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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 2021-2022

We are ready to welcome you to our institute next academic year. We assume the campus will be open for all our students and that much of our teaching will be in person once again. This means that all of our education takes place on campus. 

For international students who are unable to come to on-campus classes due to travel restrictions, quarantine or other covid-19 related reasons, we will try to arrange alternative education. 

However, we really want to emphasise that if there aren’t any limitations for you to travel to the Netherlands - like travel restrictions - we highly recommend that you travel to Leiden to start your study programme here. The sooner you join our community the better.

Please check the Leiden University FAQ about the start of the coming academic year on our website. Below you an find all the information you need to find your way quickly and prepare optimally.

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

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

Read more about schedules and classrooms

We are still working on the schedules for next year. As soon as they are final, we will publish them in our Prospectus. In the Prospectus you can find the CADS master's curriculum, including descriptions of all courses, required reading materials and schedules.

Details about the specific courses you will follow in the first year, can be found in the Prospectus.

Prospectus CADS master 2021-2022

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 Advisor with question about:
·        personal circumstances which are having an impact on your studies;
·        your academic progress and planning;
·        Binding Study Advice;
·        academic delay;
·        your choice of study programme and your future career path.

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

  • Tom Legierse Secretaris onderwijs

    You can contact the Education Secretary with questions regarding: 

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

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

The government has asked us to prepare for on campus education, but of course this is only possible if the corona situation allows and it is safe. We will not organize on campus education when it is not safe. We have to follow the rules and guidelines set out by the government and Leiden University. The government has announced that it will inform us about possible new regulations on 13 August. At that time, the government will take the developing and expected situation into account in its decisions. We cannot predict how the current situation will develop, and we have to wait for the decisions the government takes in August. When it turns out that on campus education is not possible (because it is not safe) we will switch to a form of education that can be organized in a for that moment feasible way, following instructions by the government and Leiden University. We will inform you about these possible changes as soon as we can.

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.

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

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.

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 6 September with an introduction meeting. The first lecture of Research Design will take place on 7 September. 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.

To see the course programme, choose your specialisation, and then the tab ‘September intake 2021’.

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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