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Study check

Our study check is a compulsory step that ensures the programme you've chosen is a good match for your interests and skills. On this page you'll find out why we do a study check and what the process involves.

Why a study check?

Once you've decided to enrol in a degree programme, we want to check with you that it is really a match for what you're good at and what you want to do. This gives you confidence that you've chosen the right study, making you extra motivated during your course.

What is the study check?

The study check consists of various assignments which help you find out if the degree programme you’ve chosen really suits you. Different admission procedures apply for full-time programmes with a limited number of places and Master's programmes. For more information on study check for part-time programmes, please refer to the description of the part-time programme that you're interested in.

Enrol first, then do the study check

After you have submitted your enrolment application you will receive a confirmation email, and the degree programme will send you an invitation for the study check.

Please note that emails from the AUAS may end up in your spam folder. Make sure to check your spam folder regularly. It's also advisable to add the AUAS to your list of safe senders.

Not received an invitation?

When you received a positive advice on your study check last year but did not start with the degree programme, you do not have to take part in the study check again this year. Your positive advice is valid for two years. Your results will be transferred tot he current year automatically. You will not receive a new invitation for the study check.

Enrolled in multiple programmes?

If you enrol 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 each programme will send you a separate invitations.

What does the study check consist of?

To find out how the study check of your programme is composed and when and where it will take place, please refer to the degree programme’s information page.

We recommend that you register as soon as possible, within four weeks after receiving your invitation. If you don't register, you cannot complete the study check and won't be able to enrol for the programme.

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 in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Studying with a disability

If you have a disability that prevents you from participating in the current study check procedure, you can send an email to the student counsellors office via functiebeperking@hva.nl.

It is important to include the programme name that you want to do the study check for, and to note the adjustments that you require in order to participate in the study check. The student counsellor of the programme will then advise the programme on your situation.

If you have a 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.

For more information, see students with a disability.

Cancelling the study check

You can cancel your study check through the programme administration

You may only submit a request to change the date for your study check if you have a valid reason to do so. For examples of valid reasons please consult the Student Charter. You will however be expected to provide proof of the specified reason.

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. Without attending the study check you cannot start the programme.

Study check advice

Within two weeks of the study check, you will receive personalised study check advice based on the results of the various study check components. The advice will be sent to the email address you registered with in Studielink.

The study check advice is meant to motivate you to reflect on your study choice once again. Have you chosen a degree programme that suits you? You will receive either a positive advice or a development advice. A positive advice is valid for two years and a development advice one year.

Lodging an objection

If you disagree with a decision made during the study check process, you can lodge an objection. For example: you were unable to attend the study check day and believe you had a valid reason, but the programme administration disagrees.

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 six weeks after receiving your study check advice.  You can expect to receive a reply as soon as possible, but at the latest within four weeks after lodging your objection.

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