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Finding and arranging

An internship or research project abroad is not only a fun and educational experience, it's also a great asset to your CV. As job markets are becoming increasingly international, employers tend to view international experience as a big advantage. Read more about how to arrange an internship or project abroad.

Take a look under your faculty or study programme tab for information about the options available for international internships or research projects.

You can choose to follow an internship abroad. Internships abroad are subject to the same requirements and procedures as internships in the Netherlands. Please visit the Internship manual of the Career Service of Humanities for more information on arranging an internship.

Before you start organising your internship you must check the safety of your destination, based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The Board of Examiners will not take your application for an internship abroad into consideration if the destination is not safe. 

Safety

The Faculty places particular emphasis on safety. For this reason, the Faculty adheres to the travel recommendations on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We advise you to carefully read the university brochures Regulations on studying abroad. It is not possible to follow an internship in areas that have been issued a negative travel recommendation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (colour codes orange and red). 

If your destination is in an unsafe area, you have to come up with an alternative plan. If your destination is ina safe area, you should not forget to enter your contact and travel details later on in the procedure.

Personal Responsibility

You are personally responsible for:

  1. All additional expenses (travel and housing expenses, visa expenses)

  2. Visit the monthly information session Health and Safety 

  3. Organising housing
  4. Visa application
  5. Taking out the required insurances
  6. It is sometimes difficult to obtain a grant for an internship abroad. You are personally responsible for applying for a grant and meeting the accompanying deadlines.

Funds

In the case of an internship abroad, you are in principle responsible for any additional expenses. In some cases, you may be able to obtain a grant for an internship abroad.

BA and MA students intending to travel abroad as a part of their degree programme at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University (either for study, internship or research/field work) must ensure that their destination meets Leiden University's minimum safety criteria in order to receive credit resulting from their activities abroad.

Negative Travel Advisories

Leiden University uses the advice provided by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a basis in determining the safety of a study activity abroad. Those destinations that have a negative travel advisory (or require travel through an area with a negative travel advisory) are ineligible for credit at Leiden. This includes transfer of credits obtained for study at an institution, credit for an internship, and credit for research paper/thesis resulting from research or field work undertaken in an area with a negative travel advice. These destinations are also not eligible for Leiden University scholarships.

A negative travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs includes areas where the advice is "Avoid all travel" as well as "Avoid Non-essential travel". These are represented by the colors orange and red on the Ministry's website.

If a travel advisory changes to negative after a student has been admitted to a university abroad, or for an internship or research, etc, either before or during the stay abroad, students are required to follow Leiden University's instructions regarding next steps. Please review Leiden University's study abroad regulations for further information.

Application Process

Students intending to undertake an internship abroad must first complete the following steps:

  • Discuss your plans with your Study Coordinator in order to ensure that your proposed plans fit in your Leiden study plan, and to be aware of any potential issues, study delays, or other concerns.
  • Before you start organising your internship you must check the safety of your destination, based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The Board of Examiners will not take your application for an internship abroad into consideration if the destination is not safe.
  • Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, you can proceed with your Internship outline/stageplan
    For a complete overview of the process, options and contact person for submission of your Internship outline/stageplan, please review the website of the Faculty of Humanities Career Service (English).

Leiden University Study Abroad Regulations

The steps listed above are to ensure that students are eligible to apply for credit transfer and for scholarships for their proposed destinations. They are based on compliance with Leiden University's study abroad regulations.

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