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To arrange upon your return


Remember how curious you were about other students’ study-abroad stories when you were considering going on exchange? Now it’s your turn to help out. Your tips and experiences can be a great source of information to other students thinking of studying abroad at the same institution.

  • As soon as you get home, write a report about your stay, in English, using this template.  
  • Within one month of your return, upload your report in the study abroad portal in the ‘Upon return’ section. You will receive a reminder by email just before your return.

Transcript and credits

Before departure, did you get approval for the credits you earn abroad to be counted towards your studies in Leiden (see ‘to arrange before departure’)? If so, you need to have your credits recognised upon your return as follows:

  • Upload your transcript from your host university in the study abroad portal, in the ‘Upon return’ section. You will receive a reminder by email just before your return. If your host will instead send your transcript directly to Leiden University, we will upload it for you and let you know.

  • Check whether any additional actions are required at your faculty by looking on your study programme/faculty tab or contacting your International Exchange Coordinator.

Be aware that it can take several weeks for your host university to send your transcript. However, if you have not received it within 12 weeks of the end of your studies abroad, let your international exchange coordinator know.

You can check that your credits have been recognised by looking in uSis or contacting your education administration office.

Help other students on their way

With your study abroad experience, you can help other students on their way to their own international adventure:

  • Pre-departure event (university-wide exchange)
    Meet students who are going to study at your host university and share your experiences with them. The pre-departure event takes place in April.
  • Study Abroad Festival
    Share your experiences with students who are thinking of studying abroad. The Study Abroad Festival takes place in October.  
  • Study Abroad photo and film contest
    Capture your study abroad adventure on film and win prizes.

If you have been away on exchange, you will receive an invitation to take part in all these events.

Erasmus Student Network Leiden

Would you like to be part of the international student community upon your return? If so, join the Erasmus Student Network Leiden. It’s a great way to meet students from all over the world, share experiences and keep that international feeling!

Make sure to look on your faculty or programme tab!

If your faculty or programme has additional steps that you need to take upon your return, these will be explained under your faculty or programme tab.

Photo: Fabianne Nagtegaal
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