It doesn’t matter whether you live close to Leiden or The Hague or you come from the other side of the country, whether or not you are going to live in a student room or you intend to become a member of a student association: the introduction weeks offer a varied programme with something for every first-year student. It’s your opportunity to get to know the city, your study programme and student life, and you also get to meet your fellow students. It’s not just the ideal way to start life as a student, it’s a fun and friendly get-together too!
Kick off your student time
The introduction weeks are great for everyone. Mature or less mature, male or female, religious or atheist, party-lover or serious study freak, born-and-bred Dutch or multicultural: everyone gets a lot out of them. They get your academic and social life at Leiden University off to a flying start. It’s not compulsory, but the University strongly recommends new students to take part. It’s an experience you won’t forget!
6 reasons to take part
- Make new friends for the whole of your study time. And afterwards, too!
- Discover your future student city together with your group.
- Enthusiastic mentors will give you some vital tips about student life
- It’s a fun way to get to know your study programme.
- The introduction week is the only time you can join a student association!
- It’s not just one big party; there are cultural, sporting and study tips as well.
There are different introduction weeks to help you prepare for student life.
Choose your week and put the date in your diary now:
Leiden: 28 August to 1 September
The OWL is the time for all international students in Leiden to get to know student life in the city and have an introduction to Dutch culture and language. Enjoy five days of fun, music, culture, sports, games and making new friends. It will definitely be an unforgettable start of your study period abroad!
The Hague: 21 to 25 August
If you’re going to live and study at Leiden University in The Hague, you can take part in the HOP-week! It’s the programme for all Dutch and international students in The Hague. You’ll visit your new faculty and meet students from other programmes. You’ll also find out about all the different student initiatives and try out nightlife in The Hague.
Leiden: 14 to 18 August
If you’re going to study in Leiden, you really can’t miss out on the EL CID-week. It’s your chance to get to know the city where you’ll be spending a lot of your time in the coming years. You’ll find out about student life and what it’s like to study in Leiden; you’ll take part in activities from a festival to a pub crawl and from sports to culture. You can visit all the student associations during the week as well.