Why study at Webster?
Webster Leiden is the only American-accredited university in the Netherlands. It offers both BA/BS (undergraduate) and MA/MBA (graduate and postgraduate) programs. Since its foundation in 1983, over 2,000 students from over 50 countries have graduated from the university.
Webster Leiden’s five schools and colleges include Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology, Communications and Education & Fine Arts. In addition to undergraduate programs on subjects like Business Administration, Psychology and International Relations, students can pursue masters degrees in New Media Production, Cybersecurity and more. Several of these degrees can be earned not just in Leiden but online as well.
The university currently has 350 students that represent over 45 nationalities and its alumni network numbers nearly 2,000 graduates. Webster Leiden’s staff and educators are fully committed to providing a multicultural academic experience. These key elements make it one of the most culturally diverse learning centers in not just the Netherlands but the entire world as well. The university’s global focus and small class sizes (on average just 10 students) further contribute to the quality of its programs, which help students gain real world skills that will enable them to pursue fulfilling careers in Europe, their native countries or beyond.
Along with select courses available at its Graduate Studies Center in Amsterdam’s WTC, students can take classes in the university's charming main building located in the heart of Leiden. A multitude of shops, bakeries, historic sites and museums can be found mere footsteps from its main entrance. Leiden’s numerous cozy cafes are also great places to catch up on some assigned reading or simply enjoy a leisurely afternoon lunch.
After dark, Leiden’s taverns, theaters and music clubs spring to life. Those who enjoy rock shows or dancing the night away to some of the Netherlands’ best DJs typically aim for
Gebr de Nobel, an eclectic music venue. Those who prefer more “refined” entertainment will surely enjoy the stage performances and other events that take place at the Leidse Schouwburg, one of the oldest continually operating theaters in the country. It first opened in 1705. The center of the city is also home to bars like Einstein, a canalside establishment named for the infamous theoretical physicist who spent time lecturing at the University of Leiden in the 1920s.
Leiden is also home to three movie theaters and the Leiden International Film Festival. The event, which takes place annually in October and November, features a program packed with not just some of the best arthouse films from Europe but big budget Hollywood flicks as well, often a few weeks prior to their release in the United States. Drie Oktober, a yearly festival at the beginning of October, draws attendees from around the country and elsewhere. It commemorates the anniversary of the 1573 - 1574 Siege of Leiden during the Eighty Years' War with live performances, a carnival, historical reenactments, parades and other activities. Additional seasonal events like Monument Day allow locals and visitors alike to tour historic buildings or explore some of the city’s most interesting corners. But those who simply want to let their hair down are sure to get a big kick out of King’s Day, a colossal celebration in late April that honors the birthday of the current Dutch king Willem-Alexander.
Those eager to experience what else the Netherlands has to offer in addition to other European countries will find that Webster Leiden is a great place to do so. The university is located a short distance from Schiphol International Airport, one of the largest airports on the continent. The Netherlands’ extensive rail network makes it easy to reach not just Dutch cities like Rotterdam and Amsterdam but also Antwerp, Paris, Munich and many other exciting destinations.
Webster Leiden is an excellent place to earn a degree in Netherlands. You can learn more about its campus and programs by clicking here.