Student Site

Welcome to Leiden

Leiden University welcomes all new students. On the Pre-departure & arrival website you will find information about the orientation week, things to do before and after arrival, start-up guide to study success and much more.

International student adviser

Questions about practical matters like doctor, health insurance, part time jobs, Dutch study grant, etc. The International Student Adviser can help you or refer you to the best contact person.

News & announcements

6 things you need to know to feel happy in Leiden

There is so much we can tell new international students. We could boast about famous Nobel Prize winners like Kamerlingh Onnes or glamorous alumni like DJ Amin van Buuren. But what’s more important is that you feel at home. Take the crash course on ‘How to Feel Happy in Leiden’.

Re-configuring the world with Professor Richard Griffiths

In Beijing at the pre-union of the MOOC 'Configuring the World', many people were very pleased to see each other. Griffiths: 'This is the first MOOC I have given, and you are the first students I have met in person.' He then explained that a pre-union was a reunion, but before the event.

EL CID week officially opened

‘I hope that you can be yourself at Leiden University and that your own unique talents will flourish here. We will do everything we can to help.' With these words, Vice-Rector Magnificus Simone Buitendijk welcomed the first-year students during the EL CID week.