Going abroad independently
Instead of going on exchange, you could choose to go abroad independently. This is an option if you want to go to a destination that doesn’t have an exchange agreement with Leiden University, or if you missed out on an exchange place.
Students who go abroad independently are known as ‘free movers’. As a free mover you will need to make a lot of arrangements yourself. Important considerations are:
- Safe destination
You may not go on exchange in a country for which negative travel advice has been issued. Visit the Health and safety page for more information.
- Double tuition fees
As a free mover, you will have to pay tuition fees to your host university, whilst also remaining registered and paying tuition fees at Leiden University.
- Arrange your own application
As a free mover you must arrange your own application to the university abroad. Leiden University is unable to assist you with your application.