Frequently asked questions
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Frequently Asked Questions
I am not able to log in with my student account. What should I do?
There are several reasons why you may not be able to log in:
- You haven’t yet received a user name and/or password. Request an account.
- You have forgotten your user name and/or password. Request them again.
- Your account has not yet been activated. Activate your account.
- Your password has expired. Reset your password.
- Your ULCN account is no longer active. You can only access uSis and Brightspace using your ULCN account up to 60 days after your student registration has been cancelled.
If you know your user name and password, keep the following points in mind:
- You must log in with your user name, not your uMail address.
- Use lower case letters to enter your user name, not capital letters (e.g. s1234567).
- Make sure you haven’t accidentally put CAPS LOCK on.
If you still can’t log in, do the following:
- Change the language on the log-in page, from Dutch to English or vice versa, and try again.
- If you can log into one application but not another, the issue concerns the application and not your account. Contact the ISSC Helpdesk.
- If none of the above-mentioned tips work contact the ISSC helpdesk.
How do I request a Statement of registration (enrolment)?
- Log into uSis using your student number.
- Click on the 'Communication' tile.
- If you do not see the message you are looking for, click on the little x in top-right corner of your screen.
- Click on ‘Your registration is final’ to download your Statement of registration.
I haven’t yet received my LU card. What should I do?
There can be a number of reasons why you haven’t yet received your LU card:
- You have not yet uploaded a passport photo through Account Self Service.
- The university does not have your correct address; check this in Studielink or at the Student Affairs Front Office.
For further assistance, contact the Student Affairs Front Office. Front Office for assistance.
Can I change the start date of my studies or defer my admission?
If you have applied but not yet been admitted
Yes, you can change your requested start date as follows:
- Cancel your application in Studielink
- Reapply for your preferred start date in Studielink.
- You will then be instructed to create and submit a new application in Leiden University’s online application portal (uSis).
If you wish to defer the start of your studies, you must submit a new application for your preferred start date. Be aware that admission requirements can change. If this occurs, you are unfortunately not guaranteed admission for your new start date. The re-application procedure is not the same as the initial application procedure. Please follow the instructions below:
- Log into uSis, download your admission decision and savev it on your computer,
- Cancel your current application for enrolment in Studielink.
- After the 1 October: Go to Studielink and apply for your new start date.
- Log into uSis and follow the steps required to submit a new application.
- When you get to the step ‘Admission’, click on Uploads > Other documents > Previous decision and upload your admission decision.
- Submit your application
- If you wish to change your choice of study programme or specialisation, you must submit a complete new application and pay the application fee again.
- If you have been admitted to an LLM Advanced Studies programme, you may only request re-admission once free of charge. If you re-apply a second or subsequent time, you must pay the application fee again and submit an updated CV and copies of any recently obtained diplomas.
When and how must I send certified copies of my academic records to the university?
When you apply for admission to a degree programme via our online application portal (uSis), you need only upload digital copies of your academic records. Upon admission you will be issued with an ‘Admission Statement’, which will explain exactly which certified copies must be sent to Leiden University Admissions Office and how to do so.
Copies must be certified as genuine (i.e. bearing an original stamp and signature) by the registrar of your institution or the head of department. They must be sent in a sealed institution envelope to Leiden University Admissions Office, either by you or directly by the institution. See Admissions Office postal address.
If you cannot meet these requirements please instead submit officially legalised or apostilled documents - see this Dutch government website on legalising documents.
Note that photocopies of certified/legalised copies are not acceptable, nor are copies certified by local municipal authorities.
- Diploma not yet issued? If you are asked to submit a diploma but it will not be issued in time, please instead submit a complete certified transcript accompanied by an original statement from your institution confirming that you have graduated.
- Translations: If the original documents are not issued in English, French, German or Dutch, they should be translated by a sworn translator (or the institution itself) and attached to the original documents.
Certified copies of Dutch academic records may be sent to the Admissions Office directly by the issuing institution or by the applicant him/herself.
For further information, see the FAQ on What is a certified copy?
Does Leiden University offer a (partial) tuition fee waiver?
Leiden University offers several scholarships which includes (partial) tuition fee waivers, such as, for example, the LExS scholarship.
Is there a template for my motivation letter?
No, there is no official template. Your motivation letter is a personal statement in which you explain why you wish to study at Leiden University and why you have chosen this particular study programme. It is an opportunity for you to convince the faculty of your qualities and goals. The letter should contain approximately 700-1500 words.
Note: if you are applying for a programme at Leiden University College (LUC) you should instead complete and submit an LUC motivation letter form.
How and when can I register for a minor?
Are you a student of Leiden University? Find out how and when you can apply for a minor.
Are you a student of Delft University of Technology or Erasmus University Rotterdam?
Can I take my English proficiency test upon arrival in the Netherlands?
If you require a student visa/residence permit, no, you cannot. You are required to submit a sufficient English proficiency test result before the Admissions Office may apply for your student visa/residence permit.
If you do not require a student visa/residence permit you must submit your sufficient English test result before the start date of your study programme at the very latest.
Leiden University accepts 3 kinds of English proficiency tests. Please visit their websites for the nearest test centres and dates:
Can I apply online for more than one degree programme?
You can apply for up to three programmes per academic year in the online application portal (uSis).
In general, you can use the same application documents for all programmes, except for your motivation letter. Please make sure that you write different motivation letters for each programme you are applying for.
Your application fee covers up to three applications per academic year.
More than three applications?
If you wish to apply for more than three programmes please contact the Student Affairs Front Office for assistance. Please note that you will be required to pay another application fee(s).