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Your chances on the job market are not only determined by the degree you have but increasingly also by the specific experience and skills you acquire during and outside your degree programme.

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to achieve with your degree, or what you want to do and what would help you to achieve this. For example:

  • Specific extra courses?
  • Extra presentation, writing, management, IT or research skills (joining the Honours programme, for example)?
  • Foreign languages?
  • Basic knowledge of another field (a second degree)?
  • International experience?

Choosing a degree programme is just the start of your preparation for the job market, which can be a complicated challenge. This is why the faculty provides guidance from the start of your study career until you graduate.

We provide you with information and tailor made personal advice to stimulate you to:

  • choose the right degree programme / know after the first year that you made the right choice
  • obtain sufficient ECTS during each academic year
  • make well-founded choices within and outside your degree programme, in optional courses (orientated towards a Master’s degree or to broaden knowledge?), international study exchanges and other activities (committee, board membership, internship experience, etc.)
Financial matters and extra options

The (western) job market expects you to acquire some skills other than studying during your study career. Obtaining good grades and being able to show other skills as well is becoming more important now that there is more competition on the job market and among students. However, taking a second degree programme, having study delay due to extracurricular activities etc. might be very expensive because of Dutch government measures. Therefore we emphasize - more than ever- that it is very important to start planning in time, to know your goals and to know how long it will take to reach these goals.

If you would like to get some more information about (extra) tuition fees and other costs, enrolment, deregistration, what to do in case you apply to be a student board member etc., please consult the Student Portal. On this website you will also find references to Student Information and Administration, where staff members are happy to answer your questions about these topics.

Bachelor year 1: the propaedeutic phase

During the first year we pay a lot of attention to studying successfully and study progress. Most courses have a small teaching concept with compulsory practicals and tutorials. In semester 1, you will also be assigned to a mentor (senior student) and during year 1 you will have a tutor (a teacher) that you have meetings with. This way we can make sure that all first year students can easily contact someone familiar within the faculty. Next to contacting the mentor and the tutor, students are always welcome to contact the study advisors about study or non study related matters.

During the first year of the Bachelor's degree programme, the RUG has a Binding Study Advice (BSA) of 45 ECTS (out of 60). This means that at least 45 ECTS are needed to be able to continue studying in this degree programme. In case you do not obtain 45 ECTS, you need to quit the programme. We advise students to obtain all 60 ECTS during year 1, to avoid any study delay.



Block 1

Supervision by senior students (mentoring).

During year 1

Counseling by your tutor (teacher) in individual meetings (max. 4 meetings).

After each block

A letter with an overview of your study results and an advice concerning your study progress.

Poor performers are invited to contact their tutor or study advisor.

After semester 1

Preliminary (non binding) study advice incl. an overview of your results and an advice to quit or continue the programme.

During/end of semester 2

Final study advice. In case the advice is negative (< 45 ECTS), the advice is binding and you have to quit the programme. The advice is positive in case you have 45 ECTS or more.

Various times Information about studying abroad, master fairs, information about the upcoming years of your Bachelor's degree programme

From the second year onwards, attention is focused on completing the propaedeutic phase and on the study options within and after the Bachelor’s degree phase (e.g. which optional courses, which Master’s programme).

In the third year, you will finish your Bachelor's degree programme with courses and a bachelor's thesis. You have to make a lot of important (study) choices at the start of the third year. You need to decide whether you want to take a master's degree programme, which one and where. You also need to decide if you want to take extra options before graduation like studying abroad, taking extra courses, participating in a board or committee etc.

It goes without saying that it is important that you (also) take the initiative to contact the study advisors, other faculty staff and fellow students.
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