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1. What is matching?

The International Bachelor in Psychology programme of Leiden University finds it very important that you carefully choose your study programme. By participating in the matching module after you are deemed admissible, you get a realistic idea of what the programme is about. Students who put time and effort into their choice of study programme are more likely to have success in the first year of the programme.

2. How do I register for compulsory matching?

After you have registered in Studielink, you will be informed about matching. The Institute of Psychology will send you an email message approximately 2 weeks before the start of the matching period. On the starting day of the Matching period you will receive an invitation to enter the online module.

3. I want to study Psychology, but I am not certain at which university. What should I do?

If you are in doubt about in which university to enrol, we strongly advise you to research these different universities and participate in Open Day or Experience Day activities. Enrol at the university which best suits you and participate in matching to get a good impression of the programme.

4. What happens if I cannot participate in matching?

You can participate in matching or in February or in June, dependent upon the date you submitted your application. You only can participate once. If, because of unavoidable circumstances , you are unable to participate in matching, you can apply for an official exemption. Participation in the matching module will take place online, so you can decide when to plan the hours required to complete the module. If you do not participate in the module, or if you do not complete the module, your request for registration will be declined and you will be unable to start with the Psychology programme.

5. What is the difference between Experience Day, Student for a Day and Matching?

During our Open Day you discover the different programmes Leiden University has to offer. The Open Day is for exploration. If you have already decided the field of study you are interested in, you can further explore our faculties and study programmes during the Experience Day or Student for a Day. Once you have made up your mind and decided to study Psychology, you should register for the programme and participate in compulsory matching.

6. What happens if I find out during matching that this programme is not a good fit for me?

If you find out that the Psychology programme is not a good match for you, you should make another (study) choice and deregister for the IBP programme in Studielink to confirm your withdrawal.

7. Where can I find the rules for matching?

The rules and regulations that cover matching are part of the University Regulation on Student Registration and Tuition fees. This document will soon be published on (expected in February 2017)

8. When is my registration complete?

All steps you need to follow Dutch VWO Student:

  • You apply in Studielink, but no later than 1 May;
  • You have participated and fully completed the matching module;
  • You are admissible to the programme;
  • You have paid your tuition fees.
All other applicants:
  • You apply in Studielink, but no later than 1 May;
  • You apply in Application Online, no later than 1 May. (1 April if you need a visa, residence permit). And you are deemed (conditionally) admissible;
  • You have participated and fully completed the matching module; 
  • You are admissible to the programme; 
  • You have paid your tuition fees.

9. Do I need to pay a fee for matching?

There is no charge for participation in matching.

Request form

If you are interested in one of the programmes of the Institute of Psychology, you can request information about Leiden University by postal mail, such as the prospectus and application forms. To receive information, please complete the form to request a brochure.


See also Student and Educational Affairs

Last Modified: 17-08-2017