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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

Upon your return, make sure that Leiden Law School receives:  

  • Your study abroad report
  • Your grades

Study abroad report

Within one month of your return, remember to submit a report about your studies abroad via the online application system. Your report should be detailed, in English, and preferably include a few photos of your stay abroad. If you do not want your report to be published in Blackboard, state this clearly in your report. Further instructions can be found in the online application system. 
Be aware that the credits you earned abroad cannot be recognised until you submit your study abroad report!


Upon your return, make sure that Leiden Law School receives your grades. In some cases, the host university will send your grades directly to the Office for International Education. In other cases, your host university will provide you with an official transcript of grades which you must submit yourself. Check the situation with the Office for International Education upon your return. Note that if your host university issues you with a transcript, it should bear the original stamp and signature of the issuing institution. The Office for International Education will make a certified copy of your transcript and allow you to keep the original. 

Once your study-abroad credits have been officially recognised you will receive a message from the Education Administration Office. Depending on the arrangements you made before departure, your credits will be either: 

  • recorded in uSis as elective credits, extra-curricular credits or replacement credits, or
  • issued on a separate certificate (upon request from the Education Administration Office) - if you studied abroad after graduation whilst still registered as a Leiden student.

Be aware that: 

  • As of 2019, the grades you earn for courses abroad will no longer be converted to Dutch grades. Instead, courses will be indicated as ‘passed’.
  • Credits earned abroad can only be recognised if you were registered as a student of Leiden University throughout your entire study abroad period.

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