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Teaching from September 2020

From September 2020, teaching at Leiden University will be partly on campus and partly online. What can you as a student expect?

A quarter to one fifth on campus

The capacity of our buildings is limited because we have to observe the one and a half metre distance rules. Our aim, therefore, is for first-year students to have about a quarter of their contract hours face-to-face, and for students in later years, about a fifth of their contact hours. You will hear more about your timetable from your study programme. 

Practical sessions, tutorials and tutor meetings

Primarily, practical sessions, small tutorials and tutor meetings for first-years will take place on campus. Other education will be offered online. 

As long as this is possible

Of course, on-campus teaching can only continue if the coronavirus situation permits it. The health of our students and staff is and will remain our primary concern.

To ensure the safety of our students and staff and to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we have established a campus protocol. 

Campus Protocol

The campus protocol contains the measures and guidelines for both on-campus and online teaching. The protocol is binding. All students and staff must adhere to it.

Almost everything that can be done face-to-face in the lecture rooms can be done online: listening, discussing, asking questions, making presentations and working in groups. Our lecturers have now gained a lot of experience in different teaching methods, and there are different ways that students can work interactively online.

As well as short knowledge clips or recorded videos on the course material that you can watch in your own time, you can also follow live online lectures. Interactive online tutorials are a further option, where you can work on course material with your teacher and fellow students, either in a plenary setting or with a few fellow students in break-out rooms. You can take part in discussions via chats or forums, or make a video or podcast as an assignment. And, of course, there are also Q&A sessions where you have every opportunity to ask questions.

Platforms and facilities

Teachers and students use various systems, such as Kaltura, Microsoft Teams and Brightspace, for online teaching and learning. Naturally, you will receive information from your programme department about which subjects are online and which will be given on campus, what the timetable will look like, on which online platforms you will follow your chosen subjects and how you can make use of the different online facilities.

We understand that this situation requires a great deal of adaptation on your part. You will probably have a lot of questions and run into a few problems. 

On this website you can find answers to your questions, practical information about facilities, services and IT, and tips for following online classes and studying from home


If you can't find the information you are looking for, get in touch with us. Take a look in the contact block on this page to find out who to contact. 

On campus or online, we will ensure that all our teaching and assessment continues with the level of quality you expect from us - to enable you to get the most out of your studies. Our lecturers have extensive experience in online education and are backed up by professional support.

  • Make sure you have a quiet place to study, with a PC and a good internet connection;
  • Motivate yourself and have the self-discipline to work hard at your studies;
  • Stay in contact with your fellow students; 
  • Adhere to the measures and guidelines in the campus protocol.

Success with your studies!

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