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Workshops and training courses

During your time as a student it is important to gain knowledge not only in your field of study, but also for life. An important part of this is personal development. The university would like to support you in this goal. For example, in getting enough exercise and relaxation, developing resilience and feeling happy. There are a variety of (online) coaching programmes, apps and guidance services available that can help.

Our student psychologists are on hand to help you with any psychological problems you might be experiencing, such as fear of failure, motivation issues, sombre thoughts or serious stress. Get in touch and plan an (online) appointment.

Do you want to learn how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Andrea Evers, Professor of Health Psychology, explains how to do so and how to make it fun at the same time.  

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The Career Services can offer you personal guidance both during your studies and up to five years after graduation. You can find a career service at every faculty. 

Plenty of Leiden students have gone before you and navigated their way through their studies and into the job market. Many of these Leiden alumni would love to share their experiences with you via the Mentor Network. A mentor can help you to find the path to your first job. Find the right mentor for you via the Leiden University Mentor Network.

GetStarted online self-help programme

Get started, the free online self-help programme from Caring Universities, teaches you all about the psychology of procrastination, the cycle of procrastination and how to get yourself motivated.

Also watch this video to find out how you can motivate yourself to overcome bad habits:

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Having a good grip on your financial situation is also important for your personal well-being. You are always welcome to speak to one of Leiden University’s Student Counsellors if you have money-related concerns.

Would you rather take part in a group workshop under the guidance of a trainer? Or join regular group meetings with people in similar situation (such as those coping with grief or a thesis-writing group)? There are also monthly group workshops on study skills, for example effective studying, dealing with exam stress and time management.

As a student, you may sometimes feel a great deal of pressure to perform well. When this pressure leads to procrastination, fretting or even excessive studying, you may be suffering from fear of failure. In the Change your mind online training course with student psychologist Hagar Donners, you can learn how to change your thinking, better regulate your emotions and build up your self-confidence.

Want to know more about online training and workshops?  See the overview of available courses.

Could you use some extra tools and support in terms of mental well-being, working on your resilience and optimising your study skills? Try the free self-help programmes offered by GezondeBoel and Caring Universities.

Leiden University offers its students a variety of free online self-help programmes. With GezondeBoel, you can get to work on yourself, anonymously, with their range of free online modules. With Caring Universities, you can get support from a personal e-coach free of charge. The programmes on both platforms have been developed by experts in the field of psychology using proven methods of offering support to students.  


GezondeBoel offers modules in three different categories: study, reducing stress, and enhancing resilience. Take a look at all the modules in the Selection Guide. Some of the most popular modules are:

  • Self-compassion
  • Balance
  • Too much social media
  • Scheduling and structure
  • Worrying
  • Managing your money

Use your ULCN account to log into the platform.

Caring Universities

Caring Universities offers guided online modules. You can find an overview on their website. Try, for example:

  • LifeHack – develop life skills to support your mental well-being
  • GoodEnough – overcome your perfectionism and break the cycle of ‘never good enough’
  • EsteemUp – Work on improving your self-esteem and self-confidence
  • SociaLife – Improve your social life and relationships  
  • GetStarted –Conquer procrastination and learn how to break the habit  
  • I-Sleep & BioClock – Tackle your sleep problems and learn how to reset your biological clock

Register in the Caring Universities platform using your ULCN account and you will be put in touch with one of their e-coaches.

Mind Health Check
The online Mind Health Check questionnaire from Caring Universities helps you to reflect on how you’re really doing. You'll receive personalised advice and tips about free online tools that might be helpful to you. 

Have a good suggestion? Let us know.

Do you have a good suggestion concerning how to improve student well-being? Let us know by sending a mail to: studentwellbeing@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

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