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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.

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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.

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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.

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You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.

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Make sure you know where you have to be and when on your first day.

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Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.

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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.

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Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.  

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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 your studies

Does the department have an introductory programme?

Yes, we will organise a compulsory Introduction Day for the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research)  programme in Leiden on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Programme Introductory Meeting MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research),  Thursday, January 31, 2019.






10.00 - 10.30 hs

Coffee and cookies

All MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research) students

VRIESH4 / Café Noord

10.30 - 11.15 hs

Welcome & general info on the programme

All MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research) students

VRIESH4 / 007

11.15 - 12.00 hs

Information on courses

All MA Middle Eastern Studies and MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) students

VRIESH4 / 008A

12.00 - 13.00 hs


All MA Middle Eastern Studies, MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research) students

VRIESH4 / Café Noord

Directions and map

Directions on how to get from Leiden Central Station to the Faculty of Humanities.

Most rooms are situated at the 
Witte Singel Doelen-Complex, the location of the Faculties of Humanities.

Where and when is my first lecture?

Your first lecture will take place on Monday, 4 February.

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

You can find the courses for the academic year 2018-2019 and the detailed course descriptions in the e-Prospectus. Find your programme under Middle Eastern Studies (research)) to view all courses on offer. The schedule is available on the programme website.

For information on the exam periods, (official) holidays, etc see the Academic Calendar 2018-2019.

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, as listed in your admission statement, are handed in before 1 February. Only if you are a graduate from Leiden University, you do not have to hand in a certified diploma or statement regarding your graduation.

Registration for courses

Once your registration with Leiden University is complete and you have received your Student Identity Number, log in name and password, you will be able to enroll online for all courses (and later for exams) through uSis. You will also have to enroll for courses at Blackboard.

Where can I buy my study books and study material?

To find out what books you will need for next year, you can visit the e-Prospectus. Here you will find the course descriptions of the courses you will be taking, with the required literature.

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

General information on the programme is available at the Middle Eastern Studies (research) (MA) website. You will have to log in the first time you visit this page. Once you have done this your cookies will enable you to enter this page further without problems. At this website you will find, for example, the schedules of the forthcoming semester. For questions related to more general issues of registration, housing and other practicalities around your coming to Leiden and Leiden University, please, refer to the FAQ base.

For any other questions you may contact the student advisor, Ms. Nicole van Os at stucovrieshof@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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