The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Keukenhof – is it worth a visit?

Keukenhof gardens are renowned the world over – despite only being open for a total of nine weeks every year between March and May. It’s marketed as one of the … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Speaking Dutch in the Netherlands? Harder than you might think..

Most international students, on arriving in the Netherlands (most for the first time), will make an effort to learn Dutch. Even if it’s only the basics of goedemorgen, leuk, or … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Windmills, quaint houses, and… chocolate?! – A Zaanse Schans adventure

The weather has finally decided that it’s officially spring, making it prime-time to explore the best that the Netherlands has to offer. The first place on my list was Zaanse … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Who needs train tickets when you have books? Boekenweek 2018

Perhaps it’s a stereotype, but the Dutch seem to have made getting a good deal into an art form. Boekenweek, a week-long festival celebrating Dutch literature took place two weeks … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Holland has hills! – Day-trip to National Park Veluwezoom

The Netherlands is famous for its incredible flatness, and for good reason, more than a quarter of the country lies below sea-level! As a student coming from Wales, the land … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Joys of Dutch Public Transport

Seven months into my year in the Netherlands, and I continue to be amazed by the Dutch public transport system. Not only is it fantastically efficient (I don’t think I … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Finally, spring has sprung?

  Ignoring the false starts, it’s now officially Spring and that means it’s time to enjoy the green sights of Leiden and The Hague. Coinciding neatly with essay and exam … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

“Beware of Pickpockets”

We’ve heard a lot of fantastic experiences from international students studying in the Netherlands – one of the countries most people consider as safe. However, this does not hinder even … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tackling loneliness as an international student

  Moving to a new country can be a daunting endeavor, especially moving away from your family and friends. Loneliness among international students, especially mature and graduate students is very … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Tips for Surviving Your Thesis

It’s that time of the year when writing a final thesis becomes the bane of every student’s existence. Whether you’re doing a Bachelor, Master, or even a PhD, most students … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment