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IncLUsion is a student initiative that enables refugees who are not (yet) able to register on a regular study programme to follow courses at Leiden University. But studying is more than just attending classes, which is why IncLUsion also offers a buddy system. Buddies are Leiden University students who help refugees to integrate and find their way at the university.

On this page you can find:

  • information for newly-admitted IncLUsion students, to help you get your studies off to a good start;
  • information on how to become an IncLUsion buddy and the kind of assistance you will give.

Well-prepared for your studies

As an IncLUsion student, you will be confronted with a lot of different and new information at the start of your studies. Make sure you are well-prepared by visiting the Welcome to Leiden University page. Here you will find an overview of all the topics you will encounter when starting your studies, for example registering for exams, student cards and the various university facilities.

Further assistance

Do you still have questions after reading the Welcome to Leiden University page? Send an email to student@inclusionleiden.nl. Note that we are unable to reply to Yahoo email addresses.

Not yet admitted as an IncLUsion student?

As a refugee you can apply for the IncLUsion programme if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have previously followed university studies.
  • You have a good command of English.
  • You live close to Leiden University so can travel easily to the campus.

Apply for the IncLUsion programme.

Are you a sociable and helpful student who enjoys meeting new people? Then sign up to be an IncLUsion buddy. IncLUsion offers you the unique opportunity to meet people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and actively contribute to diversity and inclusivity at Leiden University. As a buddy, you are there to answer questions on a range of practical matters such as using uSis and Brightspace, whilst also fulfilling a social role.

As buddy you will have three main tasks:  

  • Practical: you will help refugees to integrate into student life by assisting them with practical study-related matters, such as explaining Brightspace and uSis. 

  • Problem spotting: as a buddy you are well placed to notice if an IncLUsion student is experiencing problems, whether these be study related or wellbeing related.

  • Referring: this task follows directly on from the previous one. If you spot any problems, you can refer the IncLUsion student to the student coordinator or other sources of help.

As a buddy you will spend 2 to 3 hours per week on IncLUsion activities.

Become a buddy

The IncLUsion team currently has enough buddies for the upcoming semester. Please refer back to this webpage later in the year for information on how to sign up as an IncLUsion buddy for the semester starting February 2022. Registration opens each year in May and October.

After signing up   

After signing up, you will receive an invitation to become an IncLUsion buddy. Once you accept the invitation, the buddy coordinator will link you to an IncLUsion student, taking into account your academic background. You will then be placed in a buddy group with one other buddy and two or three IncLUsion students.

If a lot of students sign up to be buddies, we may not be able to make use of your services. If this is the case, we will let you know and invite you to volunteer again next semester.

Introduction meeting

Before the start of the semester, you will attend an introduction meeting with other buddies during which you will learn all about your role. You will then meet the IncLUsion students for the first time during a kick-off meeting.

More information

For more information, please send a mail to: buddy@inclusionleiden.nl.

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