Leiden University Study System

Leiden University has developed a study system that makes it clear during the first year whether or not you have chosen the right programme. Results show that, with this system, Leiden students study not only more quickly, but also with greater success.

Teaching methods


During the first year, you will be given intensive supervision. At the start of the programme you will have an introductory meeting with one of the lecturers or the study adviser. You will be assigned a mentor and you will be given all the help you need.

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

In the course of your first year you will be given regular advice on your progress. This advice is based on objectives that are a good indication of whether or not you are likely to be able to complete your study successfully within the time prescribed. If you want to continue with your study programme in Leiden, you need to earn at least 45 out of the 60 study credits at the end of the first year. If you do not meet this criterium, you will not be able to carry on with your study in Leiden. In formulating this study advice, any relevant circumstances, such as sickness or other personal factors, will, of course, be taken into account.


If you receive negative advice about your study programme, you and your mentor will together look at more suitable alternatives, taking into account your personal circumstances. The close supervision you will receive from your mentor should, in any event, mean that you will have plenty of warning before a negative indication is issued.

After your first year

To help you monitor your study progress after your first year, you and your study adviser will draw up a study plan. You can use the plan to note which subjects you still have to take, the optional courses you want to take and any other plans, such as a study abroad period, for example. You will then be able to see at a glance whether you have planned too many or too few subjects, and whether you are still on track.