International/Master Students

by Vice-Praeses

The HSVL is the historical study association of Leiden University. Most of our activities are linked to historical subjects or have some sort of historical aspect. For example, a lecture given by one of the professors of the university, excursions to museums or organizations like the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or a guided tour in a nearby city, Such as Haarlem, Delft or Gouda. These activities are hosted for MA students as well, even focusing on them in particular. So don’t hesitate to join in on one of these Anglophone activities!

Of course not all of our activities are directly related to the noble study of History. Taking some time off from perusing the pages of ancient manuscripts, we like to come together and socialize. Once a month we gather to share some drinks in ‘De Vergulde Kruik’. Sometimes things are spiced up with the unveiling of a new edition of the Déjà Vu, the announcement of a study trip or with a pub quiz. Other than drinks we of course host our very own parties every once in while, usually with a historical theme (but not necessarily).

Besides these smaller activities we also organize three trips abroad. We have two short trips (3 to 4 days) and one long trip (10 days), usually taking place in Europe. These trips attempt to combine both the historical aspect of visited locations as well as giving our members some time to explore the city on their own. With these trips we’ve managed to travel to all corners of Europe and North Africa, from Germany to Morocco, from Scotland to the Baltics, from Ireland to Portugal and from France to Ukraine.

For our BA students, we organize a book sale. Unfortunately, we don’t have one for the MA yet. In our book sale we are able to give a 15% discount on English books, and we’ve got a code that allows for a permanent discount for all related books that are ordered at our partners at Athenaeum Publishers. If you’d like to know more about this, you can always sendan e-mail to

A majority of our activities are still in Dutch, but our parties, drinks and trips can of course be attended by a multi-lingual audience. Our goal is to organize more Anglophone activities, specifically tailored for international and master students of History. If this article piqued your interest or if you’ve got any tips or additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by mail (!