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Study check

To be able to complete your studies successfully it is important that you prepare well when choosing a programme and choose a programme that is right for you. Once you are sure which programme you want to do, you can enrol. For applicants with a Dutch secondary school diploma, the study check is a mandatory part of the enrolment procedure.

Why do the study check?

  • It helps you to check one last time, together with a programme advisor, that the programme you've chosen is right for you.
  • You will avoid the disappointment of choosing the wrong programme.
  • You will reduce the risk of dropping out of the programme.

The study check is a compulsory component of the enrolment procedure for all prospective first-year students with Dutch preparatory education. The study check is compulsory for the following programmes with an English curriculum.

Click here for more information on the study check for all programmes with a Dutch curriculum. 

Foreign credentials?

A different admission procedure applies for students with foreign credentials. Please contact the programme department. 

Do you reside on one of the Dutch-Caribbean islands?

The study check is also compulsory for prospective students with Dutch prior education (HAVO, VWO or MBO-4) residing on one of the Dutch-Caribbean islands. If you are a resident of one of these islands, you will take part in the study check via Skype or another online channel.  

Studying with disabilities

For students with certain disabilities, it may be necessary to make adjustments to the study check procedure or take a particular measure.

Prospective students with dyslexia and other forms of disability that have previously made them eligible for additional testing time do not need to arrange anything in advance. The study check procedure will take account of the required additional testing time.

Do you have a disability that prevents you from participating in the study check procedure as offered? If so, please contact the student counsellor of the programme.

For more information, see Studying with a disability.

Programmes with their own admission procedure

Different admission procedures apply for full-time programmes with a limited number of places (numerus fixus). Once you have submitted your enrolment application, you will be invited to take part in the selection procedure. The deadline for enrolment in numerus fixus programmes is 15 January 2017. 

International Sports, Management and Business applies its own admission procedure. The enrolment deadline is 1 February 2017.

Master’s programmes

Master's programmes apply a different admission procedure.

The study check is compulsory for all prospective students with Dutch prior education (HAVO, VWO or MBO-4). The study check procedure varies per programme, but on the whole comprises the following:

  • an advance online questionnaire and a take-home assignment.

On the day itself, you will be required to take part in

  • a lecture
  • a practical assignment
  • an assessment (exam or presentation).

You will also meet your future fellow students and lecturers over the course of the study check day.

You will be issued a recommendation regarding your choice of programme on the basis of the study check results.

Refer to the specific programme of your choice for the exact details.

Part-time programmes

Part-time programmes apply a slightly different study check procedure than their full-time equivalents.  

Enrolled in multiple programmes?

Have you enrolled in more than one programme at the AUAS? If so, you will be required to take part in a separate study check for each programme.   

Each programme offers several opportunities to take part in the study check. Most study checks will take place between March and July of 2017.

After submitting your enrolment application via Studielink, the relevant programme will send you an invitation for the Study check. The AUAS will start sending out e-mail invitations as of mid-January 2017. You will then answer the questions and choose a date for the study check by means of the date selector.

Cancelling the study check

Participation in the study check is compulsory. You may only submit a request to take part in the study check on another date if you have a demonstrable valid reason. Examples of valid reasons include:
- an accident
- an unexpected exam resit or
- a funeral.

However, you will be expected to provide proof of the specified reason. Illness may qualify as a valid reason, but the programme will want to see a statement from your parents or doctor if possible.

Examples of invalid reasons include:
- a driving test or
- a holiday booked after having registered via Studielink. 

You can change the date of the study check using the date selector. In some cases, you will be able to do so up until the week before the day of the study check. The link to the date selector will be featured in the first e-mail you receive from the AUAS. Please keep in mind that the number of available places may be limited when choosing a date.

You can cancel your study check through the programme department. If you fail to attend the study check, you will automatically receive an e-mail outlining the procedure for explaining your absence. The programme department will then contact you to discuss your absence and determine whether or not you had a valid reason not to attend.

You will receive a recommendation regarding your choice of programme based on the results of the various components within two weeks of the study check.

Positive recommendation on the choice of programme

If your study check results are deemed to be generally satisfactory, you will be issued a positive recommendation regarding your choice of programme.

A positive recommendation on the choice of programme will remain valid for a period of two years. If you participated in the study check for the same AUAS programme in 2016 and were issued a positive recommendation regarding your choice of programme, but opted to postpone the start of your studies until September 2017, you will not be required to take part again this time.

If you decide you would prefer to take a gap year after having participated in the 2017 study check, you will not be required to take part in the study check for the same programme again in 2018.

Negative recommendation on the choice of programme

If your study check results are deemed to be generally unsatisfactory, you will be issued a negative recommendation regarding your choice of programme.

The programme will do so when in doubt as to whether you have chosen the appropriate programme. In most cases, the programme will issue a supplementary recommendation, or contact you to discuss the situation.

The negative advice will not be binding; you are ultimately free to decide whether or not you wish to take part in your chosen programme. Negative recommendations on the choice of programme are only valid for a period of one year. If you would like to give your decision more thought and opt to postpone the start of your studies by another year, you will be required to take part in the study check again in 2018.

You are legally required to submit your enrolment application for your chosen programme via Studielink by 1 May at the latest. This applies to all prospective students that have not yet taken part in a higher education programme. You will then have the right to be admitted to another programme (right of admission). Want to find out more about the various exceptions?

Enrolling in a full-time programme after 1 May?

If you will be submitting your first application for enrolment later than 1 May, you will not be granted the right of admission. The AUAS will not invite you to take part in the study check, and you will not be admitted to the programme.

Did you enrol in a higher education programme before 1 May? Did you subsequently decide that you would prefer to enrol in another programme? 

If so, you will still be allowed to enrol, even if the 1 May deadline has passed. You will retain your right of admission as long as you enrol by 15 August at the latest and participate in the mandatory study check for your second programme of choice. Check with your preferred programme to find out when the August study check is scheduled to take place.

Enrolling in a part-time or dual programme after 1 May?

If you wish to take part in a part-time programme, we recommend that you enrol before 1 May so that you can take part in the compulsory study check before the summer. The final deadline for enrolment is 15 August. Check with your preferred programme to find out when the August study check is scheduled to take place.

What should I do if I am already enrolled but wish to switch to a different programme?

An exception applies for students that are already enrolled in a higher education programme for the current academic year and wish to switch to another programme. If this situation applies to you, you may still submit an application for enrolment after 1 May. You will be granted right of admission as long as you enrol before 15 August and participate in the compulsory study check. Refer to the specific programme of your choice to find out when the August study check is set to take place.

Further information 

For a detailed description of all regulations on the right of admission and study check, see the AUAS Students' Charter

Numerus fixus programmes and selection procedure

If you wish to enrol in a numerus fixus programme, you will be required to take part in the selection procedure. The enrolment deadline for numerus fixus programmes starting in the 2017-2018 academic year is 15 January 2017.

Following your enrolment application, the programme will invite you to participate in the selection procedure. The selection procedure will take place between December and April. Refer to the programme of your choice for the exact dates. Make sure to mark these dates in your calendar, as participation will be compulsory.

Programmes with their own admission procedure

Sport Studies (formerly International Sports, Management and Business) applies its own admission procedure.

Dutch-Caribbean islands?

Do you live on one of the Dutch-Caribbean islands? Have you completed Dutch prior education (HAVO, VWO or MBO-4) or will you be doing so in future? If so, make sure to enrol by 1 May at the latest. You will then be invited to participate in the study check. Participation is mandatory.

Just like students living in the Netherlands, you will be required to complete an online questionnaire and preparatory assignment. The procedure will only differ in the sense that you will not be required to visit the Netherlands to take part in the study check. In most cases, you will complete your study check by taking part in a Skype interview.

Most interviews will be held in June. The programme department will contact you in order to schedule the Skype session. Participation is mandatory if you wish to start your new programme in September. 

Foreign credentials?

A different admission procedure applies for students with foreign credentials. Please contact the programme department for details. 

Published by  Communication 24 January 2017