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To arrange upon your return

Have your credits recognised

Before departure, did you get approval for the credits you earn abroad to be counted towards your studies in Leiden (see ‘to arrange before departure’)? If so, you need to have your credits recognised upon your return.

In general, your host university will send your transcript directly to the international exchange coordinator, who will pass it on to your study programme. You can check that your credits have been recognised by looking in uSis or visiting your education administration office.


Your experiences and tips are a great source of information for other students who would like to study abroad at the same university. Upon your return, remember to write a report about your stay using this study abroad report template. You will receive an email reminding you to do so.  

Help other students on their way

With your study abroad experience, you can help other students on their way to their own international adventure:

  • Pre-departure event (university-wide exchange)
    Meet students who are going to study at your host university and share your experiences with them. The pre-departure event takes place in April.
  • Study Abroad Festival
    Share your experiences with students who are thinking of studying abroad. The Study Abroad Festival takes place in October.  
  • Study Abroad photo and film contest
    Capture your study abroad adventure on film and win prizes.

If you have been away on exchange, you will receive an invitation to take part in all these events.

International Student Network

Would you like to be part of the international student community upon your return? If so, join the  International Student Network Leiden. It’s a great way to meet students from all over the world, share experiences and keep that international feeling!

Also take a look under your faculty or programme tab

If your faculty or programme has additional steps that you need to take upon your return, these will be explained under your faculty or programme tab.

Photo: Fabianne Nagtegaal

University-wide information

Please note that all information displayed on the University (General) tab is also relevant for Humanities students.

All courses taken on exchange must be preapproved by the Board of Examiners. Please contact your coordinator of studies to find out about the requirements these courses must meet. Students who successfully complete pre-approved courses will receive credit for those courses on their Leiden transcript.

Failed courses

Students who fail a course at the host university will generally be unable to take measures with the host university to repeat an exam or an assignment for a passing mark. Students should be aware that a failed course will mean they may need to take an additional course or courses once back at Leiden University in order to meet graduation requirements, depending on their situation and the number of credits needed.

Grade transfer

In the months following your exchange period, the partner/host university will send a transcript of your results to Leiden University. Leiden will transfer those credits that have been successfully obtained at the host university to your programme here. A number of resources and sources of expertise are employed to assist with determining Leiden equivalents to foreign grades. Grades are not transferred on a pass/fail basis. Students will receive a Leiden University grade equivalent to their grades at the host university.

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