Your Time in Leiden
Study Abroad at Webster Leiden
Located a mere 25 minute train ride from central Amsterdam, Leiden is one of the Netherlands’ most gorgeous and vibrant cities. It’s home to both Webster Leiden and Leiden University, making it an ideal environment for those eager to immerse themselves into a truly international collegiate community.
Webster Leiden’s diverse student body and faculty offer an educational experience that is truly one of a kind. It’s the only American-accredited university in the Netherlands and 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 Webster Leiden.
In addition to being located near Amsterdam, Leiden is also a short distance from the Netherlands’ other major cosmopolitan hubs. The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam can be easily accessed via train. The city itself offers a wide array of cafes, taverns, music clubs, theaters and other cultural hubs. Leiden’s many museums include the SieboldHuis, which is devoted to Japanese culture, and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the current home of “Trix,” one of the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons.
The city’s fascinating past is also a big draw for history buffs. Leiden was once home to both the American pilgrims and the famous Dutch Golden Age artist Rembrandt. It was also the site of a fierce military siege between Spanish and Dutch forces in the 16th century that is now honored during the annual Drie Oktober festival.
Leiden’s close proximity to Schiphol International Airport, one of the largest airports in continental Europe, makes getting to other European destinations a breeze. Those who love baguettes, or are simply eager to explore the streets of Paris, can easily reach the French capital via the Thalys. The high-speed train departs several times daily from a station located at the airport and arrives in Paris about three hours later.