Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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?
How can I pay tuition fees?
There are a number of ways to pay your tuition fees.The methods available to you are determined by your situation and your study programme.
- Digital direct debit authorisation (via Studielink). This is only possible if you have a bank account in a SEPA country with a corresponding IBAN account number. You can choose instalments or a lump sum payment..
- Transfer of tuition fees in one lump sum before the start of the academic year.
- Payment in one lump sum by debit card (PIN/Maestro) or credit card (Visa/Maestro) at the Student Affairs Front Office before the start of the academic year. Please be aware that credit card payments incur a 5% administrative fee for each payment.
- Non-EU nationals only: payment in instalments by bank transfer on the basis of a tuition fee invoice.
- Submitting a ‘Proof of Tuition Fee Payment’ (or BBC in Dutch)
For further information and tuition fee instalment due dates, see the Methods of payment website.
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.
How do I request proof of payment of tuition fees?
You can request proof of tuition fee payment from the Student affairs front office. Make sure to let us know your student number when making the request. You can ask us to send it directly to another Dutch university by email, collect it in person, or have it sent to your correspondence address.
Proof of payment for another Dutch university (bewijs betaald collegegeld - BBC)
If you require proof of tuition fee payment to show to another Dutch university, let us know the name of the institution in question when making your request.
Proof of payment for other purposes
If you require proof of tuition fee payment for another purpose, for example to show to a scholarship provider, insurance company or tax authorities, you should not request a BBC. Instead, you should request a 'proof of student registration letter' that also indicates your tuition fee rate.
What counts as proof of sufficient funds for my visa/residence permit request?
When we apply for your visa and/or residence permit, we will ask you to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for both your living expenses and tuition fee by uploading the following in the visa/residence permit portal (uSis):
Sufficient funds for living expenses
- Transfer sufficient funds for living expenses to Leiden University then upload proof of the transfer, OR
- A bank statement in your name showing sufficient funds, OR
- A scholarship letter.
Sufficient funds for tuition fee
- If you will pay your own tuition fee: a bank statement in your name showing sufficient funds.
- If a scholarship provider will pay your tuition fee: a scholarship letter.
- If a third party will pay your tuition fee:
- a bank statement in their name showing sufficient funds, AND
- a statement written by the third party confirming they will pay your tuition fee.
- a bank statement in their name showing sufficient funds, AND
Strict criteria for bank statements and scholarship letter
The Dutch immigration department sets very strict criteria for bank statements and scholarship letter. If your statement or letter does not meet all criteria, we will ask you to submit a new one or transfer the funds instead. This will significantly delay your request.
- To see all criteria, download and carefully read the 'visa/residence permit application instructions' via the Visa/Residence permit page.
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 save 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 all your application documents once again, including an updated CV and copies of any recently obtained diplomas.
What is the selection procedure for programmes with limited places (numerus fixus)?
Because of their popularity, some bachelor’s programmes are oversubscribed. For these programmes, a limit has been set for the number of students that can be allocated a place. This is known as a 'numerus fixus'. This means that even if you are admitted to the programme, you are not guaranteed a place. You must also be allocated a place on the programme via a selection procedure.
Take careful note of the application deadlines for numerus fixus programmes as these are generally earlier than those for other types of study programme.
For further explanation see Admission requirements - Programmes with limited places.
How long does it take for my visa/residence permit to be approved?
- After you submit your visa/residence permit documents and fee to the university, the Visa Team will check your file is complete. This may take approx. 4 weeks at busy times of year, i.e. close to visa deadlines.
- Once your file is complete, the university will forward it to the Dutch Immigration Department (IND). If your documentation is found to be in order, the IND will approve your application in 2 to 4 weeks time.
- If you need an entry visa, allow an additional 2 weeks to arrange visa collection at the Dutch embassy.
I am an international student and have requested housing via uSis. When will I hear more?
Two weeks after the housing application deadline, you will receive an email letting you know whether:
- you applied in time and will soon be given access to the housing reservation portal, OR
- too many students applied before you, so you can choose to request a refund of the housing fee, or be put on a waiting list in case any other students withdraw.
For students who applied in time, Leiden University will soon after begin sending emails with log-in details for the housing reservation portal. Here you can log-in and reserve one of the rooms or apartment set aside for international students.