Start of your Study: Middle Eastern Studies (research) and Asian Studies (research)

Frequently asked questions about the start of your study year and the introduction programme for students starting in September 2016.

Does the department have an introductory programme?

All students of the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) and the MA Asian Studies (research) are invited to join our introductory meeting on Wednesday, September 7, which starts at 9.00 hs at  the Café Noord at Matthias de Vrieshof 4 with coffee and sandwiches.


Where and when is my first lecture?

Regular classes start in the week of September 12. Depending on the courses you choose and the day and time they are scheduled, your first class will be on one of these dates, unless stated otherwise in the course description:

  • Monday, September 12
  • Tuesday, September 13
  • Wednesday, September 14
  • Thursday, September 15
  • Friday, September 16

Where do I find more information on the programme and the courses?

You can find more information on the programme on the department website.

In the e-guide (or prospectus) you will find more detailed information on the programme. Click on Master’s programmes and look under “M” for Middle Eastern Studies or under "A" for Asian Studies, respectively.

How do I get hold of the lecture timetable and where do I find the class rooms?

The time schedules can be found through the department website.

For English speakers there is a translation of the Dutch phrases commonly used in the time table documents.

Most rooms are situated at the Witte Singel Doelen-Complex. Here you can find information on all the other locations of the University both in Leiden and The Hague.

Is there anything more I need to do to complete my enrolment?

Once your registration with Leiden University is complete and you have received your Student Identity Number, log in name and password, you need to enroll online for all courses (and later for exams) through uSis. You will also have to enroll for courses at Blackboard.

If you encounter any problems in registering, our secretaries will be able to assist you. You can find them at Matthias de Vrieshof 4, room 112a.

Where can I buy my study books and teaching material?

The books used in the courses can be purchased from regular booksellers. Booksellers in Leiden such as Van Stockum (Breestraat) and Atleest (Kort Rapenburg) usually stock the books mentioned in the course descriptions. Readers can be purchased from the Student Information Desk ‘ for Humanities in the Lipsius building.

How can I catch up with any shortfall in my previous studies?

Please, make an appointment with the programme adviser, Ms Nicole van Os, if you suspect you may have such a shortfall.

Does my student association organise any opportunities to get to know other students?

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Student Association Hikma regularly organizes activities and is always looking for active students to assist them in their activities.

Leiden also has an International Student Network (ISN).

Where do I go for any further information I may need?

A very useful booklet is "Finding your way" (2015-2016 version). It gives information on all sorts of issues relevant for incoming (foreign) students.

Information on the programme is available through the website of the programme and the e-guide (or prospectus). If you still have any questions, please send an email to Ms. Nicole van Os.

You may also refer to the Student Information Desk in the Lipsius building for questions regarding your study, registration in courses, etc.

For questions related to more general issues of registration, housing and other practicalities around your coming to Leiden and Leiden University, please, refer to the FAQ base of the International Office.

Last Modified: 26-07-2016