International study advisers on an exploratory mission at Leiden University

How can international study advisers help their students who want to follow a study programme abroad? What English-language bachelor’s programmes are offered by Leiden University? International study advisers were keen to learn more during their visit to Leiden University. Tewari from Singapore: ‘I am impressed with Leiden as a student city.’

Oldest university

Carolyn Barr (Strategic Communication & Marketing Department) welcomed them at the Gravensteen, in the historical heart of Leiden. International student Daniël Anghelescu from Rumania then related his Leiden experience. He is one of the international students following the bachelor’s programme in Dutch Studies. Anghelescu: ‘In the Leiden University courses, the teachers stimulate their students to participate in workgroups and to ask questions, and there is a lot of room for interaction. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands; it is located in a historical spot right at the heart of the charming centre. At the same time, both the city and the university are equipped with all the most modern facilities.’

The building of the Student and Educational Affairs Department: Gravensteen.

The building of the Student and Educational Affairs Department: Gravensteen.

Six international bachelor’s programmes

Following Anghelescu’s presentation, the international advisers were referred to the students and study advisers of the six English-language bachelor’s programmes and given the opportunity to talk to the staff members of the housing, admissions and study support departments, as well as the student association ISN, and to ask any questions they had. Four English-language bachelor’s programmes can be followed in Leiden and two in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.

Students and study advisers provide the international visitors with information.

Students and study advisers provide the international visitors with information.

Guided walk and boat tour

At the end of the morning, participants were invited on a guided walk taking in a number of academic buildings and the Botanical Garden. The visitors were impressed with the beautiful buildings and how close together everything was. The guided boat tour of the canals presented them with a further opportunity for reflection and a number of study advisers shared their first impression of Leiden and Leiden University.

Jonathan Cox, Overseas Family School, Singapore
‘I often have to deal with students of Dutch origin. Their parents know about Leiden University and are aware of the university’s high position in worldwide university rankings. For students who have a European passport, the procedure is less complicated and in addition, the tuition fees in the Netherlands are favourable compared to other countries.’

Charlotte Vale, Beau Soleil School, Switzerland
‘This is my first time in the Netherlands. I am a graduate in history myself, so Leiden really appeals to me; I can taste history wherever I go. The city is not too big. You see a lot of students who live and study here in the centre of the city.’

Katie King, Pechersk School International, Ukraine
‘I see good opportunities for my students. They will feel at home here.’

Shruti B. Tewari, UWCSEA – East Campus Singapore
This was Tewari’s first visit to the Netherlands. ‘I am impressed with Leiden as a student city. It is also a quiet and clean city, especially if you compare it with Singapore! Students can easily cover the short distances between university buildings, either on foot or by bicycle! I really admire the poems on the walls, an expression of the international character of the city and the university.’

(18 November 2014)

Studying in Leiden

English language bachelor's programmes

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Last Modified: 18-11-2014