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Help us put pressure on Leiden University to include us in bachelor's project

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We are a small group of 3rd year students, from the International Bachelor in Psychology, about to graduate in summer with one university project to complete left. Leiden University has excluded us from this BA project because of a shortage of space in the course. That means that our graduation will forcedly be postponed and we students will have to pay for an extra semester of University, if not more.

Some of us do not have the financial ability to pay this amount, others just don't want to or have other plans after graduation. This is a problem affecting us all, as students should not be forced to attend university for an extra semester only because the system cannot guarantee enough capacity in a class. Students should not have to waste time on trying to receive the education that they have paid and enrolled for and therefore are entitled to. The majority of students get to finish their degree on time, while doing their theses on subjects of their preferences, while a small portion that was just unlucky because of technical and administrative problems during registration, will either end up in undesired projects, or worse and most likely, into no projects at all.

Leiden University takes pride in their international environment, and yet they do nothing to accommodate their students' needs but ,rather, they put us through unnecessary stress and anxiety than we already have due to final exams, and other life circumstances as young adults living in a foreign country by ourselves.

Every effort to build communication with the University has failed so far, as we keep being ignored and the administrators keep delaying giving us a final solution. With this petition we are trying to put pressure on Leiden University to provide us with the very basics and fundamentals, which are:

  1. Enough capacity in all the compulsory courses for anyone who desires to follow them and meets the criteria.
  2. Respect towards the students' needs and preferences.

Alexandropoulou Maria
Kustermann Christoph
Timmerman Pieter

*Reportedly, there are about 20 students on the waiting list for the BA project and we have requested their contact details in order to exert our right to protest as a group, however the administrator of the course has denied this request due to privacy reasons.

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