The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

5 Things I’ve Learnt About the Netherlands This Semester

Returning to the UK at the end of this first semester, I’ve started to notice obvious differences between the two lands that hadn’t occurred to me before. For all that’s … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Google Docs for thesis? Sure!

Writing a thesis is logistically quite difficult. When you have to remember where you read that one sentence that you thought would never be relevant but it is actually really … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Museum Day in Amsterdam

Within a week, the Netherlands has jumped drastically from a pretty-cold autumn into fully-fledged winter. Now that term is ending as well, reward yourself for finishing all those term papers … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

30 Days of Rejection

It all started with me being suddenly ambitious (and anxious) thinking about an internship I have to do as a part of my master’s program. Being a non-EU citizen, I … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Short Guide to De Pijp, Amsterdam

Search ‘De Pijp’ in Google and you’ll get a host of quintessential guides to where to go, what to do, and where to eat in De Pijp. A neighbourhood in … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

5 Things I wish I had known before coming to Leiden!

1. Housing If you already have found housing then you can skip directly to tip # 2 – if not then, first thing is first, do not panic. I’ve included … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

London to Leiden: big city to a small city

I moved to Leiden straight from London, the capital of the UK. I don’t know if you have heard of London, but it is large. I grew up in a … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bookshops of Breestraat

Most students will have needed to go to Breestraat for one thing or another since moving to Leiden, and I’m sure most people will have noticed the large number of … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Let’s talk in person

October, that long-gone month, saw the #metoo campaign sweep across screens in the Netherlands and beyond. After Weinstein, and the following Hollywood purge, women began using social media to publicise … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Exchange in Canada: First Snow, Halloween and Before the Storm

Floris Heidsma studies the MA in North American Studies. He is currently spending one semester in Canada as an exchange student at the University of Calgary. Here, he shares some … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment