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Mentors and tutors

The Leiden Study System with binding study advice ensures that first year students are provided with good academic guidance. This guidance is given by tutors and mentors from your faculty or study programme.


A tutor is a lecturer who provides guidance to first year students and helps them acquire important academic skills.


A mentor is an (individual) supervisor who provides advice and helps students find their way, both academically and personally. Your mentor is your first point of contact should your encounter academic or personal problems. If required, he or she can refer you to other individuals or organisations for further assistance, for example study advisers, student counsellors, student psychologists or staff at Plexus Student Centre. Your mentor will be either a lecturer or a senior student.

Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme: get yourself a buddy!

Are you about to move to Leiden to obtain your Master’s degree at the Faculty of Humanities? We want to help. To facilitate your integration into the university and student life in Leiden, The Humanities Faculty has set up the Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme. Our aim with this programme is to welcome new students and create a social and academic network from day one.


More information about the Humanities Buddy programme

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