SPILlogoA student association can’t operate without her committees and the SPIL is no different. The SPIL offers the opportunity to experience new things by participating in committees. This will give you the option to become active in whatever area you might find interesting. There isn’t only the opportunity to organize activities, one could experience writing for a semi-scientific magazine or even work in an international atmosphere. Here you can find out which committees there are, what those committees do and who are in these committees.

Why participate in a committee?

With over a thousand members the SPIL is one of the biggest student associations in Leiden and The Hague. Because of that the SPIL is one of the best ways to develop oneself next to your study! It is of course important to develop academic skills during ones time as a student. It is however just as important to acquire professional capabilities which one can’t directly get from your study. For students of Political Science and Political Science – International Relations and Organizations the SPIL is the ideal environment to develop these extracurricular skills.

What does committee membership consist of?

The SPIL is an association which is sustained by its students. The daily doings of the association is done by the board, a group of seven students. The board is helped by committees. These organize activities, social events and study trips and write articles for Debat. Usually a committee is chaired by a member of the board. Exceptions are the First Year Weekend (EJW) committee and the Lustrum committee who elect their own chairmen.

How do I join a committee?

At the beginning of each school year the board sets up interview rounds during which students can apply for a position in a committee. (An exception is the EJW committee which has interview rounds in December.) Each board member decides upon his or her own interview procedure for the committees which they’ll chair that year. Normally this will be an application letter or an interview. More information and the dates to keep an eye on, like when to apply, can be found on this website or on social media in the first week of college after the ELCID (The central introduction week for the University of Leiden) and the HOPweek (the introductionweek of The Hague)

Next to that the SPIL also delivers members to committees which are formed as part of a larger congress:

  • Politicoloog-in-Perspectief (PiP)-committee (Platform voor Politicologen, PvP)

Do you want to know more about these committees, then click here:



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