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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.

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 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.

Read more about uSis

Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.

Read more about Blackboard

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

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.  

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.

USC Leiden

USC The Hague

red carpetIs my registration complete?

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.

Where is the Institute of Political Science located?

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.

Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, Netherlands

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:

Wijnhaven building, Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague, Netherlands   

For an overview of all Leiden University locations, see


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When does my programme start?

  • 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.

Schedules MSc Political Science

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Are there any introduction days I can attend?

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)

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Where do I find information about my courses?

In your programme’s e-Prospectus you will find a description of the contents, methods of instruction, and course materials of each course:

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When and where are my classes?

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.

Schedules Leiden and the Hague MSc programmes

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How do I enroll in my courses?

The information about the registration procedure for your courses can be consulted in the e-Prospectus under the tab pages ‘preliminary info’.

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Where can I find help when I have questions about how to use uSis?

Please first take a look at the uSis instructions and the FAQ. If that doesn't help, you can consult the uSis helpdesk (uSis-helpdesk@sea.leidenuniv.nl).


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When and how do I contact the Board of Examiners?

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

Board of Examiners Institute of Political Science

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Where do I turn to when I have ideas or proposals to further improve the quality of my programme?

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.

Programme Committees Institute of Political Science

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Does Political Science have a study association?

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.


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What do I use Blackboard for and how does it work?

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.

Blackboard Quickstart Guide

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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.

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Where do I find the Course and Exam Regulations of my programme?

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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.

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Where do I go with any (practical) questions I may have?

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)

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