples

According to the Keuzegids, two programmes at Leiden University stand out in particular: Greek and Latin Language and Culture and the Leiden University College The Hague (Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges). Students reported that they are particularly satisfied with their lecturers in the classical languages programme. The students at LUC The Hague, meanwhile, were very enthusiastic about the contents of the programme and about the skills they are acquiring.

Best in their field

A number of other programmes taught in Leiden, including Linguistics, Fiscal Law and Criminology, were ranked as the best in their field. Linguistics students said that the quality of both the programme and the teaching staff was ‘praiseworthy’. The Fiscal Law programme did particularly well in terms of providing information, while experts in the Criminology field praised the quality of graduates from the Leiden programme.

For more information

Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016, published by the Centre for Higher Education Information (CHOI, Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie).

Last Modified: 05-11-2015