University of Applied Sciences Leiden

University of Applied Sciences Leiden

The Dutch education system features two types of institution of higher education: research universities and universities of applied sciences. UAS Leiden is a university of applied sciences.

We offer Bachelor's and Master's programmes, minors and (post-graduate) courses and we perform applied research in a variety of domains ranging from healthcare and social work to economics, and from technology to education. Our education is focused on competencies, offers freedom of choice and challenges students to realise their potential. We encourage and support students in developing their knowledge and skills so that they are well prepared for their future careers.

Faculties and programmes

UAS Leiden offers Bachelor's programmes, Master's programmes, English Minors, (post-graduate) courses, associate degree programmes and other types of education in five faculties:

  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Social Work and Applied Psychology
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Management and Business
  • Faculty of Science & Technology

Applied research

UAS Leiden has associate professors (lectoren in Dutch). These associated professors occupy chairs, and are at the centre of a network referred to as a    kenniskring (or 'knowledge circle'). Our associate professors conduct applied research in a specific area of expertise and maintain contacts with the relevant branch of business or industry. The areas of expertise of our 12 associate professors are Anthroposophical Healthcare, Mental Healthcare, Inclusive Education, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Innovative Molecular Diagnostics, Youth Care and Youth Policy, People with Chronic Illnesses, Talent Management and Future Research in ICT, Nature and Development Child, Professionalism and Productivity, and PR & Social Media.


Following the submission of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and based on our latest performance within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, University of Applied Sciences Leiden has been successfully assessed by the National Agency for Erasmus+ (EP-Nuffic). The European Commission has therefore decided to award us with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) ( pdf, 915 KB ) for the entire period of the Erasmus+ Programme which runs from 2021-2027.

As a participant in the Erasmus+ programme, UAS Leiden currently cooperates with a large number of institutions for higher education throughout Europe. Students from foreign education institutions with which we have an exchange agreement are welcome to come to UAS Leiden to participate in our English-taught minors.

Read more about Erasmus+

International Students in Dutch Higher Education Code of Conduct

The purpose of this code is to serve as a quality tool in facilitating the ambitions of the Dutch government and the Dutch education institutions to establish the Netherlands as an attractive education and development destination for international students. UAS Leiden has signed this code. On the website of the Code of Conduct you will find two videos, the first is an introduction to the code and the second describes the complaint procedure. Anyhow, quality ( pdf, 170 KB ) is an important theme at UAS Leiden.

Projects in the field of development cooperation

Our institution is a centre of expertise with regard to  development cooperation in tertiary education. Since 1995 we have been active in a number of countries, including Guatemala, Uganda, Indonesia, South Africa and Ghana. We cooperate with education institutions in these countries and other consortium partners in "training-the-trainers", thus strengthening and building capacity in education in developing countries.