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Introduction week

If you are about to embark on a master’s in Leiden and the city and University are completely new to you, you should seriously consider participating in the OWL introduction week.

Different introduction weeks

Leiden or The Hague? Dutch or English? These two questions decide which introduction week new students at Leiden University can best choose: EL CID, HOP or OWL.

‘A flying start for both your academic and your social life here.' This is how Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus of Leiden University, describes taking part in an introduction week. It is not compulsory, but the university definitely does advise new students to join in. You can take part in all three of the weeks, but joining at least one of them will give you an experience you will never forget. 

Are you an international student? Than we would recommend the OWL week!

What is OWL?

OWL (Orientation Week Leiden) is Leiden University’s introduction week for international students, including visiting exchange students. Comprising five days of fun, music, culture, sightseeing, sports and games, OWL has been specially designed for students who are new to the city and the University. It will help you and your fellow master’s students get to know Leiden and the University a bit better, and will be an unforgettable start to studying at Leiden University.

Why should you participate in OWL?

  • 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. In 2020 this will be from Tuesday 28 up to and including Friday 31 January. If you’ve registered to follow your master’s programme through Study Link, you will automatically receive an email inviting you to register for this introduction week.

When starting your master's programme in September 2020  the OWL takes place from Monday 24 up to and including Friday 28 August. 

Want to know more about OWL?

Do you have any questions, or would you like more information about OWL?

Students following master’s programmes are also encouraged to take part in OWL because:

  • They get another opportunity to get acquainted with the city and the University.
  • They can meet students from all over the world.
  • It’s a fun week.

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