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Choices and crossroads during your studies

Once you’ve chosen a degree programme, that's not the end of it by any means. Whatever degree programme you’re doing, there’ll always be times when you have to make choices. The number and nature of these choices vary per degree programme. It is very important that you are aware of the choices and crossroads within your degree programme.

You’ll find a table with the most important points when choices can be made for that programme at the end of the Programme Description in the Student Handbook. Take a good look – it may save you unnecessary study delay!

Whatever you want to do, the golden rule is prepare and plan in good time! Often you will have to satisfy certain entry requirements, and before you know it the deadlines for registering for courses, study exchanges, etc. will have passed.

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 within your degree programme:
  • Definitive choice of programme / changing to a different programme?
    The first year of your degree programme, i.e. the propaedeutic phase, is meant to be an orientation phase. By the end of the first year it should be clear whether the degree programme is what you want, and whether you want (and are allowed) to continue.
    If you have doubts about your study choices, discuss them with the people around you. This will help to clarify precisely where the problems are. Naturally you can also consult the study advisors and student counsellors. They can help you with questions like: Should I continue with this degree programme? What would be a better alternative for me?
    Please see also Doubts about your degree programme.
  • If you are looking for extra challenges, you can take look at the UG Honours College . There is a Bachelor's Honours programme as well as a Master's honours programme.
  • Optional courses/electives and minors
    We advise you to compile a study package that enables you to prepare for a Master’s degree programme. If you already know exactly which Master’s degree you want to do, it might be interesting to fill your optional space - if you have any, this varies per degree programme-  with courses from another specialization/field.
    In short, think hard about the aim of that optional package: more detailed introduction to fields or Master’s programmes? A good grounding for your chosen Master’s programme? Supplementary information in another field than your preferred Master’s programme?
    * See also the information under ‘Optional Modules’ in the programme description of your study programme (see the Student Handbook).
    * On the Minor site of the University you can find information on the major-minor system of our university.
  • Experience abroad / International orientation
    - Studying abroad
    - International Study Project
    - Internship abroad.
    Student organizations such as Integrand (dutch only) and AIESEC can mediate in finding you an internship position. Contact the FEB Careers Company and the final-year coordinator of your degree programme as well.
  • Choosing a Master’s degree and a Specialization Course
    * See the programme descriptions in the Student Handbook.
    * Also visit the various Master's degree information sessions!
Would you like more information about dates, places and times of the information sessions?
Keep an eye on the announcements in the UK and on posters in the Duisenberg Building, look at the faculty website for prospective students . The RUG site listing information sessions contains an overview of all UG-wide sessions.
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