Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Study choice

Particularly in the first year of study, you can have doubts as to whether you have made the right choice. But this can also happen later in your study, for example during the internship. Take these doubts seriously and consider them carefully.

Together, we will examine what is hindering you or what you do not like in your study, or what you find interesting within and outside your study, how you want to continue and in what way. We also identify the consequences in areas such terminating enrolment, tuition fees, student grants and loans, etc.
Advice, training and support is also available from Orientation Year staff or Student Careers Centre (SCC) staff.

SWITCHING OR STOPPING

Before 1 September it is still possible to change degree programme; changing after this date is not usually not possible unless you use AUAS's switch programme.  Registration for a degree programme at the AUAS is not possible after 1 September (unless this concerns a February start). If the academic year has started (therefore on/after 1 September) and you want to stop, you should take the following into account:

  • You should organise the termination of enrolment yourself via Studielink; you can do this every month.
  • If you terminate your enrolment, you should also cancel your student grant/loan and student travel product in time.
  • If you stop because of illness/circumstances, you should always report this to the student counsellor as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for the interview with the student counsellor before arranging your termination of enrolment. If you have doubts about stopping your study, it is probably wise to consult the student counsellor before terminating your enrolment.
  • If you fall under BSA regulations, you will also receive a binding (negative) advice regarding continuation of studies (BSA) if you do not satisfy the BSA criteria.
  • Always check the regulations and the step-by-step procedure on the AUAS and DUO sites; the links are given in the right-hand column.

SECOND STUDY

Those students who fall under the statutory tuition fees and follow more than one recognised Bachelor's or Master's degree programme pay just 1x the statutory tuition fee per academic year, so long as they have not yet graduated. This can be attractive. Do note that no exceptions will be made concerning such things as timetables, attendance requirements, BSA criteria and validity period of a module. You should research well whether a second study is feasible from an organisational point of view and request advice from the student counsellor if necessary. Always check whether extra tuition fees are payable before starting a second study. For pre-Master's tracks or to follow a single module elsewhere, modified regulations may apply regarding tuition fees.

FOLLOW-UP STUDY

Perhaps you would like to take another degree after obtaining your Bachelor's degree. 

A wealth of information can be found on the websites of education institutions. Always check carefully with the degree programme of your choice regarding further degree options and the consequences for tuition fees! Also take into account that transfer routes and tuition fees are set  each academic year and are therefore subject to change. Enquire at DUO and/or the student counsellor regarding the student grant/loan situation. The regulations are sometimes complicated and radical changes are planned concerning student grants and loans. 

For higher professional education (HBO) follow-up studies, you should consult the degree programme admissions coordinator.  Contact the study advisor of the degree programme concerned at the university. 

You can consult the student counsellor if you have doubts regarding the necessity of taking another degree or are unable to obtain clarity regarding financial aspects.

Published by  Student Affairs 21 April 2016