Welcome to Leiden University
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.
It looks as though we’ll begin the new academic year in September 2021 on campus once again, with no coronavirus restrictions. Read more
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.
Adapted programme due to corona measures
As a result of the corona situation, alternative programmes have been arranged that will consist of both online and on-location activities. Of course, the organisers will make sure that all the necessary precautionary measures are in place.
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.
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.
You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.
Make sure you know where you have to be and when on your first day.
Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.
Familiarise yourself with the facilities and services
As a first-year bachelor’s student you will be assigned a student as a mentor and a lecturer as a tutor to help find your way around the new city and degree programme. The tutor groups consist of ten to fifteen students.
Read more about mentors and tutors
Find out about the IT facilities and other services that you can make use of when studying online.
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.
All the details of your studies are recorded in uSis. From your first registration as a student until your graduation.
Brightspace is Leiden University’s online learning environment.
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.
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.
Learn about the guidance and advice services for students.
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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.
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.
For further information, advice and tips, watch the Get Started at Leiden University YouTube playlist.
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.
Which courses am I taking and when?
How do I register for lectures and seminars?
You register for lectures and seminars using uSis. Registration in uSis is required for attending a course. During most lectures, we use the digital learning environment Brightspace. You do not need to register separately for this, by registering in uSis you are automatically registered for the course in Brightspace.
What do I need in order to be able to attend online classes?
In order to attend classes, you need at least the following: a laptop (or computer) with microphone and camera, and an internet connection.
Does the study programme have an introduction programme?
There is an introduction programme, of which the date still has to be confirmed. Due to the corona measures we might have to offer (part of) the introduction programme online. We strive to inform you ultimately on the 31st of July about the exact day the introduction programme will take place.
Where and when is my first lecture?
First classes start in the week of 7 September 2020.
What will the first semester look like?
|Monday 31 August to Wednesday 2 September||Introducation programme|
|Thursday 3 September to Friday 16 October||First semester: lectures block I|
|Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October||Mid-terms|
|Monday 26 October to Friday 11 December||First semester: lectures block II|
|Monday 14 December to Thursday 24 December||Exams|
|Friday 25 December to Friday 1 January||No lectures|
|Monday 4 January to Friday 29 January||Exams and resits|
|Monday 1 February||Start second semester|
Where can I buy my study books and study material?
Information about the study material can be found in the Prospectus and Brightspace.
Does the study association have an introduction programme?
For information about the student association De L.K.V., see this website.
Where do I go for any further information I may need?
A lot of information can be found online. Maybe the answer to your question can also be found here? First, try paying a visit to one of these pages:
- General information about studying at Leiden University (general tab)
- Starting your studies: what will it look like in times of corona?
- Student website
Do you have any questions about your registration at Leiden University? For example about paying your tuiton? Try the Student Affairs Front Office.
Can’t find your question and answer online? Contact the Coordinator of Studies of the ResMA Arts and Culture: Pui Chi Lai via email@example.com.