The University of Winchester has entered a partnership with Leiden University in the Netherlands.

This new affiliation offers Winchester's BA English Literature students the opportunity to spend a semester at Leiden.

Established in 1575, Leiden is a renowned international research institution. Its Arts and Humanities courses are ranked 26th globally by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It has approximately 33,000 students of more than 100 nationalities.

The university, which has branches in Leiden and The Hague, is looking forward to its 450th anniversary in 2025. Its alumni include Nobel laureate Enrico Fermi and former US president John Quincy Adams.

The partnership with Leiden was set up by Glenn Fosbraey, associate dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

He said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our BA English Literature students. To study at a university with such international pedigree in such beautiful and historic setting will be an experience they will never forget."

Dr Michael Newton, lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, said: "The staff and students at the English Department at Leiden University look forward to welcoming visiting Winchester students!"