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Choosing extracurricular activities

Knowledge alone is not enough…

Your chances on the job market are not only determined by the design of your course and your study results, but also by factors like your personality and, increasingly, the activities you undertake alongside your studies.

Committee work, for example, not only helps your personal development, you also learn communication and management skills, and it may thus be a good investment in your future as a business expert or economist. And don’t underestimate the importance of your social network.  

It’s never too early to think about what you want to achieve with your degree and what could help you (for example extra presentation, writing, management, IT or research skills, foreign languages, basic knowledge of another field?).

In addition, it is also extremely important to be aware of the choices. These pages provide a first impression.

Whatever you want to do, the golden rule is prepare and plan in good time! Often you’ll have to satisfy certain entry requirements, and before you know it the deadlines for registering for courses, study exchanges, etc., or for applying for internships or committee work will have passed.
But – don’t overdo it. Always ensure there’s a good balance between your studies and your other activities.

Can’t you see the wood for the trees? You're having trouble coping alone? Talking to someone like a study advisor can help to clarify your wishes, preferences and choices…

Important optional themes and opportunities outside your degree programme:
  • A second degree or modules at another faculty
    You can follow modules at another faculty without paying extra tuition fees. Some degree programmes offer elective space: ' minors'  where you can take 30 ECTS at another faculty. Please consult the RUG website about minors for more information. In general, apart from the AVV modules, you can just register via Progress for modules from other Bachelor's degree programmes which have lecture series only (so without practicals and the like) and for which there are no entry requirements for their ‘own’ students. Don’t forget to check for different registration periods! Contact the relevant faculty for the exact options.
    If you want to do a complete second degree, you need to register for the degree programme as well as for the individual courses. You can do this via the reregistration form you are sent each year in June by Information Services, or by going along to Information Services desk.  Don't forget that there may be entry requirements!
    Many degree programmes allow you to use your optional space to follow courses for a limited number of ECTS credits at another faculty, in addition to the AVV.
  • Committee work, internships, student assistantships
    You can gain excellent organizational and administrative experience with general student associations (Vindicat , Albertus, Dizkartes, etc.), student or other sport clubs (see the ACLO site ), student societies (EBF, etc.) and student interest organizations (MARUG , Integrand , AIESEC , etc.). Certain types of committee work are even partially financially subsidized. Also consult with the Careers Company for all Career Services of our Faculty.
    Student interest organizations like Integrand and AIESEC can also mediate with finding an internship.
    Is a student assistantship more in your line? Take a look at the range on offer on Student Portal, and/or ask lecturers if any vacancies are open for students.
    Part D of the student handbook contains more information about the societies and organizations mentioned here.
  • Extracurricular skills, courses,
    such as foreign languages, presentation, writing skills, etc.:
    - Language Centre
    - Study Support
Last modified:10 April 2019 10.28 a.m.
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