Summer OWL 2020

The Summer OWL will be held from the 24th to the 28th of August ’20, the last week before the start of the Academic year. During the OWL week, you will be introduced to your faculty, Leiden and the Dutch student life in general. Being a part of the OWL experience will help you meet your fellow incoming students, so for the best possible start to the new chapter of your life as a student at a Dutch University we highly recommend you participate in the OWL.

You probably want to know what the Orientation Week will look like! After all, the measures taken by the Dutch government against the spread of the coronavirus also have consequences for Leiden University and thus for the introduction period.  The university together with the municipality, the study and student associations and many other parties has done its utmost to develop the best possible programme to suit everyone’s needs: this year we are offering a blended week which can be completely followed online if you are joining from home, and also a variation of OWL on location if you are able to come to Leiden.


Virtual OWL
We are organising a virtual OWL for all. We want all of our students to get to know the University and to be able to meet fellow students while attending fun events. It is an online a-la-carte OWL, free of charge! It will contain, amongst others, a livestream of the official Word of Welcome by the Mayor of Leiden and Leiden University representatives. There will be various live events like an information session on associations, a faculty welcome, a career event and various workshops from cooking a typical student meal to learning about Dutch culture. An important function of the online platform will be to connect you with other students by offering designated chat channels and a “speed friending” option.

Registration for the online OWL will open on the 15th of June. If you are a new international student, starting for the first time at Leiden university, location Leiden, you will automatically receive an email with an invitation to sign up through a link. We will update our invitation list weekly so you might receive your email after the 15th of June.We offer this programme through a secured app which you will have access to during the OWL week and which will have personalised parts on the basis of your study/study phase which makes registering for the online OWL a necessity.
Online registration is free of charge and stays open until the 15th of August 2020.



OWL on location
For students who are able to join OWL physically because they are already residing in or near Leiden, we have some additional programme parts on location. This programme of OWL will consist of 3 aspects: firstly, you will be placed in a group with 7 other students, guided by 2 Guides which makes you part of a group of 10 students. With this group you will have some fixed “on location” events in Leiden throughout the week (for example a boat tour and a city walk). The second aspect is an a-la-cart on location OWL programme. This means we offer a variety of on location events (bike tour, sports classes, workshops) which you can sign up for in advance during the week on an individual basis. The third aspect is the virtual OWL as some programme parts of the week are offered virtual for everyone.

The registration for OWL on location will open on the 15th of July.  The registration for the OWL “on location” is at a later date by which time hopefully most people will know whether or not they will be coming to Leiden. You will receive a separate invitation by email to register for this programme on July 15th.
Participation in the OWL “on location” programme will cost 20€ which includes a starter pack. Registration will close on the 15th of August so we can start finalising the groups at that time. You will receive additional information shortly before the start of the OWL


* Disclaimer: Please note that the invitation or acceptance to the Orientation Week Programme does not mean you have been accepted to Leiden University. You can only register for the Orientation Week if you have been admitted to a study or programme at Leiden University and expect to meet all your conditions of admission (if applicable) before the start date of your study programme. If you are not sure about your admission status, please check your status in the online application portal (uSis) or contact the Student Information Centre via the Contact form Front Office or +31 (0)71 527 80 11.