Welcome at Humanities
Programme board and programme committee
The study programme itself's the responsibility of the Faculty Board whereas the programme committee monitors the quality of education of a study programme. You can always approach the members of the study programme committee with questions or comments on education. As a first-year student, it’s already possible to join the programme committee.
The Faculty Board's in charge of the faculty overall and consists of the Dean, two Vice Deans, a Director of Operations, and a student member also called Assessor. The Assessor represents the interests of students within the faculty. The Assessor has a regular consultation hour and students are always welcome to drop by if they have questions or comments.
The Assessor represents the interests of students within the faculty. If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, you can reach out to the Assessor or drop by their office.
After the University Council, the Faculty Council's the highest co-participation body within the university. The FR needs to give either approval and or has the right to give advice on matters affecting the faculty.
About your programme
The student services are the central student information center of the Faculty of Humanities. Here you can ask general questions about education systems, (exam) registration for core curriculum courses, minors and electives, admission procedures, à la carte education, and contract education. You can also come here with course registration problems.
The student services are located in the Lipsius hall near the LIPS desk. There's always a staff member present to answer your questions. There's also an extensive website where you can find the answers to frequently asked questions: universiteitleiden.nl/fgw-faq
Your study adviser can help you with such issues as: study planning and study approach, thesis and study skills problems, and personal circumstances.
Education Administration Office
You can contact the education administration office with questions about MyStudymap, course and exam registrations, study results, your timetable, diplomas and transcripts.
Plexus: frontoffice student affairs
Various facilities for students are offered in the Plexus Student Centre. At the Student Affairs Front Office, you can ask questions about your (de)registration, your student card, LU card, tuition fees, study financing, financial matters, etc.
The Student Support Services assist you with achieving study success. Psychologists for students can help you improve study skills or learn to study strategically, take exams, reduce fear of failure and tackle procrastination. And student deans can help you with questions about study delay, legal status, and regulations. For example, questions about study delay due to illness or personal circumstances, top-class sports, the BSA, or money matters such as student grants.
Log in with your student account to use these services:
Eduroam's an encrypted network that also gives you WiFi access at almost all universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and Europe.
Use MyStudymap to register for your lectures, seminars, and exams.
Brightspace contains all information about a course, such as announcements, syllabi, articles, study materials, and assignments.
In the Prospectus, you'll find substantive and practical information about Leiden University's programmes, minors, and courses.
Readers and syllabi
Readers and syllabi are required for some courses; you can buy these through the university.
Printing, copying and scanning files
You can print, copy and scan in almost all university buildings.
At Humanities, we work together to create a positive environment that promotes well-being and enables everyone to develop themselves. For example, we have the Acts of Kindness pillar and annual Wellbeing Week. Together, we create a community where we look out for each other. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Then get in touch with the student.
Diversity and inclusion
Everyone belongs at the Faculty of Humanities and diversity and inclusion (D&I) are high on the agenda. The faculty wants to be a diverse and inclusive community accessible to all and where everyone counts. There's a diversity policy in place that's constantly worked on and there are advisory groups for students and staff.
The POPcorner's a place for students and students, helping you find your way in your studies. The POPcorner organises free activities through which you can work on your personal and professional development. Think about study skills, lectures on diversity and inclusion, and a social network. Drop by the POPcorner for a good start to your studies!
Writing Lab helps you become a better academic writer. Tutors can support you at all stages of the writing process: whether you're just starting out and need help with planning, or you're already writing. You can join one of the workshops and thesis groups, or request a one-to-one session with a writing coach for free!
Get the most out of your studies
Humanities Career Service
It's good to prepare for your future job during your studies. You can contact the Humanities Career Service for help and advice on finding (international) internships and work. Workshops and information sessions on career orientation and applying for jobs are also organised regularly.
Humanities International Office
The Humanities International Office can help you arrange your study abroad stay. This is compulsory for some programmes, but even if your programme doesn't have this, you can choose to study abroad for a semester.
Humanities bachelor's programmes have a free discretionary space of 30EC. This elective space can be used in various ways. Most students opt for a minor, but you can also compile your own courses and if you want to do an internship, this can often also be done in your elective space.
The University Library (UB) is the general library of Leiden University where all students can come to study and request, collect and return books.
Most books and journals are in closed stacks which you must request via the digital catalogue. Once you've requested a book or magazine, you can usually pick it up after an hour at the lockers next to the information desk. In the study rooms, books are arranged by subject; these books may be used by anyone, but cannot be borrowed.
You'll also find many study and computer workplaces in the UB. In addition, you can use an individual study cabinet or special group rooms where you can talk and collaborate with each other in hushed tones.
Discover Leiden's student life
Almost every study programme has a study association that organises interesting excursions, lectures, get-togethers, and study trips. Members hardly ever have any obligations and often, as a member, you get discounts on textbooks or can join a committee. Find your study association at universiteitleiden.nl/fgw-studieverenigingen!
Student life's known for its student associations. These associations are a good way to get to know many people quickly. Moreover, they often throw parties and you can take advantage of their offerings in the field of sports and culture. Leiden has many social associations, but also international associations and religious associations. A complete overview can be found on the website of the local chamber of associations: pkvv.nl!
Academic Language Centre
Maybe you want to take your English proficiency to the next level. Or you want to get better at a certain language because you'll be doing an internship abroad. You can take language and culture courses at the Academic Language Centre.
University Sports Centre
Fitness, yoga, dance, tennis: you can do it all at the University Sports Centre (USC). As a student, you can enjoy unlimited sports at a low price: from group classes to individual sports in the fitness and strength room.
Food and drinks
On the ground floor of the Lipsius, you can visit the restaurant between 08:30 and 14:00 for sandwiches, soup, and salads. The Literary Café's open all day and you'll also find Café UB and Café Noord on campus.