First Spring Borrel

Next week the Long Trip Destination will be revealed during our monthly borrel in Leiden! Where will we go this summer? Come and find out at Café de Keyzer on the 3rd of March 🛫😍🍻

A visit to the American Embassy

On Friday the 11th of February we will have an online visit to the American Embassy. During our visit a speaker from the embassy will tell us more about the United States and its current relations with other countries. Afterwards there will be time to ask questions.

Get to know the festive committee & Board

We will start 2022 off by doing an online borrel where you will have a chance to get to know better our Festive Committee and the SPIL board! 🍻💛

Secret Santa Movie Screening

Christmas’s coming up and SPIL would love to celebrate it with you! On the 2nd of December, the Festive Committee and Introduction Committee are inviting you to a Christmas movie screening. The event will take place in the Beehive Common room at 18:00. There will be snacks and lots of fun activities! 🎁💛 For those who want to, there will also be a Secret Santa, meaning that participants will exchange gift with a person picked randomly. T🎅🤶

Srebrenica Genocide Guest Lecture

Join us for a guest lecture held by Srebrenic Genocide survivor Alma Mustafic. Hear her story of survival and the horrible realities and consequences genocide can have on individuals within targeted communities.

Study Groups (every block)

SPIL is inviting you to their annual Study Groups! This is a great opportunity for all freshmen students to prepare themselves before the exams. You will get the chance to meet second/third year students willing to answer all of your questions. Our study group session will take place on the 18th October in Wijnhaven and open to every first-year IRO student

Halloween party

Join the first SPIL party this year and show off your spookiest costume on the 3rd november🎃👻 Buy your tickets at the cafeterias at FSW and Wijnhaven this week!

International Dinner

International Dinner will be arranged as a potluck, where participants are encouraged to bring a meal, snack, drink or dessert from their home country. You are of course welcome to participate even if you aren’t able to contribute to the buffet. There will be plenty of food for all! Don’t forget to sign up!

What comes next after elections?

Join us for a discussion about coalition forming and its impacts on day to day embassy life! We will be joined by Ine Mareng, Deputy Ambassador of Norway, Elisabeth Borger, Diplomat of the German Embassy, and Tom Louwerse, associate professor for Political science at Leiden. See you there!

SPIL the Tea Hours

On January 5th we had our first “SPIL the tea hour”! During these hours SPIL’ers can join us in kaltura to ask any question, have a chat or play a fun game ✨ We had this tea hour every Tuesday from 16:00 till 17:00 during the whole month of January🤩 From February on we will have it twice a month!

Let's Socialize

We got to socialize and know each other a bit better, during this online masters activity! ✨ 

Rule of Law Rendez-Vous

On December 1st we had an online event co-organized by Amnesty International Nederland and the University of Amsterdam which SPIL members could join as well ✨

The event took stock of the most recent developments on how to promote and defend the Rule of Law in the EU 🇪🇺

We had a moderated session with Judith Sargentini and Benedek Jávor former MEPs and with Professor Sarah de Lange, who is an expert in populism in Europe and comparative politics.

US Election Night

Tuesday the 3rd of November, we had a pre-election event 🇺🇸 We started at 19:00 when a US Diplomat joined us and told us more about the elections. After that, at 19:30, we had a livestream with the US Embassy which was hosted by Willem Post ✨ The live streams took place on Facebook 🙌🏻

First Online Borrel

Unfortunately, the changes to the COVID-19 measures made it impossible to host the Madurodam excursion and the after-exam borrel with CIROS on Friday the 23rd of October. However, the Festive committee came up with an alternative! Friday evening (23rd of October) from 21.00 onwards, the Festive committee organised an online borrel via Google Meet in which they played some (drinking) games and hosted a giveaway! All SPIL’ers where invited to join and to chill with us after the exams! Committees could also score some more committee points! ✨💛 

Tour du Waffle

On September 16th the board organized the SPIL’s very own waffle (and yearbook) delivery service! Usually, there would have been a waffle hour in the common rooms of both Leiden and The Hague. While both rooms were closed due to COVID-19, the board got creative and decided to deliver waffles to the doors of many SPIL’ers. 

Sign up for First Years Weekend

We are delighted to hear that you applied for the BSc International Relations and Organisations, IP or Politicologie at Leiden University. Every year, the SPIL organizes an “EersteJaars Weekend’’ (Freshmen Weekend). We would like to invite you to join us on the EJW 2020, which will take place online from the 4th till the 6th of September. During this weekend, you will get ample opportunity to meet and bond with your new fellow students. You will also learn more about the SPIL and the different ways you can take part in our study association.
Just like previous years, the Freshmen Weekend promises to be an unforgettable experience. The Committee is working hard at this very moment to give you and your fellow students the best possible experience, organizing activities that will allow you to get to know everyone on the Freshmen Weekend, so you can be sure that you will see some familiar faces during your first day at university! You will quickly get to know all aspects of the SPIL and hear about the different committees you can join.
We hope you will take this chance to start off your time as a student in Leiden / The Hague in the best way possible! You can apply for the Freshmen Weekend by visiting our website: There you will find an application form which you can fill in. Don’t wait too long! There is a limited amount of spots available.

Virtual Company Hop

We would have loved to take you on a Company Hop through The Hague, however, our plans had to change due to the current pandemic and so we thought we would take you on a virtual Company Hop instead. In the following days you will be presented with four companies that are located in The Hague, maybe you will find one that suits your interest and apply for an internship or consider it as your first employer out of uni!

Skills Sharing Blog: BloggedUP

What are your tips and tricks studying at home? How to you plan your time and structure your day to be productive these days?
We are currently busy creating a blog with all the faculty’s study associations, where students, teachers and staff can share their tips. This way we want to create a knowledge platform where best practices can be exchanged.
If you would like to contribute, please send your text to The text should be around 150-200 words. If you would like you can also send a picture that can accompany the text.
Should you have any other questions, feel free email or text us!

Committee Opening

Brussels Excursion:
Are you able to take on a challenge? You can soon apply for the Brussels committee! Being part of the Brussels committee, you get the opportunity to organise a two-day excursion to the heart of the European Union in November for your fellow SPIL’ers to join. You will be responsible for the whole trip from start to finish including the transport, the stay, the program and the promotion of the excursion. You will work together and organise relevant and interesting formal meetings. You will finish your time as a committee member with a fantastic trip to Brussels. If you have any questions regarding this committee please send an e-mail to!

In two weeks, the applications for the Lustrum committee will open! Are you ready to take a seat in an amazing committee that will organize a series of unforgettable events in honor of the 8th Lustrum? Then this is your chance! After you have applied you will be asked to submit a letter of motivation which does not exceed two pages and in which you at least include:
– A little bit about yourself
– If you would want a position as chair, secretary or treasurer and motivation for this
– Why you want to be a part of the lustrum committee
– Why you would be a good committee member
– An original idea for a lustrum activity
The Lustrum committee is an exceptional committee; it only happens every 5 years and it has a little bit of everything in it. The activities can range from debates to parties, from a cantus to lectures, and so on! If you have any questions concerning this committee or the application procedure, please do not hesitate to send an email to:!

Weekly Instagram Games with Noor

Every week on Tuesday evenings there will be online games via an Instagram Live! Best part of it all, you can win points for the committee cup and make your SPIL experience more memorable! Tune in every Tuesday during this long and hopefully not so boring quarantine. 🎲

Weekly Online Borrel

We miss our monthly borrels in Leiden and The Hague, but it can be just as fun from your couch! Make sure you have some drinks in stock and join every Thursday to chat with your fellow SPIL’ers. 🥂

Netflix Party

Online Debate: Obligatory Military Service

Hopefully everyone is staying safe indoors and has not reached the point of complete boredom yet! Starting Saturday the 28th at 2pm will be a debate on Obligatory Military Service. It will take place on Kialo, however a link to the debate will be placed here. You can add your opinions and thoughts on the topic and see what others have to say! Don’t worry there will be no video or recording on the website. 📒

ICJ Visit

Join us March 30th for a visit to the ICJ, the peace palace here in The Hague. The event will start at 10 and will finish about 11.30. There are a limited amount of spots available so sign up now! You can do that here

Public Speaking Workshop

If you would like to improve your public speaking skills and finally work on overcoming your fear and anxiety of speaking in front of a large group of people, then come to our next workshop that we have organized in collaboration with Leiden MUN Society! It will take place Thursday the 12th of March from 16-18 in Leiden (FSW, SA07).

Master Meet and Greet

Get to know your potential employers! On Wednesday 11 March from 14:00 – 16:00 B.I.L. and SPIL partner up with different organizations to introduce you to several firms that could help you to take the first step in your career.

There will be various private and public organizations present that give you the opportunity to get to know them better! So, if you are interested in getting a job or just want to network with employers drop by at the Wijnhaven Brasserie!

Interfiesta Party

Come party with all the faculties from the university on March 11!I It’s going to be a fun evening. Tickets are €8,- and you can get them by transferring this amount to SPIL NL61ABNA0429270828. Please fill in both your full name and ‘INFAFE’ in the description. IMPORTANT: Once you have payed you will need to pick up a wristband from the common room or you cannot enter the party!

PiP Congress 2020

The significance nuclear weapons have had since their invention can barely be overstated. Nuclear weapons have had a central role from the end of WWII, through the cold war, up to now. And so we decided to take nuclear proliferation as this year’s subject for the PiP Congress! At the congress, you will be welcomed with four qualified speakers, providing lectures about the subject, a panel where you can go into conversation with the lecturers, a free lunch and drinks afterwards!
The congress will take place on March 5th and tickets are €7.50. 

Get your ticket:

SPIL Weekend 2020

Last night the SPIL Weekend destination was revealed and we are going to TEXEL!! It’s a cute, typical Dutch island very north. The weekend is open to all SPIL’ers so don’t hesitate to sign up March 16th at 12.00 at The trip is May 1-3 and will cost you €63 which includes transport to and from the island. Mark your calendar and we hope to see you there!!

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