The Leidener

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Ideas for Sunny Days in Leiden

If the heat hasn’t entirely worn you out by now, here are some ideas for how to spend the sunny days in Leiden as the year is drawing to a … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Things to Do in Maastricht

  Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go out and explore the Netherlands – especially considering that as an international student, it might be your last few … Continue reading

May 4, 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

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

The Joys of Dutch Public Transport

Seven months into my year in the Netherlands, and I continue to be amazed by the Dutch public transport system. Not only is it fantastically efficient (I don’t think I … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

Best Places for Brunch in Leiden

The second semester is now underway, and it’s possible that you’ll have friends and family coming for a visit in the next few months. If you’re still looking for that … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why You Should Join the USC This Semester

Now that the first semester is over, the Masters students among us – as well as some third year undergrads – should be focusing on our thesis, and what better … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

A Short Guide to Bruges

My expectations of a city-trip to Bruges entirely revolved around quintessential Belgian stereotypes: I was going to eat the best-tasting fries ever, the best-tasting chocolate ever, all the while wandering … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment