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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.

Read more about introduction weeks  

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.

Read more about ULCN accounts

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.

Read more about the LU card

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

Read more about course and exam enrolment

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

Read more about schedules and classrooms

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

Read more about books and study materials 

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.

Read more about uSis

Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

Read more about Blackboard

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.

Read more about uMail

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.

Download the app

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.  

Read more about 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.

USC Leiden

USC 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.


Welcome to the Master’s specialization in European Law. This year, we expect around 70 students who will start this LL.M. programme, organised by the Europa Institute. Our faculty staff is excited to meet you and to teach you all aspects of European Law. The aim of the programme is to create (academic) EU lawyers that understand and can apply the unique logic of European Law.

Welcome new students!

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Practical Information

Date: 4 February 2019
Time: 15:00-17:00
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG), B035
Programme: Induction session & zero-check exam

The first hour will be an induction session to the Programme by the coordinators. During this session, we will introduce ourselves and provide you with further details about the structure, course contents and practicalities of the LL.M. European Law programme.

In the second hour you will have to complete a “zero-check” exam, an entry test allowing us to determine the level of knowledge of each student at the beginning of the course. This test is compulsory, but does not count towards any final grade.

Register for the meeting here.

From 29 January - 1 February, you are kindly invited to attend the Leiden University Orientation Week. Please do not forget to register for these days in advance! It is very important that you attend all the events organized by the Admissions Office as they have been designed especially to help you become accustomed to The Netherlands, the University and most importantly, your studies here.

Throughout the year we will be using the Law School’s electronic learning environment Blackboard. It is important that you regularly check Blackboard as all course-related announcements will be made on this platform. Not all pages are available yet, but they will be available just before the course starts.

You should receive your UCLN user name and log-in details at the address that you indicated in your application. As soon as you have received your UCLN user name and login, log-in to Blackboard.
Practical information and contacts for technical assistance.

Make sure you enroll on Blackboard for the following courses:

  1. The LL.M’s general Blackboard environment (LLM European Law [1819])
  2. EU Internal Market and Competition Law [1819]

You can find the course schedule at the LL.M. European Law Blackboard environment under Couse Information. The term runs from Monday 4 February until 5 July 2019. The (retake) exam period is scheduled from 27 May until 28 June 2019. The first term of the academic year 2018-2019 starts 2 September 2019 and runs until 20 December 2018.

The programme structure, course descriptions and reading lists of the LL.M. European Law programme 2018-2019 can be found in the e-prospectus

You are expected to study the basics of EU law prior to the course. For this purpose, please read Anthony Arnull, European Union Law: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017). We will presume you are accustomed with the information in the booklet for the zero-check exam.

For lectures registration is not required. For working groups however, you do need to register via uSis. You can register in uSis for a working group 28 days before the start of the course. Registration closes 6 days before the start of the course. After that it is only possible to register for a working group via the secretariat (europeanlaw@law.leidenuniv.nl).

European Union Student Association
European Law Students' Association

To facilitate your start at Leiden University we kindly request you to address your queries to the right department:

  • If you have any general questions about studying in Leiden, please consult https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education.
  • For questions relating to your university registration and payment please visit the Plexus Student Centre.
  • Should you have specific questions regarding your own application or residence permits, and town hall registration, please contact your personal Admissions Officer at the Leiden University Admissions Office.
  • For queries regarding the status of your application, visa, housing, tuition fees, contact the Student Front Office (Plexus): +31 (0)71 527 8011. In case you haven’t received your personal university log-in details yet, please call the Student Front Office first, to check the status of your application.
  • For IT problems regarding your account, Blackboard, please contact the helpdesk: helpdesk@issc.leidenuniv.nl
  • For problems regarding registration for courses in uSis, please contact the OIC (Onderwijs Informatie Centrum) at oic@law.leidenuniv.nl  or call them at +31 (0)71 527 8787. For more information about uSis, please see the FAQ here.

Should you have any further questions about the programme or the content, feel free to contact Ms Pauline Vincenten.

We are looking forward to meeting you all in February!

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