Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Frequently asked questions

Purpose of the study check

Many students drop out in their first year. While there may be various reasons for not completing a programme, one of the main reasons turns out to be that students have chosen the wrong degree programme.

Even when prospective students have thoroughly familiarised themselves with a programme – by attending an open day and trial class, for example – it may still happen that, after starting the programme, they realise it is not what they expected. In order to prevent this wherever possible, research universities and universities of applied sciences offer the study check.

The check works both ways: you get a great opportunity to check one last time whether the programme is truly right for you, and the programme can see whether you have the expectations, skills and drive you will need to complete your studies.

The AUAS feels the importance of choosing the right programme is so great that it has made taking part in the study check compulsory for all full-time programmes. Every student will receive an advice on programme choice after they complete the study check.

For part-time programmes, the study check is often combined with an intake procedure.

For who

The study check is compulsory for all students who want to enrol in a full-time degree programme at the AUAS for which there is no selection procedure. Students from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom (Curaçao, Saint Martin, Aruba, Bonaire, Saba and Statia) must complete the study check as well.

The study check is also compulsory for current AUAS students and students of other research universities or universities of applied sciences who wish to switch to a different degree programme. For more information, refer to the frequently asked questions for current students below.

Yes, you will need to do the study check – but there’s no need for you to make an extra trip to the Netherlands to do so. You can simply fill in the online questionnaire, just like other students. After you have completed the questionnaire, an assignment will be sent to you by email. This assignment will help you prepare for your interview (in person or via Skype), for which you will receive an invitation from the programme within two weeks’ time. Following your (Skype) interview, you will receive an advice on your choice of degree programme – once again, within two weeks.

This also applies to students from the Dutch-Caribbean region (Curaçao, Saint Martin, Aruba and the BES islands).

An exception applies to the International Business degree programme.

Yes, the study check is compulsory for all students, including those with a non-Dutch diploma. If you're already residing in the Netherlands, you will follow the same procedure as students with a Dutch diploma. If you're not living in the Netherlands, you can usually complete the study check procedure online.

An exception applies to the International Business degree programme.

No. The 21+ admission test is completely separate from the study check. You are obliged to participate in the study check as usual.

No. The deficiency course and test are completely separate from the study check. You are obliged to participate in the study check as usual.

Degree programme enrolment deadline

You may enrol from 1 October onward, but the deadline in Studielink for enrolling in a full-time degree programme is 1 May. Please remember that you need a DigiD to access Studielink. The application process for a DigiD takes approximately five working days. If you do not have a DigiD yet, please apply for one in a timely manner.

Other enrolment deadlines:

  • For degree programmes with an enrolment quota and a selection procedure: 15 January 2021.
  • Part-time and dual degree programmes: preferably before 1 May, but no later than 31 August 2021.
  • Master's degree programmes: depends on the specific programme.

If you have never previously been enrolled in higher education, for example because you are coming directly from senior secondary vocational education (MBO), senior general secondary education (HAVO) or pre-university education (VWO), then you may not enrol in a degree programme at the AUAS after 1 May.

There are three exceptions:

  1. If you enrolled in a degree programme (at either the AUAS or another institute) before 1 May but would like to subsequently change your study choice, you may enrol in a different degree programme after 1 May, but no later than 15 August. Depending on when you enrol, you will take part in the Study Check for the degree programme in June/July or August.
  2. If you are already enrolled in higher education (at either the AUAS or another institute) in the current academic year, you may still enrol in Studielink after 1 May, but no later than 15 August. Depending on when you enrol, you will take part in the Study Check for the degree programme in June/July or August.
  3. For a part-time or dual degree programme, you should preferably enrol no later than 1 May, but you have until 31 August to do so. Depending on when you enrol, you will take part in the study check / intake for the degree programme in June/July or August.

You will find a detailed description of the rules concerning enrolment and the study check in the AUAS Student Charter.

Study check date

Every full-time degree programme offers the study check on at least two different dates. Most study check activities will be organised in the month of June through the first week of July. However, a number of degree programmes offer the study checks as early as February, March and April, too. You can find the dates on the website for each degree programme.

For a specific group of prospective students, a study check will be organised in August. Check your chosen degree programme to see whether this applies to you and when the August study check will take place.

When you use choose a date using the online date selector, you can instantly see whether a space is available. After you have chosen a date, you will receive an email confirming the date. You will find the date selector in the first email that you receive from the AUAS following your enrolment request in Studielink.

Please note: It is possible that emails from the AUAS may end up in your spam folder. Be sure to check it frequently!

You need to notify the Digital Service Point as soon as possible to report the problem. The degree programme can work with you to find a solution only if you are able to prove that you have a valid reason for not being able to participate. An example of a valid reason is a long-term hospital stay. An example of an invalid reason: a holiday that you booked after your application to enrol in Studielink.

If the study check day of your choice is full, you must choose one of the other dates posted. If these are likewise full, you need to notify the Digital Service Poin t as soon as possible. We will work with you to find a solution.

The deadline for changing your chosen date using the date selector depends on the degree programme. The specific deadline is mentioned in the confirmation email that you received for your previously chosen date. Please keep in mind that the number of available places may be limited on a different date. You will find the date selector in the first email that you receive from the AUAS following your enrolment request in Studielink.

Registering and deregistering

After submitting an application for enrolment in Studielink, you will receive an email from the AUAS explaining how to register for the study check. It is possible that emails from the AUAS may end up in your spam folder. Be sure to check it frequently! The AUAS starts sending out these emails in mid-January. In other words, if you enrolled in Studielink early (between 1 October and mid-January), you need to have a little patience. Of course, in the meantime you can check the website for your degree programme to see when the study checks will take place and reserve these dates in your diary.

The number of students allowed to take part on each study check date is limited. Consequently, do not postpone registering for the date of your choice! Do it as soon as possible after you have received the email with the instructions. You may register for the study check within four weeks of receiving the email. If you fail to do so within four weeks, your application to enrol will be rejected!

You may submit a maximum of three applications for enrolment in Studielink. Theoretically, if you have done so by no later than 1 May, then you are entitled to participate in three study checks. However, that will cost you as well as the AUAS a lot of time. Therefore, it is better to enrol in a single degree programme by no later than 1 May and take part in the study check for the degree programme in question as soon as possible. Should you subsequently change your mind, you may still change your study choice in Studielink. You will retain your right to admission and will be invited for a new study check. Please keep in mind that a limited number of places are available on each study check date. Do not wait too long to choose a date.

Participation in the study check is mandatory. You must have a demonstrable valid reason in order to submit a request to take the study check on a different date. Examples of valid reasons include an accident, an unexpected exam resit or a funeral. You must be able to prove this. Illness may qualify as a s a valid reason, but the programme will want to see a statement from your parents, or a doctor's statement if possible.

Although you are welcome to try to reach the degree programme by telephone, they are not always available to answer the phone before – and certainly not during the study check. Consequently, you must always also submit your deregistration, including the reason why you cannot participate, online to the Digital Service Point . If you are registered as absent on the study check date, you will always receive an email shortly thereafter requesting you to submit the reason for your absence along with any documentary evidence to the Digital Service Point (this includes if you reported your absence by telephone). Do this within one week of the date you had chosen. The degree programme will then contact you within one week after receiving your notification. If you have demonstrated a valid reason, you will be assigned a new date for taking the study check.

If you are personally unable to report the reason for your absence (for example due to an accident or serious illness), make sure that someone else does so on your behalf.

The deadline for changing your chosen date using the date selector depends on the degree programme. The specific deadline is mentioned in the confirmation email that you received for your previously chosen date. Please keep in mind that the number of available places may be limited on a different date. You will find the date selector in the first email that you receive from the AUAS following your enrolment request in Studielink.

The AUAS sends the invitation to the email address you have provided in Studielink. Check in Studielink if you have entered that address correctly. Check your spam folder, too.

Maybe you accidentally submitted an enrolment application for a higher year, or the wrong academic year. In that case, you will receive an invitation once you have corrected the error.

Still having problems? Contact the Central Student Administration through the Digital Service Point .

Schedule

Most degree programmes give you one or more homework assignments to do in advance. You will receive these assignments no later than a week prior to the study check date. Be sure to reserve a couple of hours in your diary.

For certain degree programmes, you will not be allowed to participate in the study check if you fail to submit your homework in advance. This has consequences: participating in the study check is a mandatory part of the enrolment process. Anyone who does not participate will be unable to start the programme. Therefore, read the programme page carefully to find out the rules about homework.

On the day of the study check, you will attend one or more lectures and often you will also be given a practical assignment that usually involves working with other prospective students. You will take one or more tests and have the opportunity to meet lecturers and your future fellow students.

Please refer to the website for the degree programme of your choice for the exact details of the schedule.

The schedule will be sent in an email no later than one week before the study check date. Some degree programmes send the schedule earlier. The email explains the homework assignment and how you can prepare. Be sure to start the assignment on time. You can also find the necessary information about how to prepare for the study check online.

For certain degree programmes, you will not be allowed to participate in the study check if you fail to submit your homework in advance. This has consequences: participating in the study check is a mandatory part of the enrolment process. Anyone who does not participate will be unable to start the degree programme. Therefore, read the degree programme page carefully to find out the rules about homework.

You can find the homework assignment that you must complete before the study check on the AUAS intranet ('MyAUAS') or on the website for the degree programme. You will be assigned an AUAS ID after you submit an application for enrolment in Studielink. After you have activated it, you can log in to MyAUAS at mijnhva.nl . In addition to the homework assignment, this is where you can also find additional information about the schedule for the study check for your chosen degree programme.

Study choice recommendation

Your personal study choice recommendation will be sent to the email address that you provided in Studielink within two weeks of participating in the study check.

The degree programme will give you either a positive or a negative recommendation. It is based on the results of your study check, such as a satisfactory (or unsatisfactory) or a mark for the exam(s) you took. The recommendation mentions the results, too. In some cases, the degree programme will include an additional recommendation – for example to take a refresher course on a component in which you scored badly.

Within two weeks of receiving the recommendation, you will receive an email from the AUAS clearly explaining the next steps you must take in order to complete your enrolment application. You can find all of the steps that you must take in order to successfully complete your enrolment application on the AUAS website.

No, a negative study choice recommendation is not binding. A negative recommendation indicates that the degree programme is in doubt whether you have made an appropriate study choice and whether you will be successful in the programme. You are free to decide whether to take the recommendation or to ignore it. If you do wish to go ahead and enrol in the degree programme, the AUAS strongly urges you to follow any additional recommendations that you have been given.

There are various reasons as to why you might start doubting your study choice after taking the study check. If you would like to talk about it or need help with making a different study choice, you can send an email to: studiekeuze@hva.nl to make an appointment with one of our study choice counsellors. In any case, think about it carefully and wait for the study choice recommendation that you will receive within two weeks. If you ultimately decide that you do not want to enrol in the degree programme, cancel your enrolment application in Studielink.

Current students

If you already know for sure before 1 May that you will receive a negative Binding Study Advice (BSA) for your current degree programme, do not wait until you receive the official BSA letter to enrol in a different degree programme. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink on time, preferably before 1 May. This way, you will be able to participate in the study check for the new degree programme in June/July. Participation is mandatory, even for AUAS students.

If you are in doubt and would prefer to wait for the BSA letter, be aware: you have until 15 August at the latest to submit an enrolment request for a different degree programme in Studielink. In that case, you will take the study check in August. The date for the study check offered in August will be posted on the website for the degree programme at the beginning of July. If you want to find out the date before then, please contact the degree programme .

If you choose a full-time degree programme then yes, participation in the study check is mandatory. Submit your enrolment application for the other programme in Studielink preferably before 1 May and in any case no later than 15 August. If you enrol early, you can take part in the study check in June/July. Otherwise it will be in August. That will be your last chance to participate.

If you choose a part-time or dual degree programme, the study check is often combined with the intake. Submit your enrolment application in Studielink preferably before 1 May and in any case no later than 31 August.

The same rules that apply to AUAS students who wish to switch apply to you. Submit your enrolment application for the other programme in Studielink preferably before 1 May and in any case no later than 15 August. Participation in the study check is mandatory for all full-time degree programmes.

If you choose a part-time or dual degree programme, the study check is often combined with the intake. Submit your enrolment application in Studielink preferably before 1 May and in any case no later than 31 August.

Please be aware: if you enrol after 1 May, you must send proof of your enrolment at the other institute to the AUAS. Instructions on how to do this will be included in the email you receive from the AUAS after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink.

If you have never previously been enrolled in higher education, for example because you are coming directly from senior secondary vocational education (MBO), senior general secondary education (HAVO) or pre-university education (VWO), then you may not enrol in a degree programme at the AUAS after 1 May.

There are three exceptions:

  1. If you enrolled in a degree programme (at either the AUAS or another institute) before 1 May but would like to subsequently change your study choice, you may enrol in a different degree programme after 1 May, but no later than 15 August. Depending on when you enrol, you will take part in the study check for the degree programme in June/July or August.
  2. If you are already enrolled in higher education (at either the AUAS or another institute) in the current academic year, you may still enrol in Studielink after 1 May, but no later than 15 August. Depending on when you enrol, you will take part in the study check for the degree programme in June/July or August.
  3. For a part-time or dual degree programme, you should preferably enrol no later than 1 May, but you have until 31 August to do so. Depending on when you enrol, you will take part in the study check for the degree programme in June/July or August.

Functional disability

As a rule, extra time is provided during the study check procedure. Please note: you do not need to present a dyslexia statement at the study check; if you will be starting the degree programme as of 1 September, you will need to have a valid dyslexia statement. For more information, please go to Studying with a disability.

Email your question to functiebeperking@hva.nl no later than one week before the date of the study check. The student counsellor will advise the degree programme on any necessary arrangements.

In your email, please briefly describe your disability and also include anything you believe is required in order to be able to fully participate in the study check. If you have dyslexia or another type of disability for which you received extra exam time during your preceding studies/examinations, then you do not need to make any prior arrangements. The extra time is already incorporated into the study check.

If you prefer not to describe the exact details of your disability for privacy reasons, then leave out the description and ask to have a student counsellor contact you with regard to a disability.

Additional questions

If you submit your enrolment application in Studielink before 1 May and subsequently take part in the study check and have a valid diploma for preparatory education, you always have the right to admission. You retain this right if you then wish to change degree programmes after 1 May. Please note: the entire enrolment procedure has multiple steps. For more information, see the step-by-step enrolment procedure.

That is possible only if you have received a positive study choice recommendation. A positive recommendation is valid for two years. For example, if you want to go abroad for one year before you start the degree programme, you will not be required to come back earlier the following year just to take the study check. Please note: if you receive a negative study choice recommendation, then you will be required to take it again the following year.

First try to resolve the matter with the degree programme by submitting your question to the Digital Service Point . Did this not work, or are you dissatisfied? In that case you may lodge an objection with the Objections, Appeals and Complaints Office.

Published by  Communication 16 September 2020