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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

Student Support

LUC has unique support systems for academic support but also personal support to guide you through your time at LUC.

Academic Support

LUC’s academic support system pairs you with a member of the academic staff for guidance throughout your programme. You will get a first year academic adviser to help you in your transition to LUC and academic life.

You will become part of a student mentor group throughout your first year, whom you will meet in order to make sure you are on track.

After your first year, once you have chosen a major, you can contact any major-specific professor for advice regarding your major.  

The study advisors are responsible for advising students on the practical aspects of their academic choices: study load, graduation requirements, study plan, what to do in case of extenuating circumstances, advice on rules and regulations. The study advisors also monitor all students to ensure their study progress.

If needed, the study advisors can refer the student to the Student Life Officer, the Student Life Counselors or other professionals within Leiden University. Conversations with the study advisors are confidential.

Adjusting to university life and college culture can be quite a challenge. Besides the academic support, you also have access to personal and emotional support. 

Personal Support

The Student Life Officer is in charge of all residential aspects of student life and oversees the Resident Assistant team. 


There is one Resident Assistant, a senior LUC student, on each floor. They are the first point of contact for students' personal matters but are also in charge of creating a community feeling on each floor. You will quickly get to know your neighbours through the many floor dinners and events organised by the RA. Floor activities are a big part of the LUC community experience. 

The Student Life Counselors provide emotional and psychological support and are available  throughout the week. These services are limited and students may be referred to an external service if needed further assistance. 


When you have a physical or learning disability you are entitled to extra facilities during your studies. Examples of extra facilities are extra time for exams, the use of a laptop or later deadlines. The first step in the process of asking for extra facilities, is to discuss your situation with the LUC Study Advisors. You can email the LUC Study Advisors via studyadvisor@luc.leidenuniv.nl to book an appointment. Please do so before the start of the academic year (first week of September), but preferably earlier. Information exchanged with the study advisors is always kept confidential and doesn’t influence the admissions process in any way. 

Studying with a disability

To receive extra facilities, you need to contact the Fenestra Disability Center. The LUC Study Advisors will help you to book a meeting. The specialists of Fenestra will assess your situation and advise the LUC Board of Examiners on the extra facilities you are entitled to.  

You will live on campus in your 1st and 2nd year. The campus and student rooms are wheelchair accessible. Any individual accessibility changes that need to be made need to be discussed. You are more than welcome to visit our campus to assess the situation and to discuss what is needed. Please make an appointment via the LUC Housing office via housing@luc.leidenuniv.nl 15 March 2023 at the latest if you are planning to enroll in September 2023. 

The education offered by LUC is challenging and classes are interactive and small in scale. You are expected to physically attend all classes. In case you already know that physical attendance might not always be feasible for you, please contact the LUC Study Advisor the latest 15 March 2023 via studyadvisor@luc.leidenuniv.nl

For more information on living at LUC - please check here.

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