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You are about to start your studies at Leiden University. Make sure you are well prepared and get your studies off to a good start. Find out what you need to know and arrange by clicking on your faculty or study programme tab.

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Word of welcome

Dear student,
We welcome you as a new student to the Crisis and Security Management (CSM) programme! You are about to start your studies at Leiden University. We originally hoped to welcome you at Campus The Hague, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, academic life changed considerably. The entire first semester will be taught online, with the possibility of a limited number of on-campus meetings within the specialization courses (more about that later). In order to get your studies off to a good start, it is good to get as well prepared as possible. We have therefore created this document, providing you with information on the things you need to know when starting in September. Starting point of this document is online education, but where required, we also provide information to on-campus students.

Yes, we know this is a lot of text, but please take some time to read this document thoroughly.

Please note that we currently only know the shape of the education in the first semester. If we can go back to full on-campus education as from the second semester in February, remains to be seen. This all depends on new Covid-19 outbreaks, the extent of countermeasures and the availability of cures, vaccines and other means to fight the pandemic. However, keep in mind: we are all in this together.

  • Student portal

On the Leiden University website, each programme has its Student Portal. You should use this portal as a starting point for information. From here, you can find more about the programme content, the e-Prospectus, support options but also direct access to information systems with your ULCN-account. Therefore, we recommend you to bookmark this page in your browser.

  • Student Card & LU Card

As a new student, you are provided with a LU Card. This card is multifunctional and is important if attending on-campus education, as it not only acts as your University ID, but functions as a door key to access specific rooms (e.g. bicycle parking, or main entrance after 19.00). Further, you need your LU Card to use copiers and printers at the campus, and to borrow books from the library.

Further, you do receive a student card. This card is your proof of registration as a student at Leiden University. Please note that you should take with you both the LU Card as well as the student card when going to the campus. Only the combination of both cards proves that you are a fully registered student of Leiden University with access to its facilities.

  • ULCN-account

Very important in times of online education is your ULCN-account. This is your Leiden University account, with which you can access all university information systems such as uSis, uMail, Brightspace and the Digital Library. It consists of the letter ‘s’ as a prefix, followed by your student ID number, e.g. s1234567. As ULCN is designed as a single sign-on system, your password is identical for all systems at Leiden University.

  • Programme overview


The CSM programme consists of main courses as well as specialization courses. The above diagram is showing the structure of the curriculum. Abbreviations used for the specializations: GoC = Governance of Crisis; CSG = Cyber Security Governance; GRET = Governance of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism.

A semester consists of 2 blocks. Each block takes 7 weeks of education. After each block, there will be one week reserved for examinations in general. It depends on the assessment methods of your courses whether or not you will be facing examinations, as papers or other assessment types will be used we well by CSM lecturers.
The main courses are mandatory to all students regardless their specialization and consist of 5 ECTS credits. The main courses will be taught online, though there will be one on-campus session by the end of the course ‘Security: Actors, Institutions and Constellations’ in block 2. This reduction of on-campus meetings for these courses to a bare minimum (just one session in the semester) was required due to Covid-19 imposed measures, such as 1,5 meter social distancing in The Netherlands.
Please note that the online classes will have fixed starting times, similar to on-campus education. This is done deliberately, because not only does this mimic the experience of on-campus education, it also enhances the feeling of being part of a community. Further, having as many students together online as possible enhances efficiency. For example, in Q&A sessions a student can ask a question that is shared by many other students too. The time saved by not having to respond to many e-mails with the same question, can be used by the lecturer for course experience improvement.

You will learn in the course syllabus on Brightspace (more below) which online platform will be used by the lecturer to offer the course. Not all of the online education and cooperation platforms offer the same functionality, so it might be that different tools and platforms are used depending on the needs of a specific type of education within a lecture. 

The specialization course consists of 10 ECTS credits and will be offered entirely online as well, but we have planned 2 to 3 on-campus meetings for those students who wish to follow at least some education on our campus in The Hague. You can find these sessions in the timetable (link below): at
first sight, it seems that there will be a lot of on-campus sessions, but you will be divided by the lecturer in groups. Therefore, you don’t need to attend all of the sessions a week mentioned in the timetable.

These on-campus sessions are mandatory, except for those students who cannot make it to The Hague because of Covid-19 restrictions (e.g. international students), or who are affected by Covid-19 directly (infection, or quarantine because of infected family members or roommates at home). The aim of these meetings is to offer an additional experience, e.g. simulation games or group work. However, we have asked our staff to use their creativity in order to involve the online students as well.

In block 4 (second semester), students choose one of the following six elective courses:
 Security and Intelligence
 Violent Crime
 Security Networks and Technology
 Global Environmental Politics and Ethics
 War Studies
 Policy Evaluation in Practice

Please note: students can only pick one elective.
February students start in Block 3 of the academic year. They follow exactly the same courses together with September students, according to the above diagram. So September students will start in block 1 with Security Challenges in a Globalizing World, and February students will join with Security and the Rule of Law in block 3. February students will then study block 1 and 2 with the following September cohort.

Before starting with CSM, you should register in uSis for the main course as well as the course from your specialization in block 1. Please note: a course opens up for registration only 28 days prior to the start of the course concerned. You can find more information on registration in the ‘Our Information Systems’ section below.

Registration for the elective courses is done via uSis, again as from 28 days prior to the start of an elective course. Limited numbers of places might be applicable to elective courses, so make sure to have a plan B for choosing an alternative elective in case your preferred elective is full. More information about electives registration will follow before block 4.

The e-Prospectus is the online study guide of Leiden University. In the CSM section, you can find detailed course descriptions comprising outlines, literature and assessment information. Further, you can find transitional arrangements and Course & Examination Regulations. This online study guide is leading: the course syllabus must follow the information in the e-Prospectus.

  • Course and Exam Regulations

Please note that the e-Prospectus is following the Course and Exam Regulations. This document is the judicial backbone of the CSM programme. Although it is a technical document, it is good to know about its existence. In case of requests or appeals to the Board of Examiners, there will be a lot of referencing to the Course and Exam Regulations.

  • Board of Examiners

The role of the Board of Examiners is to ensure that study programmes adhere to their Course and Examination Regulations. The Board of Examiners oversees all tests and examinations within the institute and determines whether students have acquired the knowledge and skills required for the awarding of their degree.
Next to the CER mentioned above, the Board of Examiners relies on the Rules and Regulations

For more information on the Board of Examiners, please visit this page.

Of course you want to know when your online classes will be offered, or where on-campus education will take place. The online timetable shows an overview of all your courses, on-campus locations and starting and ending times per semester. Please note that the timetables can be subject to changes if required, so please check regularly.
As mentioned above, students who wish to follow on-campus education will be divided by the specialization course lecturer in groups . Therefore, you don’t need to attend all of the sessions a week mentioned in the timetable.

Need to know when the next semester starts? Or when university is closed because of holidays? It’s all in the Academic Calendarium.

  • Locations in The Hague

Leiden University Campus the Hague comprises four locations, all located close to The Hague Central Station and the A12 motorway:

Wijnhaven building, Turfmarkt 99, The Hague
On this location, most of your classes will take place. Further, you will find the library and supporting services such as the student advisors. The offices of CSM are located here.

Schouwburgstraat building, Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague
Occasionally you have lectures in the Auditorium, or simulation classes in the Living Lab.

LUC building, Anna van Buerenplein 301, The Hague
Some lectures with big audiences take place at this location.

Stichthage, Koningin Julianaplein 10, The Hague
Occasionally you have lectures at this location.

Always check your timetable to know when and where your lectures or seminars will take place!

uSis is the name of the registry system used at Leiden University. Always register in uSis for the courses you should follow. Courses open up for registration four weeks prior to their starting date. Registration for electives is based on ‘first come, first serve’ and closes when courses reach their maximum. Registration in uSis is a matter of looking up the course you wish to register for, and then putting it in your shopping cart. Don’t forget to check out! Only then the registration becomes
Further, registration for exams in uSis is recommended, if you will face any in these times of online education. Exam dates (and locations, if applicable) will then be added to your personal schedule in uSis. Eventually, your end marks will be published through and stored in uSis as well. Of course, due to Covid-19 it remains to be seen to what extent on-campus examinations will and can take place.

Brightspace is the new online learning management system at Leiden University, deployed as from September 2020. All CSM courses from upcoming year can be found in Brightspace. These courses grant you access to the course syllabus, literature lists, course slides and additional information concerning a course. Further, you must use Brightspace to hand in assignments and papers via the Turnitin tool. You can check the results of exams and assignments in Grade Book.
Please note: you don’t need to enroll in Brightspace for courses, this is automatically done via your registration for a course in uSis.
Further, we have a dedicated channel/course for general announcements concerning the Crisis and Security Management programme. Not only do we publish vital announcements here, but we will also post interesting (online) activities and internship opportunities here.

As this system is completely new to Leiden University, a support page with tutorials for students is made available to ensure a smooth transition. You can find the support page here.

The uMail platform is the default tool at Leiden University for e-mail communication between students, teachers and department staff. You will receive an uMail address as part of your registration process with the university. Please check your uMail daily. Your uMail is not only used for communication with teachers or fellow students, but for acknowledgements as well, such as course registrations, receipts of assignments and grades. You can also check uMail on your
smartphone, by the webmail interface or as an additional box in your mail application. Forwarding is also possible in uMail, but please keep an eye on your mailbox quota: if you exceed your quota, forwarding is ceased until you clean up. You will not get a notification, so please clean regularly when using forwarding. You can find more information on how to check uMail with your device or how to set up forwarding on the webpages of ICT Services. Very convenient in times of online

  • ICT services

The link below will lead you to an overview of ICT services available to Leiden University students. Please note that a part of that text still dates from pre-Covid-19 times, especially the section on web lectures. However, this overview still offers a good starting point to all of our students regarding available services, especially when studying online from home. A good example is the availability of the Microsoft Office 365 suite because of an agreement between Leiden University and Microsoft, so students can download and install this software to their machines, making online studying and cooperating with fellow students much easier.

Another useful ICT service is Surfspot: here students can acquire software such as Adobe and SPSS with strongly reduced prices. Please note that the license of software acquired via Surfspot is based on your registration as a student at Leiden University. Use your ULCN credentials to log in.

The number of books that CSM students need to buy are kept to a minimum, if any. Although you can look for books and articles in the physical library, many titles are available in our digital library as well. After login with your ULCN credentials, you can access most articles and many books in full-text PDF format. Printing of these texts is possible with your LU Card, for those who prefer marking and underlining important text passages. Further, via the online library you have access to
information databanks, so take some time to browse through the support pages of the library. We strongly recommend to do so to all of our students, especially in these times of online education.
You can access the Digital Library via internet from anywhere in the world, providing full flexibility to study whenever and wherever you wish. Keep in mind that when working outside from the Leiden University computer network, you might have to submit your credentials a couple of times for extra verification.

  • Study advisor

We have two study advisors: Ms. Sofie Delpeut and Ms. Janneke Meertens. The study advisors set up personal study plans together with our students. Further, they act as your first point of contact for support with your studies. They can advise or inform you on matters such as the content and structure of the programme, rules and regulations, but also when personal circumstances affect
your study progress. Further, if you need special facilities because of a disability, then the study advisors are your starting point as well. Don’t wait too long to get in touch with the advisors, as this might prevent further complications. Depending on the nature of your questions, the study advisors may forward you to the student counsellors or the student psychologists.

Please note: everything you discuss with the study advisors will be strictly confidential, and will not be shared with others (unless you give permission to do so).

If you still have questions about the information provided in this document, or about subjects not mentioned in this document, please visit our student portal mentioned under ‘The Basics’, or e-mail the coordinator of the CSM programme at csm@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

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