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.
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.
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.
You can enrol for courses and exams via uSis or at your education administration office.
Make sure you know where you have to be and when on your first day.
Find out which study materials you will need and how to obtain them.
Familiarise yourself with the study facilities
Your student card is your proof of registration as a student of Leiden University.
All the details of your studies are recorded in uSis. From your first registration as a student until your graduation.
Blackboard is Leiden University’s online learning environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Programme Master's Kick Off - 30 January
- 09:00 - 09:30 Registration & Coffee
- 09:30 - 10:00 Welcome and general introduction
- 10:00 - 10:15 Study Advice and practical information
- 10:15 - 10:30 Well begun is half done – succesfully starting your masters
- 10:45-12:15 Talks of the different master specialisations
- 12:15 - 12:45 Meet & Greet with your classmates & coffee
- 13:00 - 15:00 Enrollment (only if you are not correctly enrolled yet)
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:
- Read more on the warm welcome service
- For a list of things to take care of before you leave, please carefully read Prepare for your Stay
For all students
You will find tips on room search, student card and more.
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.
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.
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.