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IIS Electives

Every semester, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary elective courses. IIS electives are open to a variety of audiences: students and staff from any UvA faculty, students from other higher education institutions ('bijvak' students) and any other interested parties who can take part as 'contract students'.

The courses on offer vary for different target audiences:

  • UvA students can find IIS electives in the UvA Course catalogue
  • UvA staff, students from other educational institutions and all other interested parties can check the IIS website to find out what is on offer. The full range of electives offered by the UvA is listed under Open UvA Electives.

If you have any questions, please email us at Keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl

  • UvA students

    UvA students can find the IIS Electives in the UvA Course catalogue.

    The education of the IIS is constantly evolving and we would like your input on which themes are interesting in an elective course and how we can organise this the best way possible. Please let us know by completing this form - it only takes 5 minutes.

  • Other interested parties (contract students & 'bijvak' students)

    Contract students

    You can register as a contract student if you are interested in following one of our IIS electives. By contract students, we mean all those who are not registered at an educational institution.

    UvA staff members and other interested parties are invited to participate as 'contract students' alongside UvA students and students from other education institutions (guest students). Please register here for the course that you would like to take. 

    Please note: contract students cannot enrol for every elective course. Please read the course-specific information carefully to see if contract students are able to enrol, if contract students can attend the course on-campus or online, and which rates apply. 

    After completing the form, uploading a copy of your passport (you can use the CopyID app for this) and payment by credit card or iDeal, you will receive a confirmation email. You will be registered as a contract student at the UvA and you will receive proof of enrollment from the Central Student Administration with a student number. You do not need to take any further action on this email.

    The costs of the course can be found below under 'Costs'.

    Once your registration at the UvA is complete, you will have access to the Canvas learning environment. All the course material, as well as homework assignments, literature, messages from the lecturer, etc., will be available here.

    If you take part in the assessment, you will receive a certified list of marks at the end of the lecture series. If you do not participate in the assessment, you can request a certificate for participation. Note that these are only provided by us upon request.

    If you have any questions, please contact us by email: keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl

    Secondary subject student/ 'Bijvak' students

    If you are a student from another university or higher education institution and you would like to register for an IIS minor or elective course, you will need to register as a secondary subject student (‘bijvak' student) at the UvA.

    Step 1: Studielink

    The registration procedure for secondary subject students proceeds through Studielink: www.studielink.nl/en. During the application process in Studielink you will need to select the Bachelor's programme Beta-gamma Bachelor (Bijvak). In case you would like to apply for more than one IIS elective, you will only have to register once as a UvA secondary subject student.

    Step 2: Tuition Fees

    UvA tuition fees are waived through a so-called Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld (BCC) - proof of payment of tuition fees. You will have to request this document at the university or higher education institution where you have paid your tuition fees. After receiving this document, please send the original to or deliver the document to the Student Service Desk.

    Step 3: Admissability

    To register as a ‘bijvak' student, you need to adhere to the central admission requirements of the UvA. You need to have successfully completed high school education that meets the Dutch ‘VWO’-level or you need to have successfully completed higher education that meets the Dutch ‘HBO-propedeuse’ level. The Central Student Administration of the UvA will check this automatically and will contact you when necessary.

    Step 4: Registration

    Please register here for the course that you would like to take. 

    The application process stated above is mandatory. Your application will not be successful without these three steps. If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Student Service Desk.

  • High school students

    As a high school student, it is also possible to follow one of our IIS electives. Below you can find the courses of the 2nd semester of the academic year 2021-2022.

    Human-Animal Studies 

    Simba in the Lion King, the squirrel in the park. The dog on your side, the mouse in the lab. Remi in Ratatouille, the pork on your plate. The bird in the sky, the elephant in the zoo, the Angry Birds on your screen, the fly on the wall and the cat video in your mail. Animals are everywhere, all the time. In our human lives and societies, as well as in our cultures and imagination. For some people, they are mere critters or simply food, while for others they are amongst the most significant companions in their lives - just as we are for them.

    The course Human-Animal Studies is about the relations between humans and animals. It is a new academic discipline, combining theories and research from diverse fields as history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, media studies and some biology. In the second semester, from April to June 2020, Human-Animal Studies will be an elective offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. It consists of a series of twelve lectures. No prior knowledge is required.

    • Schools pay 300 euros per participant, the supervisor can join for free. (Please note: this rate applies to physical education on campus. If the course can only be offered online due to corona measures, a fee of € 180 applies)
    • 6 EC 
    • The link to the timetable will be published as soon as the timetable is available, around November.
    • For registration, please contact: keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl
    • Up to 6 participants per school (a maximum of 6 schools) 
    • Read more about the course (note: this is the link to the course of last year, for next year will follow)

    Big History

    Would you like to know how everything around you has become the way it is now? 'Big History’ provides you with an answer, by offering an integrated overview of all known history, from the big bang up until the development of societies today. In 14 masterclasses a variety of experts, ranging from astrophysicists to social scientists, will take you on a journey that explains how the most elementary particles, stars, planets, life and human societies around the world have developed.

    • This course is free for high school students, supervisor can join for free
    • 6 EC
    • The link to the timetable will be published as soon as the timetable is available, around November.
    • For registration, please contact: keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl
    • Up to 6 participants per school (a maximum of 6 schools) 
    • Read more about the course (note: this is the link to the course of last year, for next year will follow)
  • Costs for on-campus education

    Fortunately, in the academic year 2021-2022, most of our courses can be offered on-campus again.

    Please note: Whether contract students can participate online or on-campus, and whether it is possible to take the course including or excluding testing, varies per course. Please read the course-specific information carefully for course-specific details.

    In case the COVID-19 guidelines and prospects change and we cannot provide on-campus education, we will contact all contract students who have registered by email.

    Payment for contract students is made per credit (EC). The fees for on-campus education are listed below:

    UvA students

    Free

    Students from other universities or higher education institutions

    Free*

    Employees on UvA payroll and UvA-PhD candidates

    Free

    Employees on HvA payroll excl exam(s) (50 euro per EC)

    € 300

    Employees on HvA payroll incl exam(s) (100 euro per EC)

    € 600

    AUV cardholders excl exam(s) (50 euro per EC)

    € 300

    AUV cardholders incl exam(s) (100 euro per EC)

    € 600

    Contract students** excl exam(s) (70 euro per EC)

    € 420

    Contract students** incl exam(s) (150 euro per EC)

    € 900

    * If enrolled as a student at another institution, the higher education is at an institutional rate, then enrolment as a trainee can be subject to additional tuition fees.


    ** Please note: Whether contract students can participate online or on campus, and whether it is possible to take the course including or excluding testing varies per course. Please read the course-specific information carefully for course-specific details.

  • Costs for online education

    Fortunately, in the academic year 2021-2022, most of our courses can be offered on campus again. However, this is not possible for every elective course. In that case, the course is taught online and the fees listed below will apply.

    Please note: Whether contract students can participate online or on-campus and whether it is possible to take the course including or excluding testing, varies per course. Please read the course-specific information carefully for course-specific details.

    In case the COVID-19 guidelines and prospects change and we cannot provide on-campus education, we will contact all contract students who have registered by email.

    Payment for contract students is made per credit (EC). The fees for online education are:

    UvA students

    Free

    Students from other universities or higher education institutions

    Free*

    Employees on UvA payroll and UvA-PhD candidates

    Free

    Employees on HvA payroll excl exam(s) (30 euros per EC)

    € 180

    Employees on HvA payroll incl exam(s) (60 euros per EC)

    € 420

    AUV cardholders excl exam(s) (30 euros per EC)

    € 180

    AUV cardholders incl exam(s) (60 euros per EC)

    € 420

    Contract students** excl exam(s) (50 euros per EC)

    € 300

    Contract students** incl exam(s) (100 euros per EC)

    € 600

    * If enrolled as a student at another institution, the higher education is at an institutional rate, then enrolment as a trainee can be subject to additional tuition fees.

    ** Please note: Whether contract students can participate online or on-campus and whether it is possible to take the course including or excluding testing, varies per course. Please read the course-specific information carefully for course-specific details.

  • Cancellation policy

    It is possible to cancel until 4 weeks prior to the start of the first lecture. We charge an administration fee of 20 euros in case of cancellation. After this, we can only process refunds in exceptional cases. If you could not be placed for a course for which you have registered, you will be refunded the full amount.

  • Board of Examiners

    Board of Examiners:

    IIS Electives is part of the examination committee and the OER of the Bachelor Bèta programme.

    The OER contains the general rules on examinations, resits, access and debriefing rights that the IIS Electives strive for. The OER can be found on http://student.uva.nl/bg/az/item/onderwijs-en-examenregeling-oer.html. Students and contract students who are enrolled for an IIS elective course are entitled to appeal to the Examination Appeals Board (COBEX).

  • Evaluation committee IIS Electives

    Evaluation committee IIS Electives:

    An evaluation committee has been set up to ensure the quality of elective courses. The committee, which consists of students and lecturers, meets at least four times a year to formulate solicited and unsolicited advice on all educational matters of IIS elective courses.

    To do this, she uses the education evaluations and actively seeks contact with students who follow IIS electives.The evaluation committee is very curious about remarks, comments, recommendations and other suggestions about the content, output and offer of IIS elective education. Students can contact via evaluatiekeuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    The key to a sustainable future lies in education. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in its educational offer and endorses the importance of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
    The urgency of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) remains high. We, therefore, find it important that our students can use their scientific knowledge and skills by bringing together scientific perspectives and searching for solutions and impact in a creative manner. All SDGs can be addressed in IIS elective courses, depending on the chosen course or topic. For each course, it is stated which goals are contributed to within the course.