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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

Brightspace
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 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.

Start of the BA Arts, Media and Society

Does the department have an introductory programme?

Yes, there is an introduction day on Tuesday, 3 September. You’re welcome to register and get to know your fellow students from 9.45 in lecture hall 003 of the Lipsius building. From 10.15 onwards, the introductory lecture will start, in which the staff will introduce themselves and you will receive general information about the introduction week.

In the afternoon, after the introductory lecture, the student association of Art History/Arts, Media and Society (
LKV) will organise a social programme during which you will get to know your fellow students, the LKV and Leiden.

Where and when is my first lecture?

On Thursday 5 September, excursions are planned from 9.00-17.00. These are part of the Freshman’s Class, one of your first semester courses. During the introduction lecture on 3 September, you will receive more information about the excursions.

Your first lecture is on Friday 6 September:

11.15-13.00,
How the World Makes Art, hall 011, Lipsius building, by Prof. dr. C.J.M. Zijlmans.

How do I get hold of my prospectus and lecture timetable?

You can find the courses for the academic year 2019-2020 and the detailed course descriptions in the e-Prospectus. The timetable and academic calendar is on the website of the Arts, Media and Society programme.

Is there anything more I need to do to complete my enrolment?

If the Admissions Office sent you a conditional decision upon admission, please make sure that all documents are handed in before 1 September. To complete your registration at the Arts, Media and Society programme, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions. The student administration will register you for your courses and seminars.

You will have to register yourself for your first year courses in the digital learning environment on
Blackboard. An instruction for this will be given during the introduction week.

Where can I buy my study books and study material?

You can order your study books with discount through the LKV.

What is Humanities Lab?

Humanities Lab is the Honours programme of the Faculy of Humanities.

The Honours programme challenges motivated students, who can handle a higher study load besides their regular bachelor programme. By choosing a honours traject that suits your interests, you will optimally develop your talents! If you’re performing well in the first semester, you can start to take Honours courses from the second semester of your first year onwards.

Where do I go for any further information I may need?

Ultimately in the last week of August, you will receive more detailed information about the programme for the introduction week. If you have any questions, contact the Coordinator of Students of the Arts, Media and Society programme through stuco-ba-kg@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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