About the Honours Classes

Each year Leiden University organises Honours Classes for ambitious and motivated undergraduate students. The topics of the Honours Classes are wide ranging with a focus on interdisciplinarity. In the academic year 2016-2017, over 40 Honours Classes will be offered.

What is an Honours Class?

An Honours Class is a short course worth 5 EC-points (about 8 lectures), usually given in English, and taught by various top academics in the national and international field. Honours Classes are taught during semester 1 and 2, and in the summer as Summer Class. For an impression of what students and teachers think of the Honours Class, you can view the video below.

Honours College students

The Honours Class as an interdisciplinary module is obligatory for all Honours College students. Honours students can either follow an Honours Class in their second year (during the second semester or the summer) or in their third year.

The chosen Honours Class is part of the student's Honours College programme and will be mentioned on the Honours College certificate that will be awarded after completion of the entire track. Therefore, honours students do not receive a seperate certificate at the end of the Class.

Non-Honours students

Non-Honours College students are also eligible to take an Honours Class in their third year provided they have gained good results in their studies up to that point and provided they are sufficiently motivated to attend an extra-curricular class of 5 EC. Seeing as an Honours Class is an extra-curricular programme, the EC gained cannot be included in your regular bachelor programme but the credits will remain extra-curricular. At the end of the Class, you will be rewarded with a certificate.

How to apply

You can apply for an Honours Class by completing the application form where you need to motivate your choice for the specific Honours Class. Registration is open during a short time in the year, once for semester 1 and once for semester 2. Your application will be assessed by the coordinator of the Honours Class of your choice.

Last Modified: 23-06-2016