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(Re)registration as a student

When following a Bachelor’s programme you must (re)register as a student each academic year. You must also request (re)registration for all Master’s programmes.

Student registration

Before beginning a study programme at Leiden University you must request registration as a student. For most study programmes this is done via Studielink, however students following non-government subsidised programmes must instead complete a Request for (re)registration form

Leiden University’s non-government subsidised programmes are the MScs in Cyber Security and International Relations & Diplomacy, and all Master of Laws Advanced Studies programmes. 

More information about student registration can be found on bachelors.leiden.edu and mastersinleiden.nl. The official rules governing student registration can be found in the Regulations for student registration, tuition fees and examination fees


Your first period of student registration can commence on 1 September or 1 February. Re-registration must take place prior to the start of each subsequent academic year, i.e. before 1 September. 

Please note that if you want to start a Bachelor’s programme on 1 February written consent from the study programme is required. 

With the exception of certain study programmes offered by LUMC and the Faculty of Science it is not possible to commence student registration on a date other than 1 September or 1 February. Exceptions can be made in cases of, for example, illness or educational circumstances beyond your control. If you find yourself in such a situation please contact the Student Affairs Front Office at Plexus. 

Studielink and DigiD

If you live in the Netherlands and need to (re)register as a student using Studielink you will need a DigiD (digital identity). A DigiD is not required for new students who do not yet live in the Netherlands. 

Late (re)registration 

It is not possible to back-date your student registration, in other words you cannot register with retroactive effect. For example you cannot submit a request for registration commencing per 1 September on 1 September. 

Registration commencing on a date other than 1 September or 1 February is only permitted if you are following a Master’s programme in medicine or biomedical sciences, or a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Science. For these programme written consent is still required. 

DigiD emergency procedure

If you are too late to request a DigiD activation code, but in time for the registration deadline, you can request for registration at the central student administration using the form Request registration Studielink. 
Please note: Request a DigiD activation code as soon as possible. You will need this in order to finalize the registration.

Registering for a Pre-master

Do you have to follow preparatory courses, otherwise known as a Pre-Master, before commencing your Master’s studies in Leiden? If so, the Admission Statement you received from the faculty will instruct you to register on a specific Bachelor’s programme, via Studielink, in order to follow the necessary courses. Please refer to your Admission Statement for detailed information. 

Other modes of study

Are you registered as a student at another university but want to follow a number of courses at Leiden University? If so different student registration procedures apply. Full details can be found on universiteitleiden.nl/en/education, but an overview of the other modes of study available is provided here below. 

Contract student

You attend courses and take exams but don’t follow an entire study programme. Registration is arranged directly with the administration of the study programme. For more information and to request registration please contact the study advisor of the programme in question. 

Guest student

You are registered as a student at another university but want to follow a number of courses at Leiden University. Registration can be requested using a guest student registration form and you will continue paying tuition fees to the university at which you are registered. 

Auditing student 

If you want to attend classes but not take any exams you can register as an auditing student at Leiden University. You will pay tuition fees for a whole academic year and during this period can follow an unlimited number of courses. If you want to take exams you should instead register as a contract student. 

Study abroad/Exchange student

International students can follow undergraduate courses at Leiden University either as part of an exchange agreement or as fee-paying study abroad students. Detailed information on application and registration procedures can be found on our Study abroad/Exchange webpages.