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Mentor or tutor

As part of the Leiden study system we provide first-year bachelor’s students with good support and good academic guidance. This guidance is given by tutors and mentors from your faculty or study programme.

Tutor group

As a first-year student you will be assigned a student as a mentor and a lecturer as a tutor to help find your way around the new city and degree programme. The tutor groups consist of ten to fifteen students.


Your tutor is a lecturer who provides guidance in your first year and helps you acquire important academic skills.


Your mentor is a senior student who provides advice and helps you find your way, both academically and personally. Your mentor is your first point of contact should your encounter academic or personal problems. If required, he or she can refer you to other individuals or organisations for further assistance.

Introduction programme

The exact nature of the mentor and tutor programme will differ per degree programme. Besides an introduction to the group you will be given tips on (online) study and student life. Your mentor will explain about University facilities such as the libraries and show you how to use teaching and learning tools such as Brightspace. The programme will also cover inclusion and mental health, as well as topics such as study skills, career prospects and support for students with any questions or problems. 

Mentor and tutor groups

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