Welcome to Leiden University
You’re about to start your studies in Leiden or The Hague. Make sure you are well prepared and get your studies off to a good start!
You can find a wide range of practical information about your study programme here on the student website. From academic and administrative matters, to advisory services and social activities. To get the most out of the website, first read the guide to Finding your way around the student website.
Sign up for an introduction programme! It’s the best way to get to know the city, student life and your fellow students.
- EL CID (Enige Leidse Committee Introduction Days)
The EL CID week is the introduction week for all first-year students in Leiden. Read more about the EL CID.
- HOP (The Hague Orientation Programme)
The HOP week is the introduction programme for Bachelor and Master students (also international) in the Hague. Read more about the HOP.
- OWL (Orientation Week Leiden)
The OWL is the introduction week for international students. Read more about the OWL.
- Get started on your future
Get started on your future is a programme intended to give students, who are the first in their families to go to university, with a clear picture of what it’s like to study at Leiden University. Read more about the programme (in Dutch)
- Study programme introductions
Most study programmes have their own introduction activities. Depending on the faculty you’ll receive more information by email or by post. Also take a look under your faculty or study programme tab.
By joining an association you’ll meet a wide range of people and get more out of your time as a student. As well as student and study association, Leiden and The Hague also have many other social associations, for example sports, religious and cultural associations. Read more about associations.
As a Leiden University student you can take part in a wide range of sports, for an affordable price, at the University Sports Centre. Read more about the University Sports Centre.