Practical information: things to arrange


Leiden University will help international students with their visa, residence permit and enrolment at the University. Shortly after you have been admitted to Leiden University you will receive detailed information taking you step-by-step through the whole procedure from admission to enrolment.
Please take a few minutes to read through the information here to find out what you can do from your side to smooth the process. More information can be found in the left-hand menu.


See How to apply for an explanation of the (online) application and admission process for international applicants or our application and admission site. Make sure your (online) application is complete and on time.


We would like to draw your attention to our scholarship pages if you are still looking for available scholarships.

Visa and residence permit

If you are going to study in the Netherlands as a foreign student, you may need to apply for a visa before arrival and/or a residence permit after arrival. Whether or not you need these documents depends on your purpose of stay, the length of your stay and your nationality. If you need a visa and/or a residence permit, the Admissions Office can assist you with both, provided that you are admitted and meet the requirements set by Immigration Services.
For more information please see visa information.

Health & Liability Insurance

International students in The Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health insurance. Having adequate health insurance is mandatory for obtaining a residence permit. Furthermore international students are strongly advised to have third party liability insurance. Read more


International students can apply for housing through the university.
In order to meet your housing request to the best of our ability it is important that you meet the deadlines for housing applications and always confirm room reservations. The application for student housing starts with the online application form for a master’s degree programme. In this form you will find a housing section where you can indicate your interest in international student housing. You will find the full application procedures for international student housing as well as ample information on rooms and apartments on our website International Student Housing.

Costs of living

For information on living expenses please see our international student site.

More information on housing prices can be found on the International Student Housing website.

Please note that if you need a residence permit to legally stay in the Netherlands, you will need to provide proof that you are financially able to cover expenses during the whole period of stay. Rates are fixed by the Dutch Immigration Department (IND).

Special circumstances

The Leiden University Fenestra Disability Centre offers expertise and support to students with a disability. Students can seek advice with one of the Student Counsellors.

After admission

Students who are admitted will receive extended information from the Admissions Office about the steps to take to complete the enrolment and arrange their stay in Leiden. More information can be obtained from the pre-departure website.

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