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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!

Welcome to Leiden

Practical matters

You can find a wide range of practical information about your study programme here on the student website. From academic and administrative matters, to advisory services and social activities. To get the most out of the website, first read the guide to Finding your way around the student website


Sign up for an introduction programme! It’s the best way to get to know the city, student life and your fellow students.

  • EL CID (Enige Leidse Committee Introduction Days)
    The EL CID week is the introduction week for all first-year students in Leiden. Read more about the EL CID.
  • HOP  (The Hague Orientation Programme)
    The HOP week is the introduction programme for Bachelor and Master students (also international) in the Hague. Read more about the HOP.
  • OWL (Orientation Week Leiden)
    The OWL is the introduction week for international students. Read more about the OWL.
  • Get started on your future
    Get started on your future is a programme intended to give students, who are the first in their families to go to university, with a clear picture of what it’s like to study at Leiden University. Read more about the programme (in Dutch)
  • Study programme introductions
    Most study programmes have their own introduction activities. Depending on the faculty you’ll receive more information by email or by post. Also take a look under your faculty or study programme tab.


By joining an association you’ll meet a wide range of people and get more out of your time as a student. As well as student and study association, Leiden and The Hague also have many other social associations, for example sports, religious and cultural associations. Read more about associations.

Affordable sport

As a Leiden University student you can take part in a wide range of sports, for an affordable price, at the University Sports Centre. Read more about the University Sports Centre.

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.

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