Study exchange at the Institute of Public Administration

Welcome to the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University. Our institute is located in the Hague, the international city of peace and justice with the presence of many international organizations, and the seat of the government of the Netherlands. The institute enrolls over 1,000 students in its Bachelor, Master and PhD programs.

Bachelor students

Our Erasmus partner universities are:

  • University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Kassel University, Germany
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
  • Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • University of Catania, Italy
  • Istanbul University, Turkey
We welcome exchange students in the autumn semester (September – December/January). The Institute offers the following courses in English.

Subject to agreement with the Erasmus coordinator, students can follow some courses in other study programs, such as in the International Studies in The Hague or in other programs in Leiden (see the course catalogue: e-prospectus). Students are obliged to take at least 15 ECTS within the Institute of Public Administration.

Master students

Our institute is part of the EMPA network. We welcome students either in the fall (September – December/January) or spring semester from our partner universities.

Our master program Master in Public Administration is in English and it offers three specializations: International & European Governance, Economics & Governance, and Public Management. EMPA students can take any course in our regular program with few exceptions (e.g. thesis writing seminar, methods courses).  

The courses offered  can be found through the electronic course catalogue, the e-prospectus. Students who have sufficient level of Dutch proficiency can also take courses from the MSc in Management van de Publieke Sector.

How to apply

Location: Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

Location: Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

Please apply through our online application system.

You will need to apply through this online system. When you do so, you will be asked to print out a Nomination Form. Your coordinator can fill it out, sign and stamp it. You can then scan the form and upload it through the online application.

Our website contains detailed information about the application procedure, as well as housing, university facilities and more.
The official deadline for housing is June 1st, but we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible as applications are handled ‘first come…’.

Please do not hesitate to contact our study advisors if you have any questions! 


Autumn semester for all incoming exchange students:
Please keep to the following deadlines. Early applications are encouraged.  

Deadline application: April 1st
Deadline housing: June 1st

Spring semester for EMPA students only:
Deadline application: October 15th
Deadline housing: November 15th


Last Modified: 23-03-2016