Studying abroad independently
Instead of going on exchange, you could choose to study abroad independently. This is an option if you want to go to a destination that doesn’t have an exchange agreement with Leiden University, or if you missed out on an exchange place.
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.
Students who study abroad independently are known as ‘free movers’. As a free mover you will need to make a lot of arrangements yourself. Important considerations are:
- Safe destination
You may not go to a country for which negative travel advice has been issued for study-related activities . Visit the Health and safety page and read Leiden University Regulations on Studying Abroad for more information.
- Double tuition fees
As a free mover, you will have to pay tuition fees to your host university, whilst also remaining registered and paying tuition fees at Leiden University.
- Arrange your own application
As a free mover, you must make all the necessary arrangements with your faculty and apply to the university abroad yourself.
- Register in study abroad portal
After gaining approval from your study programme, you must register your activity in Leiden University’s study abroad portal. This will enable the university to contact you in case of emergencies.