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Introduction Week

Do you want to get your stay in Leiden off to the best possible start? Then you cannot afford to miss OWL, Leiden University’s introduction week for international students. In addition to having lots of fun, you’ll make new friendships and start getting to know the University and the city.


The measures that the Dutch government is taking against the spread of the coronavirus have consequences for Leiden University and therefore also for the introduction weeks. Leiden University, together with the introduction committees, the municipality, the study and student associations and many other parties, is working to develop the most attractive programme possible.

Read the actual information about the introduction days

What is OWL?

OWL (Orientation Week Leiden), is Leiden University’s introduction week for international students, including visiting exchange students. In an event-packed five-day programme, OWL has been specially designed for students who are new to the city and the University. In five days of fun, music, culture, sightseeing, sports and games, newcomers get to learn about Dutch people and culture. And to help them get to know Leiden a bit better, the events take place at various locations around the city. It’s an unforgettable start to studying at Leiden University.

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Why should you participate in OWL?

If you want to get your study off to a flying start, OWL is a must, because:

  • You’ll meet many new people and make lots of new friends.
  • Enthusiastic mentors will soon have you feeling at home in Leiden.
  • You’ll get a good first impression of your faculty and study programme.
  • All the student associations will open their doors to you.
  • It’s an action-packed programme with fantastic parties.

When is OWL?

OWL takes place before the beginning of the academic year. If you’ve registered to follow a programme using Studielink, you will automatically receive an email inviting you to register for OWL.

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