In 1575, the Leiden University was founded by William the Silent, the oldest university in the Netherlands. Today, it is one of Europe's leading international research universities, and boasts seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, 26,900 students and 6,500 staff members. Leiden University further boasts a grand total of 16 Nobel Prize's, 19 Spinoza Prize's, and 96,000 alumni. The official motto of Leiden University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom.
- Faculty of Archeology.
- Faculty of Humanities.
- Faculty of Medicine.
- Faculty of Jurisprudence.
- Faculty of Social Sciences.
- Faculty of Mathematics and Natural sciences.
- Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.
Famous (former) students
- Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
- Queen Beatrix
- King Willem-Alexander
- John Quincy Adams , 6th President of the United States
- Baron d'Holbach , French philosopher
- King William III of England
- Enrico Fermi , Italian physicist