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Course and exam enrolment

You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or your faculty's education administration office.

Take a look under your faculty or study programme tab for further information. If you have any questions, please contact your education administration office


Do you have a question about uSis? If so, please consult our FAQs or send a mail to the uSis web editors

Bachelor and Master students must register in uSis for courses. Attendance is only mandatory for first-year courses, unless otherwise stated in the course description. All programme schedules can be found in uSis.

Note: Students of LLM Advanced study programmes are not required to register for courses or exams in uSis.

Registration for seminars (workgroups) and lectures

You can register in uSis 28 days before the start of the course. Only after registration it will show on your calender in uSis.

Note: you have access right to register for only the courses of the master’s programme for which you have been admitted and registered.
Registration for these is through uSis.

  1. Log in to uSis, click on ‘Enroll’ and next on ‘Enroll by entering the class number’;
  2. Check the workgroup schedule to find the class number and/or  the lecture schedule to find the activity number;
  3. Enter the ‘Class/act.nr.’ in uSis;
  4. Complete your registration via your shopping cart;
  5. A seminar will close automatically when it’s full and 4 days before it starts;
  6. Registration for a lecture remains possible during the entire lecture period;
  7. Always check your schedule in uSis to see whether your application has been successful!

Exam registration

Exams are listed alphabetically by course name in the examination schedule. The reference ‘T’ means Exam 1st time (in Dutch Tentamen) and the reference ‘H’ means Resit (in Dutch Hertentamen). 

Registering for exams (and retakes) in uSis
Exams are open 42 days before the examination date and close 10 days before the examination date. Registration for these is through uSis .

  1. Check the registration period on the exam calendar‘tentamenkalender’ and register on time!
  2. Log in to uSis, click on ‘Enroll’ and next on ‘Enroll by entering the class number’;
  3. You can find the activity number ‘Actnr’ in the exam calendar mentioned in front of the registration period / ‘aanmeldperiode’;
  4. Enter the ‘Actnr’ in uSis;
  5. Complete your registration via your shopping cart;
  6. Always check your schedule in uSis to see whether your application has been successful!
  7. Should you decide not to participate please deregister for the exam via uSis;
  8. It is mandatory to bring your student card and a valid passport or ID to the exam for verification.

Important: check the rules and regulations on exams regularly.For more information see uSis and the uMail manual.

Article 4.7.1 OER stipulates that the period of validity of passed examinations and obtained exemptions is in principle unlimited, but that the Examination Board can decide that an examination or exemption will expire if it has been obtained longer than six (bachelor) or three (master) years ago and knowledge, insight and/or skills are demonstrably obsolete.

If you are currently studying as a bachelor's student for six years or longer or as a master student for three years or longer and you do not expect to graduate before 1 September 2019, please consult the overview validity bachelor examinations (only in Dutch) or the overview validity master examinations (in Dutch) / the overview validity master examinations (only concerning foreign students) to see if as of 1 September 2019 the validity of one or more courses will expire.

Every study program has Course and Examination Regulations (OER). The Examination Rules and Regulations of the Bachelor's and Master's programs contain all rights and obligations of students, lecturers and faculty regarding examination matters.

It is mandatory to provide a valid identification document during the examination. In addition, there are rules regarding the materials that you can take with you to the exam.

Valid ID during an exam

The presence is registered at the exam. The following matters are required for this identification and thus participation at the exam:

  • student card / proof of enrollment at the University and
  • a valid ID. Please note: a copy, whether or not via a mobile or an expired ID is not accepted.

A valid ID is a valid passport, a valid driving license or identity card. If you can not show a valid identity document as mentioned above, you can not take the exam and you must leave the examination room. If your identity card has been stolen or lost, please come to the OIC desk during opening hours as soon as possible, but no later than one working day before the exam.

Exam equipment

  • pen, pencil type B or HB black, sharpener and eraser;
  • law books (if necessary and permitted).

Information about study materials that may or may not be brought to examinations and information about lectures and exam access will be published in the workbook of the relevant course and / or on Blackboard. If it is permitted to take material to the exam, it must meet the following requirements:

Brought in legal texts or other material may not contain any notes. Notes do not include:

  • underlining, shadings and markings with fluorescent marker;
  • references to law articles;
  • references to jurisprudence and other literature, provided this is explicitly permitted for a specific examination;
  • "edge"words provided by the publisher of a legislative bundle.

Of course it is forbidden to smoke, to use mobile phones / iPads / tablets and such during exams.

You are entitled to an earlier individual retake examination when:

  • You have submitted the final version of your thesis, whereby the supervisor indicates that it may be reasonably expected that the thesis will receive a sufficient grade,
  • and where the student has completed all but one of the courses of the master’s curriculum
  • and would need to wait at least four months for the next scheduled examination opportunity for the last component of the compulsory curriculum
  • for which a score of at least ‘5’ was achieved on at least one prior occasion. For this provision the period between 1 July and the middle of August is not included in the calculation.

This provision is not valid for course units entitled ‘Privatissimum’ and/or ‘Practicum’ as intended in art. 4.8.1 of the OER.

The extensive regulation can be found in the Examination Rules & Regulations on the website Faculty and study programme regulations under the tab of your study.

If you are eligible for an individual retake you can request one to come to the OIC desk during the opening hours or by sending an e-mail to OIC@law.leidenuniv.nl stating your name, studentnumber and the particular course.

Exam registration via uSis opens 42 days before the exam. You can register for an exam via uSis until 10 days before the exam at the latest.

After this point you must visit the front desk of the Education Information Centre (OIC) as soon as possible during opening hours to register for the exam at the latest one day before the examination date. For example: the exam is on wednesday, you can enroll untill tuesday 12:30 hours.

Note: It is also possible that you send someone else to our desk, please include your student number and the name of the exam in question.

Note: This option is only available if the capacity of the location allows it.

If two (law) exams are scheduled on the same day and time, there is a possibility in special cases to take both examinations in 1 day (1 morning, 1 afternoon), provided that this can be realized.

What to do in such a case?

  • Register for both exams via uSis in accordance with the general regulations.
  • Send a uMail message with a request for participation in both examinations to the study advisor. Do this no later than 15 working days before the examination. If there is no permission, then de-register yourself for one of the two exams.

Approximately 4 to 7 days before the exam, you will receive a uMail message from the Education Information Center (OIC) regarding the time and location of the exams and the associated conditions.

If you have not received a uMail message, there is no permission to make both examinations on one day.

Under certain conditions, and at the student’s request, a regular student may retake one exam that had already been passed. (This arrangement does not apply to exchange students, guest students and Advanced Masters). You have to ask permission at the OIC for retaking a passsed examA retake is possible

  • for selected course components only (the e-Prospectus states which assessments can be retaken), and
  • if the student has passed the exam of a certain course component at the first attempt and
  • this first attempt took place during the first examination period in the academic year. 

The resit is done during the second examination period of the course component in question in the same academic year. It is not possible to make other arrangements with the lecturer.

Which steps do I have to follow to apply for the retake?

A request form should be submitted to the faculty student administration centre (OIC) no later than 20 calendar days following the notification of the pass result. You can visit the OIC desk during opening hours or you can send the request form via email to OIC@law.leidenuniv.nl. Do not forget to include a scan of a valid ID.

After filling out the form and signing it, the OIC will check whether you meet all the requirements to retake the exam that had already been passed. You can expect a reply via your uMail address as soon as possible.

Terms and conditions

By submitting the request form, the student’s right to the single retake has been used. Only if a review and/or feedback session of the exam that was passed leads to an amendment of the result whereby the student no longer wishes to retake an exam, can a request for a retake that was already submitted be withdrawn. This must have been done by the working day prior to the second examination at the latest. By withdrawing the request, the request form will be considered never to have been submitted.

If the second opportunity for the examination is to be held within the period of 20 calendar days, the request should be submitted to the OIC no later than the working day prior to the date of the second examination. The OIC will provide a compulsory request form for this purpose.

When an examination is retaken, the subsequent grade will take the place of the original grade. Please note: if the student doesn’t pass the resit of a passed exam, the student isn’t entitled to an earlier individual retake examination for that course within the meaning of art. 4.8 of the Examination Rules & Regulations.

See article in the Course and Examination Regulations (OER in Dutch) for detailed information about retaking an exam that has been passed.

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