News and events

Find out more about the ILLP at our information evening!

Are you an international master’s student looking for a challenge? Do you want to know more about leadership and your personal leadership style? Visit our information evening on 1 November and find out whether the International Leiden Leadership Programme (ILLP) is something for you!


3 October holiday: university closed

October 3rd is a local holiday in Leiden: the ‘Leids Ontzet’. For this reason, the university buildings are closed and there will be no lectures. This is also in effect for International Studies in The Hague.


Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme: get yourself a buddy!

Are you about to move to Leiden to obtain your Master’s degree? We want to help. To facilitate your integration into the university and student life in Leiden, The Humanities Faculty has set up the Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme. Our aim with this programme is to welcome new students and create a social and academic network from day one.


Tweets from the desert

Michael Macdonald (University of Oxford) explains in a short video his fascination for the thousands of undiscovered inscriptions of ancient Arabia. For him, uncovering these inscriptions feels like pioneering detective work, to learn the alphabet in which they are written, and to decipher what they actually say.


Become a buddy in the new Humanities Master's buddy programme

Every year, international students flock to Leiden to obtain their Master’s degree. To facilitate their integration into the university and student life in Leiden, the Humanities Faculty has set up the Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme. Our aim with this programme is to welcome new students and create a social and academic network from day one. Be a buddy - register now!


Writing Tip #7: Structure of your paper

When writing an academic paper, it is always important to have a clear structure. This does not only help the reader to understand your arguments, it also helps you to create a more convincing paper.


35% response NSE survey: cookies for everybody!

This week we passed the 35% mark on the NSE survey response meter! This is a great response for our study programmes and our faculty. The Faculty Board would like to thank all students and is treating everyone on cookies this Thursday.


VIDEO: The Rhythm of Leiden

It’s February, and that means that many new students from all over the world will start at Humanities Leiden this month. A big welcome to all. Immerse yourself in the rhythms, sensations and experiences of the beautiful city of Leiden and Leiden University.


Help save energy! Wear your sweater on February 5th

On February 5th  it’s Sweater Day. This means the University will lower the temperature in the  lecture halls in the Lipsius and Huizinga building for one day to help reduce CO2-emissions.  Don’t forget to bring a warm sweater to make sure you won’t be cold! In the week of February 8th, the University will announce the gains of this year’s Sweater Day.


How do you rate your programme? Participate in the National Student Survey!

The National Student Survey 2016 has started! The National Student Survey (Nationale Studenten Enquête; NSE) is the ultimate opportunity to share your opinion about your course programme. You have received an e-mail asking you to participate in the National Student Survey with a link that lets you start the Survey straight from your e-mail. And there are some prizes to win….


Bareez Majid wins IISG thesis prize with study on torture museum

This year’s “best master’s thesis in the area of national or international history” was written by Bareez Majid, who has completed a research master in Middle Eastern Studies. She wins the prestigious 2015 Volkskrant–IISG thesis prize for her courageous, solid research on a former “torture prison” in Iraqi Kurdistan, which is now a museum.


Flags at half-mast and a minute's silence for Paris

Today at noon we will observe a minute’s silence as a token of respect for the French nation, following the recent events in Paris. On behalf of the Faculty Board I would like to invite all colleagues and students to join us at this hour.