A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Things I’ve Learned from Leiden Uni Toilet Doors

Guys, I have a confession. My name is Emily, I’m 26, and I still find toilet humour hilarious. I can’t help it, it’s not my fault! Every toilet trip my … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Where do you study best?

Where are the best places in Leiden to study? What makes a work place productive, cosy or efficient? I asked some fellow Leiden students where they like to study… Emily … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

Once, Twice, Three times a skeleton…

Like Anna, I really love Halloween as a celebration of all things autumnal (pumpkins, candles on dark nights) and for its more creepy side as a time of year when … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment


Ahh, autumn! Crunchy leaves under foot, grey, moody skies above. The wind has a sharpness to it, and brings a crisp smell that warns that winter is not too far … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Nihonga Painting Class

One of the delights of being a student is access to unique classes as visiting scholars visit Leiden. Last month, the Japanese department hosted renowned painter and lecturer at Tokyo … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

First Week Back

 This week the first semester began for real, and classes and clubs began in earnest. This post is a bit of a reflection on getting back into studying after the … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · 4 Comments

International Students Days: Part 2

I happily got a bit of a lie-in on Friday, as I only had to meet my group at 12. We all met at the station, and then walked up … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

International Students Intro Days: part 1

So, the intro days have come and gone, and now I’m sitting here with a hot cup of tea, nursing a sore throat and cough I seem to have picked … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · 3 Comments

Upcoming intro days

I love that feeling of the start of a new term. September is almost here, I’ve bought some shiny new pens, and on Thursday and Friday Leiden Uni is holding … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

Limburg heatwave

I’ve just spent the hottest weekend of the year in the place with the highest temperature in the country. I went to Limburg, and I loved it. Limburg, in the … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

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