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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a certain average grade to be allowed to participate in the Humanities Lab?
The Humanities Lab does not have a grade average as one of its selection criteria, but we do expect you to have good results in general and to (expect to) complete your first-year phase (propaedeuse) within one year. However, the most important criterion for admission to the Humanities Lab is your motivation. Why do you want to join, what drives you, what do you hope to get from it, what are you curious about?

Experience has shown that students with an average grade of 7.3 or higher, who are able to complete the courses in their bachelor's programme on time, can handle an honours track in addition to their regular study programme. If you wish to have more information on admission, please contact the Honours College Coordinators of the Humanities Lab.


Can I participate in the Humanities Lab if I want to go abroad for my studies?
Yes you can! You can go abroad in the context of your studies and still take part in the Humanities Lab. This does require you to first obtain permission from the board of examiners of the Humanities Lab. Once you do, there are a number of options: you might for instance request to postpone completing the programme, or follow part of the Humanities Lab at a foreign university. We do advise you to contact the Honours College Coordinators of the Humanities Lab, in order to explore your options and make clear agreements beforehand.


How much time will I approximately have to spend on the Humanities Lab?
It goes without saying that this depends on the option you choose and how you will combine it with your regular bachelor's programme.

  • Expedition consists of four components worth a total of 30 EC. You start in the second half of your first year or at the start of your second year and you have until the end of your third year to complete these study credits. This boils down to an additional 5-10 EC per semester. If you are motivated and if you plan well, this can easily be combined with your regular study programme.
  • If you choose for the Solo version, you can decide yourself how to divide the additional 30 EC over the three years. It is very advisable to start the solo version in the first semester of your second year, in addition to your individual programme. This will give you the best possiblity to plan and divide your workload. If you start in the first semester of your second year, you will need to obtain 5-10 EC extra per semester.
  • If you decide to do a double bachelor’s (Double+), you will have to complete two study programmes worth a total of 210 EC within three years, or two study programmes worth 270 EC within four years. You can decide for yourself how to organise your study programme during this period. In addition you can make a personal selection from the many thematic courses offered in the Expedition programme. The only compulsory element is an Honours Class worth 5 EC which you have to complete at some point during this period.


How can I integrate the lectures of the Expedition programme in my regular schedule?
The lectures of the Expedition programme take place on Friday afternoons from 13.00-17.00 hrs. In principle, no regular lectures are scheduled on Friday afternoons. This may nevertheless occur from time to time. If a regular lecture is scheduled on Friday afternoon, please contact the Honours College Coordinators of the Humanities Lab. The schedule can usually be adjusted.

The Honours Classes are scheduled by the Honours Academy.

I do not study at the Faculty of Humanities. Can I still enrol in the Humanities Lab?
Yes, you can! The Humanities Lab is open to all Leiden University students who wish and are able to join in addition to their regular studies.

What is the advantage of participating in the Humanities Lab?

  • The Expedition programme will offer you challenging, small-scale and intensive courses by leading scientists, specialists who have made a name for themselves in education and research. The programme includes activities such as guest lectures, seminars and excursions. You will for instance learn to make a documentary, to develop and maintain an opinion page, or to write a policy report. In this way, you will acquire the necessary practical experience, which will also enrich your regular study programme.
  • If you choose for the Solo option, you will have access to all the thematic courses and Honours Classes in addition to your individual programme. As a Solo participant, you will also be invited to join the excursions, guest lectures and convivial meetings with your fellow students from all faculties.
  • Double+ is for all students who follow two bachelor’s programmes and wish to obtain an honours certificate. By enrolling in the Humanities Lab, you will be given access to all the thematic courses and Honours Classes of the programme. You will also be invited to join the excursions, guest lectures and convivial meetings with your fellow students from all faculties.

For Expedition, Solo and Double+ the diploma supplement which you are issued together with your bachelor’s diploma will specify that you followed an honours track and you will be awarded an honours certificate. In addition, you will be able to put on your CV that you followed an additional programme alongside your own study programme.


For Solo and Double+ I am required to follow an Honours Class. Can I also choose to do more?
Following one Honours Class is the minimum requirement, but you are most certainly welcome to participate in more courses. You will have access to additional Honours Classes as well as all the thematic courses offered in the Expedition programme. In addition, you will be invited to all the activities that take place in the context of the Humanities Lab, such as convivial meetings, lectures, and excursions.

Are the examination periods teaching-free and are the Humanities Lab examinations planned to fall within these periods?
It may be that the presentations which follow most of the courses, fall within an examination period. If this happens, it will always be on a Friday afternoon (13.00-17.00 hrs). You will not have to take examinations for Humanities Lab courses. Your knowledge will be tested in different ways, for instance by means of group assignments. These may take the form of poster presentations or creating a short documentary. Individual assignments, such as writing an essay or giving a presentation, may also be part of the assessment.

Which conditions apply to be eligible for an Honours Certificate upon completion of Humanities Lab?
Students who succesfully complete their bachelor's programme and Humanities Lab will receive an additional Honours College Certificate with their Bachelor's diploma. In order to be eligible for this certificate, conditions apply. You need to have completed your bachelor's programme without delay; within the stipulated period of 3 years. You need to have obtained a grade average of at least 7.0 for all your bachelor's courses. Students who chose the Double+ framework and are doing two bachelor's programmes which together represent a workload of more than 270 EC's, have 4 years to complete these programmes.

I have an other question. Where can I find more information?
Please contact one of the Honours College Coordinators of the Humanities Lab, they can provide you with the information you need. 

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