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Studying: what will it be like in the near future for first year students?

It’s great that you’re planning to come and study with us. These are uncertain times, but there’s one thing we know for certain: when you study at Leiden University, you can be sure the education you receive will be of the highest quality.

Society urgently needs young people who can make a contribution to resolving the issues of the present day. There’s no better place to learn to do that than at Leiden University. We have been educating students for over 445 years to critically evaluate scientific and societal challenges, and to respect one another’s freedom to hold different opinions. 

A message from rector magnificus Carel Stolker to all prospective students

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Academic Year 2020-2021: how we are preparing

We are ready and waiting to welcome you into our University community in the coming academic year. Exactly what form our teaching will take is something we can’t yet say for certain: what we are able to do depends very much on the possibilities given to us by the Dutch government. The government is monitoring closely how the coronavirus is developing, and will relax the intelligent lockdown measures step by step as soon as circumstances permit. For the time being, we are preparing to provide our teaching from September 2020 up to and including January 2021 largely online, and where possible in our University buildings. We are taking all the likely scenarios into account, and hope that we will be able to meet one another on campus in the very near future.

We are paying special attention to our international students. Over 120 nationalities are represented at Leiden University, and the situation is different for each student. We will take your personal situation into account. We want to give you a warm welcome as you start your studies at our University. You will be following your programme online and, where possible, on campus. We understand that you may not be able to travel to the Netherlands for the start of the academic year. That’s no problem: in that case, you can start your programme online.  

For each programme, we are looking at which components can be given in a physical context, such as practicals, small work groups and tutoring. Please be assured that switching between online and on campus education is not something we will do from one day to the next, but in stages. We will make sure you are well informed about what this will mean for you so that you have enough time to organise your visa, travel arrangements and accommodation. 

Whether you are studying online or on campus, our Leiden Study System, with small tutor groups that tell you all you need to know about the programme and introduce you to our cities of Leiden and The Hague, will make sure you soon feel at home. Our aim with all we are doing is to provide you with a complete and comprehensive academic training. Your reason for choosing Leiden University is more than just your particular study programme and the quality of our education. Discover the world at Leiden University.

N.B. Getting off to a good start with your studies also means making a good start with student life. Our famous introduction weeks can’t take place in their traditional setting, so we are working hard – together with students and study associations – to come up with good alternatives. So, we’ll keep you posted as soon as you can sign up for the introduction!

We are ready and waiting to welcome you into our University community in the coming academic year. Exactly what form our teaching will take is something we can’t yet say for certain: what we are able to do depends very much on the possibilities given to us by the Dutch government. The government is monitoring closely how the coronavirus is developing and will relax the intelligent lockdown measures step by step as soon as circumstances permit. For the time being, we are preparing to provide our teaching from September 2020 up to and including January 2021 largely online, and where possible in our University buildings. We are taking all the likely scenarios into account, and hope that we will be able to meet one another on campus in the very near future.

We will be focusing special attention on you as an international student. Over 120 nationalities are represented at Leiden University, and the situation is different for each student. We will take your personal situation into account. We will give you a warm welcome as you start your studies at Leiden University. You can follow your programme online and, where possible, on campus. We understand that you may not be able to travel to the Netherlands for the start of the academic year. That’s no problem: in that case, you can start your programme online.  
 
For each programme, we are looking at what parts of the teaching can be given in a physical context, such as practicals, small work groups and tutor training. Please be assured that switching between online and on campus education is not something we will do from one day to the next, but in stages. We will make sure you are well informed about what this will mean for you so that you have enough time to organise your visa, travel arrangements and accommodation. 

Online or on campus, we will do our best to give you all the information you need to know about your study programme, your graduate school and our two University cities: Leiden and The Hague, so that you soon feel at home in our academic community. Your reason for choosing Leiden University is more than your particular study programme and the quality of our education. Discover the world at Leiden University.

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