THE LEIDENER

A Blog by International Students at Leiden University

Johan Huizinga, the Great Historian

In the previous blog post I talked about Justus Lipsius and how the University building in the centre of Leiden came to be named after him. Now, I would like … Continue reading

September 5, 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

What to Expect from International Leiden Leadership Programme

The period of International Leiden Leadership Programme is over for this year. I had the opportunity to be a part of this valuable experience. When I chose Leiden University for … Continue reading

June 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

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

Five Reasons Why I Like Studying in Leiden

Spring is coming! In the Netherlands, it is known as the time of the year when tulips and other flowers are in bloom, people spend more and more time outside, … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 5 Comments

Humanities Career Event

The end on my bachelor study is coming closer and closer and frankly speaking -like many fellow students – I still don’t have a crystal clear plan of what I … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Chinese #2

Summer break at uni but as our teacher pointed out: “Chinese should be rehearsed consistently”. Because, besides memorizing the correct tones, another very difficult part of studying is to learn … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Baggage and Nice people

Two a.m in the morning on a Monday , after spending the whole week catching up with a bunch of friends I hadn’t seen in a while I came face … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some Days Are Just Better

Lately, I’ve been like a zombie.  It’s as if I was in a loop of procrastination. I had so many things to do but… I choose the following: Eat. Watch. … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · Leave a comment