Admission Requirements

To be accepted at Leiden University College The Hague, applicants will take part in a selection procedure. If you are a student of Leiden Pre-University College please view the following website. Pre-University College students follow a different procedure.

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

  • A secondary school diploma equivalent to the Dutch VWO

  • Proof of proficiency in English

  • Proof of proficiency in Mathematics

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.

Therefore, it is 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

LUC The Hague offers its entire programme in English and in small classes in which active participation and involvement are essential. Students have to be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English before they can start their studies to insure they can participate in the class proceedings.

English proficiency can be proved by obtaining the required scores on one of the internationally recognised tests: TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE. Test scores cannot be older than two years.

  • TOEFL Internet-based: 100
    TOEFL results must be sent directly to LUC The Hague by ETS.
    Our institution code for the TOEFL results service is 6342.
  • IELTS test: an overall score of 7.0 (at least 7.0 in each of the four components).
    For online verification of your IELTS test result you need to send us a regular photocopy of your IELTS result.
  • Cambridge Certificate: Certificate of Proficiency in English or Certificate in Advanced English grade A
    For online verification of your Cambridge test result please send us a copy of your result, your ID-number and your ‘secret number’ (check the Candidate Results Online Service).

Students who require a visa and/or residence permit to study in The Netherlands will need to submit sufficient proof of their English proficiency before 1 June (students starting in September) or 1 December (students starting in February)

Without sufficient proof of English proficiency students will not be allowed to start their studies.

Please view the following document to see if you can get exempted from taking an English proficiency test.

Mathematics proficiency requirements

As part of the Liberal Arts &Sciences programme, LUC The Hague expects all students to develop their mathematical reasoning and statistical skills. Students use these skills in the majors they study, but more importantly, throughout their career.

Students who wish to start at LUC need to have a reasonable proficiency in mathematics to successfully complete the required mathematics and statistics courses. Therefore, admission is dependent on mathematical skills.

Mathematical skills can be demonstrated by either passing a standardized test such as the SAT or ACT or meet a specific level of math taken at secondary school. Please view the specific requirements for different secondary school systems and expected standardized test results here.

Students who do not meet these requirements, but are good candidates for LUC, may still apply. These students will be required to take a diagnostic exam in their first week. Depending on the results they may have to take a remedial course in the first semester and/or a two week intensive course in January.

If you have questions regarding your mathematics level, please contact the Admissions Office:


Last Modified: 01-10-2015