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Electives

Within most degree programmes there is space reserved for electives. You can choose to fill your electives space in a variety of ways.

How much electives space do I have?

The amount of space reserved for electives varies from programme to programme. Take a look at the programme-specific information in the e-prospectus for exact details.

Minors

A minor is a cohesive set of courses that has been pre-approved by the university. A minor can allow you to explore subjects outside the boundaries of your own study programme. You can choose to follow a minor in Leiden or another university. There are special arrangements in place for Leiden students who would like to do a minor at Delft Technical University or the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Read more about minors.

Optional courses

You can also choose to put together your own set of courses, selected from those offered by Leiden University or another institute of higher education. Make sure to request permission from your study programme’s Board of Examiners before doing so.

Going abroad

You can use your electives space to study or do an internship abroad for a few months. Read more on our study abroad webpages or contact your international exchange coordinator or study advisor to find out about the options within your study programme.

Internship

Electives space can be used to do an internship or research project, either in the Netherlands or abroad. Ask your internship or research coordinator for more information. The Career Service can also assist you in looking for an internship place

Permission from the board of examiners

If you choose to follow a complete minor  in Leiden, Delft or Rotterdam you do not need to request advance permission. For all other ways of filling your electives space you must always request permission from your programme’s board of examiners. More information can be found in the e-prospectus or your study programme’s Course and Examination Regulations (OER).