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Honours modules

  • Admission requirements

    An Honours programme consists of additional courses with a workload of at least 30 credits, that students pursue during their Bachelor's programme. To follow the Honours programme, there are certain entry requirements and output requirements. Ask the Honours coordinator/study advisor of your own faculty which requirements apply to you.

    We only handle registrations for our own Honours courses and can therefore not provide you with advice on the above and other aspects within the Honours programme, such as the content, alternative solutions and following faculty (Honours) courses, for example.

    Not registered as an Honours student

    If you do not follow the Honours programme but are interested in taking an Honours module, you can contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl. You will be placed on a 'waiting list'. If there are still spots available and there are no Honours students on the waiting list, we can enrol you for the course. Keep in mind that you might receive a message from us 1 or 2 weeks before the start of the course about your possible registration. Please note: Honours students always have priority.

  • Registration

    If you do not follow the Honours programme but are interested in taking an Honours module, you can contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl. You will be placed on a 'waiting list'. If there are still spots available and there are no Honours students on the waiting list, we can enrol you for the course. Keep in mind that you might receive a message from us 1 or 2 weeks before the start of the course about your possible registration. Please note: Honours students always have priority.

    Important: registrations for the honours courses of the 2nd semester are closed.

    If you are too late and still want to register, you can send an email to honours-iis@uva.nl from Monday 8 January 2024. We can inform you about the courses with available places + courses with a (short) waiting list.

    Please note:

    • This only applies to UvA honours courses. VU and AUC honours courses are not included!
    • There is no point in emailing lecturers of the courses. The Honours administration is responsible for registration for the courses.

    Because we cannot guarantee placement, we recommend that you contact the honours coordinator and/or study advisor of your own faculty to discuss alternative options for your honours program. They can inform/advise you whether there are also faculty honours courses that you can take in the 2nd semester. If they also cannot help you further, you are unfortunately requested to register in June for the honours courses of the 1st semester 24-25.

    Registration

    All Honours students of the UvA, VU, and AUC can register for the interdepartmental Honours courses between Friday, December 1 (10 AM) and Tuesday, December 5 (11 PM) by completing the online registration form. 

    • Placement in the courses will be random and not on a first come, first served basis. Please note: register on time because placement after December 5 is not guaranteed.
    • You will be notified in the week of December 18 about your placement(s) for one or two courses at the UvA, VU and AUC.
     Important: when choosing a course, check for overlap in scheduling with your other courses. After having been placed in your preferred course, the lecturer and administration of the Honours Programme assume you can be physically present during the scheduled hours. Potential replacement in a different course is only possible in honours courses at the UvA, and only if they have remaining places available.
    • You can take a maximum of 12 credits of interfaculty courses per semester. Most interfaculty honours courses are 6 credits.
    • We ask you to choose 4 preferences of your choice; you will be placed in one or two courses for the coming semester. Every semester you have the opportunity to choose four courses again.

    • For questions about your course registration, email to honours-iis@uva.nl
    • If you have any other questions and/or problems about your honours program, please contact the honours coordinator or study advisor at your own faculty.

    It is mandatory to give four different preferences. 

    • For UvA students: The 1st and 2nd preferences can be UvA, VU or AUC courses; the 3rd and 4th have to be UvA courses.
    • For VU students: The 1st and 2nd preferences can be UvA, VU or AUC courses; the 3rd and 4th preferences have to be VU courses. 
    • For AUC students: All 4 preferences have to be UvA or VU courses (no AUC courses).

    You can indicate if you'd like to take one or two courses. You can only be guaranteed a second course if you have to obtain 12 ECTS in one semester. This will be checked with the Honours coordinator or study advisor of your faculty.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at honours-iis@uva.nl.

    Please note: If your registration for the Honours programme is not complete yet, you can still register for the courses. If it turns out that you do not meet the Honours requirements, it is always possible to deregister for the course. Your participation in the Honours programme will be checked with the Honours coordinator of your faculty. For further questions about your Honours programme always contact your Honours coordinator or study advisor.

    AUC Honours courses

    All Honours students of the UvA and VU can apply for an AUC course by completing the same registration form. 

    • You can give one or two preferences for an AUC course (first and/or second preferenceon the registration form).
    • The majority of AUC courses have prerequisites, which can be viewed within in the course catalogue on studiegids.uva.nl under ‘Required prior knowledge.
    • The prerequisites of AUC courses can be viewed within in the course catalogue on studiegids.uva.nl under ‘Required prior knowledge
    • You need to upload your grade list of completed courses (a screenshot from UvA NET or VU) along with a brief motivation statement.
    • Registration forms without the required uploads will not be processed.
    • Registration forms submitted after 5 December will not be processed, so make sure you register on time.
    • Students will be selected for courses by AUC on the basis of availability and Bachelor's courses they have completed. If you do not meet the exact prerequisites but have completed similar courses, please do apply.
    • For VU students, arrangement of your ‘bijvakinschrijving/ subsidiary registration’ (UvAnetID) at the UvA/AUC will be set up. You do not have to arrange this in Studielink yourself.
    • More information about all AUC courses can be found on this website. In case you have questions about AUC courses, please send an email to servicedesk@auc.nl
  • Try Out Class

    Honours Try Out Class

    During the Try Out Class, we inform all interested Honours students of the UvA and the VU about the interdepartmental honours modules of the UvA, VU and AUC in the second semester of 2023-2024.

    Date: Thursday November 30, 2023
    Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Room D0.09 - Oudemanhuispoort, 1012 CN Amsterdam
    For whom: All UvA, VU and AUC honours students who want to register for an interfaculty honours course for semester 2, 2023-2024

    What is the Try Out Class?

    Prior to the start of each semester, you can attend a Try Out Class where all the interfaculty honours courses of VU, UvA and some AUC courses on offer are presented so you can acquaint yourself with them. During the days following the Try Out Class, you can apply online for placement in courses of your preference.

    Contact information
    UvA Honours: Andrea Manneke, Marleen van der Meer and Faye van Oort: 
    honours-iis@uva.nl 
    VU Honours: Eva Meijerink, Joke Verwers and Gemma van der Wal:
     honours@vu.nl 
    AUC Honours: Jack Rockett:
    Servicedesk@auc.nl

  • Evaluation committee

    An evaluation committee has been established to guarantee the quality of our Honours education. The committee, which consists of students and teachers, meets at least four times a year to formulate solicited and unsolicited advice on all educational matters of IIS Honours modules. The course evaluations are used for this purpose and students who take IIS Honours modules are heard.

    The evaluation committee would like to receive your remarks, comments, recommendations and other suggestions about the content, output and course listing of the IIS Honours modules by email: info-ihm@uva.nl.

  • Amsterdam Honours Student Council (AHSC)

    The Amsterdam Honours Student Council (AHSC) is part of Extensus and focuses on the quality control of Honours courses and on the policy and cooperation of the universities. The HSC is currently active at the VU and the UvA, and they try to improve the student representation in the HP policy of both universities. For more information, please visit their website.

    Extensus is the study association for Honours students of UvA, VU and the AUC. As a member of Extensus you have the unique opportunity to build a valuable network with other Honours students and make friends outside your own study programme and/or university. Throughout the year, Extensus organises social events, such as 'borrels', galas, study trips and lasertag events, career events, such as inhouse days, consultancy drinks, career dinner, and professional trainings and academic events, such as masterclasses by inspiring people. Become a member of Extensus here, visit the website, Instagram (@extensus), or send an email to extensus@gmail.com.

  • Honours courses abroad

    Here you will find Honours courses that are given abroad. These Honours courses are offered by other institutes and you also need permission from your examination committee.

    • The Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) is a collaboration between all Dutch universities, the government and some leading companies. The NAHSS is aimed at ambitious second-year and third-year undergraduate students. For more information, see the NAHSS website.
    • More information about study abroad programmes and scholarships can be found here
  • Educational vision IIS Honours

    Five ambitions are central to the Honours education at the IIS: interdisciplinarity, room for experimentation, personal and academic development, academic reflection and focus on contemporary issues. You can read the IIS Educational vision below.