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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!

Welcome to Leiden

Practical matters

You can find a wide range of practical information about your study programme here on the student website. From academic and administrative matters, to advisory services and social activities. To get the most out of the website, first read the guide to Finding your way around the student website


Sign up for an introduction programme! It’s the best way to get to know the city, student life and your fellow students.

  • EL CID (Enige Leidse Committee Introduction Days)
    The EL CID week is the introduction week for all first-year students in Leiden. Read more about the EL CID.
  • HOP  (The Hague Orientation Programme)
    The HOP week is the introduction programme for Bachelor and Master students (also international) in the Hague. Read more about the HOP.
  • OWL (Orientation Week Leiden)
    The OWL is the introduction week for international students. Read more about the OWL.
  • Get started on your future
    Get started on your future is a programme intended to give students, who are the first in their families to go to university, with a clear picture of what it’s like to study at Leiden University. Read more about the programme (in Dutch)
  • Study programme introductions
    Most study programmes have their own introduction activities. Depending on the faculty you’ll receive more information by email or by post. Also take a look under your faculty or study programme tab.


By joining an association you’ll meet a wide range of people and get more out of your time as a student. As well as student and study association, Leiden and The Hague also have many other social associations, for example sports, religious and cultural associations. Read more about associations.

Affordable sport

As a Leiden University student you can take part in a wide range of sports, for an affordable price, at the University Sports Centre. Read more about the University Sports Centre.

The start of your master's in Psychology

On this page you will find all the information you need to have a good start. 

Watch the presentations of the Master's Registration Day on 31 January

Welcome by mr. A.P. Wit, Ph.D. (Director of  bachelor's and master's programmes)
Presentation by ms. R. Bekker and mr. K. van Lunteren (Labyrint) 
General introduction by ms. M.T. Haas, LL.M. (Coordinator and study adviser master's programmes)


MSc in Psychology - Specialisations
















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 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".

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 e-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 (2018-2019).

For a quick overview of your future courses, check the course schedules of the different master's specialisation. Details about courses you will be taking, can be found in the e-Prospectus.

Students register for courses and examinations via uSis. There you can see you personal schedule. You will have to do so on the Master's Registration Day on 31 January 2019. 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.

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 Registration Day on 31 January 2019, 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.
Advice of student Marjolein: "Deadlines of assignments and exams often coincide in the same week(s). Try to hand in your assignments early, so you can focus on the exams only".

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Check out #LeidenPsychology on instagram.com/leidensocialsciences/

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