The study associations from Leiden University function within different faculties. These faculties are spreaded throughout the city of Leiden and The Hague. Leiden as an attractive campus city and The Hague as a center of administrative and political power make a beautiful combination. Below you can read about the different faculties.

Faculty of Archeology

Welcome to the Faculty of Archeology, the smallest and cosiest faculty of Leiden University! Where all other faculties accomodate mulitple studies, only the study of Archeology is placed within this faculty. Why not just join another faculty if it's only one study then? The answer is very simple: because we do not fit anywhere else. The purpose of archeology is to investigate human activity and human behaviour in the past (not dinosaurs!) and to do so, methods, techniques and theory from both alpha, béta and gamma science are practised. Sciences that are also of great importance to our research include (for example) chemistry, physics, law, philosophy, history, cultural anthropology, art history and linguistics.


The study association of archeology is L.A.S. Terra, a study association of which almost all archaeologists are member. Terra organizes activities at least twice a week, ranging from highly educational (lectures, symposia, study trips, excursions, etc.) to "just because we can" (capture the flag, big parties, call of duty on the large screen in the faculty, etc .). Terra's board consists of members with both Dutch and non-Dutch nationality, which gives Terra a very international character. Terra is therefore great to meet a diverse range of people and to get in touch with even more archeology.


Many of our current staff members have been in the Terra board, or in the board of one of the five subgroups (Dutch: disputen) within Terra. This is one of the reasons why the teacher-student relationship is very pleasant within archeology. In addition, faculty drinks are being held every third Thursday of the month and both staff and student are present during these drinks. This provides the perfect opportunity to ask any questions to your teachers in an informal setting!


If you want to know more about how to handle an archaeologist, check out this blog from one of our students about how to cope with us (in Dutch): http://www.hetleidskwartiertje.nl/10-tips-voor-je-eerste-ontmoeting-met-een-archeoloog/


Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities has a wealth of expertise in the field of philosophy, (art) history, arts, literature, film and cultural sciences, religious studies, linguistics and multidisciplinary regional studies. This international scientific knowledge of languages, cultures and societies worldwide, of both the present and the past, makes our faculty unique. Our goal is to use this knowledge to make a significant contribution to solving social issues that are on the international agenda, such as globalization, migration and cultural transformations. The faculty counts as many as 23 bachelor programs and 27 master's programs. In recent years, our student numbers have risen, which means that with a population of 7000 students we are currently the largest faculty of Leiden University. The wealth of study programmes also translates into a large number of study associations - 29 to be precise. Most study associations are affiliated to a bachelor's degree program, but there are also some associations for minors or master's programs. The study associations play an important role in our student community. They are very active and regularly organize study-related activities such as study tours, excursions, symposia, film nights, career days or company visits. These activities ensure that the Faculty of Humanities is an inspirational place to study!


Het LUMC is een complexe organisatie waarin patiëntenzorg, onderzoek en onderwijs in elkaar vervlochten zijn. Het onderwijs wordt midden in het ziekenhuis gegeven, daar waar studenten ook patiënten, onderzoekers en medewerkers van het LUMC tegen kunnen komen. De studenten worden in het LUMC vertegenwoordigd door de Student-Assessor van het LUMC, de M.F.L.S. (Medische Faculteit der Leidse Studenten), de Leidse Coraad en de Studentenraad. Net als op andere faculteiten, vertegenwoordigt de Student-Assessor alle studenten op het hoogst bestuurlijk niveau en adviseert hij/zij de Decaan op het gebied van onderwijs- en studentenzaken. De M.F.L.S., als faculteitsvereniging voor studenten Geneeskunde, Biomedische wetenschappen, Farmacie en Vitality and Ageing, behartigt de belangen van al haar 2800 leden (studenten in het LUMC) op het gebied van onderwijs, sociale activiteiten en verdiepende activiteiten, waaronder symposia. De Leden Onderwijs van het M.F.L.S.-bestuur zijn samen met de Student-Assessor nauw betrokken bij de verschillende onderwijscommissie in het LUMC om alle studenten te vertegenwoordigen.



Governance and Global Affairs

Leiden University is not only located in Leiden, but also in The Hague. In The Hague, the university's youngest faculty is located: the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). The FGGA focuses on societal issues such as climate change, terrorism and economic crises. From multiple perspecitves – such as political, administrative, legal, sociological and economic perspective - it is attempted to overcome these (and many other) challenges. The courses offered by the FGGA include Public Administration, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Security Studies, Crisis and Security Management and International Relations and Diplomacy.

Each study programme is linked to a study association that organizes both study-related and social activities. The FGGA's study associations are professional, socially involved and very active. Excursions to ministries or international organizations, travelling abroad, debates, congresses, symposia: the FGGA study associations organize all kinds of interesting activities for their members. The study association of the programmes of the Institute of Public Administration is called the B.I.L., the association of Leiden University College / Liberal Arts and Sciences is called Fortuna and the association of the Master International Relations and Diplomacy is called IRSA (International Relations Study Association).

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and the study associations combine to provide an, inspiring and amazing study time at the oldest university of the Netherlands in the administrative heart of the country!


Faculty of Law

This faculty is located right in the city centre; on the opposite of the Van der Werff park and next to the canals. It’s the Faculty of Law! The iconic Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) is home to prospective lawyers and criminologists. That is definitely not a small group of students: with four major bachelor programs, almost twenty masters and over ten advanced master’s programs, Leiden Law school is one of the largest faculties. An overwhelming number of students, which is also reflected in the large number of student associations: twenty. All study associations meet once a month in the JSVO, the Legal Studies Associations Charmen’s Consultation, which is led by the assessor. The largest study associations are JFV Grotius (Law) and Corpus Delecti (Criminology). However, there also are many medium-sized (and small) study associations: for example, Tax Law (Pecunia Non Olet), Masters of Criminal Law (SOS) or Honours College Law (JHV Themis). You will not be surprised by the fact that many students are members of several study associations! If you are looking for a study association, I suggest you go to the ground floor, to the corridor to the Legal Café (JuCa). That is where most student associations are located!


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSW) accomodates four different departments: Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. Not only the research but also the education within this faculty is closely connected to society. Together, the departments count more than 5000 students. All fields of study have their own study association: Itiwana (Anthropology), Emile (Education and Child Studies), SPIL (Political Science) and Labyrint (Psychology). These associations organize lectures, parties, trips, drinks and more. For those who like to gain experience with organizing activities, there is the opportunity to take part in one of the many committees that the study associations have. Of course, the FSW students are not only active on their own island. At activities such as, for example, the Faculty Career and Orientation Day and the Study Association Faculty Party, all of our faculty students come together. These activities are organized for students everyone is welcome. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences may not be located in Leiden's most beautiful building, but the fun and talented students who are situated in the building make it worth it to come by.


Faculty of Science

At this faculty all Leiden’s beta students are be found; Students of 8 different bachelor- and 13 different master programmes. All these programmes are represented by five study associations. Our largest association is De Leidsche Flesch, the association for the ‘hard core betas’: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science. With their own FooBar, DLF sometimes feels far away, but in all faculty activities they are always participating enthusiastically! Our oldest association is the L.P.S.V. "Aesculapius", the study association of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. Together with the Leidse Biologen Club (Biology), the Chemisch Dispuut Leiden (Molecular Science & Technology and Master Chemistry) and S.V. LIFE (BSc & MSc Life Science & Technology) they organize five activities each year for students of the entire faculty: the Faculty Party, the Science Gala, the Science Quiz, the Open Mic Night and, of course, the faculty morning in the EL CID introduction week. As you can see, we’ve got something for everyone! But that's not the only thing that the study associations do together: every Thursday, we enjoy our time together in our faculty bar: the Science Club. If you do not study at this faculty, don’t worry! Everyone is always welcome at our faculty activities and the legendary Science Club drinks on Thursdays are open for everyone! So make sure to come and see that beta is way more than complex equations!


University of Applied Sciences

The StOP does not only keep busy with the different faculties of the University, we also keep in touch with the different study associations of the University of Applied Sciences (or 'Hogeschool').


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