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.
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.
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.
You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.
Make sure you know where you have to be and when on your first day.
Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.
Familiarise yourself with the study facilities
Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University.
All the details of your studies are recorded in uSis. From your first registration as a student until your graduation.
Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
- Is my registration complete?
- Where is the Institute of Political Science located?
- When does my programme start?
- Are there any introduction days I can attend?
- Where do I find information about my courses?
- When and where are my classes?
- How do I enroll in my courses?
- Where can I find help when I have questions about how to use uSis?
- When and how do I contact the Board of Examiners?
- Where do I turn to when I have ideas or proposals to further improve the quality of my programme?
- Does Political Science have a study association?
- What do I use Blackboard for and how does it work?
- Where do I find the Course and Exam Regulations of my programme?
- To whom do I turn with personal circumstances or questions concerning study planning and study delay?
- Where do I go with any (practical) questions I may have?
If you have
- been admitted to the programme;
- registered in Studielink for the programme (please check in Studielink whether you have completed all necessary steps); and
- have paid the tuition fee
then your study registration is completed. You will receive your student card within a couple of weeks. Besides all this you need to request a LU card. With that card you can use print and copy machines, take books from the university libraries, etc.
The Institute is located on the 5th floor of the Pieter de la Court building within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Leiden.
Some classes, lectures and other activities may take place at other locations of Leiden University. The classes of the master specialisations that are offered in The Hague for the most part take place at the Wijnhaven building in The Hague:
For an overview of all Leiden University locations, see
- MSc specialisations taught in Leiden: We kick off with a welcome meeting on Monday 3 September 2018, from 12:30-13:00 in room SB11 (souterrain, Pieter de la Court building). The Director of Studies will provide you with information and answer questions about the Institute and the programme.
Your first lecture (Great Debates) will follow from 13:00-15:00 in the same room. After your first class(es) we invite you to join us for some drinks in the Common Room on the 5th floor from 15:00 till 16:30 to meet some of the staff members.
- MSc specialisations taught in The Hague: We would like to invite you to a welcome meeting on Monday 3 September 2018. The meeting will take place from 10.00-10.30 a.m. in Wijnhaven Building, room 3.60. During this meeting you will be informed about the Institute and the programme.
Your first lecture (Great Debates) will be also on Monday 3 September, 11:00-13:00 in Stichthage Building, above the Central Station (13th floor). This is within walking distance from Wijnhaven.
For students who are new to the Netherlands and/or would like to learn more about studying in Leiden and who would like to get to know their fellow students, Leiden University organizes the OWL (Orientation Week Leiden). Students are provided with practical information about both the university and the city of Leiden.
› http://orientationweek.org/ (Leiden)
For the programmes that are offered in The Hague Leiden University organises the HOP (in August only).
› http://www.hopweek.org/en/ (The Hague)
In your programme’s e-Prospectus you will find a description of the contents, methods of instruction, and course materials of each course:
- Political Science: International Organisation (The Hague)
- Political Science: Nederlandse Politiek (The Hague)
- Political Science: International Politics (Leiden)
- Political Science: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development (Leiden)
- Political Science: Parties, Parliaments and Democracy (Leiden)
- Political Science: Political Legitimacy and Justice (Leiden)
Your course schedules are online on our website and can be accessed via the e-Prospectus (via timetable under each course description). Please consult the timetables regularly before the start of a course because they are subject to change.
The information about the registration procedure for your courses can be consulted in the e-Prospectus under the tab pages ‘preliminary info’.
Please first take a look at the uSis instructions and the FAQ. If that doesn't help, you can consult the uSis helpdesk (uSisemail@example.com).
The Board of Examiners deals with individual requests to deviate from the official Course & Examination Regulations (CER)—such as requests for exemptions or following courses in a different order as stipulated. Students can also turn to the Board of Examiners in case of delay due to personal, medical, or family circumstances.
Requests made to the Board of Examiners have to be in written form and addressed as follows:
Institute of Political Science
Secretary of the Board of Examiners
P.O. Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden
The programme committees advise the institute and faculty councils about everything that concerns the bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Students are encouraged to submit ideas or proposals to further improve the quality of our programmes. The programme committees deal with various issues related to programme quality control, including the discussion of individual course evaluations, the yearly approval of the Course and Examination Regulations, the educational programme, and proposals for reforms. For the student members of the programme committees there are elections each year.
All bachelor’s and master’s students studying Political Science at Leiden University are invited to join SPIL, the study association of our Institute. SPIL was founded in 1981 and has been growing ever since into a blossoming community. It organises all kinds of activities such as excursions, journeys, lectures, social events, etc. SPIL also offers a platform where you can strengthen your professional skills in committees or in its board, and where you find inspiration for your future career as a political scientist.
Blackboard is a digital system that professors use to post announcements concerning their course, electronic articles, course manuals, etc. You must enroll yourself for your courses on blackboard by clicking the link below. Please note that enrolment on blackboard is necessary to read important course information, but is not the same as official course registration (about which you will be informed by the secretariat or the electronic course prospectus). Official course registration does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment.
Since plagiarism is cheating, and because plagiarism by definition undermines the scientific enterprise, cases of plagiarism are taken very seriously by the university community and are punishable by sanctions.
The Institute of Political Science uses the programme Turnitin to detect plagiarism in students’ written work. All written work (including short assignments/essays, comprehensive final papers, and theses) must be submitted by the student through Turnitin (besides a printed copy), which can be accessed via the relevant course in Blackboard. Turnitin compares texts submitted by students with an extensive database of source documents, including papers and theses of other students and electronic documents on the internet, and evaluates the texts for similarities. For each text submitted by a student, the instructor receives a report from Turnitin on identified similarities and will on this basis take any necessary action.
To whom do I turn with personal circumstances or questions concerning study planning and study delay?
The study adviser gives advice to students about their study planning and study progress. In case of personal, medical or family circumstances students can talk to their study adviser to discuss the situation, the need for professional help, the consequences for their study progress, and the possible options for minimizing study delay.
The study advisers for the master's programmes are:
- Ms. Drs. Alma Caubo for students of the four master specialisations that are offered in Leiden and for the students of the research master.
- Ms. Drs. Ester Blom for students of the two master specialisations that are offered in The Hague.
Students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences can contact the Faculty’s Student Services Center with questions of a practical, administrative nature.
› Student Services Centre (Leiden & The Hague branches)