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Welcome at the Faculty of Humanities. All information you will need to start with your studies, you will find on the programme's tab from 15 August 2022 onwards.
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.
At this moment, we are updating the information on this page for the academic year 2022-2023. Starting 15 August 2022, the information should be updated.
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 email@example.com.
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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.
All Humanities students are required to register for all lectures, tutorials, and exams. You can do this via MyStudymap. This applies to both the compulsory components as well as the study activities that you choose to complete as part of the elective programme (minor). The only exceptions to this rule are the final bachelor’s paper and the master’s thesis; you do not need to register for these.
First-year, full-time bachelor’s students are usually registered by their department for courses starting in September. However, these students too should check-in time whether they have been registered. For the lectures that start in February, they will need to register for courses themselves.
For the literature list, see the course descriptions in the course catalogue in the Prospectus. Readers and syllabi can be purchased at readeronline.leidenuniv.nl, some study associations also hold a book sale.
Start of your studies
The introductory programme for MA International Relations is on Tuesday 6 September 2022 from 09:15 to 11:00 at Lipsius 0.11.
After this, there will be sessions for each respective specialisation:
- Culture and Politics: Tuesday 6 September 2022 from 11:00 to 12:00 at Huizinga 0.06
- European Union Studies and European Politics and Society: Tuesday 6 September 2022 from 11:15 to 12:00 at Lipsius 0.11
- Global Conflict in the Modern Era: Tuesday 6 September 2022 11:00 to 12:00 at Vrieshof 2 0.04
- Global Order in Historical Perspectives: Wednesday 7 September 2022 from 11:5 to 12:00 at Lipsius 1.48
- Global Political Economy: Tuesday 6 September from 11:15 to 12:00 at Lipsius 0.03
|Thursday 8 September 2022 - Friday 22 October 2022||Semester I: lectures block 1|
|Monday 24 October 2022 - Friday 28 October 2022||Mid-terms|
|Monday 31 October 2022 - Friday 16 December 2022||Semester I: lectures block 2|
|Monday 19 December 2022 - Friday 23 December 2022
Monday 2 January 2023 - Friday 27 January 2023
|Exams and resits|
You can use MyTimetable to view all timetables of the Faculty of Humanities and create your own personal timetable.
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.
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.
There will be no tutor or mentor groups for this programme.
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
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
Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University. The student card is a digital card and can be found in the University Leiden app after activation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The study association for MA International Relations is ISSA.
The study association for MA European Unions Studies is LEUSSA.
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.