Application and Selection

Are you ready to take on an extra challenge and do you think the Honours College is the right choice for you? Below, you can find information on the selection and registration procedure. See if you meet our expectations and sign up!

The selection criteria

The Honours College is an extracurricular programme for undergraduates who both want to and can take on more. For admission to the Honours College, the following selection criteria apply:

  • You are curious and motivated to commit yourself to your studies and the Honours activities;
  • You have acquired your propaedeutic diploma within one academic year; 
  • You have broad academic interests;
  • You achieve good results (generally: averaging a 7 or higher, but some HC-tracks demand a higher average)

How to apply

First year students can apply for the Honours College’s orientation module in the second semester. To do so, they must meet the selection criteria. While you cannot acquire your propaedeutic diploma until the end of your first year, we expect you to have a positive BSA (Binding Study Advice). We will also look at your academic achievements thus far.

To apply for one of the Honours Tracks, you must use this application form. Furthermore, you will have to send in a number of attachments:

  • A letter of motivation; 
  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae; 
  • A transcript of the grades of your first semester.

The letter of motivation is an essential part of your application for Honours College. It can be written in English or in Dutch, but you do have to write it yourself and it can be no longer than 500 words. The letter of motivation is your chance to show us who you are and why you would fit into the Honours College. Moreover, a good letter of motivation can act as compensation for weaker grades. Furthermore, you also need to tell us which Honours Track you would like to follow and why, how you can contribute to the Honours Community and how you think you can combine your studies and/or other activities with the Honours College.

Registration per track

HC Crossing the borders in World Archaeology
- Students of all Leiden bachelor programmes can apply for this track.
- Registration for this track will be possible in December 2017

HC Tackling Global Challenges (The Hague) (former HC Expertise in Practice: Advising on Dilemmas in Society) 
- Students of all Leiden bachelor programmes can apply for this track.
- Registration for this track will be possible in December 2017

HC Humanties Lab Expedition
- Students of all Leiden bachelor programmes can apply for this track.
- Registration for this track will be possible in December 2017.

HC Humanties Lab Solo
- Students of all Leiden bachelor programmes can apply for this track.
- Registration for this track will be possible in December 2017.

HC Science and Society
- Students of all Leiden bachelor programmes can apply for this track.
- Registration for this track will be possible in December 2017

Double Bachelor +
Registration for the Double Bachelor+ is possible until the end of your second year of studies.  Besides personal information you are also required to attach a transcript, CV and motivation letter to your online application. Registration for the Double Bachelor+ is possible until the end of your second year of studies (until September 1).

Individual track
- Students of all Leiden bachelor programmes can apply for this track.
- Registration for this track will be possible in December 2017.

Admission

Provisional admission after semester 1
At the start of your second semester you can be ‘provisionally’ admitted to your honours track. The admission is ‘provisional’, because it is not clear until the end of your first year of studies whether you have successfully completed all required courses (and thus received your propaedeutic exam). In every track, a faculty admissions committee will decide on admission.

Definitive admission after completing your first year (propaedeutic)
If you meet all criteria at the end of your first year of studies, you will be definitively admitted. You will then receive a letter concerning your admission at the beginning of October.
If you register at the end of your first year of studies, selection will take place after the results of your first year of studies are announced.

After admission

The final admission to the Honours College will take place at the end of the first year. This usually means that you will receive a letter regarding your admission to your selected track in October. If you are admitted to the Honours College we expect you to finish the entire programme worth 30 EC in three course years. The selection criteria will remain in force throughout your studies. However, for extra activities (such as studying abroad) exceptions can be made. 

Should you decide to discontinue your participation in the Honours College, you must report this as soon as possible to your Track Coordinator – also to discuss the reason(s) why you have decided to stop.

 
Last Modified: 20-09-2017