Contract students at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The study programmes in Education and Child Studies, Psychology, and Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology all offer the possibility to take individual courses without taking the full programme. This option of enrolling as a contract student is intended for anyone who is interested in delving into a specific subject, but does not want to, or is unable to take a full degree course.

Target group

Contract students are students who do not aim to take an entire degree course and conclude it with the final examinations. Anyone who is interested in taking a specific course but does not have the necessary prior qualifications can also take courses as a contract student. They attend classes with the regular students and are expected to participate fully at the same level.

Tuition fees

The size of each course is represented as a number of ECs (European Credits). One EC stands for 28 study hours. The tuition fee for courses is €119 per EC. This fee entitles contract students to attend all the classes (lectures and tutorials) for the course in question and to take the exam at the end (including resitting the exam if required).

Enrolment and payment

To register for a given course as a contract student, send an email to the Student Services Centre at least 21 days before the start of the course. You will then receive confirmation of your registration, which will include the following information:

  • Confirmation that the course of your choice is indeed open to contract students. There are a few courses for which this is not possible. Generally speaking, contract students are not accepted for courses that demand considerable specific prior knowledge, are mainly composed of practicals, or for which places are limited.
  • The tuition fees for the course and instructions on making the necessary payment.

Once payment has been received, your enrolment is complete. A ULCN account will be opened for you and you will be assigned a student number. It is not possible to enrol for or participate in courses unless you have a student number.

If you wish to cancel your enrolment, you must do so at least two weeks before the course starts; your tuition fee will then be reimbursed in full. No reimbursement is possible after this date, regardless of force majeure, illness, disappointment, or any other circumstances.


For each course, there is one exam (or several component exams) and one resit per academic year. If you do not pass the exam on first sitting, you may take the resit within the same academic year.

For each individual exam you wish to take, you must register using uSis, Leiden University’s student registration system. Registration is possible until 10 calendar days before the exam in question (see Registering for Exams). If for any reason you are unable to register successfully through uSis, send an email to the SSC before the end of the exam registration period.

Courses and reading lists

For further information on the courses available and about purchasing books and/or readers, please check the e-Prospectus of Leiden University.

Certificate of participation

On completion of the course, you may request a certificate of participation, which will be issued in your name. The certificate will only be issued if you have passed the exam at the end of the course and met any seminar requirements. It is not possible to obtain a separate certificate of attendance for the lectures. To request a certificate of participation, please contact the Student Services Centre.

If you later decide to take the regular degree course, a certificate of participation in a specific course may in some cases lead to an exemption.


Teaching usually takes place at the Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, or the Gorlaeus Laboratories, Einsteinweg 55. Exams are usually held at the University Sports Centre, Einsteinweg 6. 

The timetables website.


Unfortunately there are no parking facilities for students on the premises of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. If you come by car, you can park in the carpark of the LUMC, the Rijnveste carpark, or at the side of the Wassenaarseweg. For further information and directions visit our visitors page.


Contract students may use the library and computer facilities at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences for the duration of the course for which they are enrolled. Computer use is required, as teaching makes use of Blackboard (a digital learning environment).

Further information

For further information, please contact the Student Services Centre.

Last Modified: 22-08-2016