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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


  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: 


  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.


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.  

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