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About us Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Go on Exchange @BSS! Study Related Information Courses and Exams

Course offer

Course units of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (BSS) that are open to exchange students can be found below. Click on the Buttons to access the course overview in our online course catalogue 'Ocasys'.

When composing your course package, please take the following into account:

Course level

Exchange students can freely choose from the course units available to them and according to their level of studies. If the exchange student is in their 3rd year at the time of the exchange, they can select 1st-year, 2nd-year and 3rd-year courses. If the exchange student is in their 2nd year of study at the time of the exchange, they can only select 1st-year and 2nd-year courses.

Prerequisites

Students should take into account that they might have to fulfill prerequisites for certain course units. Information on prerequisites can be found in the course description by clicking on the course title.

Workload/ECTS

A normal workload corresponds to 15 ECTS per block/ 30 ECTS per semester/ 60 ECTS per year. 15 ECTS per block corresponds to 40 hours of work per week (incl. self-study). Students often underestimate the workload and should therefore not opt for more than 15 ECTS per block (exceptions may only be granted in urgent cases).

Explanation course codes:

  • Elective PS = Psychology
  • Elective PA = Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
  • Elective SO = Sociology

Psychology Bachelor/Undergraduate level

1st-year courses: PSBE1
2nd-year courses: PSBE2
3rd-year courses: PSB3E

Master/Graduate level
PSM
Pedagogical and Educational Sciences Bachelor/Undergraduate level
2nd-year courses: PAMIN

Master/Graduate level
PAMA
Sociology Bachelor/Undergraduate level
2nd-year courses: SOBA

Master/Graduate level
SOMA

Autumn Semester (Sept - Jan)

Online exchange:

Courses open to exchange students with a  'lecture only' teaching method will still be available for an online/virtual exchange. All courses that are normally open to exchange students can be found via the links below. Click on the course to access the course-specific info. Under the course-specific info, you can find the teaching method of the specific course. Courses that have a practical component (e.g. 'seminar', 'group meetings', 'practical') are not available for online/virtual exchange students. This means that we, unfortunately, have a limited course offer for online/virtual exchange students. Please mind that this could result in a difficulty of finding courses that fit the students subject area.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and an unexpectedly high amount of students this year, the courses from the minor package 'Challenging Youth' will no longer be accessible for exchange students in the 2021-22 Autumn Semester.

Additional requirements for Master/Graduate level courses:

  • The student needs to have completed a Bachelor's degree and needs to have sufficient background knowledge
  • Master/Graduate level courses can only be followed by students from a university with whom we have an agreement stating that we accept Master/Graduate students

Note: because of a new policy in 2021-22 that only allows a limited amount of students to enter the Psychology Master degree programmes, we cannot guarantee admission to all of our available Master level courses.

Explanation minor course packages

The courses offered within the minor packages are interrelated. It is possible to specialize in one field by following courses from one specific minor package. However, it is also allowed to pick a few courses from each package and to combine them with other courses. These minor course packages are only available in the Autumn Semester!

Minor Psychology in Society

Students with little or no prior knowledge in Psychology are advised to select courses from the minor 'Psychology in Society'.

Minor Challenging Youth

The 'Challenging Youth' contains all Bachelor-level courses in the field of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences that are open to exchange students. Our English-language elective programme aims to acquaint students with the contribution that the Pedagogical Sciences make to analyses of and interventions in issues that may arise in child-rearing, collectivised in the notion of ‘challenging youth’. This process of familiarisation is done by presenting students with a dual set of perspectives on challenging youth. On the one hand, historical, theoretical, intercultural and socio-scientific conceptual resources—including for example gender and ethnicity—are deployed to show students a highly diverse and transnationally recognisable area of pedagogical care. On the other hand, typically Dutch forms of orthopedagogisch or special needs responses are introduced that address problems by actively intervening in the national system of education, schooling and youth care.

Minor Challeninging Society

This course package contains all Bachelor-level courses in the field of Sociology that are open to exchange students. Challenging Society is a faculty-wide combination package which was designed to complement the course offer for exchange students whose major is Sociology. Students learn how to analyse the interplay between individuals and their social environment from a Behavioural and Social Science perspective. Drawing on knowledge from Educational Science, Social Psychology, and Sociology, this combination of courses offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of Challenging Society.

Spring Semester (Feb - June/July)

Note: in the Spring semester we do not offer courses in the field of Pedagogical Sciences and only one course in the field of Sociology. Students from those fields of study are welcome to follow Psychology courses instead.

Additional requirements for Master/Graduate level courses:

  • The student needs to have completed a Bachelor's degree and needs to have sufficient background knowledge
  • Master/Graduate level courses can only be followed by students from a university with whom we have an agreement stating that we accept Master/Graduate students

Note: because of a new policy in 2021-22 that only allows a limited amount of students to enter the Psychology Master degree programmes, we cannot guarantee admission to all of our available Master level courses.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which courses can I follow during an online/virtual exchange?

Courses open to exchange students with a 'lecture only' teaching method will still be available for an online/virtual exchange. All courses that are open to exchange students can be found via this webpage: https://www.rug.nl/gmw/exchange/study-related-info/courses-exams/course-offer. Under the course-specific info, you can find the teaching method of the specific course. Courses that have a practical component (e.g. 'seminar', 'group meetings', 'practical') are not available for online/virtual exchange students. Unfortunately, the courses from the minor package 'Challenging Youth' minor are full and not available anymore to exchange students.

Can I follow courses that are not open to exchange students?

In exceptional cases - and only if meeting the specific entry requirements (= prerequisites) -, exchange students can be admitted to BSS courses that are not labelled as 'course units for exchange students'. Students who are interested in a BSS course that is not labelled as 'course units for exchange students' and who fulfill the 'prerequisites' for this course as stated in Ocasys, may add such course to their course selection form so we can make a request to the lecturer.
Note: If it is explicitly stated under 'remarks' that a course is not open to external (or exchange) students, then there is no possibility to follow the course.

--> Courses of the Research Master are not available to exchange students!

--> Capita Selecta coureses are not available to exchange students

Can I follow Master/Graduate level courses during my exchange?

Bachelor/Undergraduate level exchange students

If you are a Bachelor/Undergraduate level student at the time of the exchange, you are not allowed to follow Master level courses. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made.

Master/Graduate level exchange students

If you are a Master/Graduate level student at the time of the exchange, you are allowed to follow Master level courses if you meet the additional requirements

  • The student needs to have completed a Bachelor's degree and needs to have sufficient background knowledge
  • Master/Graduate level courses can only be followed by students from a university with whom we have an agreement stating that we accept Master/Graduate students
  • Students who would like to follow Master/Graduate level course need to have a language proficiency level of at least C1. For more information please visit our languge requirements page.

Note: because of a new policy in 2021-22 that only allows a limited amount of students to enter the Psychology Master degree programmes, we cannot guarantee admission to all of our available Master level courses.

Can I follow courses at other faculties?

Courses given at other faculties that are open to exchange students can also be found in the online course catalogue ‘Ocasys’. Courses are usually labelled as ‘course units for exchange students’. Degree or exchange students that are enrolled at the relevant faculty where the course is given have priority over exchange students from other faculties. There is no guarantee an exchange student from the Faculty BSS can be placed in a course given at another faculty! The Mobility Office always has to ask the relevant faculty for permission. Students who are interested in a course given at another faculty and who fulfill the relevant 'prerequisites' as stated in Ocasys are asked to add the course to their course selection form so we can make a request to the exchange office of the relevant faculty.

Note: BSS exchange students have to select the majority of their course units at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences! This means that if the students is planning on following 6 courses during their exchange, 4 of them have to be selected at our faculty.

Dutch Studies Program

A popular programme among exchange students is the "Dutch Studies Program" which is offered at the Faculty of Arts. This programme includes courses in Dutch Literature and History, within a European perspective.

What if I need to follow specific courses that are mandatory for my degree programme?

Students who need to attend specific course units as a mandatory requirements of their degree programme should take the following into account:
In case the relevant courses they need to follow at the BSS faculty are not open to exchange students or in case the required courses are given at another faculty, students should send an email to the Mobility Office as early as possible before the start of their exchange period. They should explain why they have to follow those courses and give proof that they fulfill the prerequisites (=> according to the information on Ocasys). That way, the Moblity Office can explore possibilities in due time. This will be more difficult at a later point in time since some courses fill up quickly. There is no guarantee an exchange student enrolled in the faculty BSS can be placed in a course given at another faculty or in a BSS course which is not labelled as a course unit for exchange students.

Last modified:19 November 2021 11.08 a.m.