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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.

USC Leiden

USC The Hague

Further information

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

The start of your International Bachelor in Psychology

In late August you will start studying Psychology! We are pleased to know you have chosen to study this programme in Leiden.

Since the situation around the coronavirus is constantly changing, it is possible that the information about our education might change. Therefore, we recommend to check this page regularly for updates.

Due to the coronavirus, education and studying at Leiden University will be different from usual in 2020-2021. Per programme the ratio of online and physical education might differ. For Psychology we have decided to offer all Semester 1 courses and examinations in an online format.

If the situation in the Netherlands continues to improve, we may be able to also organise on campus activities for some courses, while, of course, adhering to safety regulations.

Your first days

At the Introduction Day on 31 August, you will be introduced to the Psychology programme. This day will be held entirely online. We would like to decrease the distance between you, your teachers, and your classmates as much as possible. Unfortunately, this year it's not possible to organise the Introdyction Day on-campus. Through live streams and informative videos we want to give you a warm welcome and provide you with the necessary information.

For all relevant information and a programme of the Introduction Day, look at the Eventpage Introduction Day Bachelor Psychology.

Living in the Netherlands

Since all education will be held online, with only some activities on campus where possible, you might wonder whether you will need to move to Leiden for the first semester. Since all mandatory education will be online and on campus activities are only for students who have indicated that they are willing and able to follow on campus education, it will not be a problem if you cannot attend activities physically. Eventually there will be a gradual transition to more physical on-site education, thus, finding housing on time is strongly recommended.

Updates about studying in Leiden in light of the corona situation is provided on: Studying: what will it be like in the near future for first year students?

Start preparing!

For international students coming to Leiden takes lots of preparation. On this page you will find all the information you need to have a good start in the IBP programme.

First of all, for all international students, this information is indispensable:

  • For a list of things to take care of before you leave, please carefully read our Prepare for your Stay website.
  • Notice: we are organising a service in August where practical matters like residence permit procedures (if applicable), town hall registration, health insurance arrangements, opening a bank account can be arranged all at once! Read more on this warm welcome service.
  • Here you will find tips on room search, student card and more.

Study Association Labyrint

Study association Labyrint is here to help you during your studies. As a member of labyrint you will receive discounts on study books, summaries, tutoring and all activities organized by Labyrint. 

The activities Labyrint organizes vary from lectures to congresses and from parties to social activities. These activities provide a good opportunity to get to know your study mates and create some friendships. There are no strings attached when joining Labyrint so it's up to you whether you join only for the discounts or because you like to party.

For more informatio see the website of Study Association Labyrint

Psychology books

The books you will be using in the first 'block'  (August 31 - beginning of November) can be ordered from the webstore of Labyrint, our Study Association. You receive a discount on books if you become a member of Labyrint. 

Labyrint ships the books abroad for €9,95. Due to the implications of the coronavirus, Labyrint's book distributor cannot ship books to all countries. For questions about this, you can contact the book distributor Studystore.

You can also buy the books elsewhere but please pay attention to the ISBN number. If this number corresponds with the ISBN code we supply in the section below, you know for sure you are buying the right book.

Here you find the books that you will need for the courses of Block 1. 

Introduction to Psychology

Gray, P. & Bjorklund, D.F. (2018), Psychology (8th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers. ISBN-10: 1-319-15051-9. ISBN-13: 978-1-319-15051-8.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics

Leary, M.L. (2012) Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods (6th edition). Boston: Pearson. ISBN 978-1-29202-027-3

Howell, D.C. (2014). Statistical Methods for Psychology (Leiden edition). Wadsworth: Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-4737-2028-2

Pallant, J. (2020). SPSS Survival Manual (7th edition). Berkshire: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-3352-4949-7

History of Psychology

Literature available on Brightspace


For some courses you will need to purchase readers. These readers are a type of syllabus which provides additional information or exercises for certain courses. The readers will be available online in the digital learning environment Brightspace.

Useful apps and websites

Our ICT services, including the Leiden University App, help to make studying easier. In the app you will find all kinds of services, which you can start using once you received a ULCN account. Click on the tabs to read more about these ICT services

The current website you are visiting is the Leiden University student website. This page is meant specifically for students and contains all important information to make your studies a success. In the following video the student website is explained.

Explanation Student Website

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As a student of Leiden University you will receive a uMail address, where you can log in with your ULCN account. All correspondence from the university will be sent via uMail. Make sure to check it regularly, so you stay informed. Tip: You can forward the mails to your private email address.

The overview of lectures, work groups and examinations can be found on the Psychology Schedules website. Note that you will be placed in a tutor group with who you will follow the workgroups in late August. The assignment to your tutor group will determine your schedule which will be accessible at the start of the year through uSis.

Curious when holidays and exams will be? Take a look at the Academic Year Calendar

Details about courses you will take, can be found in the Prospectus. Information about the upcoming academic year, will soon be published. For a more general overview, you can check the IBP Programme Schedule 

In the following video it is discussed what the prospectus is and how it will help you during your studies.

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In the first year of the programme we will register you in the lectures and work groups of all of your courses. As of late August your personal study schedule will be visible in uSis. Next to viewing your schedule, you will also use uSis to find your grades, track your progress and registration for exams.

You will need to register for examinations yourself, but don’t worry; at the introduction day you will learn how to do this. 

In the following video you will be introduced to uSis.


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We use offline and online forms of education. Our online learning environment is Brightspace. Here, instructors place additional information about their course. To get an idea on how it works, watch this video about Brightspace.

For detailed instructions on how to use Brightspace, read the instruction manual at the Support Site Brightspace

The first block courses and the study advice module will be available in Brightspace from 29 August 2020. 

Several facilities are available for students such as the University Sports Centre, study places and the libraries. Also, there are online tools such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams and Onedrive.

On the website Facilities, Services and IT you can find more information on these facilities and on how to use them in times of corona.

An advice from third year student Olivier: "Make sure to develop a good studying routine right from the start. In the beginning, it's possible you underestimate the workload and as the course gets more difficult over time, good studying habits will pay off later."

More information?

Do you have more questions? Here are some more sources of information:

  • The handy welcome booklet. This contains everything you need to know for a good start to your studies: Welcome Booklet International Bachelor Psychology
  • The IBP Student Ambassador. With pressing questions about studying and student life, you can email Juri.
  • The IBP Study Advisers. For questions about your study, you can contact our Study Advisers.

@LeidenPsychology goes social!

Check out #StudentStories on the Leiden Psychology Facebook page
A good advice from teacher Friso:

'When I started studying at Leiden University, and now as a teacher, a common issue I hear students face is that they are overwhelmed by the large amount of biological content that needs to be understood in the first four weeks of the curriculum. I did not have this problem however, because I actually started reading the Introduction to Psychology book by Gray & Bjorklund before the year had started. Doing this gives you a great head start on the first block."

"This block is arguably the hardest in terms of massive content. I would recommend this practice to any new student, specifically I would recommend reading chapter 5. "The neural control of behavior" and chapter 6 "Mechanisms of Motivation and Emotion". These chapters are very heavy on biology, and are especially difficult for new students to get through. If you've read one or both of these two chapters before starting in September, you will have a much easier time getting through the first month."

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