The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. Its primary aim is to undertake research on Africa and to promote a better understanding of African societies. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.
The International Institute for Asian Studies is a global humanities and social sciences institute with international programs that engage Asian and non-Asian partners. We encourage the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia within a global context.
The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies is a research institute focusing particularly on Indonesia and the former Dutch Caribbean. We work closely with Leiden University’s Library and the KITLV-Jakarta office in Indonesia, to retain Leiden’s reputation as a world-class resource centre for Southeast Asia & the Caribbean, past and present.
Museum Volkenkunde presents regularly changing exhibitions and its permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. Stories about universal human themes like mourning, celebration, conflict; stories that inspire visitors to find out more about the huge cultural diversity to be found in the world.
The Netherlands Institute for the Near East initiates, supports, and conducts scholarly research in the civilizations of the Near East from the ancient to the early modern period. We also support and advance the cultural relations between the Netherlands and the Near East. NINO has a unique collection of cuneiform tablets, books and archival materials.
Leiden University (founded 1575) has an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach in the fields of Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine, Law, Science, Governance and Global Affairs and Social and Behavioural Sciences. Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities is the national centre of archaeology where you can appreciate the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the classical world and the early Netherlands. We engage a broad public with the cultures of the ancient world and their relevance to our own times, in an inspiring, high-quality, participatory, active way.