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An introduction week is the best way to get to know your new city, student life and your fellow students.
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.
You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.
Make sure you know where you have to be and when on your first day.
Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.
Familiarise yourself with the study facilities
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All the details of your studies are recorded in uSis. From your first registration as a student until your graduation.
Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.
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
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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.
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.
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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.
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
Frequently asked questions about the start of the study MA Middle Eastern Studies (research).
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, 30 January, 2020.
Programme Introductory Meeting MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research), Thursday, 30 January, 2020.
|13.45 - 14.00 hs||Coffee and cookies||All MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research) students||VRIESH4 / Café Noord|
|14.00 – 14.45 hs||Welcome & general info on the programme||All MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research) students||VRIESH2 / 004|
|14.45 – 15.30 hs||Information on Research Schools||All MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and MA Asian Studies (research) students||VRIESH4 / Café Noord|
|15.30 – 16.30 hs||Information on courses||All MA Middle Eastern Studies and MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) students||VRIESH2 / 004|
|16.30 hs||Drinks||All students||Vriesh4/ Café Noord|
|Friday, 31 January, afternoon (tba)||Information on courses||All MA Asian Studies and MA Asian Studies (research) students||tba|
Directions and map
Where and when is my first lecture?
Your first lecture will take place on Monday, 3 February 2020.
How do I get hold of my prospectus and lecture timetable?
For information on the exam periods, (official) holidays, etc see the Academic Calendar 2019-2020.
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 timetable 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.