Leiden study system

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

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 the Co-ordinator of Studies. You will also be assigned a mentor, one of your lecturers, who will have regular mentor meetings with students. The first year will give you a good impression of the remainder of the study programme. Once you have finished your first year, you should be able to complete your programme successfully without too much difficulty.

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. You may continue with your study programme in Leiden if you have earned 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. When formulating this study advice, any relevant circumstances, such as sickness or other personal factors, will, of course, be taken into account.

Alternative options

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 electives you intend to choose and any other relevant plans, such as a study abroad period. 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.