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Honours modules

The IIS offers a range of interdisciplinary Honours modules for students who want to get more out of their study programme. These modules are open to students from the UvA, the Amsterdam University College (AUC) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

  • About the Honours programme

    An Honours program consists of additional courses with a workload of at least half a year (30 credits) which students pursue during their Bachelor's program. To follow the honours program there are certain entry and output requirements. Ask the honours coordinator/studyadvisor 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 program, such as the content, alternative solutions and following faculty (honours) courses, for example.

  • Honours Try Out Class & Registration Honoursmodules

    Honours Try Out Class

    Dear UvA, VU and AUC honours students,

    Normally we would have organized an evening full of presentations, music and food: the so called “Honours Try Out Class”. But unfortunately, due to the circumstances this year we are not able to welcome you this way. Nevertheless, we still want to provide you with all of the information about the interdepartmental honours courses and the registration procedure for the first semester. This is why we have created this Canvas Site so that all the information can be found on one page. 

    We hope you will find inspiration in the broad range of the courses we offer, and make sure you sign up between 1-4 JUNE for the courses of your preference. 

    Kind regards,
    The UvA, VU & AUC Honours team


    UvA Honours:

    Andrea Manneke, Iwan Oostrom, Faye van Oort: email 

    VU Honours:

    Eva Meijerink, Joke Verwers: email 

    AUC Honours: 

    Canvas site Try Out Class

    The link to the Canvas Site is available down below.

    (The Canvas site will be online from Monday May 31 until the start of the courses.)

    You can find the UvA courses of the 1st Semester under: Course Listing Term 1 - 2021-2022

    VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the AUC Amsterdam University College offer various modules alongside those offered by the IIS. 


    All UvA, VU, and AUC honours students can register for the interdepartmental honours courses between Tuesday JUNE 1 (10 am) and Monday JUNE 7 (11 pm) by filling in the registration form you can find below. 

    • Due to some technical problems, the honours registration is now open till Monday 7 June (11pm).

      If necessary, you can also adjust your application form until that date by logging in to Datanose.


    • There is NO guarantee for placement AFTER JUNE 7, so make sure you REGISTER ON TIME! 
    • The enrolment or placement will be at random and not on a first come, first served basis 

    Registration: it is mandatory to fill in four different preferences!

    • UvA student:

    MUST specify four DIFFERENT preferences
    - 1st and 2nd preference is free (UvA / VU / AUC module)
    - 3rd and 4th preference is an UvA module

    Link to application form for UvA students

    • VU student:

    MUST specify four DIFFERENT preferences
    - 1st and 2nd preference is free (UvA / VU / AUC module)
    - 3rd and 4th preference is a VU module

    Link to application form for VU students

    • AUC student:

    MUST specify four DIFFERENT preferences
    - All preferences are UvA and VU courses (NO AUC courses)

    Link to application form for AUC students

    • You can indicate if you wish to take one or two courses(You can only be guaranteed for a second course if you have to obtain 12 EC in one semester. This will be checked with the honours coordinator of your faculty.) 
    • Students will be informered about their placement in the week of June 21 
    • If all courses of your choice are full, you will be placed on a waiting list.

    For questions:

    Please note:

    If your registration for the honours programme is not yet complete, 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.

    You can find the AUC courses of the 1st Semester below.

    AUC Honours courses:

    All UvA, VU, and AUC honours students can apply for an AUC course by filling in the same registration form. Only different requirements and conditions apply than for UvA and VU courses. Please note: There are limited places available for UvA and VU honours students.

    • You can give ONE preference for an AUC course (that's one of the four preferences you fill in the registration form)
    • Some of the AUC courses have prerequisites. In case you don't meet the prerequisites please do not apply
    • You need to upload your grade list (may be a screen shot from UvA NET or VU)
    • You must also add a motivation of max. 300 words in English to the registration form
    • IMPORTANT: registration forms without a grade list and motivation will not be processed
    • IMPORTANT: registration forms after JUNE 4 will also not be processed, so make sure you register on time
    • Students will be selected for these courses by AUC on the bases of the bachelor courses they completed
    • All courses are taught in ENGLISH
    • For VU students the AUC will rearrange your ‘bijvakinschrijving/ subsidiary registration’ at the UvA/AUC. You do not need to arrange this yourself in Studielink
    • You can find more information about all AUC courses on this website(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
    • In case you have questions about the courses please send them to
    • More information about AUC at: to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) 

Not registered as an Honours student:

Please note: honours students always have priority!

If you do not follow the Honours program but you are interested in following an Honoursmodule, you can contact

You will be placed on a 'reserve list' and if there are still places available and there are no Honours students on the waiting list, we can still register 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.

  • Honours Student Council 

    The Honours Student Council 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 University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and they try to improve the student representation in the HP policy of both universities. For more information please visit their website.

  • 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.

    These courses will be offered in the coming year:

    • NAHSS

    The NAHSS is a collaboration between all Dutch universities, the government and some leading companies. The NAHSS is aimed at ambitious second and third-year undergraduate students.

    Information meetings on 20, 21 and 29 November 2018 and the registration period is from 1 Dec 2018 to 8 Jan 2019.

  • Evaluation committee IIS Honours courses

    An evaluation committee has been set up to guarantee the quality of 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 cources. For this she uses the education evaluations and actively seeks contact with students who follow IIS honours courses.

    The evaluation committee is very curious about remarks, comments, recommendations and other suggestions about the content, output and offer of IIS honours courses. Students can contact via