The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Student Associations for Internationals

When it comes to student associations, there is something for everyone in Leiden: from sports to study. You can find out about all the associations here but there some that are specifically for … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leiden’s Internationals: ISN Cultural Festival

Leiden’s biggest cultural event of the year – what a success! Since 2007, you can experience music, dance, cuisine and traditions from various countries at the International Cultural Festival. Two weeks ago, it … Continue reading

May 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

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Leiden’s Bioscopen

Movie fans rejoice! Now that the sun has abandoned Leiden and left its miserable inhabitants to withstand six or seven months of intolerable wind, wet, and cold, students are elated that … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The day to have it all: Happy Cultural Festival!

What are your plans today? Maybe… you are up for learning Salsa? Wanna hang out in the sun with some Brazilian Caipirinhas that you just learned to make yourself? Fancy … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beer Cantus

One of the main complaints I hear from international students in Leiden, and in the Netherlands as a whole, is that it is not exactly easy to develop a friendship … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

NL vs. COL

I am not one to frequently resort to clichés when describing countries and their population. However there is one particular cliché associated with brazilians that fit me like a glove…”Brazilians … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Museum Nacht Amsterdam 2013

Yes, we all know that Leiden is a small town and although I still amaze myself with the little surprises the city presents me every week I find refreshing to … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Experiencing the World Through the Big Screen (or sometimes the small one!)

Being honest, before I joined Leiden University, my main experience of film was cheesy rom-coms, often involving singing and dancing and always with a happy ending. Yet, since being here, … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dealing With Homesickness…

I thought I would write a blog today about homesickness…  As an International student living in an entirely new environment, away from the people you love, it is normal to … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

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