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Admission requirements

The admission requirements for contract teaching are similar to the legal admission requirements for an academic programme. This means that you should have obtained at least a pre-university education or equivalent diploma.

To enrol, certified copies of diplomas must be submitted. Certified means that the copies should be authenticated by the institution that issued the original diploma. The same institution should send the copies to the following address in a sealed envelope to:

Humanities Student Information Desk 
ATTN Coordinator of Contract Teaching
Cleveringaplaats 1 
2311 BD Leiden
The Netherlands

If it is not possible for the institution to provide certified copies of the diploma, the copy can be authenticated by a notary.

If you are not sure if your diploma grants you access to contract teaching, please contact us at contractonderwijs@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Additional requirements

Additional requirements apply to some series of lectures. Any additional requirements can be found in the course description. You can also obtain information at the secretary’s office or the coordinator of studies of the relevant programme. Phone numbers and email addresses can be found in the address list.

Master lectures

In certain events, lectures that are part of a master’s programme are open to contract students. Stricter requirements apply for these lectures.

In principal, only education at bachelor’s level is open to contract teaching. However, a few programmes offer master’s courses through contract teaching.

Registration and Enrolment

In principal, only education at bachelor’s level is open to contract teaching. However, a few programmes offer master’s courses through contract teaching. Refer to the e-Prospectus to see whether the course is open to contract students.

If you wish to enrol for a general master’s programme’s course (i.e.: if you possess a Leiden bachelor’s diploma of the programme that offers master’s courses), you can do so directly through the Humanities Student Information Desk. In your registration, clearly state that you have obtained the relevant diploma.

If you do not have the required diploma, you must first submit an admission request by means of the online registration form. In your request, clearly state the name of the master’s programme (not the course title) that you wish to register for.

The admission requirements and whether or not a programme is considered a general master’s programme can be found per study programme.

You are allowed to register for one or multiple master’s courses at the Humanities Student Information Desk, however, you can only be enrolled once you receive an (unconditional) admission decision from the Humanities Faculty Board. Indeed, should you want to complete the entire master’s programme, you can be exempted from the components you have completed as a contract student. In order to register for the entire programme, you need an (unconditional) admission decision.

Deadlines

Apart from the contract teaching registration deadlines (see Conditions for dates), the following deadlines apply with respect to submitting your admission request:

If you wish to attend master’s lectures from September onwards, your admission request should be received by:

1 April if you are of foreign nationality and/or foreign pre-education;

15 June* if you are Dutch AND attended Dutch pre-education.

If you wish to attend master’s lectures from February onwards, your admission request should be received by:

15 October if you are of foreign nationality and/or foreign pre-education;

1 December* if you are Dutch AND attended Dutch pre-education.

Note: if you submit your admission request after the above-mentioned deadlines, your request will be considered in the subsequent term.

* Requests submitted after the deadline can still be considered. However, it cannot be guaranteed that you can start your preferred term.

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