For Political Science Students

Apply now for a SPIL committee!

You can now sign up for a committee and become more involved in your favorite study association. Always wanted to organise something for your fellow students? Interested in improving your organization skills? Want to get to know more people within your studies? It is possible to sign up until September 6, but the earlier the better so don‘t hesitate to put your name down. Once you‘ve put your name down you will receive more information by e-mail. Click here to apply!

Sign up for the Freshmen Weekend!

Will you be starting the International Relations and Organizations programme at Leiden University this September? Then hurry and sign up for the SPIL Freshmen Weekend to experience the best possible start of your time as as student in The Netherlands! From the 7th to the 9th of August (before the HOP and OWL introduction weeks), you will get the chance to meet all your new fellow students. During these 2 days (and nights), we travel south to the lovely town of Boxtel where the SPIL will organize all kinds of activities for you to get to know and bond with your fellow students. This way, you'll be sure of seeing plenty familiar faces in the lecture halls after the summer! For just 35 euros, you can participate in the Freshmen Weekend (this includes meals and residence). Don't hesitate too long as there are limited spots available. Sign up here!

Applications for the XXXIXth board are open!

Time flies when you're having fun, they say! And this is no different for a board year. Therefore, the 38th board is starting to look for a 39th board of SPIL!

Next year the board will be composed of seven people who fulfill the following positions:
President, Secretary, Treasurer, Commissioner of Education and Politics, Commissioner of Global Relations, Commissioner of Internal Relations, and Commissioner of External Relations.

Are you interested? Do not hesitate to stop by the common room, ask a board member for more info, or a conversation over a cup of coffee or tea.

DEADLINE for sending your motivation letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is May 15th at 23:59. Make sure to include at least he following in your letter:

- Why would you like to be a board member of SPIL?

- What is your best memory of SPIL?

- For which functions would you like to apply and why?

How to: Political Speech Writing

Ever wondered how President Obama came up with the "Yes We Can" speech? Or how Trump manages to get the support of millions of people through his speeches? Renee Broekmeulen will tell us all about this in our workshop How To: Political Speech Writing! Ms. Broekmeulen is a freelance speech writer who has been writing for ministers, state secretaries, ministries, CEOs of big companies and many more for the past eighteen years. She will give you all the insights on how to use words as a tool. Words have power, and you need to know how to use them! Come join us on the 1st of May from 17:00-18:00! Click here to register. 



Committees slideset

  • Internal activities

  • Foreign Activities

  • Education

  • Debat


  • Facilities

  • Acquisition

  • Almanac

  • Promotion

  • First Year Weekend

  • Kasco

  • All Year Weekend

  • International Relations and Organizations


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Opening hours

Openings hours
Leiden and The Hague
Monday 10:00-17:00
Tuesday* 10:00-17:00
Wednesday 10:00-17:00
Thursday 13:00-17:00
Friday 10:00-17:00
Weekend Closed
 * Op donderdag heeft het bestuur tot 13:00 vergadering
On Thursday the room is closed due weekly boardmeetings until 13:00