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Studying in times of corona

What does our teaching look like in times of corona? As of September we offer a combination of education on location and online.


29 July
Start of study programmes and self-quarantine

What is teaching going to look like from September 2020? And what measures will we be taking to guarantee the safety of teachers and students? If you come to the Netherlands from countries designated as code orange or red, you have to quarantine at home for two weeks. Read about studying online and on campus and about compulsory self-quarantine in these notices: for students and staff

13 July

Compensation for loss of income: deadline extended till 26 July
You can request financial compensation for loss of income from your part-time job till 26 July. Read more

Timeslots for study places changed
View the available timeslots

8 July

Help us to improve online education: let us know your opinion
What is going well and and what do we need to work on? Your opinion is invaluable in helping us improve online education. Complete the questionnaire

6 July

Compensation for loss of income
Have you missed out on income from your part-time job as a result of corona? You may be entitled to financial compensation from the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency. Read more

Permission required for non-exchange activities abroad
If you want to go abroad for an internship, fieldwork or research, you can, in very exceptional circumstances, request permission to do so. Read more

1 July

Indoors sports at the USC
From 1 July you can once again enjoy indoor sports at the USC in Leiden and The Hague. Additional safety measures are in place. Read more

25 June

More on-campus teaching options in new academic year
In the new academic year, options for on-campus teaching (in Dutch) will increase. The university is currently working on increased time slots and adapted timetabling, whilst ensuring a safe environment by taking distancing, walking routes and extra cleaning into account. We are also working with local transport companies (in Dutch) with the aim of spreading journeys to help ensure safe transport for students.

On campus and online
As a result of the one-and-a-half-metre rule, we are unable to make full use of our teaching facilities. This means students will be offered a mixture of on-campus and online teaching at the start of the academic year. International students who are affected by potential travel restrictions will be able to start their degree programme online. Options will differ per study programme. You will receive details of your timetable before the start of the academic year.

11 June

Reimbursement of additional study abroad costs
Did you have to discontinue or cancel your study abroad activity due to corona measures and did this result in additional costs for rent or tickets? You might be eligible for reimbursement. Read more

USC The Buzz: join sports classes on the Malieveld
You can now join outdoor sports classes in The Hague with the USC. As the sports centre doesn’t have its own outdoor area, the classes will take place on the Malieveld. Read more

4 June

Limited availability study places from 8 June
From 8 June, it will be possible to make use of a limited number of study places in the libraries and at some faculty locations. Students will have to reserve a timeslot in advance. Read more

Resuming interlibrary book loan services
It is possible again to loan books from the collections of other Dutch university libraries, through WorldCat. Read more 

28 May

No exchange programmes first semester 2020 – 2021
Exchange programmes within and outside Europe will not go ahead in the first semester for both Leiden students going abroad and international exchange students coming to Leiden. Read more

20 May

Restrictive measures eased
Now that we are starting to see a flattening of the coronavirus curve, the measures – including those for the universities – are being eased in a series of ‘baby steps’. An important measure that is being relaxed is that from 15 June practicals and exams can take place at universities, as was announced on 19 May. Read here what this means for Leiden University students

15 May

Start a master’s programme despite a study delay
If you would like to begin a master’s programme at Leiden University, but will be unable to complete your bachelor's programme before the end of the academic year, we as a university would like to offer a solution. Read more

14 May

USC Leiden resumes outdoor sports in phases
The University Sports Center Leiden (USC) will resume outdoor sports in phases. Advance reservation is required. Only members can make reservations. Sports must be practiced according to the official NOC*NSF-sports protocol. Read more

6 May

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2 April

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Online education until the end of the academic year

As a result of the coronavirus situation, all study programmes have moved to online teaching. In principle, all education will be online until the end of the academic year.

Assessments and practical classes can be held on location from 15 June onwards

The easing of the government's corona measures means that from 15 June onwards, a small number of educational activities that cannot take place online can be held in university buildings. 

The following activities will be given priority in the period 15 June till the end of the academic year: 

  • Practical classes and assessments that cannot be held remotely;
  • Access for graduating students who cannot complete their graduation projects without entering university buildings;
  • Tutoring of vulnerable students.

Your study programme will let you know if this will result in any changes for you.

Read more about the easing of the corona measures.  

Information and support

We realise that this is a difficult situation that requires a great deal of adaptation on your part. You probably have a lot of questions or might be encountering difficulties. We are doing all we can to make sure you receive the information and support you need.  

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 need, get in touch. In the ‘contact’ block on this page you can find out who to contact with your questions.

Information about courses and assessments

Your lecturers will let you know how and when your online courses and assessments will take place, either via Blackboard, Brightspace or the method they usually use to contact you.

Practical classes

The easing of the government's corona measures means that practical classes can take place in university buildings from 15 June onwards. Your lecturer will let you know via Blackboard or Brightspace if this will result in any changes for you. 

Read more about the easing of the corona measures.  

If your practical classes cannot take place, your lecturers will provide you with information about possible solutions, for example replacing them with alternative assignments or postponing them till later in your programme.


Even in these difficult times, it is essential that you can be assured that you are receiving a good education. Your study programme is doing all it can to ensure that teaching and assessment continues to meet the same quality requirements as usual. Read here about how the university is overseeing the quality of online teaching.   

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