The Leiden Study System
If you decide to study at Leiden University, you will be given good supervision both when making your choice and during your study. Our Leiden Study System helps you to explore possible study options and then to look in greater detail at the programme you have chosen. And if you come here to study, you will have every chance of completing your programme successfully and on time.
1. Explore the options
Which programmes appeal to you? You can explore the options by coming to one of the Open Days to listen to presentations and talk to students and study advisers. You are bound to have lots of questions, like: How is the programme structured? Why should I choose this particular programme in Leiden? What kind of career could it lead to? Is the programme really a good match for me? The students and study advisers are the right people to answer your questions. It is also a good idea to talk the information over with your parents, friends and mentor. They can help you decide whether a programme is the right one for you.
2. Look at the details
Maybe there is a particular subject you are enthusiastic about. If so, you can take a more detailed look at that programme. You can come and visit the department, test out the atmosphere and find out what the programme really consists of. What is the first year like, what are the most difficult subjects, what specialisations and master’s can you do? You’ll get answers to all these questions if you take part in one of the insight activities. We offer experience days, on-line courses to prepare you for specific subjects and student-for-aday-events.
3. Enrol in time
Be aware of the deadlines to enrol for your chosen programme in Studielink. Before enrolling, it is important to find out:
- Is there a selection procedure?
- Do you have the right diploma (or will you shortly have the right diploma)?
- Will you need to take an entrance exam?
Register as early as possible so you will have enough time for matching (see steps 4 and 5). Some programmes have separate admission rules. Check out if this does apply to your programme of choice.
Once you have registered for a programme, you will receive the Study Choice Check from the University. The test includes all kinds of questions about your choice of programme and about yourself: your motivation, your grades, what you have been doing to find out more about the programme. Once you’ve filled it in, you can see for yourself whether your results match what the programme will expect of you. It will show you whether or not you have made a good choice.
5. Introductory meeting
If you have any doubts about your chosen programme after having taken the Study Choice Check, you can ask your programme department or a study options adviser for advice. You do have to have registered before 1 May to be able to access this advice. The programme department may also take the initiative and invite you for an interview if the results of the study options test indicate a need for this.
6. Mentor, mentor group, career planning
Once you start your studies in Leiden, you will be assigned a mentor or tutor, together with a group of other first-year students. The mentor is there to guide you in your studies. The mentor group will give you the chance to practise your academic skills: from searching for and correctly referring to literature, to writing an academic essay. The study advisers are there throughout your studies to help you with any questions. The programme also includes workshops and presentations by guest speakers that will give you a better idea of what kind of job you might have after graduating.
7. Binding study advice
At the end of your first year, you need to have earned at least 45 of the 60 credits to be able to continue with your study programme. If you do not meet this criterium, you won’t be able to continue your programme at Leiden University. If there are any personal circumstances that could affect your performance, these may be taken into consideration.
8. The study plan
At the end of the first year you will make a study plan for your second year to make sure you stay on track. You will be given feedback from the programme department aimed at helping you to study as successfully as possible so that at the end of the three years you will be able to collect your bachelor’s diploma and choose your master’s programme!