Accommodation and additional support
Leiden has a number of agencies that can help you find accommodation. You can find more information on the main website of the Hogeschool Leiden (University of Applied Sciences Leiden), including details on the possibility of a partial reimbursement of the costs of accommodation, if applicable. The website provides information on student unions, too, and on the introduction week for all new students of the University of Applied Sciences Leiden (together with Leiden University and Webster University).
If you experience problems that may affect your study progress and your results, you can contact the counsellors for advice. The counsellor provides advice and support in matters related to study choice, finances, functional disabilities, top-class sport, personal circumstances and your rights as a student. All consultations with the counsellor are strictly confidential.
Full-time and part-time
The BA degree programme is offered on both a full-time basis (4 years) and part-time basis (6 years). The programme leads to a bachelor’s degree that is recognized anywhere Europe.
In the part-time programme, the courses are spread out over a longer period of time, and you are expected to study at home independently more than you would in the full-time programme. But whether you decide to study full-time or part-time, both programmes share two important common denominators: a large number of tutorials and a high degree of personal attention for each individual student.
Propedeuse (first-year courses)
The first-year courses are primarily introductory. In the first semester you join with student teachers on the Waldorf primary teacher training course for a thorough introduction to the Waldorf approach to education. The second semester serves as an introduction to the repertoire of eurythmic movement and the most important subsidiary subjects such as as speech formation, music theory and aesthetics. And short work placements allow you to sample the professional opportunities in education.
At the end of the first year, students are issued a declaration concerning the continuation of their study, depending on the number of courses successfully completed by the student. In order to continue your studies, you need to obtain at least 40 ECTS (out of the total of 60 ECTS of the first year of the programme).
Second and third year courses
The second and third year courses are much broader in scope, and eurhythmic and educational subjects are studied in greater depth. The courses will be fairly challenging, not just in terms of academic knowledge and skills, but also with regard to spiritual growth and working with fellow students.
In the course of the third year, your command of a wide range of eurhythmic movements and the instrument of your choice will increasingly be used for the artistic execution of a piece of music or text. After thorough preparation, you will begin your first eurhythmy work placement at a secondary Waldorf school. You also expected to start writing your bachelor thesis on a subject related to the main theme of ‘eurhythmy and educational science’.
Work placement and performances
In the fourth year, you will start a work placement at a primary Waldorf school. By the end of the year, you will be asked to give a number of performances, two of which will be solo performances. The annual art trip abroad takes place in the fourth year of the programme as well.
It is our aim to ensure that you are not only trained to become an excellent eurhythmist, but a good teacher as well. That is why our students receive a great deal of individual attention in tutorials, allowing us to intervene at an early stage should a student experience an obstacle to their academic progress.
Teaching and learning activities
Most classes are taught in the form of tutorials, in which students and tutors study and develop materials together. There are many practice periods as well, in which the students work independently on what they have learned during tutorials.
Work placements are an important part of the programme; approximately 20% of study time is devoted to work placements, allowing students to gain the know-how and experience required to work as a eurhythmist or eurhythmy teacher. The majority of work placements are at Waldorf schools, either in the Netherlands and abroad. In order to provide wider career orientation, we organize excursions and art trips.
You will be required to present eurhythmy solos and to give presentations based on individual work. Over the course of the fours years, you will be expected to write several essays and a bachelor thesis.
What is eurhythmy?
What’s the origin of eurhythmy? How is it used? A short introduction to this modern art of movement.
Who are our teachers?
Our courses involve intense student-teacher interaction. Meet our teachers, and read about their background?
A list of UAS (Hogeschool Leiden) facilities.
A quick overview of services and facilities provided by our department and UAS.
Personal advice & open days.
Is our programme right for you? You can ask us for advice. You can come and take a look, too.