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Practical Information

Practical Information

Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands



Prior to the first and second semester, the Department of Student and Educational Affairs organises an Introduction Programme for new international students. This programme consists of a general introduction to the university, the faculties, the city of Leiden and the student organisations.

Leiden students act as guides and will introduce their international guests to the university, town and social events. During these days, students will also meet their fellow international students.

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> watch the youtube movie



Housing for EuroScholars students is included in the program fee for the maximum period of one semester. Students are assigned a room by the university's housing office. Participating students however have to sign their own contract at the Housing office directly after arrival and are obliged to pay a deposit themselves. The deposit is NOT included in the program fee.

> More information on housing in Leiden

Cost of Living

How much money you actually spend will of course depend on your life style and spending habits. This website contains more information on the living costs in Leiden. If you plan to travel a lot during your stay here, you will of course need to budget for extra expenses.

Health & Liability Insurance

International students in The Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health and third party liability insurance.

> More information about health & liability insurance

Visa and Residence Permit

International students in Leiden may require a visa before arrival and/or a residence permit after arrival, depending on the length and purpose of their stay and their nationality. Students who require a visa/ residence permit are obliged to pay a fee for this services. This is NOT included in the program fee.

> More information about visa & residence permits



Culture, Recreation & Going Out

For those looking for a break from studying there are lots of great things to do in and around Leiden. On our website you can find information on the many ways you can fill your free time, including indoor and outdoor activities and cultural pursuits.

> More information on student life outside the classroom


Student Support

The International Student Adviser can assist you in finding your way around Leiden and its University and point you in the right direction should you encounter any problems. You can expect practical support on issues which are connected to your Study Programme at Leiden University as well as other aspects of life in Leiden. Many other activities and sessions are organized to help international students feel at home and adapt to the Dutch way of life and studying.

> More information about student support

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uDmyFrZs3g

Student ID-Card

Only students who are officially enrolled at Leiden University and have received their student ID-card, have access to university education and facilities. The ID-card is proof that a participant has been officially registered as a study-abroad student. The card is needed for: course or research participation, entrance to tests and exams, acquisition of the sports ID card at the University Sports Centre and the use of library facilities, u-mail account, etc. The card also provides a discount on meals at the (university cafeterias) and on courses.

> More information about the student ID-card

Computer Access and Email account

Each faculty has its own computer rooms and study areas. In addition, there are computer rooms and study areas at the Plexus Student Centre and at the University Library. You will receive your account information shortly after your arrival in Leiden

> More information about ICT and Computer facilities


Leiden University owns approximately 2.7 million books and periodicals, of which some 1.8 million volumes reside within the main library.The Main University Library is located at the Witte Singel in the Faculty of Arts area, and a number of specialist and faculty libraries are spread over the city.

> More information about libraries

Student Services at the faculty/department

Every faculty/department has a study advisor who can give academic advice. Students can also join a Study Association. Students who are a member of a Study Association support each other during their study period at Leiden, and organize course-related activities, such as lectures, seminars, field trips or excursions.

Teaching Methods at Leiden University

Studying at Leiden University can be quite different from what foreign students and first-years are used to. Take student ambassador Daniel, for example. He is a Romanian student  and is currently in his third year of the bachelor’s in Dutch Studies.  He explains: ‘Whereas in other countries lectures tend to only be about taking notes, here you’re encouraged to participate.’

> watch the movie on youtube

Counseling & Careers Service

Student counselors assist students in solving study-related and personal problems. More information on student counselors can be found here.
Career advice is given by the Student Career Service.

Sports and Recreational Facilities

You can find everything you need to know about daily life in Leiden on our website. Cooking, shopping, sports and health care are just a few of the topics covered. You can also find information on transportation, safety and religious activities.

> More information about sports and recreation in Leiden

Living in the Netherlands

With the information provided here, we aim to give you a few quick pointers and useful tips to help you cope with life in the Netherlands in general and specifically for Leiden.

Blog by EuroScholars student Hayley Barone (Spring 2015, from St. Edward's University).


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