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Frequently Asked Questions

You may find the answer to your question on this page.

New/incoming students

Yes. All bachelor and master programmes at Leiden University are open to prospective students from Ukraine, Belarus or Russia. Please refer to information about our application procedure.

If you currently cannot submit verifiable educational documents like transcripts and diplomas, we are still be able to process your application for admission, using an alternative assessment procedure. A language test is still required, but we may be able to advise you which test is accepted in your case. Please contact the Admissions Office at bacheloradmission@sea.leidenuniv.nl for more information.

Transfers are not very common in the Netherlands. We will ask you to first apply to the first year of the respective bachelor’s or master’s programme, and after acceptance, we will assess if you can get exemptions for individual courses. For more information please contact Leiden University’s admissions office at bacheloradmission@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

Please refer to our website for our application deadlines. Note that if you are from Ukraine and receive temporary protection in the Netherlands under the EU Temporary Protection Directive, please refer to the deadline for EU students.

You are exempt from the application fee if you receive temporary protection in the Netherlands under the EU Temporary Protection Directive. When applying, select ‘refugee student’ in the drop down menu in the uSis portal for possible exemptions for the application fee.

Not at the moment and it is still unknown if the regulations on this will change. As soon as the Dutch government has reached a decision on this topic, this will be communicated here.

Current students with a Dutch residence permit

Not at the moment and it is still unknown if the regulation will change. As soon as the Dutch government has reached a decision on this topic, this will be communicated here.

We advise you to book an appointment with one of our student counsellors for advicedecanen@sea.leidenuniv.nl

If this also affects your residence permit for study purposes, we would like to invite you to book an appointment for the visa consulting hours as well, or to send an email to the visa team (visa@sea.leidenuniv.nl).

Leiden University understands that students from Ukraine and Russia and students with family or friends in the region are very concerned and that this might negatively impact your study progress. 

We advise you to book an appointment with one of our student counsellors for advice: decanen@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

The Dutch Immigration Service (IND) has informed Leiden University that they understand that students from Ukraine cannot return home at the moment. The IND has announced it will be lenient in cases of Ukrainian students whose residence permits are set to expire in the coming period

Refugees from Ukraine can receive temporary protection in the Netherlands under the EU Temporary Protection Directive. Find out whether you are covered by this scheme and whether you are entitled to temporary protection on the website from the IND.

If you are about to graduate you also have the option to apply for the orientation year for graduates permit. This residence permit allows you to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands looking for and undertaking employment. During your orientation year you have free access to the labour market and do not need a work permit.

If you have any other questions/concerns, please book an appointment at the visa consulting hour or send an email to visa@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

If you consider to (temporarily) quit your studies, we advise you book an appointment at the visa consulting hour or send an email to visa@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

If you are about to graduate  you also have the option to apply for the orientation year for graduates permit. This residence permit allows you to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands looking for and undertaking employment. During your orientation year you have free access to the labour market and do not need a work permit.

If you need to return to Russia or Belarus and you have problems arranging your trip, please contact the Russian or Belarusian embassy in the Netherlands for assistance.

Questions about mental health and safety

Please contact a student psychologist: psychologen@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

Students can visit Popcorner in The Hague on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 13:00 and 16:00. On Thursday between 13:00 and 16:00 in Plexus Leiden. Everyone is welcome.

Contact the Student Support Groups: studentsupport@leidenuniv.nl.

Contact the Student Support Groups: studentsupport@leidenuniv.nl.

Please contact the Head of Security of Leiden University: Leo Harskamp.

Housing and finances

Housing in Leiden

Cntact the Municipality of Leiden: meldpunt.oekraine@leiden.nl

Housing in The Hague

Contact the Municipality of The Hague: +31 70 353 80 24

Support initiatives

See the Offer help page or contact the Student Support Groups: studentsupport@leidenuniv.nl

Contact Rozemarijn Wegert

Please contact nieuws@bb.leidenuniv.nl and/or add your activity in the Uni-life app. You can download it for free for iOS and Android.

Visit the Leiden Science for Ukraine page or contact us at communicatie@science.leidenuniv.nl.

For this purpose, Leiden University has set up an emergency fund for students from Ukraine and Russia. Questions? Please contact Eliane Cohen.

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