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Exemptions and petitions

Do you want to request a change to the academic requirements set by your study programme? Perhaps you want to be exempted from a particular course, because you think you have already acquired the knowledge elsewhere. Or do you want academic credits earned at another institution to be counted towards your studies in Leiden? If so you can submit a special request, known as a petition.

Speak to your study adviser or study coordinator about how to request an exemption or submit a petition of another nature. In most cases petitions must be submitted via uSis. However check first under the faculty or study programme tab whether any special procedures are in place.

The final decision on your petition will be made by your institute’s Board  of Examiners.

Petitions in uSis

In most cases, if you want to request a change to your academic requirements you can submit a petition via uSis. For example if you want to be exempted from certain academic requirements, have study credits earned abroad recognised as part of your Leiden studies, or receive a different amount of credits for part of your curriculum. There are five types of petition:  

  • Exemption
    Use this kind of petition if you want to request exemption from a particular part of your study programme. Sufficient materials must be submitted to support your request.
  • Different amount of study credits
    Use this kind of petition if you want to request an amount of study credits for an element of your study programme that differs from the amount stated in the prospectus. Sufficient materials must be submitted to support your request. If the study element does not have a pre-specified number of study credits there is no need to submit a petition. Instead you should make arrangements directly with your study programme.
  • Extra-curricular course
    Use this type of petition if you want to have an academic element from Leiden University’s prospectus included as one of your extra-curricular study elements.
  • Replacement
    Use this type of petition if you want to replace an element of your study programme with another element from Leiden University's prospectus. This type of petition can be used, for example, for electives courses.
  • External education
    Use this type of petition if you have taken a course at an institution other than Leiden University, and want it to count towards your study programme in Leiden. This type of petition could be used, for example, for elective credits or extra-curricular courses followed elsewhere. Petitions of this nature are always provisionally approved, then definitively evaluated upon receipt of documentary evidence.

You must submit a petition as soon as you realise that you want to change your academic requirements, which means as quickly as possible and preferably before you follow the academic element in question. For information relevant to your particular situation please contact your programme’s education administration office.

No petitions on top of petitions

Once you have submitted a petition you cannot submit another one for the same academic element, irrespective of the status of the petition. If you change your mind, or realise you have submitted the wrong type of petition, you must first withdraw the petition before you can submit a new one for that particular academic element.

Withdrawing a petition

To withdraw a petition you must send an email to the education administration office of your study programme with the subject ‘withdrawal of petition number xxx’, with xxx being the petition number as stated in the confirmation email you received. Make sure to state your student number in your email and the reason for withdrawing your petition. Await confirmation that your petition has been withdrawn before taking further action.

Supporting materials

All petitions must be clearly but briefly substantiated. In addition, petitions for exemptions, different amounts of study credits and external education, must also be accompanied by supporting materials. When requesting an exemption, your supporting materials must be submitted at the same time as your petition. For petitions concerning different amounts of study credits or external education, your supporting materials (usually a transcript of grades) can be submitted after the academic element in question. Make sure to submit the materials as soon as you can. If you wait too long you run the risk that your results will no longer be counted towards your academic requirements. The required documentation can vary from programme to programme, so always check with your programme administration what you need to submit, when, and in what format (hard copy or digital) well in advance.

Appeals

If you do not agree with the outcome of your petition you can formally appeal against the decision. You can do so by sending a letter to the Examination Appeals Board within six weeks of the date of issue of the decision in question. In this letter, your formal appeal, state why you disagree with the decision. Make sure to include supporting materials and examples.

If you would like to use courses given from another programme toward your 30ec of elective requirement you must always request permission in uSis to do so. This request must be completed at least three weeks before the course begins so that you will know if the request is approved before the start of the course. 

All elective courses must be applied for and registered in uSis. If the request is approved, the course will be added to your elective course requirements. Requests to take electives which have course content which overlaps with the content of courses given by the Institute of Psychology will not be approved. Please carefully review the course description before submitting a request.

Instructions on how to request permission to take elective courses offered  by another institution of Leiden University:

1. Open uSis and navigate to your “Academic Requirements”. These can be reached by:

- Clicking on the white schedule on the left (Units taken / Units required)

- Clicking on “Enroll” and then on “Enroll by My requirements”

2. Click on one of the empty “dummy courses” below the header “Psychology: Electives from other programmes” (i.e. 6463KEUZ1Y)

3. Click on the “submit request”-button and choose the “Replacement”-type in the drop-down menu.

4. Fill out the information needed:

- “Course”: click on the magnifying glass and search for the course providing the Catalog Number from the E-Prospectus. Choose the code ending with a “Y”.

- “Explanation student”: describe the reason for filing the petition (i.e. you would like to add this course as an elective).

5. Click on “Add course” to add more electives (if applicable).

6. For this type of petition it is not necessary to upload documents supporting your request.

7. Provide a weblink to the description of the course(s) in the E-Prospectus.

8. Submit the petition.

A successfully completed elective course will be automatically included in your study requirements.

Instructions on how to request permission to take elective courses offered by other Dutch or foreign universities:

1. Open uSis and navigate to your “Academic Requirements”. These can be reached by:

- Clicking on the white schedule on the left (Units taken / Units required)

- Clicking on “Enroll” and then on “Enroll by My requirements”

2. Click on one of the empty “dummy courses” below the header “Psychology: Electives from other programmes” (i.e. 6463KEUZ1Y)

3. Click on the “submit request”-button and choose the “External Education”-type in the drop-down menu.

4. Fill out the information needed:

- ”External organization”: fill out the name of the university you’ll be taking the course at

- “Original course name”: fill out the full name of the course name.

- “English translation course name”: fill out the full name of the course. Please note: Do not translate the course title yourself, but use the official English course title. If the offical English course title is not available, please copy the original course title in the English field.

- “Requested units”: fill out the amount of ECTS

- “Explanation student”: describe the reason for filing the petition (i.e. you would like to add this course as an elective).

5. Click on “Add external education” to add more electives (if applicable).

6. Upload the documents supporting your request, if applicable (i.e. course description, a certified transcript in case the course was taken at a university outside of Leiden University, etc.). Please note: while it is possible to upload a transcript of record in your petition, such a transcript is not sufficient to process your petition. Please provide the SSC with an original certified transcript of the courses you’ve taken outside of Leiden Universiteit. If you taken courses abroad, please provide your exchange coordinator with the original transcript.

7. Provide a weblink to a description of the course(s), if applicable.

8. Submit the petition.

After completing the elective course you must request written proof of the course and exam grade which is signed and certified by the university where you have followed the course. This must be submitted to the Student Services Centre.

Note: For a correct entry on your degree, you must supply the English (and Dutch, if applicable) titles of the relevant electives!

To apply for an exemption for a required psychology course you should follow these steps:

  1. Go to Study Requirements in uSis and click on the course for which you will request the exemption. Then click on ‘’Submit Request’’ and click ‘’Exemption’’ as the type of request. Do not forget to complete the fields ‘’Description’’, ‘’Information" and upload supporting documents.
  2. The SSC will forward you request to the Board of Examiners.
  3. The Board of Examiners will consider the request and make a recommendation. The student will receive a written confirmation of the decision from the Board of Examiners Psychology.

Please note: Exemptions requested must be submitted no later than 2 weeks after the start of the course.

Please note: Exemption will not be granted for the course Introduction to Psychology.

Have you completed a university degree (180EC) or HBO degree (240 EC)? If yes, you can request exemption for the 30 EC of ‘’Elective Courses - Outside of Psychology”. The total Bachelor degree consists of 180 EC.

Exemption on the basis of University propedeuse
On the basis of a University propedeuse you can request to receive exemption for 25 EC.

Please note: this is NOT the case for a HBO propedeuse.

To request an exemption, follow below steps:

Do you have a completed University (180)/ or HBO (240 EC) degree earned at another educational institution?

To apply for an exemption of elective course(s), follow these steps:

  1. Go to Study Requirements in uSis. You will note that the programme consists of different requirements. Choose the section ’Elective Courses - Outside of Psychology”. Under this section there are three so-called DUMMY subjects. If you have a completed University or HBO education, click on the Dummy Course - Psychology Elective Courses 30 EC.
     
  2. Then click on ‘’Submit Request’’ and click ‘’Exemption’’ as the type of request. Do not forget to complete the fields ‘’Description’’ and ‘’Information’’ and to click ‘’Submit’’.
     
  3. The Board of Examiners Psychology requires proof of your completed diploma. Please submit a certified copy of your diploma to the SSC.
     
  4. Your request and diploma will be reviewed. If the request is approved, the 30 EC of exemptions will be listed in your Study Requirements in uSis.

Do you have a degree from Leiden University?

  1. Go to Study Requirements in uSis. You will note that the programme consists of different requirements. Choose the section ’Elective Courses - Outside of Psychology”. Under this section there are three so-called DUMMY subjects. If you have a completed University or HBO education, click on the Dummy Course - Psychology Elective Courses 30 EC.
     
  2. Then click on ‘’Submit Request’’ and click ‘’Exemption’’ as the type of request. Do not forget to the complete the fields ‘’Description’’ and ‘’Information’ and to click ‘’Submit’’.
     
  3.  The Board of Examiners can view the record of your earlier completed Leiden University degree in uSis. As such, you do NOT need to submit a copy of the diploma.
     
  4. Your request will be reviewed. If the request is approved, the 30 EC of exemption will be listed in your Study Requirements in uSis.

Did you complete a propedeuse at another Dutch university?

  1. Go to Study Requirements in uSis. You will note that the programme consists of different requirements. Choose the section ’Elective Courses - Outside of Psychology”. Under this section there are three so-called DUMMY subjects. If you have a completed University propedeuse education click on the Dummy Course - Psychology Elective Courses 25 EC.
     
  2. Then click on ‘’Submit Request’’ and click the type of request ‘’Exemption’’. Do not forget to the complete the fields ‘’Description’’ and ‘’Information’ and to click ‘’Submit’’.
     
  3.  The Board of Examiners Psychology requires proof of your completed propedeuse diploma. Please submit a certified copy of your diploma to the SSC.
     
  4. Your request and diploma will be reviewed. If the request is approved, 25 EC of exemptions will be listed in your Study Requirements in uSis. (To receive the full 30EC at least one subject must have been taken at least at the 300 level.)

Did you complete a propedeuse at Leiden University?

  1. 1Go to Study Requirements in uSis. You will note that the programme consists of different requirements. Choose the section ’Elective Courses - Outside of Psychology”. Under this section there are three so-called DUMMY subjects. If you have a completed University propedeuse education click on the Dummy Course - Psychology Elective Courses 25 EC.
     
  2. Then click on ‘’Submit Request’’ and click ‘’Exemption’’ as the type of request. Do not forget to the complete the fields ‘’Description’’ and ‘’Information’ and to click ‘’Submit’’.
     
  3. The Board of Examiners can view the record of your earlier completed Leiden University degree in uSis. As such, you do NOT need to submit a copy of the propedeuse diploma.
     
  4. If the request is approved, 25 EC will be indicated in the requirements in uSis. (To receive the full 30EC at least one subject must have been taken at least at the 300 level.)

Decision on petitions and exemptions

The Board of Examiners will reach a reasoned decision within 30 days after the submission of the request, as stated in the Rules and Regulations art. 4.14. 

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