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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.

Corona measures

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. 

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 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.

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

Brightspace is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

Read more about Brightspace

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

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.  

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.



Further information

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.

Is my registration complete?

After your enrolment in Studielink and your enrolment at Leiden University have been forwarded to your study programme, you will receive an email requesting you to fill in a registration form and information about the start of your studies.

Which courses am I taking and when?

Information about the study programme can be found in the Prospectus. You can find the schedule and academic calendar on the programme tab of this page.

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 a mandatory introduction programme for students of the (Res)MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations on Tuesday 1 September from 13.00 to 18.00. The first meeting with your mentor and tutor will be on Wednesday 2 September. The programme will be primarily organised online. The exact programme will be announced in August.

Where and when is my first lecture?

More information about your first lecture will be announced later.

What will the first semester look like?

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
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?

You can find a list of the study books and materials in the Prospectus

Readers can be bought on Readeronline.

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:

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 Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Lianne Decoz, cac@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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