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Going on a study abroad program is not easy, but incredibly good for your personal development. If you’re a doubter like me, please just take the leap and go. I promise you, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
Going on a study abroad program was honestly the best choice I’ve ever made. If you’re a doubter like myself, let me give you one piece of advice: please, please just do it. It’s a huge step, it’s scary, it’s hard to adjust to your new environment (let alone the language), once you’ll come home you will be completely out of money and fall into a deep, deep depression, but it’ll all be more than worth it. I went to Melbourne, Australia and I’ve met people from all over the world, made friends, gone to parties, I went to New-Zealand, to Tasmania and travelled through Australia itself. I’ve surfed, climbed mountains, chilled on beaches beyond imagination and swam with turtles at about a 5 centimetres distance from my face. Apart from al the extra stuff, learning how to behave and operate in the English language is a lot of work, but incredibly satisfying once you’ve mastered it! Australia education is quite similar to the Dutch system. At first it’ll be a bit scary to join in on group discussions and debates, because everyone there is listening to you, but after a few weeks it just won’t be that big of a deal anymore. The four courses I took were very doable. The level of course difficulty in Australia is a bit lower than I was used to in the Netherlands. To pass an exam you’ll have answer 50% of the questions correctly, which is quite a lower percentage. However, there is no possibility to do a resit in the same year. This combined with studying in a different language makes it slightly harder than studying in your home country. In conclusion, going on a study abroad program is not easy, but incredibly good for your personal development. If you’re a doubter like me, please just take the leap and go. I promise you, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
The other students were extremely friendly and helpful – they wouldn’t hesitate to help me find my classroom or take me out for lunch and introduce me to the amazing Malaysian cuisine.
Besides courses in Psychology I also took a few courses in Sports Science and a Malay class, in which I learned the basics of the Malaysian culture and language. I also joined some of the sports clubs such as volleyball and white water rafting, which made it very easy to befriend the local students. Overall, the semester abroad was an opportunity to experience Malaysia in a way I could never had if I was only visiting as a tourist for a few weeks!
Fleur van Elk
Two years ago Fleur studied abroad, at Lund University in Sweden.
“The exchange period taught me to take care of myself when I was surrounded by people I didn’t know at all. I learned to appreciate cultures and manners that are totally different from mine. It definitely made me more open-minded!
I miss the Swedish lifestyle, especially the nice and helpful people living in Lund, the fact that everything was so well organized, and that Lund is so internationally-oriented. And of course, I really miss the many friends I made!
I would encourage others to go to study abroad because it allows you to get in touch with other cultures and become friends with people who are very different from you. It makes you appreciate others much more.”
Psychology students can study abroad for a semester. So, if your heart is set on studying at partner universities in Boston, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Florence or Oslo, go ahead; it will give you another unique and unforgettable experience! You will come into contact with other students and teachers, more cultures and increase your language skills and become a truly global citizen. It also improves your chances on the jobmarket. Leiden University has many exchange programmes with foreign universities in which important matters such as tuition fees, supervision and recognition of credits are already taken care of. This saves you time and money. More information about studying abroad can be found here.
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Bachelor Honours Education
Are you a curious and motivated bachelor’s student? The Honours Academy of Leiden University offers various kinds of extracurricular education, ranging from long-running programmes to short-term courses.
Are you interested in an extra challenge alongside your studies? Join the Honours College. You take on a 30 EC programme to broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills, at your own or another faculty. The programme is small-scale and has plenty of options. You meet students from other disciplines and learn to look beyond the borders of your own academic field.
Bachelor Honours Classes
Would you like to step outside your comfort zone? Bachelor Honours Classes (5 EC) are challenging courses that broaden the scope of your regular study, with plenty of room for personal attention. For Honours College students, taking a Bachelor Honours Class is mandatory, but non-honours students are encouraged to apply as well.
LDE Bachelor Honours Programme Sustainability
Do you want to learn more about sustainability? Join the LDE Bachelor Honours Programme Sustainability (15 EC), a one-year interdisciplinary programme accessible to second and third-year bachelor’s students. You will gain relevant knowledge, develop skills and work on current sustainability challenges. This programme is a collaboration between Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE). Students from all three universities can participate.
Master Honours Classes & Challenges
Some project-based challenges of the Master Honours Classes & Challenges are also available for advanced bachelor's students. You will tackle a specific challenge of a partner organisation in a small interdisciplinary team.
Academy of Creative and Performing Arts
Interested in combining your Leiden bachelor’s programme with courses in music, fine arts or design? With the Academy of Creative and Performing Artsthis is possible. The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts offers electives, talent programmes Practicum Musicae and Practicum Artium as well as Honours Classes. Compiling your own 15 or 30 EC set of courses for elective credits is possible. The prospectus lists an overview of these courses.