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De-registering as a student

Your student registration will expire automatically at the end of the academic year. However, if you end your study programme earlier, you must cancel your student registration. Do so as quickly as possible in case you are eligible for a partial refund of tuition fees. Remember that de-registration can have consequences for your student finance and housing


Your student registration will not be automatically cancelled upon graduation. Instead, you can choose to request de-registration via Studielink once you are informed that you have met all requirements for graduation. Read more about graduation procedures.

Discontinuing your studies

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to discontinue your studies and de-register. For example, you no longer want to follow the programme, you wish to avoid being issued with negative binding study advice, or circumstances are preventing you from studying. Always speak to your study adviser in advance. Also see the information on study delay due to exceptional circumstances

How to de-register

Bachelor’s and master’s students

Bachelor’s and Master’s students can de-register via Studielink by taking the following steps:

  • Log into Studielink
  • Choose the study programme for which you want to de-register
  • Select the red button ‘Terminate enrolment’
  • Select your ‘Reason’ for termination, i.e. ‘Graduation’, or if you are discontinuing ‘Termination of enrolment’
  • If applicable, enter any ‘Additional information’ you think is relevant
When will my de-registration come into effect?

After submitting a ‘termination of enrolment’ request in Studielink, your de-registration will come into effect as follows:

  • De-registration due to graduation: your de-registration will come into effect on the first day of the month following the date your graduation is recorded in uSis.
  • De-registering for other reasons: your de-registration will come into effect on the first day of the following month.

De-registration cannot come into effect earlier and cannot be backdated!

Non-degree students

For non-degree students, other procedures apply. You can request de-registration as follows:  

Tuition fee refund if applicable

Once you request de-registration, we will verify whether you are entitled to a (partial) refund of tuition fees.  Be aware that:

  • Tuition fees will not be refunded for the period 1 June to 31 August. In other words, if you cancel your student registration later than 31 May.
  • You can only receive a tuition fee refund (if applicable) if you are no longer registered as a student of Leiden University, on any degree programme.

Other consequences of de-registration

Dutch student finance

If you are no longer a student, you must cancel your Dutch student finance and travel pass with DUO. This will not happen automatically upon de-registration with Leiden University. If you are aged 30 or older, you will no longer be able to reactivate your student finance and travel pass. 

Student housing

Most student housing contracts state that you must vacate your room within a few months of ending your studies. If you are renting via DUWO, you (or your educational institution) will be asked to submit proof of your student registration once a year.

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