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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.

Changes due to corona measures 

Some of the facilities and activities mentioned below may be changed or adapted due to corona measures. Click through to the webpage of the facility or activity in question to find the latest information. 

Also take a look at the Studying in times of corona website. Here you can find up-to-date information about online study and other matters that might be slightly different at the moment. 

This academic year, education will take place partially online and partially on campus. Learn more about what your upcoming year will look like in the film Blended Learning at Leiden University

To arrange before your studies

An introduction week is the best way to get to know your new city, student life and your fellow students.

Adapted programme due to corona measures
As a result of the corona situation, alternative programmes have been arranged that will consist of both online and on-location activities. Of course, the organisers will make sure that all the necessary precautionary measures are in place. 

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

You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.

Read more about course and exam enrolment

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

Read more about schedules and classrooms

Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.

Read more about books and study materials 

Familiarise yourself with the facilities and services

As a first-year bachelor’s student you will be assigned a student as a mentor and a lecturer as a tutor to help find your way around the new city and degree programme. The tutor groups consist of ten to fifteen students.

Read more about mentors and tutors

Find out about the IT facilities and other services that you can make use of when studying online. 

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

Changes due to corona measures

Also take a look at the Studying in times of corona website. Here you can find up-to-date information about online study and other matters that might be slightly different at the moment. 

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

In the Prospectus you can find information about the courses within your study programme.

Take a look in the Prospectus

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

Learn about the guidance and advice services for students. 

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Get more out of student life

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

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.



Further information

For further information, advice and tips, watch the Get Started at Leiden University YouTube playlist

Starting your Master's at the Institute of Education and Child Studies

This webpage offers information to get started in the Master's programme Education and Child Studies.

Due to the Corona measures, the possibilities for teaching on campus at Leiden University are very limited. Where that can be done responsibly and safely, education is given physically in Leiden. However, keep in mind that between 1 February and 1 September 2021 all Master classes, will be taught online. We follow government policy closely and if this gives rise to changes, we will inform you about this as soon as possible.

If you have received your Unconditional Admission Statement, you are admitted to the Master’s programme. You took steps to register in Studielink. You paid the tuition fee and now you can start the Master’s programme. In most cases your registration is finalized at Leiden University before February 1st 2021. You can check to determine whether your registration is complete.

International Master's students will be invited per email for an individual appointment with their study adviser.

This outline shows the structure of the different specialisations in English of the Master's programme in Education and Child Studies. Please refer to the courses in the second semester.

In the online Prospectus each course is described extensively. You will find information about the content, the learning outcomes, mode of instruction, assessment method and the literature.

Information about the course literature can be found in the Prospectus. Bear in mind that changes can be made in the reading list. These changes will be announced at least five weeks before the course begins. The definitive version of the reading list can be found on Brightspace when the course is open.

Course material like books can be ordered at any (academic) bookstore. Order your books in time. Delivery times sometimes mount up to two weeks.

Course material like readers can be ordered via webshop ReaderOnline.

This is the schedule per specialisation of the Master's programme Education and Child Studies.

ULCN stands for ‘University Leiden Community Network’. When your registration at Leiden University is finalized you receive a letter with your personal ULCN-account and your password. You need these in order to be able to use umail, Brightspace and uSis, the most important internet facilities for students.

uSis is the internet application in which personal information and study results of all students are registered. It is mandatory to enrol yourself in lectures and examinations via uSis.

Elaborate information about uSis and uSis support is available on our website.

The schedule of a course consists of several activities: lectures, working groups and exams. You have to enroll yourself for each activity separately with a code in uSis. The code is specified in the Prospectus in the course description. There is a deadline after which enrolment isn’t possible any more.

Read more about information concerning the rules and regulations and the Student Service Centre ››

NOTE The Master project (20 ects) is a mandatory part of all Master specialisations. In the second half of January 2021, you will receive all information by e-mail about the Master's projects on offer and how to register for a project. You do not have to register in uSis for the Masterproject.

Brightspace is the digital learning environment which plays an important role in the Master courses. You need to be enrolled in the courses on Brightspace to be able to read the information that is placed on Brightspace by the lecturer. You will be automatically enrolled for a Brightspace course as soon as you have registered for the course in uSis.

The Master project (20 ects) is a mandatory part of all Master specialisations. In the second half of January 2021, you will receive all information by e-mail about the Master's projects on offer and how to register for a project.

On our website you'll find information about the Master’s project. You can download the Prospectus for Master’s project with detailed information about the Master’s project.

Additional information on the Master’s project can be found in the online Prospectus. Here you can also find the name of the co-ordinator of the Master’s project in your specialisation.

Each specialisation in the Master’s programme Education and Child Studies contains an internship. Contact persons per specialisation can be found in the course descriptions of the internship on the website of the Internship Bureau.

The Prospectus Master’s Internship contains information about the objectives of the internship, the preparation, implementation and support. This prospectus can also be found on the website of the Internship Bureau.

The Institute of Educational and Child Studies publishes a Welcome Brochure which contains all kinds of information to help you quickly find your way around the Institute of Education and Child Studies and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

  • The Student Affairs Front Office You can consult the front office on matters regarding registration at the university, about the tuition fee, etc.   
  • Student Service Centre (SSC) on the ground floor of the Pieter de la Court Building, about registration of grades and enrolment in classes and exams via uSis, etc.
  • The study advisers of the Master’s programme Education and Child Studies and the Research master Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies about drawing up your study plan in the master, study progress, personal situation.
  • Psychological counselling for international students
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