The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

An Alternative to Tokyo: Studying in Southern Japan

Why do people who want to experience student life in Japan often choose Tokyo? Did they consider a less mainstream route in other areas? As a bachelor’s student in Tokyo … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

The ISN Cultural Festival is just around the corner!

  Gavin Fielding is currently studying his MA in International Relations and frequents the International Student Network events in Leiden.  The ISN International Cultural Festival is coming up and Gavin’s … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rotterdam: the place to be for art-lovers

I’ve perhaps been a little biased against Rotterdam – every time I’ve been it has been either pouring down, excruciatingly windy or both. However, I’d heard good things about the … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

From Leiden to Lusaka – Conference Countdown

Rik Jongenelen is a guest blogger on The Leidener and studies the MA in African Studies. He is currently doing a three-month internship in Zambia. Pleasure after Pressure After rubbing … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Speaking Dutch in the Netherlands? Harder than you might think..

Most international students, on arriving in the Netherlands (most for the first time), will make an effort to learn Dutch. Even if it’s only the basics of goedemorgen, leuk, or … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

International Day of Monuments and Sites

The Youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Nelson Mandela’s quote shapes this year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites. This is why, we are happily presenting you eight … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Windmills, quaint houses, and… chocolate?! – A Zaanse Schans adventure

The weather has finally decided that it’s officially spring, making it prime-time to explore the best that the Netherlands has to offer. The first place on my list was Zaanse … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Who needs train tickets when you have books? Boekenweek 2018

Perhaps it’s a stereotype, but the Dutch seem to have made getting a good deal into an art form. Boekenweek, a week-long festival celebrating Dutch literature took place two weeks … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Holland has hills! – Day-trip to National Park Veluwezoom

The Netherlands is famous for its incredible flatness, and for good reason, more than a quarter of the country lies below sea-level! As a student coming from Wales, the land … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Verenigingen? Big Five

Many of Leiden University’s study programs offer their own association and students have various options to join music and sports clubs. But, there is another huge part to Leiden’s student … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment