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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 at the Faculty of Science. 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 or advisor of studies.

Welcome to the Astronomy master's programme! For a successful start of your two-year education programme, please carefully read all information below.

Intake with the Astronomy study advisor

In the Summer preceding the academic year in which you start your Astronomy master's, the Astronomy study advisor will invite you for an intake meeting. The Astronomy study coordinator is located in room 567 of the Oort Building. The main objective of the intake meeting is to discuss your Master Study Plan and your research interests. This means that you have some homework to do before you start.

  1. Draft your Master Study Plan. Click here for instructions.
  2. Think about the area(s) in which you would like to carry out your First Research Project. Together with the Astronomy study advisor, you will identify at least three potential supervisors for your First Research Project. You will then later talk to all of them in person before deciding whom to work with. Keep in mind that the First Research Project and the Master's Research Project cannot be in the same areas of research.

Meet the Astronomy study coordinator

Upon your arrival at Leiden University and the institute of Leiden Observatory, make sure to meet the Astronomy study coordinator, who will help you with many practical matters. The Astronomy study coordinator is located in room 564 of the Oort Building.

Download the Astronomy Bluffer's Guide!

The Astronomy Bluffer's Guide provides incoming Astronomy master's students with a practical introduction to studying at Leiden Observatory. Please note that this document only covers Astronomy-related issues. General information about the Faculty of Science and Leiden University can be found on their respective tabs.

Astronomy Bluffer's Guide 2018-2019

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