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What will I learn?

Archaeology in Leiden encompasses the study of societies, cultures, and human behaviour from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them. With our mix of education and research you lay a strong foundation for an international career in archaeology or heritage management.

Why study Archaeology?

Make a meaningful contribution to our knowledge of humankind by studying the activities and behaviour of people from the past. With learning's from history, you will gain new insights into our present-day world. You will look at contemporary issues like migration, globalization, and climate change through an archaeological lenses. With this unique angle, you may contribute to the public debate.

Depending on your preferences, you may also immerse yourself in the role of heritage in society. You will think about the future and the preservation of heritage, and you will gain experience with heritage policy. Furthermore, you will explore current issues, for example the role of cultural heritage within migrant communities.

After the first semester of your first year, you will choose one of the following specialisations:

  • Heritage and Society
  • World Archaeology

Furthermore, the programme offers:

  • a strong, global emphasis, with wide networks in international research;
  • excellent facilities in the heart of Leiden’s academic community;
  • English language teaching by enthusiastic lecturers;
  • a lively and sociable study association.

Why Leiden University?

High-quality education by talented lecturers and renowned researchers, international fieldwork internships, and practicals in ultramodern laboratories: the bachelor's programme in Archaeology at Leiden University offers you the perfect basis for a successful career.

Six reasons why you should study Archaeology in Leiden

  • Familiarise yourself with all aspects of archaeology: from the newest technological innovations to related disciplines, like ecology, geology, statistics, and anthropology. After graduation you will be widely employable.
  • Benefit from the wide choice of regional specialisations, from the Near East to Central America. Or dive into heritage issues with the new specialisation in Heritage and Society.
  • Profit from our personal and challenging education programme by inspiring lecturers and experienced researchers. Get the best out of yourself in our small-scale classes and under intensive supervision.
  • Gain knowledge as well as practical experience in our many-sided programme. After graduation you are widely employable in a variety of international positions in government, business, research or museums.
  • Bring your learning's into practice right away by joining on-going research projects.
  • Join our lively and social study association Terra.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Archaeology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€10,716.00 (8,65,590) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants can be admitted with an equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic modules only. Minimum score of 6.5 overall; The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score of 90 overall (internet based). Original test results should be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service, Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A-C) or CPE/CAE 180. Cambridge A-Levels in three general, academic subjects with grades A-C. Must have High School Diploma, College Preparatory programme with: A minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0, and Three College Board APs (grades 4-5) in different subjects (not accepted are: AP studio Art, AP Capstone, AP Research, or AP Seminar). When applying, please upload your SAT (or ACT) exam scores, College Board results and information on your schools accreditation. In exceptional cases, if sufficient AP scores and/or GPA cannot be submitted, SAT general scores > 1200 (or ACT composite scores > 28), may be taken into account.

For international students

Students must have an equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma.

Leiden University accepts three kinds of official tests:

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic modules only. Minimum score of 6.5.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores is 90 (internet based).
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A-C) or CPE/CAE 180.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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