Before the academic year starts, El CID (Enige Leidse Commissie Introductie Dagen) organises an introduction week in August specially for new students. In groups of roughly ten students, led by a student from a higher year, you will discover the town, the University, the student associations, the social and nightlife and much more! This is the ideal way to get to know the town where you will be studying.
For full Bachelor students who prefer a programme with other international students in the English language, Orientation week Leiden (OWL) is a better option.
Join a student association
Everyone who studies in Leiden can join a student association. Members of these associations come from all the different departments and from different year groups.
Leiden is well-known as a student town with an intensive and varied range of activities, many of which are organized by student associations. The town has some 20 different student associations: social clubs, religious associations, sport clubs, music associations and international clubs. Everyone who studies in Leiden can join a student association. Members of these associations come from all the different departments and from different year groups.
Within these associations, students have the opportunity to develop organisational, communication and social skills, in parallel with their study. Leiden University encourages students to become members of a student association. Research has shown that membership even increases the likelihood of success. The University supports the student associations, but they are nonetheless independent and are run by the students themselves. A number of these student associations offer special opportunities for international students. There is also a common room available for the international students.
Student associations (in Dutch)
Study asociations are related to a particular department and are run by the students of the department. A study association organises purely social activities, such as social get-togethers and parties, as well as study-related activities such as lectures, excursions and study trips.