The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

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

When the Real Leideners Come Out: 3rd October

I had heard that Leids Ontzet was something that I simply had to experience. Having been in Leiden for three months, I’d grown used to how quiet this city is … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Beginner’s Guide to Running in Leiden

There are many ways for a student to let off steam before or after a hard day in the library, and running is just one of those ways! As someone … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Work in a Foreign Land

If you, like me, need a few extra pennies to finance your Albert Heijn Biological lifestyle, you might consider getting a job alongside your studies. Yet, despite all the promises … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writers in The Hague: Mohsin Hamid

It isn’t every day that world-renowned authors come to The Hague’s Paard van Troje to speak. But, every now and then, Border Kitchen, a local literary organisation, brings some of the … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

A few tips for prospective bike owners

Have you just moved to Leiden and are looking for a bicycle? Cycling is definitely the fastest way of getting around in Leiden. A bicycle is even a necessity if, … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Dutch Connection (part 2): multicultural Netherlands, global opportunities and Nour Project

A year has passed since my involvement with AIESEC The Netherlands’ the Nour Project and my related cultural exchange to Irbid, Jordan. Indeed, as returning readers may have noticed, a … Continue reading

September 10, 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

Kamer gezocht?

It’s not a secret: Finding a room or an appartment in Leiden is quite a challenge – especially for students coming from abroad. But after sending outside  countless mails and seeing rooms … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment