The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Destination Down Under – My Semester Abroad in Australia (2/4): Halfway

Ten weeks ago, I stepped into the airplane to the other side of the world. Time flies you’re having fun – almost halfway through the exchange adventure. Let me organize … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Preparing for your first conference

Academic conferences are an exhilarating, if slightly intimidating experience. Whether presenting or attending, you have the opportunity to meet leaders in your field, see the newest research, and meet other students and … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Weekend in the Sun

As autumn creeps in and deadlines get closer, sometimes you need a weekend away to recharge and relax. Leiden’s proximity to Amsterdam Schiphol airport mean that you’re well situated to … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

On Moving Out: Getting Rid of Your Furniture

You’ve finished your study and plan to move out. You own furniture that you need to get rid of in a short period. Here are several options to consider: 1. … Continue reading

June 14, 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

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

How to Balance Working and Studying

I finally reached that point in the year where I had to accept that a part-time job would be a good idea – my savings were dwindling by the day, … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

11 Ways To Kick Start Your Semester

With the next semester approaching fast, here are just a few ways you can get a head start. 1. Draft the letter you’ll send your parents in March detailing your … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 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 · 6 Comments

Study Abroad while Abroad – join a Summer (or Winter) School!

So you are on your way to Leiden (or thinking about studying here or just curious about what it is like) and I am writing about how to get away … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment