Students who are enrolled in one of the Leiden University MSc programmes are offered the opportunity to spend some time abroad. The university actively stimulates students to do so as it broadens their horizon and improves their academic and language skills. Leiden has many bilateral exchange and cooperation agreements with universities all over the world, including many who are at the top of their field. First of all, Leiden University participates in the European Union’s Erasmus programme. This programme offers many possibilities to follow courses or to do a research training project at one of the universities in the European Union. Beside this, there are many exchange agreements with universities outside of Europe such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa and Korea. Students can also ask their academic staff members to recommend an international institute.