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.
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.
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 to Leiden
You will soon start your student life here in Leiden or The Hague. By taking time to prepare well you will get more from the start of your study!
An introduction meeting is held on Monday 4 February 2019 at the Restaurant in the Kamerlingh Onnes Building (Steenschuur 25, Leiden) for all new master's students starting in February. The meeting starts at 17.00 hrs with a word of welcome from the coordinator, followed by a tour, practical information, and a presentation on labor market orientation. After the meeting there will be drinks. This evening will bring you all the necessary information to start your year off well, and is an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow students and staff.
Please register here.
Information for new Bachelor, Exchange and Master students
Your ULCN account gives you access to a number of ICT Leiden University facilities, such as Blackboard, uSis and uMail. Read here about how you get your student account and study the instructions on how to start using Blackboard and uSis.
Once you have received and activated your ULCN account, you can apply directly for your LU card which serves as:
- proof of identification from Leiden University
- your Library card for the Leiden University Libraries
- your print and copy card and provides access to
- certain university buildings and areas
- parking areas
- Hortus Botanicus
Each programme has its own specific curriculum. See the e-prospectus for information about your curriculum, course content and required study materials.
Once you know which courses you will be taking and which study materials you will need, see the page books and study materials on how you can acquire the study materials.
Part-time students, 2nd, 3rd- year and higher students and master’s students use the e-prospectus and the seminar and lecture schedule to draw up their own schedule. See the schedules website. Full-time first-year students in a tutor group do not have to register for courses and exams. They can use the link to see the tutor group schedule.
Certain rules apply to registering for courses and exams. This is also the case for attending study programmes and exams. Besides this, apart from the regular exam periods there are possibilities you may be able to make use of provided you meet the required conditions. More information on this is available on the page registering for courses and exams.
Blackboard is the digital learning environment for students and is essential to start and follow your study programme correctly. Enrol for your separate courses so that you can submit assignments and receive important course notifications.
Most of your classes will take place in the KOG - the Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw; a map of the building can be found here.