About SPIL

Student association for political science in Leiden

The SPIL is the student association for students of political science and for students of Political Science -International Relations and Organizations (IRO). With over a thousand members the SPIL is one of the biggest student associations in Leiden and The Hague. Since the SPIL’s founding in 1981 it has organized both social events and academic activities. The SPIL is also a platform from where students can improve upon their professional capabilities by joining different committees. As a member of the SPIL you can profit from these opportunities and you’ll get a discount on your study books – all this for only a contribution of 16 euros a year.

However the SPIL-network doesn’t stop at Leiden and The Hague: the association is, at a national and an international level, affiliated with different Political Science platforms.


At the national level the SPIL is a member of the Platform for Political scientists (PvP). This platform consist of the chairman of the SPIL, the chairman of Machiavelli (University of Amsterdam), EOS (Free University of Amsterdam) and Ismus (Royal University Nijmegen). Each year the PvP assembles a committee that organizes a national political congress, called Political Scientist in Perspective (PiP). The PvP was founded in 2013 and has increasingly organized activities for students of Political Science.

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The SPIL is also one of the founding fathers of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS). Since its founding in 1998 IAPPS has flourished and now is comprised of many thousands of students from all around the world and helps to connect these students. IAPPS also organises academic events for these students. Every six months the SPIL, as IAPSS's biggest member, sends a delegation to the IAPPS General Assembly. Every SPIL member also has the possibility of joining IAPPS as an individual member. As an individual member you'll have access to all the international academic seminars, study trips and summer schools that IAPPS organizes. If you're curious about this international network of political science students why don't you attend one of the bi-annual seminars?

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Opening hours

Openings hours
Leiden: Elke dag van 11:00 - 17:00
The Hague: 
Maandag 12.00-17.00
Dinsdag Closed
Woensdag 12.00-17.00
Donderdag 10.00-17.00
Vrijdag 12.00-16.00
Weekend Closed