HOVO (University of the Third Age, U3A)

HOVO organises academic courses for people who are 50 years and older. These courses do not result in a diploma, nor do they train participants for a profession.

This means that there is ample opportunity for learners to pursue their personal interests. People attend HOVO courses because they enjoy them, for their personal growth, to keep up with current ideas, and to exercise their minds.

Courses consist of between six and twelve sessions for groups of some 40 attendees. In many cases, the teachers are former lecturers of Leiden University.


Visiting address 
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
The Netherlands
Postal address
PO Box 9500
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 (0)71 527 7299 (Monday-Thursday: 10.00-13.00)
Email: hovo@sea.leidenuniv.nl
Website: www.hovo.leidenuniv.nl/ (in Dutch)

Head of the department

Laetitia Smit, M.A.
Telephone: +31 (0)71 527 7297


Yvonne Leunissen, M.A., Course organisation
Telephone: +31 (0)71 527 5239

Annette Lips, Accounting & participant administration 
Telephone: +31 (0)71 527 6657 

HOVO committee

The committee of the HOVO monitors the quality of the teaching offered in the courses, and contributes to the programme of the lectures. The committee has been made up of the following members:

  • prof. dr. E.P. Bos (chairman)

  • mw. prof. dr. I.A. van Berckelaer-Onnes

  • prof. dr. ir. J.A.M. Bleeker

  • prof. dr. E. van der Meijden

  • prof. dr. R.B. Halbertsma

  • mw. drs. J.M.H. van der Tak-Aschoff

  • prof. dr. G. Nienhuis

  • prof. mr. W.J. Zwalve

  • prof. dr. R.P. de Vries

More information

Detailed information about courses and office locations can be found on the about HOVO page (in Dutch).

Last Modified: 24-11-2015