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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Familiarise yourself with the study facilities

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.

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Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.  

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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.

USC Leiden

USC The Hague

Starting your Masters at the Institute of Education and Child Studies

This webpage offers information to get started in the Master Programme Education and Child Studies or the Research Master Programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies.

Where can I find information about my registration as a student at Leiden University?

If you have received your Unconditional Admission Statement, you are admitted to the programme. You took steps to register in Studielink. You paid the tuition fee and now you can start the master programme. In most cases your registration is finalized at Leiden University before Febuary 1st 2019. You can check to determine whether your registration is complete.

Is there an introduction to the master programme?

You will be invited for an introduction per email.

What is the structure of my master programme?

This outline shows the structure of the different specialisations in English of the master programme Education and Child Studies. This is the outline of the Research Master Programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies.

Where can I find information about the courses?

In the online e-Prospectus each course is described extensively. You will find information about the content, the learning outcomes, the instruction form, the requirements for passing and the literature. Choose ‘E' for the master Education and Child Studies and ‘D’ for the Research master Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies.

Where can I find information about literature and other course materials?

Information about the course literature can be found in the e-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 Blackboard 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 our webshop ReaderOnline.

Where can I find my schedule/timetable?

This is the schedule per specialisation of the Master Programme Education and Child Studies and you will find the schedule of the Research Master there aswell.

Most classes take place in the Pieter de la Court building. When lectures or exams are on a different location in Leiden, the schedule shows information about where to find this location.

What is ULCN?

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, Blackboard and uSis, the most important internet facilities for students.

Read more about your student account ››

What is uSis?

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.

How do I enrol in lectures and exams via uSis?

The schedule of a course consists of several activities: lectures, working groups and examinations. You have to enrol yourself for each activity with a code in uSis. The code is specified in the e-Prospectus in the course description. Use this code and add a L, a W or a T for each activity. 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 ››

Students of the master programme Education and Child Studies will receive an email from the Bureau of the Institute of Education and Child Studies in August with information about enrolling in the course Practice of Empirical Research.

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard (BB) is the digital learning environment which plays an important role in the master courses. As of the second half of August, you can find additional information on Blackbooard about the courses you are about to attend. You have to enrol yourself in the courses on BB to be able to read the information that is placed on BB by the lecturer.

Please note: Enrolling for courses in Blackboard does NOT constitute official course registration! You always have to register for a course via uSis.

How do I find information on Blackboard?

  1. Go to Blackboard
  2. Log in with the username and password of your ULCN- account.
  3. Go to Courses and click on Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  4. Select in the field Browse Categories Pedagogische Wetenschappen and click Go.
  5. Select in the field Browse Categories Master 2018-2019 and click Go.
  6. Blackboard at this point shows the courses that are a part of several master specialisations. Click on the course which is part of your specialisation and click on Enrol and after that on Submit and on OK
  7. Select in the field Browse Categories your own master specialisation.
  8. Blackboard at this point shows the courses which are unique to your master specialisation. Click on them to enrol yourself.

Read the information on Blackboard carefully in advance to prepare yourself for the first lecture or meeting.

Master project

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

Additional information on the master project can be found in the e-Prospectus. Here you can also find the name of the co-ordinator of the master project in your specialisation.


Each specialisation in the master 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.

Important sources of information for students

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