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Internships, research, fieldwork, summer schools and more

There are many other types of activity you can do abroad to enrich your studies and gain international experience. Find out about the options available to you.

Corona measures

If you are planning on studying abroad, the coronavirus situation can certainly be a cause for uncertainty. By following the advice and guidelines on the Health and Safety page, you can minimise any potential (financial) risks as much as possible. Still unsure whether it’s a good idea to study abroad at the moment? Read the university’s advice.

Also take a look at the study abroad and corona FAQs.

Options related to your study programme

Depending on your study programme, there might be a range of international activities available to you. Some may be compulsory or optional parts of your programme. Others are extra-curricular activities that you can choose to follow to complement your studies. Activities might include: 

  • Internships
  • Research and fieldwork
  • Fieldtrips and excursions 
  • Subject-specific summer or winter schools
  • Mandatory study abroad activities
  • Clinical clerkships (co-schappen)
  • Moot courts
  • Study association trips

Approval and registration

Is your activity abroad part of, or associated with your Leiden University studies? In other words, do you want to receive study credits or funding via the university, or have the activity included on your transcript? If so, you must first gain approval from your study programme. After gaining approval, you must also register your activity in Leiden University’s study abroad portal. This will enable the university to contact you in case of emergencies.

Refer to your faculty or study programme tab

For information on the activities available to you and how to arrange approval and registration in the study abroad portal, click on your faculty or study programme tab. 

Options for students of all faculties

There are also a number of international activities that are available to students of all faculties.  These include: 

Summer and winter schools are offered all over the world.

What is STREAM?

Via the Student Research Mobility Programme (STREAM) you can take part in research projects at other European universities who are, like Leiden, members of LERU (League of European Research Universities).

Research projects

The following universities offer research projects: 

Who can apply?

You can apply for a research project via STREAM if you meet the following conditions: 

  • You are a third-year bachelor or a master student at Leiden University
  • You are still registered at Leiden University during the abroad activity
  • Your average grade is at least 7 out of 10, or 3.2 out of 4 (GPA)
  • Your English level is at least B2
  • You meet any additional criteria for the research project in question

Application

  1. Carefully read the information about the research project and check if there are additional criteria and whether it fits into your study schedule.
  2. Prepare the required documents:
    • Motivation letter (max 500 words, in English)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Recent list of grades
    • 1 reference letter 
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Send the completed application form and required documents to the international exchange coordinator at your faculty.
  5.  You will receive a decision on your application within approximately six weeks.

Study abroad portal registration

After admission and at least 2 weeks before departure, you must register in the Study Abroad portal. This will enable Leiden University to contact you in case of an emergency abroad. You cannot receive study credits, funding or recognition on your transcript for your STREAM project if you fail to register in the portal. You can register as follows: 

How

  1. Log into uSis > click on the Study Abroad tile > select ‘Register another type of study-related activity abroad’.
  2. Enter the requested data and upload the following two documents:
    • Letter of acceptance from your STREAM host institution. 
    • Approval document from your study programme. This can be either:
      • Internship agreement signed by your faculty internship coordinator OR,
      • Statement of approval from your study programme’s board of examiners.
  3. Submit your registration.
  4. If you have the necessary faculty approval and your destination is considered safe, the university will approve your registration. You may then depart for your STREAM project abroad. Remember to check the travel advice before departure in case the safety situation changes.
  5. As soon as possible, enter your contact details abroad in the Study Abroad portal - in the ‘During your stay’ section. Remember to keep your contact details updated whilst abroad so we can reach you in case of emergencies!

Financial support

If you are admitted to a STREAM project, you may be able to apply for an Erasmus+ for Traineeships grant in certain circumstances.

Questions?

Contact Usha Mohunlol, Leiden University's STREAM coordinator. 

Safe destination

You may not go abroad for study-related activities to a country for which negative travel advice has been issued. Visit the Health and safety page and read Leiden University Regulations on Studying Abroad for more information.  

As a master's student Psychology, there are a range of other activities you can do abroad as part of, or alongside your studies. On this page you can find out about the options available to you, how to request approval and how to register your activity after gaining approval.

Approval and registration

If you want to receive university credits, funding or recognition on your transcript for your activity abroad, you must first request approval from your study programme. You can find instructions on how to do so in the information on your activity type below.

After gaining approval
Once you have the necessary approval from your study programme, you must also register your activity in Leiden University’s study abroad portal.

Types of activity

In your Master's programme you can do your internship and/or thesis abroad.

Arranging it yourself

You will need to arrange the following yourself in consultation with the internship or thesis coordinator of your master specialisation:

  • an internship or thesis placement
  • approval within your master's programme
  • the appropriate (foreign) supervision

Step-by-step plan

  1. Find, in consultation with your internship/thesis coordinator of your Master specialization, an internship or thesis position abroad. You can find suggestions or vacancies on Brightspace. Please note that you are only allowed to travel to destinations that are classified as code green or yellow according to Dutch governmental travel advice. Check the colour of your intended destination (in Dutch). In some cases you can request permission to go to a code orange destination. Read more and request permission. You may never travel to a code red destination.
  2. Make sure that during your internship or master thesis abroad you will be supervised by a supervisor.
  3. Ask the internship/thesis coordinator of your master's specialisation for approval for your internship or master thesis abroad. Fill out an internship agreement or a thesis agreement and have it signed by your internship/thesis coordinator. You can find the internship and thesis agreements in Brightspace, either in the general module or in the internship/thesis module. 
  4. Discuss with all parties what is expected of you and how many credits can be recognised after your return. Also pay attention to whether you are insured by the host institution or whether you have to arrange this yourself.
  5. Important: after accepting your internship, you need to register it in the study-Abroad portal as described at the bottom of this page. Make sure to do this at least 2 weeks prior to your departure. By accepting this internship, you agree with the Regulation Study Abroad.
  6. Apply for a (Erasmus+) scholarship at least 1 month before departure. The coordinator abroad can sign a grant agreement and a learning agreement for you. This is only possible with the approval of your internship/thesis coordinator. More information on applying for a traineeship can be found here: Erasmus+ for Traineeships
  7. Sign up for an information meeting about health and safety during your stay abroad. Here you will get tips on how to prepare well and how to travel safely. The meetings take place once a month. Make sure you attend this meeting before you leave.
  8. After your return, the grades and credits you obtained abroad will be processed by your internship/thesis supervisor of your master specialisation.

You can search through the summer and winter schools in the field of Psychology in the overview of summer and winter schools.

Recognition of study credits

If you want to get credits for your summer or winter school, you always have to ask permission from your Psychology Abroad coordinator in advance.

In general, courses that meet the following requirements will be approved:

  • No overlap with courses in your bachelor;
  • No English language courses;
  • Subjects must be of an academic nature.

The courses you take abroad during your master's are always extra curricular. It is not possible to take your electives abroad.

Approving courses

On behalf of the Examination Board, your coordinator abroad can approve your package of courses. To do so, please complete a learning agreement and send it to exchangepsy@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. After your learning agreement has been signed by the coordinator, you need to upload it during the registration process as described below. 

Why 

By registering in the Study Abroad portal, you enable Leiden University to make sure you have selected a safe destination and to contact you in case of an emergency abroad. If you will receive study credits, university funding or recognition on your transcript for your activity abroad, registration in the study abroad portal is obligatory.  

When

Register in the Study Abroad portal as soon as you have gained permission from your study programme for your activity abroad - and at least 2 weeks before departure. If you will go abroad within 2 weeks, get in touch with your faculty contact person for instructions. 

How

  • Log into uSis > click on the Study Abroad tile > select ‘Register another type of study-related activity abroad’.
  • Enter the requested data, upload any required documents then click on submit.  
  • If you have the necessary approval and your destination is safe, the university will approve your registration. You may then depart for your activity abroad. Remember to check the travel advice before departure in case the safety situation changes.
  • As soon as possible, enter your contact details abroad in the Study Abroad portal - in the ‘During your stay’ section. Remember to keep your contact details updated whilst abroad so we can reach you in case of emergencies!
  • Required uploads:
    • An internship or thesis agreement signed by your internship/thesis supervisor. You can find both agreements in Brightspace, either in the general module or in the internship/thesis module. You can upload the signed agreement under the defined upload: 'approval from study programme'.
  • Contact person: the name of your international coordinator at Psychology (see contact block).
  • Internal supervisor: your internship/subject supervisor in Leiden
  • External supervisor: your internship supervisor at the host institution
  • Required upload: a Learning Agreement signed by your abroad coordinator. You can upload this by clicking on upload portal, then you can choose Erasmus learning agreement.
  • Contact person: the name of your International coordinator at Psychology (see contact block).

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