The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

From Leiden to Lusaka – Working, Welcoming, Waiting

Guest blogger Rik Jongenelen studies in the MA African Studies programme and is currently in Zambia. Working My head keeps nodding up and down as I am focusing on the … Continue reading

March 13, 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

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 · 1 Comment

A Semester at Leiden; More than Just Bikes

Vitamin D scarcity during the first semester doesn’t stop life in Leiden from unfolding in all its diversity. Read more about Dutch weather and the annual LUCIS Middle Eastern Culture Market here. 🙂

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Exams are nearly over – for now!

You’re back from Christmas at home and everyone is asking, “how were the holidays?” The answer you give? “Oh, fine. Yours?” The honest answer: you have been procrastinating and/or crying … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Google Docs for thesis? Sure!

Writing a thesis is logistically quite difficult. When you have to remember where you read that one sentence that you thought would never be relevant but it is actually really … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

30 Days of Rejection

It all started with me being suddenly ambitious (and anxious) thinking about an internship I have to do as a part of my master’s program. Being a non-EU citizen, I … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 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

Hindi taught me to be patient, not perfect

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Looking down the evergreen slopes of the mountains, the enraged monsoon clouds from earlier that day had changed temperament. They had started drifting downward from … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Where to Find the Best Study Spots

As the term goes on, it’s becoming increasingly necessary to study at the weekend, and hence finding that perfect study spot is critical. Sit in a bad place and you … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment