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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.

Welcome at the Faculty of Humanities. 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.

Soon you will start your student life at Leiden University. Read more about what you need to prepare and do to quickly find your way.

Please note: not all information is updated, so closely look at the dates. The missing information will soon be updated for the study year 2021-2022.

Before your studies begin

Join the OWL!

What is the OWL?

The OWL (Orientation Week Leiden) is Leiden University’s introduction week for international students, including visiting exchange students, in Leiden.

In an event-packed five-day programme, OWL has been specially designed for students who are new to the city and the University. In five days of fun, music, culture, sightseeing, sports and games, newcomers get to learn about the Dutch people and culture. And to help them get to know Leiden a bit better, the events take place at various locations around the city. It’s an unforgettable start to studying at Leiden University.

How do I sign up for the OWL?

Once you have accepted your offer of admission to a degree, exchange or study abroad programme in Leiden, you will receive an email inviting you to sign up for the OWL. Have you not received your invitation? Send a mail to participants@owl.leidenuniv.nl

Want to know more about the OWL?

Do you have any questions, or would you like more information?

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 need to register in time for lectures and seminars in uSis. Some seminars have a limited intake and may fill up very quickly. Without proper registration, you do not have access to a course.

The registration for courses starten on 15 July (bachelor’s programmes) or 16 July (master’s programmes) 1 PM and will be open until two weeks before classes start.

More information about course and exam enrolment.

For the literature list, see the course descriptions in the course catalogue in the prospectus.

Start of your studies

Introduction Day Master and Research Master History, 7 September 2021

Online via Kaltura (see link below)

12.30 – 12.45 Log-in time/Reception

12.45 – 13.30 Introduction to the programme Dennis van Leeuwen MA (Coordinator of Studies)

Please log in with the following link: https://smart.newrow.com/#/room/vfl-582

13.30 – 14.00 Introduction to your specialization (you will be directed to the correct break-out room)

Ancient History ?

Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence ?

Colonial and Global History ?

Europe 1000-1800 ?

Politics, Culture and National Identities ?

14.00 – 14.15 Break

14.15 – 15.30 Opportunities (we reconvene in same room as ‘Introduction to programme’)

14.15 – 14.45: Semester abroad and internships 14.45 – 15.30: Competences workshop Drs. Karin Aalderink Drs. Barbara Sumer Atse Fokkens MA

15.30 – 16:00 Interview with Alumni; Dr. Kim Beerden with alumnus/-

Below you will find an overview of important dates in the first semester. Please check this page for the academic calendar and this page for the schedules.

Date Activity
Thursday 9 September 2021 - Friday 22 October 2021 Semester I: lectures block 1 
Monday 25 October 2021 - Friday 29 October 2021 Mid-terms
Monday 1 November 2021 - Friday 17 December 2021 Semester I: lectures block 2
Monday 20 December 2021 - Friday 24 December 2021, 16.00 hours
Monday 3 January 2022 - Friday 28 January 2022
Exams and resits
Monday 7 February 2022 - Friday 18 March 2022 Semester II: lectures block 3
Monday 21 March 2022 - Friday 25 March 2022 Mid-terms
Monday 28 March 2022 - Friday 20 May 2022 Semester II: lectures block 4
Monday 23 May 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022 Exams and resits

You can use MyTimetable to view all timetables of the Faculty of Humanities and create your own personal timetable.

Go to MyTimetable

Did you enroll for a course in uSis? Then this will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. You can also sync MyTimetable with your calendar apps on your smartphone and any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar; or set up an email notification instead.

Watch the video instruction or read the detailed instructions.

There are translations of the Dutch phrases commonly used in the timetable documents available.

Study advice and support services

For all questions related to your programme for which you cannot find an answer on the website contact your Coordinator of Studies / Study Advisor. They can also advise you on the planning of your studies and help you if problems occur which may jeopardize your progress.

You can find your Coordinator of Studies / Study adviser at the right side of this page on your desktop and at the bottom of this page on your mobile phone. Make sure you have selected your study programme at the top!

As its name indicates, the Education Administration Offices is tasked with the administrative support of the educational process. They can help you to register for lectures, seminars and exams and administer the results of the exams and final examinations. They can provide you with a transcript of your results, if needed, and produce your diploma when you successfully finish your programme.  Even after your graduation, they are the first to contact if you need anything.

Find your Education Administration Office on this page.

More information will be available soon.

During your time as a student you will probably face a variety of challenges. Both in terms of studying and personal development, you might need a little help from time to time. Find out how you can boost your wellbeing and who you can turn to for support. Read more about wellbeing

Key facilities

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

Changes due to corona measures

Also take a look at the Studying in times of corona website. Here you can find up-to-date information about online study and other matters that might be slightly different at the moment.

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

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

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

Read more about uSis

Brightspace is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

Read more about Brightspace

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


Make the most of your student life

Join the Humanities Buddy Programme!

Are you a new master's student at Leiden University? Join the Humanities Buddy Programme! You will be matched to a buddy who can help you out with your academic and practical questions. Additionally you will be able to attend fun monthly activities and make friends from all over the world. Already a master's student at Leiden University? Join us and become a buddy instead.

Interested? Read more about the Humanities Buddy programme on the website.

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.

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