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Five highlights that make Leiden University Open Day so special

On 19 October, around 10,000 prospective students will come to the Open Day to find out more about student life and the programmes in Leiden and The Hague. But what makes the Open Day so special? Five highlights that you definitely shouldn’t miss!

Open Day in an old church

You can’t avoid it if you visit Leiden University Open Day: the beautiful Pieterskerk. This 630-year-old church is the centrepiece of the Open Day, with an impressive 1,500mof information market. Pieterskerk is an important location for the University because it is where it was founded on 8 February 1575. And we still celebrate the University’s anniversary there each year.

On the Open Day, Pieterskerk is where you will find information about all the University programmes in Leiden and The Hague. You will also be able to talk to students and lecturers, gather information on accommodation and get a taste of student life in Leiden or The Hague.

Travel in style!

All the locations are within walking distance of one another, but it’s more fun to travel in style. Our special tuk-tuks will have you at your next destination faster than you can say Jack Robinson!

The Open Day is not just in Pieterskerk but in other locations in the city too, such as the Observatory, Stadsgehoorzaal (the concert hall) and the Academy Building, the heart of the University. Here you can attend presentations about the various programmes, and find out which courses to take or what you’ll be able to with your degree.

Spot famous autographs

The famous Sweat Room in the Academy Building, the heart of the University, is a real must. Once you’ve been awarded your master’s degree, you’ll be allowed to sign your name on the wall. Come on the Open Day, and decide where this will be when your turn comes. On the wall, under the table, on the ceiling or alongside the autograph of King Willem-Alexander or Nelson Mandela, for instance?

Virtual trip to The Hague

The Hague is a 10-minute train journey from Leiden. But if even that sounds too far, put on a VR headset at the information market instead, and take a virtual tour of the University buildings in The Hague as well as Binnenhof and the beach.

Take a city tour

Always wanted to know what a student association looks like? Or what life is like in a student room? Find out at the Open Day! Students will take you on a tour of Leiden. Prefer an English tour? Take the Silent Disco City Tour instead.

Good luck with the preparations! Hope to see you at the Open Day on 19 October!

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