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International students

Celebrate your time in Leiden and learn what the university can offer you

  1. Kick-off event: International Experience Week 
    ​​Join us for the opening of the International Experience Week! Inspiring speakers will kickstart the event by telling you about their experience with internationalisation. Enjoy a drink whilst making the most of this opportunity to connect with peers, colleagues and other people from the world of academia. 
    • Intended for: All students and staff
    • Date/time: Monday 9 October – 17:30 - 19:15
    • Location: KOG building – Restaurant
  2. Study in NL: your starting point in the Netherlands
    • Intended for: International students
    • Date/time: Monday 9 October 19:00-20:00
    • Location: KOG A0.51
    • Speakers: Nuffic
    • Details: Study in NL is an initiative of Nuffic to inform students about Dutch higher education worldwide. Let us inform you about everything you need to know as a student in the Netherlands. We will talk about wellbeing, housing, healthcare, work and search year. Join us in a live Q&A with our Student Ambassadors and policy advisors.
  3. International Student Experience Panel
    • Intended for: International students
    • Date/time: Tuesday 10 October 18:00-19:00
    • Location: KOG C0.06
    • Speakers: International Students at Leiden University
    • Details: Are you an international student at Leiden University and would you like to meet with other international students from all over the world? This is your chance! Students who have come to Leiden to do (a part) of their studies tell their stories and answer questions about their experiences as an international student at LU.
  4. Budgetting during your time abroad: learn how to become financially resilient!
    • Intended for: International students
    • Date/time: Friday 13 October 17:00-18:00
    • Location: KOG A1.44
    • Speakers: International Relations
    • Details: Going on exchange is an invaluable adventure but unfortunately, it isn’t free. Budgeting is a good way to get the most out of your exchange without missing beautiful experiences! This session informs you about making a budget for your exchange and helps you to plan financially for your experience abroad.   
  5. Empowering Refugees & Minorities: Making Student Exchange possible
    • Intended for: International students
    • Date/time: Wednesday 11 October 17:00-18:00
    • Location: KOG B0.41
    • Speakers: International Relation
    • Details: Join us for an engaging session where we delve into the world of student exchange opportunities for individuals with a refugee status and those from minority backgrounds. This session is designed to empower these students to overcome barriers and harness the potential of international education. Through insightful discussions participants will gain valuable insights into accessing study abroad programs, securing your finances, and navigating cultural challenges.

You can download this presentation here.

  1. Crossing the line: your wellbeing during your time at Leiden University
    • Intended for: International students
    • Date/time: Wednesday 11 October 18:00-19:00
    • Location: KOG B0.41
    • Speakers: Wellbeing Office
    • Details: During this activity, international students have the opportunity to step over a symbolic line if they can identify with certain experiences, feelings, or situations related to their international student journey. This provides an opportunity for candid discussions about these topics and shows international students that they are not alone in their feelings. Example statements include: "I sometimes feel homesick," "I think there is a taboo surrounding mental health," and "I know what to do whenever I’m feeling down."
  2. Workshop: Future-proofing your career with border-crossing competences
    • Intended for: All students
    • Date/time: Thursday 12 October 18:00-19:00
    • Location: KOG B0.41
    • Speakers: International Relations
    • Details: Intercultural skills and inner development goals have become essential components of thriving in today's globalized work environment. Discover more about these skills, which will encourage you to view the world from different perspectives and break free from culturally ingrained assumptions. Learn how you can leverage your international learning experiences and see how these skills will enhance your future.
  3. Aon Insurances - Insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (online)
    • Intended for: International students
    • Date/time: Tuesday 10 October 17:00-17:45
    • Location: online
    • Speakers: Aon Insurances
    • Details: Are you an international student in the Netherlands? Don't forget your insurance policies! Aon Insurances will help you sort out the proper coverage for your stay in the Netherlands with their packages specially designed for students coming to the Netherlands. Interested? Visit this online workhop!
  4. Studying Abroad and the Advantages of Joining an (International) Student Association
    • Intended for: All students
    • Date/time: Wednesday 11 October 20:00-21:00
    • Location: KOG C1.31
    • Speakers: Leiden United
    • Details: Are you planning on or thinking of studying abroad for a while during your studies? In this session, the Leiden United board members will tell you everything you need to know about studying abroad. Every board member will talk about their own experiences of studying abroad, whether as Internationals coming to the Netherlands or as a Dutch student studying in another country. In the second half of the session, we will tell you more about the advantages of joining an (international) student association while studying abroad. Through this session, we hope to give you some insights about studying abroad and to inspire you with our own experiences.
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