Leiden University has been making a prominent contribution to prosperity, well-being and culture since 1575, in a climate where every individual can develop his or her talents free from any ideological, cultural, religious or other limitations. Leiden is both small scale and personal. Leiden University collaborates with prominent universities in the League of European Research Universities. Discover our freedom of spirit, embodied daily by critical students, researchers and staff members. Leiden University: an inspiring work environment with an academic tradition.