THE LEIDENER

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Hacking your degree: Tips and tricks for finishing your degree on time

When getting started with your degree, the number of modules and the length of the thesis can seem intimidating. University courses (especially Masters and Postgraduate degrees) rely more on you … Continue reading

August 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conquering the Ocean: Almere

Called as the land below the sea, the Dutch has probably the most expertise on earth on managing water and keep the water from flooding the lands that are below … Continue reading

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Long haul? No problem!

For many internationals, the move to the Netherlands may be one of the first long haul flights you take! As I moved here from the UK this wasn’t my experience … Continue reading

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Some practical tips to use the library

Willing or not, the library will soon become one of your most visited places and it is important to know how to get the most out of it. Here, I … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

3 things to do before moving to Leiden- Part 3- Learning Dutch

Being fluent in Dutch is not a requirement of English-taught courses at University. However, especially if you are moving to Leiden for your Bachelor Studies, it might be nice to … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

My university experiences in Italy and in the Netherlands: a comparison – Part 2

An advantage of workgroups is that students are compelled to form their own opinion and to intervene during class. However, the participation grade might push many to speak even if … Continue reading

August 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

My university experiences in Italy and in the Netherlands: a comparison – Part 1

When I applied to study at Leiden University, I was aware of the profound differences between my home country’s higher education system and the Dutch one, but spending a year … Continue reading

July 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Evening with Mark Knopfler

At the end of last month, on 23rd of June, I had the chance to listen to one of my favourite lead-singers of all time live. As the concert meant … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Modern Tradition: Backpacks on Flagpoles

Did you spot the backpacks hanging on the flagpole of many houses, along with a Dutch flag, last month? Not only backpacks but if you look closer you could see … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

My visit to the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk – Part 2

On our way to the building hosting Andy’s office, we passed through a long and wide hallway serving as an exhibition space for the past and ongoing projects of ESA. … Continue reading

July 26, 2019 · Leave a comment