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Centre for Modern Urban Studies

Information for new students 2019 - 2020

Below you will find some of the most important information about studying at Leiden University. Please click on the relevant link for more information. Moreover, when on the university website always make sure to click on the tab page of your programme when there are more tab pages.

General Information

The student portal of our website shows you all information that you need as a student. It contains current information about the study programme, direct links to relevant systems, consultation hours of study advisers, timetables and news. Unfortunately the minor programmes do not have their own pages on this website. Therefore, it is best to indicate that you are a student of one of our other programmes; Crisis and Security Management or Security Studies.

The ULCN-account is your Leiden University account with which you have access to all university systems. It consists of your student number with an ‘s’ in front of it and the password you received from Leiden University.

uSis is the student administration system of Leiden University. You will find your official grades and personal timetable here, and you will have to use uSis to submit (administrative) requests for exemptions. You will also need to register for individual courses on uSis before the beginning of the course.  You can access this system by using your ULCN-account (see above). If you have questions you can take a look at the FAQs on uSis.

Each student has a personal University e-mail account (U-mail). You can log in with your ULCN-account. Please note: the University will only use this U-mail address to contact students.

You are expected to carry your university card (LU card) with you at all times when at the university. You will need this card for instance when sitting an exam, for entering the bicycle shed or to borrow books from the library.

Blackboard is the digital learning environment from the university where you can find information about all courses. There is one page for the whole minor. After registering for the Blackboard of the Minor Global Affairs you will get access to all relevant information like assignments, deadlines, reading lists, and pre-publication of grades etc.

Interesting events that are related to global affairs and security, like blogs, lectures, debates and career fairs are announced on the weblog. Other news is also published on the weblog.

Programme Information

You can find your personal programme activities, like lectures and exams, in uSis. If you are enrolled correctly in uSis, the course or exam will also appear in your personal timetable in uSis and you will be notified of all changes to timetables. If you are not enrolled yet, you can also take a look at this web page.

The academic year of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is divided into two semesters. Each semester in its turn is divided into two blocks with each block consisting of 8 weeks. You usually follow 3 courses per block.

You can find the literature that is required per course in the syllabi on blackboard. Syllabi will be published on Blackboard two weeks before the beginning of the course.

You can find all information about your study programme and courses in the e-Prospectus: Course descriptions, examination and teaching methods, etc.

You will find the examination methods for each course in the e-Prospectus. The exam timetable (dates and locations) can be found in uSIs and on the student portal. If you are enrolled in a course, you will also be enrolled for the first exam. You have to register separately for a resit-exam.

Grades for completed courses will be registered by the Education Services Centre (see below under ‘Organisations’). Only grades on uSis are official (grades on Blackboard are not official).

Support during the programme

When personal problems (of any kind) cause you to fall behind with your programme, you can contact the study advisers, student counsellors or student psychologist (see below under ‘Organisations’). We recommend you to contact the study adviser first.

Studying with a disability usually costs extra time and energy. Perhaps extra support is possible for your situation. For advice please contact Fenestra Disability Centre

Combining a study programme with sport at the highest level demands a lot of commitment and a good study plan. The student counsellors for elite athletes can give you more information.


The Board of Examiners is responsible for the organisation and quality of exams. They can: grant requests for exemptions, grant requests for retakes, assessing elective space, make arrangements for fraud, plagiarism etc.

You can contact the Education Services Centre (OSC) for questions about: course and exam enrolment, the timetable and the registration of grades.

The study advisers are your first point of contact for advice and information about matters like the content and structure of the programme, programme and examination regulations, study plan and approach, but also if personal circumstances prevent your study progress. You can also contact the study advisors of your own main studies.

You can go to the student counsellors for questions and problems regarding study completion delay, legal position and regulations and financial matters.

Student psychologists can support you with personal problems that affect your study programme directly. Based on your situation the student psychologist will decide with you what the next best step will be.

Students are currently setting up a study association, Custodia, representing both the bachelor Security Studies and the master Crisis and Security management. The association will become the link between students and the Institute by organizing all sorts of activities, like lectures, company visits, and social events. In the future they might also organise activities that are of interest to you, try to stay informed!

Other Facilities

In the libraries there are quiet places to study and you can make use of reference books. Furthermore, you can find all books, journals, and data bases that are in the possession of the libraries in the catalogue.

You have access to university study spots, Wi-Fi, uMail, Blackboard, uSis and SURFspot with your ULCN-account. Check our more ICT - facilities.

There are several computer rooms in the university buildings where you can work. There are also both silent and non-silent places where you can study, work with other students or sit with your laptop and make use of the Wi-Fi connection.

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