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Study check

In order to successfully complete your studies it is important that you prepare well when choosing a degree programme. The study check helps you to check that the programme you've chosen is right for you.

The study check is a mandatory step in the enrolment procedure for all full-time degree programmes.

If you wish to enroll in a part-time programme, the study check is often combined with an intake interview. For more information on study check for part-time programmes, refer to the description of the part-time programme that you're interested in. 

The information on this page applies only to full-time degree programmes.

Why do the study check?

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

After completing the study check, you will receive a personal study check advice based on your study check results.

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Submit enrollment application, then do the study check

Have you found a full-time degree programme that suits you? Then your first step is to submit your enrolment application via Studielink. Refer to the step-by-step enrolment procedure for specific information and deadlines. 

After you have submitted your enrolment application, the degree programme will send you an invitation for the study check. Invitations will be sent from mid January onwards, so if you've made an early application, you will have to wait some time for your invitation to arrive.

Enrolled in multiple programmes?

If you enroll in more than one programme at the AUAS, you will be required to take part in a separate study check for each programme. This means you will also receive separate invitations from each programme. 

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Who needs to complete the study check?

The study check is a compulsory component of the enrolment procedure for all full-time degree programmes at the AUAS.

If you're not living in the Netherlands at the time of the study checks, you can participate in the study check via an online procedure and/or a Skype interview. This also applies to students living on one of the Dutch-Caribbean islands. An exception applies to the International Business degree programme. 

Different admission procedures apply for full-time programmes with a limited number of places (numerus fixus) and Master's programmes. The Academie voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding also uses a separate admission procedure. 

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What does the study check consist of?

The study check is compulsory for all full-time degree programmes. The elements of the study check vary per programme, but generally comprise:

  • an online questionnaire
  • a homework assignment, for instance:
    • viewing an online lecture and/or
    • reading an article and/or
    • completing a practical assignment 
  • one or more (online) lectures
  • an assessment (exam or presentation)

During the study check day, you will also have the opportunity to meet your future fellow students and lecturers.

Enrolled in multiple programmes?

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

Specific information per programme

Refer to the specific programme of your choice for details on study check dates and components.

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Studying with a disability

If you have a disability that prevents you from participating in the study check procedure as offered, you can send an email to the Student Affairs department at the following mail address: functiebeperking@hva.nl. Make sure to include information about the programme that you want to do the study check for, and about the adjustments that you would need in order to participate in the study check. The Student Affairs department will forward your mail to the student counsellor of the programme, who will then advise the programme on any adjustments that may need to be made for you. 

Examples of potential adjustments are: you are hard of hearing and wish to bring an interpreter, or you have diffuculty using your hands due to a muscular disorder and you require a laptop. 

If you have dyslexia or another type of disability for which you received extra exam time during your preceding studies/examinations, you don't need to make any prior arrangements: the extra time will already be incorporated into the study check procedure.

If no adjustments have been necessary so far, you can simply attend the study check day in its regular format. Make sure to check the schedule on the degree programme site to avoid any surprises. 

For more information, see Studying with a disability.

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When will the study check take place?

Each programme offers several opportunities to take part in the study check. Some programmes organise their study check days as early as February, March or April. All programmes organise study check days from June to around mid July. 

After you have submitted your enrolment application via Studielink, the programme administration will send you an invitation for the study check. Invitations will be sent from mid January onwards. Once you have received your invitation, you can fill in the questionnaire and choose a date for the study check using the date selector.

There will be multiple dates to choose from, but be aware that we can accommodate a limited number of participants per day. We therefore recommend that you register as soon as possible, within 4 weeks after receiving your invitation. If you don't register, you cannot complete the study check and won't be able to enroll for the programme. 

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Cancelling the study check

Participation in the study check is compulsory for all full-time programmes. You may only submit a request to change the date for your study check if you have a valid reason to do so. Examples of valid reasons include an accident, an unexpected exam resit or a funeral. You will however 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 having to take a driving test or going on a holiday that you booked after having registered via Studielink. 

You can change the date of the study check using the date selector. Refer to the confirmation mail that you have received to see which deadline applies. Please keep in mind that the number of available places may be limited when choosing a new date.

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

Please note that mails from the AUAS can end up in your spambox. Make sure to check your spambox regularly, or add @hva.nl to your list of safe senders.

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Study check advice

Within two weeks of the study check, you will receive a personal study check advice based on the results of the various study check components.

Positive study check advice

If your study check results are deemed to be generally satisfactory, you will be issued a positive study check advice.

A positive study check advice will remain valid for a period of two years. If you participated in the study check for the same AUAS programme in 2017 and received a positive advice, but opted to postpone the start of your studies until September 2018, you will not be required to take part again this time.

If you decide to take a gap year after having participated in the 2018 study check, you will not be required to take part in the study check for the same programme again in 2019.

Negative study check advice

If your study check results are deemed to be generally unsatisfactory, you will be issued a negative study check advice.

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.

A negative advice is not binding; you are ultimately free to decide whether or not you wish to take part in your chosen programme. Negative study check advices 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 2019.

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Lodging an objection

If you disagree with a programme's decision to issue a negative study check advice, you can lodge an objection. For example:  

  • You were unable to attend the study check day, and have notified the programme administration of your absence beforehand. You believe you had a valid reason for your absence, but the programme administration disagrees. 
  • You submitted your enrolment application via Studielink before 1 May, but didn't receive a study check invitation from the programme administration. The programme has decided that you won't be admitted because you did not complete the study check.

Before lodging a formal objection, try to discuss the situation with the programme administration by submitting your question through the Digital Service Point. If you fail to reach a solution, you can lodge an objection with the Objections, Appeals and Complaints Office. Make sure to do so within 6 weeks after receiving your study check advice.  You can expect to receive a reply as soon as possible, but at the latest within 4 weeks after lodging your objection.

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Published by  Communication 16 July 2018