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Great that you chose to study in the beautiful city of Leiden! We are Contrast and we’d like to help you feel at home here, through informal events where you can have a great time and meet international and Dutch students. We organize monthly Contrast Cafe evenings, with pub quizzes, dinners and games, as well as all kinds of extra events, like having a BBQ in a park, going ice-skating, or celebrating the 3rd of October (Leiden Deliberation Day).

We want to show you different aspects of Dutch culture and give you the opportunity to share yours. But most of all, we just want you to have a fun time and meet lots of new people. Contrast is brought to you by Christian students from Leiden, and is inspired by the Christian notion of hospitality. However, we do explicitly invite people from all backgrounds and persuasions, and we like to keep it casual, so you don’t need to become a member. Our monthly Contrast Cafe is for free, so you can just show up. Just bring yourself 🙂

We usually meet at Plexat, Oude Singel 152, although due to corona the location may change. So, to be sure, and also for more information about Contrast Cafe and our other activities, please check our events page.

Contrast evenings February-March (for more info see the Activities page)
Upcoming events

The Contrast Board

Contrast is organized by Christian students from around Leiden. Most of them are a member of one of the Christian student unions (there are four!). Meet the board 2019/2020:

Erik Bogerd
Andrea Jobse
Niels de Wit
Annienke Mul

The Advisory Board

Contrast is supported by the Advisory Board. They have all been involved with Contrast for a long time and help the Contrast Board where needed to safeguard the continuity of Contrast. Currently, the Advisory Board consists of the following people:

Jan Joost Snoek (IFES student worker)
Martin Klein
Annefleur Teeuwen
Janno Sturm


Contrast is linked to IFES-ISM. IFES-ISM is the international student ministry branch of IFES, the International Fellowship for Evangelical Students. Please find more information on their website.

 After reading a description about Contrast in Leiden University’s guide booklet I thought that I could find people in that group that would be interested in knowing me, learning about my culture, sharing their lives, faith and culture with me and caring about my needs. And that’s exactly what happened! 

Mayara C. Faria, Brazil


Contrast is run by volunteers and fully dependent on donations from churches, student unions and individuals. That’s why we would kindly appreciate each donation. Your gift will be used to cover the costs we make at Contrast Leiden; think of rent, meals, and PR costs. Thank you so much for helping us to make international students feel at home in Leiden!

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If you’d like to help organizing an event, to cook for Contrast Cafe, to participate in the Contrast Board or to support Contrast in any other way, please let us know.