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Study preparations

Make sure you are well prepared for your studies. Request a university ID card, find practical information for new students and learn about your rights and obligations. And how about learning a little Dutch?

Request a LU-Card (university ID card)

Before arrival, make sure to request a LU-Card. This is your university ID, library and copy card. You can request a LU-Card online by uploading a passport photo.

Find practical information for new students

On our student websites you can find important practical information for new students, for example: 

  • where to find your schedule and study materials
  • how to enrol for courses and exams 
  • which study facilities you will use
  • how to get more out of student life

Go to the: 

> Website for degree students (Bachelor/Masters)
> Website for non-degree students (Exchange/Study Abroad courses)

Learn a little Dutch

Want to learn some basic Dutch and get a taste of Dutch culture? Leiden University's free online ‘Dutch & More' course is aimed at international students who are about to join Leiden University. 

As well as teaching you the basics of the Dutch language, the online 'Dutch and More' course will introduce you to student life in Leiden and The Hague. Sign up via this link. 

After successful completion, you can register for a Dutch course at Leiden University’s Academic Language Centre for a greatly reduced price.

Your rights and obligations

Before starting your studies, familiarise yourself with your rights and obligations as a student of Leiden University.

Student charter

Your most important rights and obligations are laid down in the Student CharterThe student charter informs Leiden University student of what they can expect from the university and what the university expects from them. 


Each study programme also has its own Course and Examination Regulations. You can find these, as well as many other university regulations, on the regulations webpage

Code of conduct international students in Dutch higher education

Leiden University is proud signatory of the code of conduct international student in Dutch higher education which ensures good practices in the recruitment of international students. The code of conduct stipulates that international students must be provided with a clear insight into the quality of education, student recruitment and selection procedures. If you believe Leiden University has not acted in accordance with the code of conduct, you are entitled to submit a complaint.

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