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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!

To arrange before your studies

An introduction week is the best way to get to know your new city, student life and your fellow students.

Read more about introduction weeks  

As a student of Leiden University you’ll receive a student account (ULCN account). This gives you access to the university’s systems and work stations. You'll first need to activate your ULCN account.

Read more about ULCN accounts

Your LU card is your university ID card. It gives you access to a range of facilities. Make sure to request your LU card before starting your studies.

Read more about the LU card

You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.

Read more about course and exam enrolment

Make sure you know where you have to be and when on your first day.

Read more about schedules and classrooms

Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.

Read more about books and study materials 

Familiarise yourself with the study facilities

Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University.

Find out how and when you will receive your student card

All the details of your studies are recorded in uSis. From your first registration as a student until your graduation.

Read more about uSis

Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

Read more about Blackboard

From the academic year 2020/2021 onwards, Blackboard will be replaced by Brightspace. A pilot project will take place in 2019/2020. If your course is part of the pilot project, you will receive instructions from your programme. Check the Brightspace FAQ to see which courses are part of the pilot project.

In the Prospectus you can find information about the courses within your study programme.

Take a look in the Prospectus

As a student of Leiden University you will be issued with a university email address: uMail. All correspondence from the university will be sent to this address. You can set up your uMail account so that all mails will be forwarded to your own email address.

Read more about uMail

The indispensable app for Leiden University students. Here you can find all your personal study information in one place. Log in once and access your schedule, results, available computers and university news anytime and anyplace.

Download the app

Here, on the student website, you can find a wide range of practical information about your studies. By selecting your programme when logging in, you can view information that is relevant to you. 

Find out how to get the most out of the student website

As a student, you can use Office 365 ProPlus and OneDrive cloud storage free of charge. These services allow you to work on multiple computers and mobile devices, using programmes such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote, and to safely store and share up to 1024 GB of files in the cloud.

Read more and install Office 365 and OneDrive

Get more out of student life

By joining an association you'll meet lots of people and get more out of student life. As well as student and study associations, there are also a range of social associations in Leiden and The Hague, for example sports, religious or cultural associations.  

Read more about associations

As a student of Leiden University, you have access to a wide range of affordable sports via the University Sport Centre (USC) in Leiden and The Hague.

USC Leiden

USC The Hague

Welcome at the Faculty Governance and Global Affairs. All information you will need to start with your studies, you will find on the programme's tab.

Is there no information yet, or did you not find an answer to your question? Please contact the co-ordinator of studies.

Preparations FGGA Minors

Not a student at Leiden University, but do you start with one of our minors? Click on your minor and find more information about your schedule, Usis, Blackboard, the student website and more.

Word of welcome

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, Campus The Hague. 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 webpage and a Guidebook, providing you with information on the things you need to know when starting.

Also, when you are on the university website always click on the tab page of your programme when there are more tab pages.

  • 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, 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 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 prove that you are fully registered student of Leiden University with access to its facilities.

  • ULCN-account

The ULCN-account is your Leiden University account, with which you can access all university systems such as uSis, uMail, Blackboard and the Digital Library. It consists of the letter ‘s’ as a prefix, followed by your student ID number, e.g. s1234567.

  • Programme overview

The CSM programme consists of mandatory as well as elective courses.
September students start in Block 1.
February students start in Block 3 of the academic year that started in September. Therefore, the programme overview for February students starts in block 3.

Please note there will be no February intake in 2020.

Before starting with CSM, you should register for the two following mandatory courses, both in uSis as well as in Blackboard:

- Introduction into CSM

- Crisis Management

You can find more information on registration in the ‘Our Information Systems’ section below.

The e-Prospectus is the online study guide of Leiden University. In the CSM section, you can find detailed course descriptions comprising outlines, literatures and assessment information. Further, you can find transitional arrangements and Course & Examination Regulations.

Of course you want to know when to get to the university, and for which course. The online timetable shows an overview of all your courses, locations and starting and ending times per semester. Please note that the timetables can be subject to changes if required, so please check regularly at this web page.

You can also check your syllabus of your course in Blackboard.

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 three 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!

The registry system used at Leiden University is uSis. Please register in uSis for the courses you should follow in a certain block. Courses are open for registration in uSis four weeks prior to the starting date. Registration for electives is based on ‘first come, first serve’, registration closes when courses reach their maximum number of students.

Further, registration for exams in uSis is also recommended, especially if you need special arrangements in case of disabilities. Your end marks will be published through and stored in uSis as well.

One exception concern the electives of your first block: registration for these electives is done through an online Google Form.

If you have questions you can take a look at the FAQ  uSis.

As ULCN is a single sign-on system, your password is identical for all systems.

Blackboard is the learning management system at Leiden University. Every CSM course can be found in Blackboard. Enrolling in a Blackboard course grant you access to the course syllabus, literature lists, and course slides. Further, you must use Blackboard to hand in assignments and papers and you can check the results of (partial) exams and papers in the Grade Center.

Please note: enrolling in a Blackboard course is not the same as registration for a course in uSis. These are two separate actions, and we recommend you to do both before the start of a course.

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 the 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 extra box in your mail application. You can find more information on how to check uMail with your device on the webpages of ICT Services.

The number of books that CSM students need to buy are kept to a minimum. 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 PDF format. Printing is another option, for those who prefer marking and underlining important text passages. You can access the Digital Library via internet from anywhere in the world, providing full flexibility to study whenever and wherever you wish.

Make sure that your registration in Studielink is complete before 31 August if you wish to start with the study programme from September 1st. If you wish to start in February, please complete your registration before 31 January.

You can enroll for courses and (re)exams through our admin system uSis (see below under ‘Systems’). This is necessary for all mandatory courses and the electives in your second block. At the start of your study you will receive instructions on how to communicatie your preferences for the electives in your first block. This won’t go through our admin system because some of the new starting students might not receive their UCLN-account on time.

You can contact the Education Services Centre (OSC) for questions about: course and exam enrollment, the time table and the registration of grades.

Our study advisors are your first point of contact for support with your studies. They can give you advise or information 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. Depending on the nature of your questions, the study advisors may forward you to the student


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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