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Welcome to Leiden University

You are about to start your studies at Leiden University. Make sure you are well prepared and get your studies off to a good start. Find out what you need to know and arrange by clicking on your faculty or study programme tab.

Start of the academic year 2022-2023

We look forward to welcoming you to our institute in the upcoming academic year. Below you can find all the information you need to prepare yourself well.

If you have been (un)conditionally admitted to our Master’s programme, you’ll receive an email from us outlining our plans for our teaching in the last week of July and the last week of August.

What to arrange before your studies begin

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

In the Prospectus you can find the CADS master's curriculum, including descriptions of all courses, required reading materials and schedules

Prospectus CADS master 2022-2023

You can use MyStudyMap to add courses and examinations to your schedule and to enroll for courses and exams.

You can find your schedule in MyTimeTable

MyTimetable is Leiden University’s timetabling publication tool. You can log in to MyTimetable with your ULCN account. MTT will only show a timetable after you've enrolled via MyStudyMap.

You can enrol for courses and exams in the first semester of the academic year 2022-2023. This will work differently than in previous years. You will now enrol via MyStudymap, which is a new part of the student portal. 

Plan your enrolments

In MyStudymap you can plan your enrolments in advance. This means you can plan everything in your own time, then submit all your course enrolments in one go at the start of the enrolment period. Please note: your enrolment plan is not an actual enrolment and does not guarantee you a place. 


You can find the enrolment deadlines for each course in the prospectus

Busy periods: ticket system

During busy periods, MyStudymap will make use of a ticket system to prevent the system becoming overloaded. You can read how this works on the page about Course and exam enrolment

Be prepared

In the Prospectus you can find per course the literature that will be used.

International student? Start preparing!

International students coming to Leiden requires lots of preparation. Here you will find all the information you need to make a good start in the CADS programme.

Prepare for your Stay website

For a list of things to take care of before you leave, please carefully read the Prepare for your Stay website with information about housing, visa, insurance, registrations and more.

Prepare your stay

Support and advice

You can contact the Study Coordinator with question about:
·        personal circumstances which are having an impact on your studies;
·        your academic progress and planning;
·        academic delay;

For further questions, which the study advisor cannot answer, you can contact the Master Coordinator 

  • Tom Legierse Education Secretary

    You can contact the Education Secretary with questions regarding: 

    • Internships
    • Exchange programmes
    • General information and questions about the Bachelor, Master and Pre-Master Programmes

The Student Services Centre FSW can help you with questions about timetables, grades, study results, etc.

Studying with a disability may require additional time and effort. The Fenestra Disability Centre is part of Plexus Student Centre. On their website you can find out what support is available at Leiden University so you can consider what might be helpful in your particular situation.

Website Fenestra Disability Centre

During your time as a student you will probably face a variety of challenges. Both in terms of studying and personal development, you might need a little help from time to time. Find out how you can boost your wellbeing and who you can turn to for support. Read more about wellbeing

Get to know key facilities

As it stands now, all teaching (lectures and tutorials) in the coming academic year will be organized as normal: on campus. Following University and Faculty policy, we will not offer hybrid/online teaching or record lectures, unless the government has put in place restrictive corona measures. (Or unless the course contains online parts or recordings for didactical reasons.) This means that students will have to be present on campus for lectures and tutorials. When students need specific study support, they need to contact their study advisor, who can explore the possibilities. 

Some exams will be organized on campus, other exams will be organized online. The course coordinator will inform the students about this well in advance.

More information about the University and Faculty policy can be found on the page 'How do we ensure that the quality of teaching does not suffer during crises?'.

Of course, it is possible that the government has to reintroduce restrictive corona measures. In that case we need to change the organization of our teaching, and we will inform you about this in time.

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

Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University. The student card is a digital card and can be found in the University Leiden app after activation.

Find out how to request and activate your LU-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

Brightspace is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

Read more about Brightspace

We use offline and online forms of education. Our new online learning environment is called Brightspace. Here, instructors place additional information about their course. To get an idea how it works, watch this video about Brightspace.

 All correspondence from the university will be sent to this address. So check your mail regularly. Also if you forward your uMail to your personal account, make sure you check your mail daily to not miss important information. 

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


For now, we are planning to kick off your master’s programme on 5 September with an introduction meeting.

The first lecture of Research Design will take place on 6 September for PiP and GE students. VE students will have their first Research Dewsign lecture on 5 September. Please check MyTimeTable for the latest updates (times and dates can change!).

During these first meetings, we will start with a brief presentation of the MSc programme. We will also make a first inventory of the topics each one of you would like to do research on. Therefore, you will be asked to come up with a (preliminary) topic for your MSc research project, to specify the location(s) where you would like to do fieldwork, what contacts you have in relation to that proposed research site, and whether you possess the relevant language competences. From the start of the programme onwards, you are expected to work full time on the crafting of your research proposal.

The study programme and course descriptions are offered in the Prospectus.

Get more out of your student days

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

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Itiwana is the study association of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology students in Leiden. We are the link between the students and the institute. We look after our students interests by selling study books, publishing magazines and organising study-related activities.

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The WDO is an Interfaculty Ethnological Association. In 1928, students of ethnology -what is now called ‘’anthropology’’- felt the need to expand their conversations on anthropological subjects outside of the lecture halls. Thus, the WDO was founded. Over the years, the main concept of WDO has stayed the same; students from Leiden University meeting up on a monthly basis to discuss anthropological themes.   

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.

Research Opportunities and Research Internships

Within the Global Ethnography specialisation, you can develop your own research project or make use of the research opportunities offered by our staff members.

You can find all the current available research opportunities on the Global Ethnography Research Opportunities page

Within the Sociology of Policy in Practice specialisation you will develop a research project on prevailing policy problems.

You can find all the current available Research Internships on the Policy in Practice Research Internships page. 

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