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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 the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University!

The MSc CA/DS programme starts at Monday 3 September 2018 with an introductory meeting. 

Time 11:00 - 15:00 
Location: Pieter de la Court Building, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room: 5.A47

During the first meeting, 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 describe 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 first week onwards, you are expected to work on the development of your research topic.

Also, you should consider which of our faculty you prefer to have as an individual supervisor. You can find information on research at the website of CA-OS. All senior (PhD holding) staff-members of the Institute CA-DS are (in principle) available for individual MSc supervision. 

The study programme and course descriptions are offered in the e-Prospectus. To see the course programme, choose the specialisation you are interested in.

Students that have applied for the programme will get emails with more information in the last week of July and the last week of August.

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