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NETHERLANDS - Athletes Abroad: Webster University in Leiden

Lake Forest College wants to encourage its dual-season and winter-sport varsity athletes to participate in study abroad programs, without having to give up their sport.  For this reason, we are working with several of Webster University’s programs abroad, which allow those students to study for a single term in one of the several locations, while still bringing their financial aid. 

One of the Netherlands best kept secrets, Leiden is a charming university town known for its welcoming student-centered atmosphere, its affordable public transportation and its many museums and galleries. It is a city with a rich past and a bright future–where you see lofty windmills, bicycles, picturesque canals and charming buildings all in one place. Located halfway between the seat of government The Hague and the capital Amsterdam; Leiden is easily accessible and it is possible to travel either by train or car to any destination in Europe. Whether you fancy the arts, nature or sports, you will feel right at home.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Participant in a dual-season or winter-season varsity sport at Lake Forest College
  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. (Transfer students may participate after the first semester on campus)  Junior status or higher is strongly preferred.
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.  

Leiden, boasting a rich cultural and commercial history, is famous for its canals, quaint alleyways and national museums. Leiden’s vibrant city center offers a wide variety of shops, cafés, and museums. The city is also located within a short distance from major cities such as The Hague and Amsterdam. And, if you ever need a break from the city, remember that Leiden is only 20 minutes away from several beautiful North Sea beaches.


When you choose to study at Webster Leiden, you are joining students from 45 different nationalities in an ideal, student-centered environment that focus on personalized learning. Small class sizes ensure that it is easy to build relationships with your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff. Students can choose to take courses specific to their academic major or courses from the Global Citizenship Program (GCP), Webster’s globally-focused general education program. GCP courses are regularly offered at Webster Leiden, allowing for a vast selection of general education courses. This includes courses in accounting, anthropology, art history, business, economics, history, international relations, journalism, mathematics, music, psychology, media communications, and much more! 


More information on courses can be found on the Webster Leiden website

Student Life

Students contribute enormously to Webster’s vibrant campus and community through the generous volunteering of their time and energy for various activities and events.For example, students can help out with annual events such as the Graduation Ceremony, BBQ’s, Thanksgiving dinner, Holiday Evenings, SGA events, European Webster football tournament, Community Service Day and others. The Student Services team at Webster Leiden can help you make the most of being in Leiden with information on the local area, activities, and events across the city!

Housing and Meals

Student-athletes may be eligible to live on Lake Forest’s campus during their sports season, even if they are planning to study abroad that term. To maintain eligibility to live on campus, students must apply to Residence Life in advance, and meet these conditions:

  • Students need to have a clear judicial record. 
  • Students must take a minimum .5 credits on campus, as a tutorial or other partial-credit course offered in the regular course schedule.  Students would be responsible for finding a professor to sponsor a tutorial.  Partial credit options with flexible scheduling can often be found in applied music and theater.
  • Students must outline how they will spend their time without a full course load while on campus, whether it is volunteering with a student organization, with a professor’s research, or part-time work.  This is to ensure they will not be a disruption to their peers.
  • Students must choose only from available rooms after full-time students have selected their rooms.  They will pay for their rooms on a pro-rated basis.  If they are living in campus housing, they must also have a meal plan.

On-campus housing at Lake Forest is not guaranteed.  Contact Stacy Oliver-Sikorski during the study abroad application process to apply.

Students may also choose to live at home, if eligible, prior to departing on their study abroad program.

Study abroad students in Leiden are housed in the Living and Learning Center (LLC), in the heart of the city, located across the street from the main campus building. The residence was built in 1929 in typical “Delft-style” architecture and sits on the banks of the De Rijn. The LLC contains 50 private, fully furnished studio apartments, onsite laundry, teaching facilities, a private courtyard, a workout center, an art gallery and a student lounge.



  • Student common room with public snack vending machine, microwaves, fridge, LCD screen, public wi-fi
  • Secure bicycle storage area
  • Cable internet
  • Workout area
  • Onsite laundry facilities
  • In-room internet access (via Ethernet cord)
  • Beautiful enclosed courtyard
  • Close to campus- just 100 steps away!


All Webster University Leiden accommodations are fully furnished with a bed, a desk, closet, a comfortable chair or couch, kitchenware, and cookware. Second-hand bed linens and blankets are provided for study abroad students. Webster-Leiden does not provide electronics products, toiletries or personal care products.

Although there is no meal plan or cafeteria available, all rooms are equipped with a kitchenette and there are many restaurants and cafés near campus. More information on housing can be found here

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a single term (1/2 semester) to Webster University-Leiden includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, and housing.  Meals are not included.

In addition, if you are approved by Residence Life to live on campus during the other half of the semester, there will be a pro-rated charge for housing, meals, and fees that are not included in this estimate.    

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:

Budget Item



Lake Forest College Tuition


Pro-rated fee for housing, meals, and student fees while living on campus (estimated, and depends on your housing choice and length of time on campus)

If you are living at home during the other half of the semester, this fee will decrease to include only pro-rated student fees.


Program fee for single term during semester


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


Meals While in Leiden 


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office