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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international Honours College of Leiden University, offering an innovative and cutting-edge Liberal Arts & Sciences programme to highly talented and motivated students from all over the world. LUC is located in The Hague and offers a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences that focus on today's Global Challenges: Peace and Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity and Diversity.



Note: 180EC is required to be able to graduate. One of the four elective classes the student takes during the first-year should count towards the eventual Major, Minor/Electives component, or Global Citizenship.

Graduation requirements for students who first enrolled at LUC before 2018-2019 are different. In short, the graduation requirements for those students are:

First-year compulsory courses (45EC)
First-year elective courses (15EC)
Major (80EC)
Minor, Electives, or Semester Abroad (30EC)
Global Citizenship (10EC)


  • the standard course load is 15 EC per block.

  • students have the option to go abroad for a semester, provided they are in good academic standing; this semester abroad should ideally take place in the first semester of the third year and its courses typically count towards the 30EC elective component.

Important Acronyms

EES: Earth, Energy, and Sustainability
GED: Governance, Economics, and Development
GPH: Global Public Health
HD: Human Diversity
IJ: International Justice
WP: World Politics

SBE: Social & Business Entrepreneurship
GS: Gender Studies
J: Journalism
L: Languages
PHIL: Philosophy
PSY: Psychology

GC: Global Citizenship

Year 1


Global Challenges
Please note that per 2020-2021, the four Global Challenges courses have switched blocks. GC: Diversity is now offered in Block 1, GC: Peace & Justice in Block 3, and GC: Prosperity during Block 4. GC: Sustainability remains in Block 2. The three documents linked below still list the courses in their previous blocks, but otherwise the information remains the same.

  • An overview of the links between the different Global Challenges courses is available here.

  • An overview of the content of Global Challenges courses is available here;

  • An overview of the connections between the Global Challenges courses and the skills courses is available here;

General Information Year 1 Programme
The first-year programme also allows students to enroll in four 5EC elective courses, one in Block 2, two in Block 3, and one again in Block 4. These courses represent an ideal opportunity for students to explore other facets of the academic programme not represented in the compulsory part the first-year programme. Grades received in optional courses in the first year will not count towards the graduating GPA (but will count towards the cumulative GPA), although the credits may be used towards fulfilling the 85EC or 30EC requirement for a Major or Minor, respectively. As their first-year elective courses, students may select any of the 100-level courses below.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory courses

Academic Writing 5
Global Challenges: Diversity 5
History of Philosophy 5
Introduction to Statistics 5
Global Challenges: Sustainability 5
Global Challenges: Peace & Justice 5
Global Challenges: Prosperity 5
Mathematical Modeling 5
Mathematical Reasoning 5
Mathematical Reasoning (2019-2020) 5

Elective courses (please note first-years cannot take an elective in Block 1)

Institutions of Governance & Development 5
Introduction to International Relations & Diplomacy 5
Introduction to Comparative Politics 5
Principles of Economics 5
Principles of Public International Law 5
Calculus 5
Sociolinguistics 5
The World of Entrepreneurs 5
Energy & Resource Management 5
What is Culture? 5
Introduction to Globalization & Transnational Politics 5
Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies 5
Birth of the Modern World 5
Sovereignty & Statehood 5
Social Determinants of Health 5
Comparative Justice Systems 5
Introduction to Logic & Epistemology 5
Introduction to Psychology 5
Media & Communication Theory 5
Creative Writing 5
Earth System Science 5
Social Theory in Everyday Life 5
Biology 5
Health Systems & Management 5
Introduction to Gender Studies 5
Business Model Generation 5
Essentials of Journalism 5
Health, Society & History 5
Introduction to Epidemiology & Global Public Health 5
Introduction to Programming 5
Sharing Scarcity: The Commons 5
Sharing Scarcity: Water 5
Environmental Science 5
Foundational Texts in Governance, Economics & Development 5
Introduction to Socio-legal Studies 5
Women, Human Rights & World Religions 5
Chemistry 5
Historical Approaches: Environmentalisms Rich and Poor 5
Philosophies of the World 5



The following Majors are offered at LUC:



Apart from the Year 1 elective courses, there is an additional electives component amounting to 30EC worth of courses. Students can use this elective space to either take a Minor, take a set of elective courses, or take a Semester Abroad.

Students may complete a Minor in one of the following four ways:

Instead of doing a Minor, it is also possible to take 30EC of electives. This option requires a set of elective courses (30EC) within the context of the individual study plan. Do note that a maximum of 15 EC of post-first-year 100-level courses may be used towards the 30EC elective space. The selection of courses should be in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and/or study advisor. Any course of a Major or Minor can be taken as an elective. It's also possible to take an external (i.e. non-LUC) class, but in that case you will need permission from the Board of Examiners to include the course in your programme.

Semester Abroad
Student can use the 30 EC elective space to go on a Semester Abroad. For more information, please visit our website.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Teaching Assistant Internship at Leiden University College 5
Urban Studies 5
Creative Writing 5
Great Books: Modern Totalitarian Dictatorship as Depicted in Great Literary Works 5
Introduction to Programming 5
Advanced Programming 5
Masterpieces of Cinema 5


The Global Citizenship component offers students various options to develop their cross-cultural communication and reflection skills, and increase their appreciation of cultural and social diversity. This can be done by learning another language, participating in a community project, or by taking classes on citizenship and urban studies. Each path aims to increase the understanding of and communication with people from other cultures.

Within the Global Citizenship component (10EC) students have several options:

Note: language classes, the SPOC, and College Project are semester-long courses and therefore run for the duration of the semester, i.e. Blocks 1+2 or Blocks 3+4.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
French - Beginners 10
Spanish - Beginners 10
The College Project: Higher Education in a Turbulent Time 10
SPOC: Development Project Management (Semester 1) 10
Arabic - Beginners 10
French - Intermediate 10
Russian - Beginners 10
Spanish - Intermediate 10
Dutch - Beginners 10
French - Elementary 10
Spanish - Elementary 10
SPOC: Development Project Management (Semester 2) 10
Postcolonial World 10

Research Clinics

Research Clinics (5 ECTS) introduce students to academic research by engaging them in ongoing research projects of LUC staff members. Students are invited to participate within various stages of a project, ranging from the set-up or the application for research grants, over the gathering of data and the drafting of findings, to the final polishing of a text and preparing it for publication.


Depends on clinic, see links below. While any clinic can be used as an elective class within a student's elective space, some clinics can also be used towards (a) particular Major(s).” Please note students can use only one research clinic towards the 180 ECTS necessary to graduate. Any additional clinics will count as extracurricular activities.

Level and ECTS

All clinics are offered at the 200-level and generate 5 ECTS.

Admissions requirements

  • Academic writing (or equivalent)

  • Other requirements may be in place for specific research projects.

  • Second or third year students only


Please submit a short motivation on why you want to participate in the clinic of your choice to The clinic instructors will select the students for their own clinics.

The deadline to submit your motivation is Sunday 3 January 2021 for Semester 2 research clinics!

Clinics, Semester 2, 2020-2021

Note that any clinic may count as an elective class; it may only count towards your Major if the clinic is listed below as being part of your Major. If the clinic is only listed as "elective", it may only count towards your elective space.


Governance, Economics & Development

International Justice

Word Politics

Clinics, Semester 1, 2020-2021

Note that any clinic may count as an elective class; it may only count towards your Major if the clinic is listed below as being part of your Major. If the clinic is only listed as "elective", it may only count towards your elective space.


Earth, Energy & Sustainability

Global Public Health

Governance, Economics & Development

Human Diversity

International Justice

World Politics

Course objectives

After having successfully completed this course, students will have be proficient in one or more of the following course objectives to be able to :

  • formulate research questions and structure a collective project;

  • draft and revise an academic text of high quality;

  • utilize specific research skills and methodologies in the context of a larger research question,

  • cooperate in a research team.

As such, this course provides excellent preparation for students’ Capstone projects as well as later academic research at graduate or post-graduate level.


Once accepted for a clinic, students should check with the clinic coordinator about meeting times.

Mode of instruction

Each student is expected to meet with her/his project leader regularly to discuss her/his progress, receive feedback on earlier work, ask questions and outline further assignments.

Individual project leaders may require additional meetings during which students can be asked to give presentations to all project participants. Project leaders may also ask students to attend specialist lectures, seminars or conferences – insofar as relevant for the project.

Important: students are expected to keep a log of their activities, detailing per hour spent on the project what they have accomplished.


Participation during research clinic meetings
Weekly assignments
Keeping a research log

Note that all assignments as well as the final grade for the clinic will be stated as Pass/Fail.


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact



**Note that fall 2020 exchange semester is cancelled. Please contact your exchange officer for further details. **

Are you an international student and interested in spending a semester or a year studying at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague? This page contains all the relevant information on course offerings for incoming exchange students.

For general information about LUC’s unique character and structure within Leiden University as well as the application criteria please visit the LUC The Hague website for incoming exchange.

LUC Exchange students may select any course offered at LUC. However, please do take into account the following:

  • LUC maintains a maximum of 20 students per course. This means your enrolment in any specific course cannot be guaranteed. Courses will be allocated about a month before the start of the autumn semester and about two weeks before the start of the spring semester (due to the winter holidays). For more information please refer to LUC’s website for incoming exchange.

  • Some courses may have prerequisites, which are indicated in the course descriptions listed in this e-Prospectus. If you are worried you might not meet these prerequisites, please contact the listed course instructor.

  • Please realise that choosing LUC as your semester abroad destination means you take up all of your courses at LUC.

At LUC, all courses are part of different Majors and Minors. As an exchange student, you will not complete the entire academic programme; the Majors and Minors therefore do not directly apply to you. Nevertheless, they might come in handy when choosing your courses, as it will allow you to search those courses that correspond to your academic interests.

Please find below and overview of the different Majors and Minors. Follow the links to see an overview of the different courses which are part of the Majors and Minors.



In addition to the courses which are part of the different Majors and Minors, there are also courses which are part of the compulsory (for degree-seeking LUC students) first-year programme and so-called Global Citizenship courses. All these courses are open to incoming exchange students as well.

The first-year courses fall under the broad categories of Global Challenges, General Education, and Academic Skills. Please click here to find the course descriptions of the first-year courses (scroll down and find courses listed as ‘Compulsory Year 1 courses’).

There are various types of Global Citizenship courses: semester-long language courses (in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Russian, and Spanish), a Field Course in East Africa and The Netherlands, the Urban Studies course, the Paradoxes of Citizenship course, the SPOC: Development Project Management, and the Community Project. Click here for an overview of the Global Citizenship courses.

For the timetables and the Student Handbook (which contains information on attendance, the grading policy, etc.), please click here.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Exchange @ Leiden University College (30 ECTS) 30


Timetables, courses:

Timetables, exams:

Please note: exam timetables will be published during Week 2 or Week 3 of the relevant block.

Student Handbook
The Student Handbook contains information on practical matters, but also the Course & Examination Regulations, which includes the Grading Policy, Exam protocol, etc. The Student Handbook will be published at the start of the academic year.

Link Student Handbook 2020-2021