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The excursions and extracurricular activities were great ways to be immersed in the Dutch and European culture.
– Sara Allen
Central College

academic program/courses

The Central College Abroad program in Leiden offers a wide selection of courses through local Dutch instructors and two affiliate universities. A normal course load is 12-17 credit hours. Our academic program is broken down into five areas:

Just like their home institutions, students can choose the right combination of courses to complete their academic schedule. Most courses carry three or four semester hour credits. As part of the culture course students will participate in an integration activity that draws upon their own interests. Students have joined local sports teams, a university club or organization.

Culture course

The culture course is facilitated by the assistant director and serves as the foundation for your academic program, providing cultural and historical context.

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Dutch language course

The Intensive Dutch language course is required for all beginning language students during the two and a half week orientation period.

This course is counted as fall or spring credit and may transfer as either a letter grade or pass/no credit, on request of the student, prior to the beginning of the course.


Central College Abroad courses

Central College Abroad elective courses are taught at the Central College Abroad center and range in areas from history to art. Central College Abroad’s electives in drawing, art and architecture, and photography are popular choices each semester. These courses are taught in English by local professors.

Dutch language electives:

Other electives:

Courses are offered for one to three credits.

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Affiliate university electives

Students have a very unique academic and immersion opportunity to enroll in up to two courses alongside Dutch and international students at local universities. Choose from Webster University or Leiden University. Between the two universities, there is a wide variety of coursework in English to choose from. Please see our affiliate universities information to learn more about the academic opportunities at these universities.

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Internships and Service-learning

On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either an internship or a service-learning option, both for academic credit. Central College Abroad programs offer these experiences as a way to more fully immerse yourself in the culture. Please see our section on internships and service-learning to discover your hands-on options.

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