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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

From the academic year 2020/2021 onwards, Blackboard will be replaced by Brightspace. A pilot project will take place in 2019/2020. If your course is part of the pilot project, you will receive instructions from your programme. Check the Brightspace FAQ to see which courses are part of the pilot project.

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

As a student, you can use Office 365 ProPlus and OneDrive cloud storage free of charge. These services allow you to work on multiple computers and mobile devices, using programmes such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote, and to safely store and share up to 1024 GB of files in the cloud.

Read more and install Office 365 and OneDrive

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

The start of your International Bachelor in Psychology


Your IBP programme have started! We are very pleased that you have chosen Psychology in Leiden.

Your first days

During the mandatory Introduction Day on the 2nd of September 2019 you followed your first work group and your first lecture. This is the presentation about our digital tools that you have seen during the workgroup.

The next day study advisors gave you a lot of practical information. Read the presentation of the study advisors and be extra prepared for your bachelor programme.

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.

Psychology books

The books you will be using in the first 'block'  (September - 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. 

  • 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.
  • 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. (2016). SPSS Survival Manual (6th edition). Berkshire: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-03352-6154-3


For Block I courses at the end of August, use your Leiden University Community Network (ULCN)-account to order readers. Make sure to arrange this before the Block begins.

Advice from 1st year IBP student Juri: "Start looking for a flat early. The first few months I stayed in a caravan, because I was late with my search and rooms are scarce. It got very cold in winter. There is a lot on your mind as you start studying, so it really helps if you already have a place to stay.”

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

As a student of Leiden University you will receive an 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 of the academic year 2019-2020 can now be found! Note that you will be placed in work group section for each course in late August. Curious when holidays and exams will be? We made a special Psychology calendar (2019-2020).

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 first year of the programme we will register you in the lectures and work groups of all of your courses. As of September your personal study schedule will be visible in uSis.

You will need to register for examinations, but don’t worry; at the introduction day you will learn how to do this. If you are curious about how that works then watch this video about exam registration in uSis.

We use offline and online forms of education. Our online learning environment is Blackboard. Here, instructors place additional information about their course. You do not have to do anything with this before September 2nd; we do the registration for the Blackboard module of each Block I course. To get an idea how it works, watch this video about Blackboard.

An advice from 1st year student Robin: "Try to maintain an open attitude towards new situations, within your studies, but also in your social life. "

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. You will receive a paper copy of the booklet at the Introduction Day on the 2nd of September 2019 and you can now read the online version. 
  • 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.

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