The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Winter wonderland in the Hague

Last week an old school friend of mine from England decided to visit. Wanting to show him more of the Netherlands than just Amsterdam, I convinced him to trade in … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

My Dutch Domicile

As mentioned in Laurences earlier post, finding accommodation in Leiden as an international can be quite tricky from time to time. I spent the whole of my first semester in … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

An age old ritual

Having been around now for 400 odd years, Leiden University, as showcased in Emma’s blog post last month is no stranger to ritualistic traditions and ceremonies. Fortunately I was able … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

G is for Gorlaeus!

Many people in Leiden often ask me why I decided to do my Erasmus placement at Leiden. Having come from a university considered amongst the British powerhouse of academia and … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Leiden MUN goes to America!

The Leiden Model United Nations Crest After months of preparation with the Model United Nations Society at Leiden, it was time to finally set off for America. All 19 of … Continue reading

February 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Cold Snap hits Holland

Late last week in Leiden, temperatures plummeted. It was almost instant. I remember leisurely going to the Digros near where I live, and only a few hours later the same … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

Njord – The Student Sport

As I mentioned in my last blog post, when I arrived in Leiden I was shown around during the infamous El Cid week – a week full of church dancing, … Continue reading

February 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

Do dutch students take themselves too seriously?

At first glance, probably. On deeper inspection…Most definitely! Last semester I responded to a student advertisement on the Facebook ISN group about partaking in Harvard National Model United Nations and … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Schiphol to Leiden in a flash

At 16 minutes and €3.20 (with an OV-Chipkaart – NS), this is probably the most convenient airport transfer in all of Europe. Atleast in my experience that is. Leiden is also possibly … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · 4 Comments

The curse of the Rapenburg…

[Dialogue between two Leiden international students – sometime around early December] Student A (probably Finnish): “Who’s that guy who cycled into a canal recently?” Student B (probably German): “Nah, he never … Continue reading

January 3, 2012 · 3 Comments