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Introduction Days: a good start

With a good start of your programme, a good start of your student life is of course also appropriate.

Introduction: online and on location

A lot of work has been put into providing alternative activities for the different introduction programmes. These introductions will be made up of two parts: firstly, an interactive platform where you can get to know one another, the student associations and other student organisations online, and secondly, just as every year, students will take part in an on-location introduction programme, in groups. The main goal is and remains that you have the chance to get to know your study programme, the city, student life and one another. The introduction programme should be an unforgettable start to your student years, and we want to make sure you have every opportunity to enjoy this experience – online and on campus!

Are you an international student? Than we would recommend the Orientation Week Leiden (OWL)! OWL has been specially designed for international students who are new to the country, the city and the University. The OWL week is going take place from Monday 24 August to Friday 28 Augustus: a blended week which can be completely followed online if you are joining from home, and also a variation of OWL on location if you are able to come to Leiden. We are organising a virtual OWL for all. It will contain, amongst others, a livestream of the official Word of Welcome by the Mayor of Leiden and Leiden University representatives. There will be various live events like an information session on associations, a faculty welcome, a career event and various workshops from cooking a vegan meal to learning about Dutch culture. An important function of the online platform will be to connect you with other students by offering designated chat channels and a “speed friending” option.
For students who are able to join OWL physically because they are already residing in or near Leiden, we have some additional programme parts on location. This programme of OWL  will consist of 3 aspects: firstly, you will be placed in a group with 7 other students, guided by 2 Guides which makes you part of a group of 10 students. With this group you will have some fixed on location events in Leiden throughout the week (for example a boat tour and a city walk). The second aspect is an a-la-cart on location programme. This means we offer a variety of on location events (bike tour, sports classes, workshops) which you can sign up for on an individual basis. The third aspect is the virtual OWL as some programme parts of the week are offered virtual for everyone.

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The HOP –The Hague Orientation Programme – is the official introduction week for new Leiden University students studying in The Hague. During a festive and varied programme you’ll be able to get acquainted with the city and the student life that await you. The introduction period of the HOP will take place from Monday 17 to Friday 21 August. During the programme, you will join a group of 10 to 15 students. Your group will be guided by two mentors. These mentors will support you during both the online programme, as well as on location. During the HOP you will have access to a digital platform on which all sorts of information can be found about your time as a student in The Hague. It will be possible to join several online events and activities. During these five days you will explore your study, city, and student life. 
For students who are able to join HOP physically because they are already residing in or near the Hague, we have some additional programme parts. You and your group will be invited to attend one specific day in The Hague, where you will discover the beauty of The Hague and all it has to offer! In addition, we are exploring optional sign-up activities on location during the days that you are not attending your organised day. This will be limited to those that stay in or nearby The Hague during the HOP 2020
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The EL CID is the introduction programme of Leiden University for all new students who are going to study in Leiden. During the EL CID you have access to a large digital platform on which you can find all kinds of information about your student life in Leiden. From Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 August, you and your group can participate in various online events and activities. During these three days you and your group will be virtually introduced to your study programme, the city of Leiden and student life. This way you will get to know everything in a short time about getting your student life off to a good start! The EL CID will then organise a small-scale introduction on location in accordance with the measures taken by the Dutch government. Ten physical days will take place in Leiden from Sunday 9 to Wednesday 19 August. You and your group are invited by us for one specific day to participate in the activities on location that are all about study, city and student life.
Read more about the EL CID-week

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