GI-Bill Benefits, US Department of Veteran Affairs

Leiden University is participating in the GI-Bill Benefits programme which is provided by the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

Which programmes?

Currently the following programmes are listed and approved for the GI-Bill Benefits:

  • BA Liberal Arts & Sciences, specialisation: Global Challenges

  • BA International Studies

  • MA Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

  • MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations

  • MA International Relations

  • Research Master programme in Psychology, specialisation: Clinical and Health Psychology 

It is possible to submit a request for the GI-Bill Benefit for a study programme that is not yet listed. However, the process for the approval of the study programme by the US Department of Veteran Affairs can take up to 1 – 9 months and only after a student has been admitted to a study programme at Leiden University.

Application procedure at Leiden University





Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden  University

1 April ( Autumn intake)
1 February (Spring intake)



Upload all necessary documents


Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the GI-Bill Benefits on the scholarship page


Submit your online application and pay the application fee

Application procedure at Veteran Affairs Department




In case you have been admitted to the study programme, follow the GI-Bill Benefit application procedures as set by the US Veteran Affairs Department: Finding a school

Check the VA website


US Veteran Affairs Department reviews the GI-Bill Benefit applications and will inform the student and Leiden University about their decision.



Contact Leiden University: Email address 


The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above before the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

Please note

One of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands is that students must submit proof that they have sufficient financial means to finance their study period in the Netherlands. Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €10,000 to €15,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation. How much money students actually spend will of course depend on their life style and spending habits.

Last Modified: 20-04-2015