The board of 2018-2019
Meet The Team
A short overview of our history and goals
The student association Leiden United started back in 2012 as an idea by Tessa Brüggeman, Merel Ruissen and Femke Kapteijn to connect international and Dutch students. After winning the 2012 Cultural Interaction Initiative Competition on Internationalization and Diversity at Leiden University, the program received funding from the Van Bergen scholarship to reach its integrative goals. The first program ran in February 2013 with a hundred participants: split equally between Dutch and international members.
Now in its first lustrum, Leiden United has flourished into the biggest international student association with a focus on integration at Leiden University. In fact, this past year, we surpassed the benchmark of 600 members and a total of 60 different nationalities. The founders' original encouragement for adaptation and flexibility has undoubtedly aided the success of the association. Recently Leiden United has expanded the reach of recruitment to The Hague's HOP week, EL CID, and OWL. We provide venues, activities, and an opportunity for those internationals wishing to connect with local students and those Dutch wishing to make friends with peers from all over the world.
Sounds good so far?