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Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (BA)

Student life

Study association Symposion

Meet your fellow students at the study association Symposion, which organises events, debates and lectures and more. You can even purchase your study books with a discount! Visit the website for more information. 

Emma Abdi Wansbrough


Emma Abdi Wansbrough

"I have a close group of friends within the programme. I am also active in the study association Symposion, where I am part of the education committee. We organise a monthly night where students can present their ideas and discuss them. In my first year, I took part in organising a short film festival in Leiden and I am a member of the Debate Union. Being part of these associations, there was always something fun to do. Because philosophy students have many interests and come from a variety of backgrounds, they join a lot of different societies."

Lorenzo Marsili

First year student

Lorenzo Marsili

"I’m a member of the study association and we organised some activities for other members: lectures, discussions but also a pub quiz and an escape room. It’s fun to meet other students and a very nice environment to be in. I like Leiden as a student city as well. I started living with three classmates last month, we live only 15 minutes from university. Students are an important part of Leiden: they’re everywhere. I really like that vibe."

Leiden student city

Leiden is a lively university city that’s brimming with history and with a ubiquitous student culture. Leiden University is renowned for its many student associations, organised around sports, music and social clubs, as well as cultural associations. These associations will also give you access to a sizeable network, which will be very useful if you’re looking for accommodation or if you want to make new friends. A compact and manageable city, it’s never more than a short bike ride from your accommodation to the University.

The Leiden experience

International student Anna made a video about her Leiden experience.

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