The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Spring Beauty – Hortus Botanicus Leiden

I always knew Leiden is astonishingly beautiful but it wasn’t until last week I realised that I’ve haven’t been to one of the best places. The botanic garden, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, is a must visit once you’re here!

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May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

3 months abroad: daily life in Accra, Ghana

Guest Blogger:  Eline Sleurink, MA in African Studies   What am I doing in Accra? For the past 2.5 months I have been based at Impact Hub Accra, Ghana, as … Continue reading

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March 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Conducting an internship and research in Africa

Eline is completing her internship and research in Ghana for her master’s programme. Follow her series of guest blogs about her experiences.

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March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

4 rules for choosing the right Master’s!

Some of you might be very familiar with this situation: You’re in the 3rd year of your Bachelor’s and everybody keeps asking you, “So what are you going to do for your Master’s?” …Silence… … Continue reading

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February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hortus Honey

Did you know Leiden’s Hortus Botanicus makes its own Honey? Bees are very important for gardens. All plants that pollinate need bees to bloom and reproduce. Pollen is essential for the life of … Continue reading

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February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

February – a 30-day challenge made 11% easier

“Life is habit,” says Samuel Beckett. Habits are our most productive and un-productive traits. Luckily, we can change them. Scholarly studies and self-help clickbait agree that new habits can be … Continue reading

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January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Part of Being an International

Leiden University exposes you to a lot of different cultures. The Dutch culture, despite being very friendly and open, can be difficult to become accustomed to. There are many ways to experience Dutch … Continue reading

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January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Dutch Connection (part 1): multicultural Netherlands, global opportunities and Nour Project

The Dutch connection (as I have now coined this brand-meets-global-network) is very real within our globalised world, and the benefits to circulating within this network continue to surprise, the world over.

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January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Year at Leiden University in Review: Self-Realisation, the Maintaining of Old Friendships and Finding Fulfilment in Change

As we are about to raise our final cups of kindness to 2016, I thought it may be fitting to entertain the tradition of past reflection, that of auld lang syne, and to re-cap on some of the lessons and highlights that this year has brought, especially in regard to self-realisation, the maintaining of old friendships and the embracing of change, whilst studying at Leiden University.

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December 30, 2016 · 6 Comments

A student survival guide: December (I)

Cheap weekend travel, some entertainment ideas and well…. wine. Because we can beat the bad weather mood and get out there doing fun things.

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November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment