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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.

When can you de-register?

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.

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

  • 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.

Please note: de-registration cannot come into effect earlier and cannot be backdated!

Guest students

Contact the Student Affairs Front Office.

Contract students

Contact your programme’s Education Administration Office.

Non-examination students

As you pay tuition fees for a whole academic year, it is not possible to cancel your student registration early.  

Important next steps

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.

If you unsubscribe as a student, your university email account (uMail) and your personal data storage accounts, such as OneDrive, will be automatically deactivated and deleted.

What does this mean for you?

You will no longer have access to your uMail and personal data storage accounts. All emails and files will be deleted.

What do you need to do?

  • Transfer all your important files, emails, and contact information to an external hard drive or another online storage service.
  • Inform the university and others with whom you communicate via uMail of an alternative email address where you can be reached.
  • If you have used your uMail address as a (recovery) email address for other services, change this in good time to ensure continued access.

Do it on time

Do this within 30 days of unsubscribing. After that, your data will be deleted.


Do you have any questions or need help migrating your data? Contact the IT helpdesk.

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.

Tuition fee refund

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

  • 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.
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