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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.

Changes due to corona measures 

Some of the facilities and activities mentioned below may be changed or adapted due to corona measures. Click through to the webpage of the facility or activity in question to find the latest information. 

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. 

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 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

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

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. 

Find out about the IT facilities and other services that you can make use of when studying online. 

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.

KEEP IN MIND: the information below is out of date and will soon be updated for the study year 2020 - 2021.


Start of the programme English language and culture

Does the department have an introductory programme?

The introductory programme for first-year students of English will be on Tuesday the 3rd of September 2019 from 11.00 - 17.00 hours in Lipsius 0.11. You will receive more information when you have completed the registration form.

When and where is my first lecture?

The first lecture will take place on Monday the 9th of September: lecture Philology 1 at 10.15 am in Lipsius 0.19.

Where can I find the prospectus and lecture timetable?

You can find information about your study programme in the e-Prospectus. The lecture timetable and academic calendar can be found on the website for the programme English Language and Culture.

Do you have to register somewhere (again)?

When your registration in Studielink and your application with Leiden University are sent to the department, you will receive an email with the request to complete the programme registration form as soon as possible. We will send you more detailed information about the introductory programme when we have received this form in good order.

How do I enrol for tutorials?

The education administration will enrol you for all first-year lectures and tutorials/seminars in uSis. Most classes use Blackboard. You need to register yourself separately for the Blackboard modules. You can log in with your ULCN-account.

Where can I buy my study books and study material?

You can buy all study books for your first year online at a discount via the Albion Association. Registered students will receive more information by email. Readers and syllabi can be ordered via Readeronline, or will be available on Blackboard (see Prospectus).

How can I eliminate deficiencies?

Not applicable. There are no specific requirements for vwo students.

Does my study association have an introductory programme?

The study association will announce their introductory programme to its (new) members in the introductory email sent by the department and at the first-year introduction day. The magazine- and theatre association will also introduce themselves this way.

What is Humanities Lab?

The Humanities Lab is the Honours College programme for the Faculty of Humanities.

The Honours College offers motivated students an extra challenge on top of the regular bachelor programme. Develop and make the most of your talents by choosing an honours path that suits you! You can start with the Honours College: Humanities Lab as early as in the second semester of your first year.

Where can I find more information?

You will receive an email with more detailed information about the introductory programme when you have registered with Studielink and have completed the programme registration form. If you have any further questions after reading this information please contact the education administration by email: osz-oa-eyckhof@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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