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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 master's in Psychology

On this page you will find all the information you need to have a good start with your master's specialisation.

Presentations Master's Kick Off 

Check the Presentatons of the Master's Kick Off - 30 January

Start preparing!

Are you already busy preparing for the start of your master's programme? Did you pay your tuition fees? Maybe you are looking for a room? Coming to a new university and city takes lots of preparation. Or perhaps you did your bachelor's in Leiden and you can't wait to continue your master's? 

For all international students, this information is indispensable:

For all students

You will find tips on room search, student card and more.

Advice from international 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.”

Psychology books

Can't wait to begin? If you are curious about the books you will be using in your first block you can order them through the webstore of our Study Association Labyrint. If you are a member of Labyrint, you receive a discount on books! Check in the Prospectus what literature you will be using for each course.


You can order readers for your courses, using your Leiden University Community Network (ULCN)-account. Try to arrange this before the start of your programme.

Advice from master student Ruth: "For the master I really recommend buying (or borrowing) books. You can read books in the library, but sometimes they are taken. Or try to borrow or buy books from other students who already did the course. I can tell from experience that summaries aren't sufficient in the master."

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 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 dates and times of lectures, work groups and examinations can be found in Schedule overviews. Curious when holidays and exams will be? We made a special Psychology calendar. You can also find overviews of the course schedules for all the psychology master programmes.

Details about courses you will be taking, can be found in the Prospectus.

Students register for courses and examinations via uSis. There you can see you personal schedule. To register for exams, find more info on Course and exam enrolment. Do you want to see how that works? Then watch this video about exam registration in uSis.

We use offline and online forms of education. Blackboard is our online learning environment. Here, instructors place additional information about their course. You do not have to do anything with this before the beginning of the academic year. Be aware that some lecturers will enrol you in their course, for other courses you should enrol yourself. Watch this video about Blackboard to get an idea how it works.

Advice from former master student Marjolein: "Make a planning for the upcoming blocks during the first block of your master specialisation. Now you know better what to expect and how to manage. See what mandatory and elective courses you want to do, when these are offered, when you would like to finish your thesis and start with your internship. There's already so much to think about; I definitely recommend you to think this through a.s.a.p. so you won't come to the conclusion that you started to late with searching for an internship".

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 Master Kick Off on 30 January 2020, but you can start reading the pdf.-version. 
  • The master study advisors
    For questions about your study, you can contact our Study Advisors.
  • The master student ambassador
    With pressing questions about studying and student life, you can email Ruth.

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