Psychology (BSc) – Leiden University

Please note that as of 2019-2020, Leiden University’s BSc programme in Psychology will accept a limited number of students. Make sure to consult the Admission & Application pages for the practical consequences of International Bachelor in Psychology becoming a Selection & Placement (Numerus Fixus) programme. We advise you to apply early, preferably before the 15th of December.

Anu Johanna Haapala

Senior Student

Anu Johanna Haapala

I find it great that we learn so much in a relatively short period of time – and that I am capable of taking all that information in.

In my opinion, IBP is a very demanding and time-consuming program, but what surprised me is the way your brain adapts to such way of studying.

I was also surprised about how interactive the Dutch teaching style is, and how the students on IBP willingly participate at workgroups but also at lectures. That creates great discussions and also allows you to get to know your class mates better. I have a feeling that everyone feels comfortable expressing their opinions, which is very freeing.

I like the fact that when we’re in the halfway of our studying, we get to select our own direction and start selecting courses that we find most interesting. Before that, you get a broad overview of different sub-areas of psychology and then you can basically concentrate on what you think you wanna do in the future. (But it’s also really good that we need to select three specialization courses, so you don’t focus on just one thing and shut the other options out.)

I’ve now been here for two years and I’ve achieved expert-level knowledge and I have a quite clear idea of what I want to do in the future and what kinds of opportunities I have. The interactive teaching style that is used throughout the program also allows one to learn social skills and work with people from different cultural background. My English skills, both verbal and written, have improved significantly. I used to be really nervous when I had to give presentations in English, but since we have to do it so much at the university, nowadays it’s pretty much a piece of cake. 😉

I believe all these skills will be useful later in life; in work life, for sure, but not only there. I’m very happy that I ended up studying in the Netherlands and in Leiden!


Janice Sandjojo

What are the lectures of Janice Sandjojo like?

Janice Sandjojo

I use a lot of case examples coming from clinical practice in my lectures and work groups. I work as a psychologist in a rehabilitation centre as well, so I can share my practical experience in the classroom.

Also, I show videos of people who suffer from brain damage caused by traffic accidents. What kind of questions do you ask when doing a neuropsychological assessment? How can you help them to recover?

Alyson Henry

First year student

Alyson Henry

I like the course bio-neuropsychology, probably because of my biology background. The course teaches you about the brain: anatomy and how internal processes influence behavior and psychological disorders.

I like the study so far. I like the international environment. There are a lot of people from all over the world.

Courses sometimes have several lecturers so that we are always hearing from a specialist on the topic of that day. The professors are quite proficient in English with an occasional native level speaker.

Why study Psychology?

Would you like to know why a conflict arises among your friends or why your grandmother with Alzheimer’s keeps forgetting who you are? Why do we behave differently when we’re in a group? What can we do about depression? These are questions psychologists try to find answers to. And the best thing is, most psychological topics are applicable to your own life.

Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you always wonder what’s behind your first impression of someone? Then studying Psychology may be just the right choice for you!

If you are interested in this programme in Dutch, you can read more about it here.

Why the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden?

If you choose the International Bachelor in Psychology at Leiden you will:

  • be able to specialise or keep a broad orientation;

  • work closely with inspiring researchers in an international classroom;

  • focus on your career prospects from the start of the programme

Do you want to learn more about studying Psychology in Leiden? Check: Why Leiden University?

Does this study fit you?

What do you need to be able to study Psychology?

  • You are no doubt interested in people’s behaviour, but you also need to be aware that Psychology is a science. This means you will be trained to look at things from different perspectives and be as objective as possible.
  • Being good at observing people and listening to them is important for a psychologist.
  • You have it in you to think systematically and analytically, and to reason clearly. Psychology is a fitting field for people with inquisitive minds.
  • A feeling for language helps as you will need to understand, speak and write in English.

Look here for information on admission and application.

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Do you have a question about student life in Leiden, studying at Leiden University or do you want more information about the IBP programme? You can get in contact with a student directly!