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 instance, you can expect a lecture given by one of the professors of the university, excursions to a museum, to organizations like the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or a guided tour in a nearby city.

Of course there are some less scholarly activities as well. Even though our study mainly takes places between the pages of multiple books, we do like to socialize in our spare time. Once a month we come together to share some drinks in ‘De Vergulde Kruik’. Sometimes things get a little spiced up with the unveiling of a new edition of the Déjà Vu or with a pub quiz. Besides the drinks we also organize parties every once in while, usually with a historical theme.

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), which usually take place in Europe. These trips try to combine both the historical aspect of the places that we visit as well as give our students some time to explore the city on their own. With these trips we’ve managed to travel to all corners of Europe, from Germany to Spain, from Scotland to the Baltics, from Ireland to Portugal and from France to Ukraine (although that’s one corner we won’t visit too soon again).

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 17,5% discount on English books. If you want to know more about this, you can always sent an e-mail to

Most of our activities are still quite Dutch, but our parties, drinks and trips are of course more multi-lingual. In the future we will try to organize more English spoken activities, even specific for international and master students. If you are interested in this or if you have any tips or questions for us, you can always sent an e-mail to and we will make sure to answer it.