For Political Science Students

Short Trip: London

Apply for the Short Trip!

Do you want to experience the best week of this study year so far? Apply now for the Short Trip! 

SPIL will pay the city of London a visit from the 29th of January until the 2nd of February. We will be getting to know more about British politics by organizing meetings with ministries, newspapers, universities and of course we will focus on the BREXIT in our meetings.The combination of study related activities and a great atmosphere guarantees and amazing week where you’ll meet a lot of new people. The trip will be 200 euros, transport, residence and interesting meetings included.

Because of the great interest in the trip, participants will be selected based on a motivational letter. The letter will be made anonymous and will be read by someone working for the Institute for Political Science, an old commissioner of Foreign Affairs and the current commissioner of Foreign Affairs.

The letter will be judged mainly by these four criteria:

- Why do you want to go on a SPIL-trip?
- Why do you want to go to London?
- An outline of the British political situation.
- A creative idea for an activity whilst we are in London

Include at least these four points in your letter of up to pages (please no more). You can hand in your letter in one of the SPIL-rooms on the 29th of October from 10:00 to 17:00, on October 30th from 10:00 to 14:30 and on October 31st from 10:00 to 16:00.

If you have any question please don’t hesitate to walk by one of our common rooms or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact us!

Brussels Excursion

Update: registrations are closed!

On the 8th of October at 12:00 you can sign up for our trip to Brussels here! The SPIL is going to visit this city for two days to learn about European political relations! Sign up on time because it is first come first serve!

Excursion to the ICC

UPDATE: registrations are closed!

Tuesday the 9th of October the SPIL is going to visit the International Criminal Court! Here we will get a tour, more information about the Court and a Q&A will be held to answer all your questions about the ICC! You can register here

Van den Berg Bachelorthesis Prize

On October 29th the van den Berg Bachelorthesis Prize will be presented. Each year this prize is given to the writer of the best bachelorthesis in the Political Science Institute of Leiden University. 

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Leiden and The Hague
Monday 10:00-17:00
Tuesday* 10:00-14:30
Wednesday 10:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-17:00
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On Tuesday the room is closed due weekly boardmeetings at 14:30