As well as study associations, Leiden University also has a number of other associations through which you can develop your skills and gain experience that will come in useful in your later professional life.
Leiden Debating Union
The Leiden Debating Union is an English-speaking international student association. Members meet twice a week to debate, mostly in the British parliamentary style. LDU has an excellent reputation and many members remain with the association even after graduation. This means that LDU benefits from a great network of knowledge and experience.
The Leidse Studenten Belangenorganisatie (LSBo), which translates as the organisation for the interests of Leiden students, represents students of Leiden University, Leiden University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Leiden) and Webster University. It focuses on key issues through its rental team, cycle plan, student insurances and student political activities. LSBo is always looking for (part-time) board members, which means you too could represent the interests of your fellow students in matter such as accommodation, insurances, training and politics.
The goal of the Leiden Model United Nations Foundation (Leiden MUN) is to guide students towards becoming successful representatives at MUN conferences, during which they will be directly involved in the world of international relations and diplomacy. The foundation offers a platform and networking opportunities for ambitious and talented students.