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The choice is yours! Three introduction weeks for Leiden University students

Leiden or The Hague? Dutch or English? These two questions decide which introduction week new Leiden University students should choose: EL CID, HOP or OWL.

Starting university is an exciting new step in your life. We want to make sure you get off to a flying start, so offer three different introduction weeks. You’ll explore your new city, get to know your fellow students and find out all about student life. Check out which one suits you best below.


Leiden - Dutch - 15 to 19 August

If you’re going to study in Leiden and speak Dutch, make sure not to miss EL CID week. In these five days you’ll explore the city where you’ll be spending a lot of your time in the next few years. You’ll get to know your programme, fellow students and faculty, and will get to visit all of the student associations.

EL CID website


The Hague - English - 22 to 26 August

If you’ll be living and studying in The Hague, HOPweek is the introduction week for you. It’s for Dutch and international students in The Hague. You’ll visit your new faculty and meet students from the different programmes. And you’ll find out all about various student initiatives and get to know the nightlife in The Hague. 

HOP website


Leiden - English - 29 August to 2 September

Orientation Week Leiden (OWL) is the introduction to Leiden for international bachelor’s, master’s and exchange students. You’ll be introduced to Leiden’s student life and the Dutch language and culture.

OWL website

Start your future: introduction day

Leiden - 9 July

Are you the first in your family to go to university? Or are you going to study in Leiden or The Hague but didn’t grow up in the Netherlands, so the Dutch education system is new to you? Leiden University has a special introduction programme for you. You’ll get to know the University and your fellow students and find out all about studying. We’ll give you the information you need to feel at home and succeed in this new world. The day is free and you’re welcome to bring a carer along.

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