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.
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
Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Does the department have an introductory programme?
Yes, we will organise a compulsory Introduction Day for the BA programme in Leiden on Tuesday 4 September 2018. You will receive an e-mail with the programme a few weeks before the introduction day.
There are language introduction courses on Thursday 6 September 2018 and Friday 7 September 2018.
Where and when is my first lecture?
Your first lecture will take place on Monday 10 September 2018 in Leiden.
How do I get hold of my prospectus and lecture timetable?
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 are handed in before 1 September 2018. To complete your registration with International Studies, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions.
How do I register for courses?
Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”. If you encounter any difficulties with uSis, please get in contact with De Vrieshof Education Administration Office.
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 next year, with the required literature. You can visit studieboekenkorting.nl. This online bookstore provides the possibility to order all required books for this programme at once.
Where do I go for any further information I may need?
For further information please visit our programme website or contact the coordinators of studies. Email: email@example.com.