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- Your ULCN account is no longer active.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.
How long does it take before a decision on my application is issued?
It generally takes about 4 to 6 weeks from the date on which you are informed that your application is complete until you receive a decision. If additional information is required during the application process it may take a little longer. Please make sure your application is complete and is submitted as early as possible.
Once a decision on your application has been made, you will receive a formal statement from the faculty by email.
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 submit my English test result after I apply for admission?
If you have already taken an English test, we recommend that you submit your English test result along with your initial application. If not, you can submit your application without an English test result. If you are admitted, it will then be on condition of submitting a sufficient English test result.
The deadline for submitting your sufficient language test result after admission is:
- If you need a student visa/residence permit: before the visa/residence permit application deadline
- If you do not need a student visa/residence permit: before the start of your study programme.
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.
When should I arrange my student housing?
We advise you to begin arranging housing as soon as you start your application to the university. There is limited availability of affordable accommodation, both via the university and in the private sector, and house hunting can be very time-consuming. Start your search as early as possible!
If you want to request housing via Leiden University's Housing Office, be aware that the number of housing applications always greatly exceeds the number of rooms available. Accommodation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early! Unfortunately the Housing Office cannot guarantee accommodation, even if you request a room before the housing deadline.
Read more about when to arrange housing and how to apply for accommodation via Leiden University Housing Office.
Should a letter of recommendation be addressed to anyone in particular?
No, your letter of recommendation can simply be addressed to the Board of Admission of the programme you wish to follow, or to the Admissions Office.
I have created a new Studielink account, without DigiD, but am having log-in problems. What should I do?
No activation email received?
After creating your account, you will have to wait up to two hours to receive your activation mail. If you don’t receive it, try activating your account again.
Account activated but can’t log in?
Go to Studielink, select ‘log in without DigiD’ and click on ‘forgot your password’. Within two hours you will receive a mail with instruction on how to reset your password. Reset your password and try logging in again.
After logging in, website won't load?
Try the following suggestions:
- Log in from a desktop computer, rather than a mobile device, using Chrome or Firefox.
- If you manually adjusted the time and date setting on your device, try resetting them to automatic. Secure log-in sometimes does not work without automatic time and date settings.
Studielink only allows one account per student. If you have created a second account by mistake, your application will not reach us and you will not receive your Leiden University log in details (which all applicants should receive within 24 hours). You must therefore ask us to merge and reactive your account, by contacting the Student Affairs Front Office - see below.
Contact the Student Affairs Front Office
If you have tried the suggestions above and are still experiencing problems, contact the Student Affairs Front Office. If relevant, upload screenshots of any error messages you are receiving.
Which English proficiency tests does Leiden University accept?
Leiden University only accepts English language test results that are no more than two year old, issued by the following organisations:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): academic modules only.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): internet-based.
Note: we do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
- Cambridge English Exam: C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on programme-specific requirements.
You can find the required test scores and levels on the webpage of your study programme.
For further information on language test types, exemptions and methods of submission, see our factsheets on bachelor language requirements and master language requirements.