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A petition in SIS is a request to the Examinations Board of Communication Science to include, change, or exempt certain components in the student’s academic plan. For example, a petition is submitted to request permission to add a course of a different study programme to a student’s elective programme within the bachelor’s programme Communication Science. Approval of the Examinations Board Communication Science for a course or minor does not mean a student is admitted to the course or registered for it. To attend the course or minor, a student needs to follow the registration procedure of the study programme that offers the course or minor. Also keep in mind that courses can have entry requirements that need to be met. You will receive a decision on your petition within 6 weeks at the most, starting from the date that you submit the petition and all the necessary documents.

  • Option 1: Add several individual electives to the elective programme

    The Examinations Board Communication Science decides whether elective courses are appropriate to add to the elective programme of the Communication Science Bachelor’s programme. Not all (combinations of) courses will be approved.

    Before attending the course, make sure to request permission by submitting a petition in SIS as follows. Note: you can submit multiple electives in one petition. 

    • In SIS, click on the tab ‘My academic plan’. In ‘My academic plan’, under the heading ‘Bachelor’s programme - second phase: Electives' click on one of the hyperlinks stating ‘Alternative Elective’ (01 to 08);
    • Click on ‘Submit petition’
    1. In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘4 Replacement’ and subsequently click on the green button 'Continue', if you want to attend courses that are organised by the UvA or Amsterdam University College (AUC). Include a description of your request. Select the course you want to request by clicking on the magnifying glass below ‘Course ID’. A pop-up screen will appear in which you can indicate the Course Catalogue Number (Nbr). Click on ‘Look up’ and then click on the blue hyperlink that appears (change your browser settings if the pop-up screen does not appear). If you want to submit a petition for several courses at the same time, click on ‘Add Course Component’. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested courses under ‘Explanation student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’;
    2. In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘5 External education’ and subsequently click on the green button 'Continue', if you want to attend courses that are not organised by the UvA or Amsterdam University College (AUC) or interdepartmental honours courses of the VU. Fill out the name of the external college or graduate school and click on ‘Add External Education’ to add enough lines for all the courses. Under ‘Substitued by (Dutch)’ on the first line, indicate the short name and full name of the course in the original language and indicate the short name and full name of the course in English underneath. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested courses under ‘Explanation student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’.

    When the courses have been completed, students are required to hand in the official certified grade list at the Education Desk of Communication Science. The education desk also accepts digital official certified grade lists sent by the external university to Communication Science: educationdesk-cs@uva.nl

    Another way to submit a certified grade list is to send it by postal mail to the Education Desk of Communication Science: PO Box 15796, 1001 NG Amsterdam. To overcome fraud, grade lists submitted through other means than described earlier are not accepted and your study results will not be processed.

  • Option 2: Add a minor to the elective programme

    There are several procedures for adding a minor to the elective programme. The procedure for adding minors of the UvA will be described in the first paragraph, and the procedure for adding minors of other institutes will be described in the second paragraph.

    Please note: If you want to add a minor to Extracurricular courses, follow the steps described in ‘Option 3: Add extracurricular (minor) courses to the academic plan’.

    1. All UvA minors have been approved as appropriate for the elective programme. A minor will be automatically added to your academic plan if you a) have applied for the UvA minor in accordance with the registration procedure, b) have registered for the separate courses in the minor during the course registration period, and c) have been accepted to the minor by the study programme that organises it. In this case, it is not necessary to submit a petition in SIS. If the minor contains only 24 ECTS credits, special requirements may be imposed on the remaining ECTS credits (30 ECTS credits in total). Submit a petition for every additional elective course before you attend the course, to make sure the course is approved as a complement to the minor. Indicate in the petition with which minor you want to combine the course. Instructions on how to submit such a petition are given in ‘Option 1’ above. 
    2. It is also possible to attend a minor outside of the UvA as part of the elective programme of the Bachelor’s programme Communication Science. The procedure to submit a petition for this in SIS is as follows:
    • Go to the tab ‘My academic plan’. In ‘My academic plan’ under the heading ‘Bachelor's programme - second phase: Minor’ click on ‘Minor electives A’ or ‘Minor electives B’. Then click on ‘Submit petition’;
    • In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘5 External education’ and subsequently click on the green button 'Continue'. Fill out the name of the external college or graduate school and request all the courses of the minor in the same petition. Click on ‘Add External Education’ to add enough lines for all the courses. Under ‘Substituted by (Dutch)’ on the first line, indicate the short name and full name of the course in the original language and indicate the short name and full name of the course in English underneath. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested minor courses under ‘Explanation student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’.

    When the courses have been completed, students are required to hand in the official certified grade list at the Education Desk of Communication Science. The education desk also accepts digital official certified grade lists sent by the external university to Communication Science: educationdesk-cs@uva.nl

    Another way to submit a certified grade list is to send it by postal mail to the Education Desk of Communication Science: PO Box 15796, 1001 NG Amsterdam. To overcome fraud, grade lists submitted through other means than described earlier are not accepted and your study results will not be processed.

  • Option 3: Add extracurricular (minor) courses to the academic plan

    It is possible to add extra courses or an extra minor to the bachelor’s programme Communication Science (on top of the regular 180 ECTS credits). Ask permission of the Examinations Board by submitting a petition in SIS. Note that a request for adding extracurricular education to your academic plan will be automatically approved, provided that the extracurricular education does not hinder the regular education.

    Take into account that the extracurricular (minor) courses are not included in the calculation of the grade average on which the academic distinction “cum laude" is based. These extracurricular (minor) courses do become part of the Bachelor’s programme and therefore all courses have to be passed before you can graduate. If you are not able to complete extracurricular courses that have already been approved, please contact the study adviser.

    The SIS procedure for requesting permission for extracurricular (minor) courses is as follows (in this way the courses will be recorded on your diploma supplement upon completion):

    • Go to the tab ‘My academic plan’ and search for the blue bar named ‘Bachelor Communication Science (BSc) – Extracurricular courses’. Open the blue bar and the hyperlink ‘Extracurricular courses’ by clicking on the green arrow. Subsequently click on one of the hyperlinks called ‘Extracurricular courses’;
    • Click on ‘Submit petition’;
    1. In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘4 Replacement’ (and NOT ‘3 Extra curricular course’) and subsequently click on the green button 'Continue', if you want to attend (minor) courses that are organised by the UvA or Amsterdam University College (AUC). Include a description of your request. Select the course you want to request by clicking on the magnifying glass below ‘Course ID’. A pop-up screen will appear in which you can indicate the Course Catalogue Number. Click on ‘Look up’ and then click on the blue hyperlink that appears (change your browser settings if the pop-up screen does not appear). If you want to submit a petition for several courses at the same time, click on ‘Add Course Component’. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested courses under ‘Explanation student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’; Please note: make sure you a) have applied for all individual courses in accordance with the registration procedure, b) have registered for all individual (minor) courses during the course registration period, and c) have been accepted by the study programme that organises the courses.
    2. In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘5 External Education’ (and NOT ‘3 Extracurricular course’) ans subsequently click on the green button 'Continue', if you want to attend courses or a minor that are not organised by the UvA or Amsterdam University College (AUC) or interdepartmental honours courses of the VU. Fill out the name of the external college or graduate school and click on ‘Add External Education’ to add enough lines for all the courses. Under ‘Substitued by (Dutch)’ on the first line, indicate the short name and full name of the course in the original language and indicate the short name and full name of the course in English underneath. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested courses under ‘Explanation student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’.

    When the courses have been completed, students are required to hand in the official certified grade list at the Education Desk of Communication Science. The education desk also accepts digital official certified grade lists sent by the external university to Communication Science: educationdesk-cs@uva.nl

    Another way to submit a certified grade list is to send it by postal mail to the Education Desk of Communication Science: PO Box 15796, 1001 NG Amsterdam. To overcome fraud, grade lists submitted through other means than described earlier are not accepted and your study results will not be processed.

  • Option 4: Add courses from previous studies (before Communication Science) to the academic plan

    It is only allowed to add elective courses to the elective programme that students have passed during their Communication Science study. It is, however, possible to apply for an exemption of (parts of) the elective programme on the basis of courses that have been passed before starting Communication Science (within or outside the UvA). The procedure is as follows:

    • In SIS, go to the tab ‘My academic plan’. In ‘My academic plan’ under the heading ‘Bachelor’s programme - second phase: Electives', click on the hyperlink ‘Exem.Elective. First Year Level'' (for passed courses on first year’s or skills level) or ‘Exem. Electives Adv. Level' (for passed courses on advanced level);
    • Click on ‘Submit petition’;
    • In ‘Petition Type’ choose ‘1 Exemption’;
    • Give a description of the request;
    • Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all previously passed courses under ‘Explanation student’;
    • Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’;
    • Students are required to hand in a certified list of marks of all the previously passed courses, and a copy of the submitted petition to the Education Desk of Communication Science.

    If the two courses (the previously passed course and the course for which you apply for an exemption) do not have the same amount of ECTS credits, this will be adjusted after approval of the petition.

    Please note: you can also add previously passed courses (before commencement of Communication Science) to your academic plan as ‘Extracurricular courses’. In this case, see ‘Option 3: Add extracurricular (minor) courses to the academic plan’.

    When the courses have been completed, students are required to hand in the official certified grade list at the Education Desk of Communication Science. The education desk also accepts digital official certified grade lists sent by the external university to Communication Science: educationdesk-cs@uva.nl

    Another way to submit a certified grade list is to send it by postal mail to the Education Desk of Communication Science: PO Box 15796, 1001 NG Amsterdam. To overcome fraud, grade lists submitted through other means than described earlier are not accepted and your study results will not be processed.

  • Option 5: Apply for an exemption of compulsory courses in the Bachelor’s programme Communication Science

    Submit a petition to the Examinations Board of Communication Science via SIS to apply for an exemption of compulsory courses in the Bachelor’s programme Communication Science on the basis of comparable courses you have attended previously. It is recommended to seek advice from a study adviser before submitting a petition.

    • Go to ‘My academic plan’ and click on the course for which you want to request an exemption;
    • Click on ‘Submit petition’;
    • In ‘Petition Type’ choose ‘1 Exemption’;
    • Give a description of your request;
    • Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of the course under ‘Explanation student’;
    • Click on ‘Submit’;
    • When the courses have been completed, students are required to hand in the official certified grade list at the Education Desk of Communication Science. The education desk also accepts digital official certified grade lists sent by the external university to Communication Science: educationdesk-cs@uva.nl. Another way to submit a certified grade list is to send it by postal mail to the Education Desk of Communication Science: PO Box 15796, 1001 NG Amsterdam. To overcome fraud, grade lists submitted through other means than described earlier are not accepted and your study results will not be processed.
  • Option 6: Add Topics or Interdisciplinary modules to the academic plan as part of the Excellence or Honours Programme

    The Examinations Board Communication Science determines whether the Topics and/or Interdisciplinary modules you choose are appropriate as part of the Excellence Track or Honours Programme. The procedure to submit a petition for this in SIS is as follows:

    • In SIS, go to the tab ‘My academic plan’. In ‘My academic plan’, under the blue bar ‘Bachelor’s programme Communication Science (BSc) – Excellence Programme’ or ‘Bachelor’s programme Communication Science (BSc) – Honours Programme’ click on ‘CS Topic (dummy)’ for requesting Communication Science Topics, and on ‘Interdisciplinary Module (dummy)’ for requesting Interdisciplinary Modules;
    • Click on ‘Submit petition’;
    1. In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘4 Replacement’ if you want to attend courses organised by the UvA or Amsterdam University College (AUC). Include a description of your request. Select the course you want to request by clicking on the magnifying glass below ‘Course ID’. A pop-up screen will appear in which you can indicate the Course Catalogue Number. Click on ‘Look up’ and then click on the hyperlink that appears (change your browser settings if the pop-up screen does not appear). If you want to submit a petition for several courses at the same time, click on ‘Add Course’. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested courses under ‘Explanation Student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’;
    2. In ‘Petition type’ choose ‘5 External Education’ if you want to attend courses organised by the VU. Fill out the name of the external college or graduate school and click on ‘Add External Education’ to add enough lines for all the courses. Under ‘Substitued by (Dutch)’ on the first line, indicate the short name and full name of the course in the original language and indicate the short name and full name of the course in English underneath. Supply a link to the Course Catalogue description of all requested courses under ‘Explanation student’. Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Yes’.

    When the courses have been completed, students are required to hand in the official certified grade list at the Education Desk of Communication Science. The education desk also accepts digital official certified grade lists sent by the external university to Communication Science: educationdesk-cs@uva.nl

    Another way to submit a certified grade list is to send it by postal mail to the Education Desk of Communication Science: PO Box 15796, 1001 NG Amsterdam. To overcome fraud, grade lists submitted through other means than described earlier are not accepted and your study results will not be processed.

  • Option 7: Submitting a different kind of petition

    Only the above-mentioned petitions can be submitted via SIS. Additional requests to the Examinations Board should be submitted in writing. Such requests include dispensation for entry requirements, requests and complaints about examinations and examination results, and requests of external students to attend courses within the Bachelor’s programme of Communication Science. For a detailed description of the procedure, see Communication Science Examinations Board.

  • What if you submitted a petition for a course you do not want to attend after all?

    It is not possible to submit a new petition for courses for which a petition was submitted previously. If a student decides not to attend an approved (elective) course, he or she can leave the course in the academic plan and submit a new petition for a different course as ‘Alternative Elective’. Corrections can be entered in the ‘Explanation student’ of the new petition. Students that have already submitted a petition for an ‘Alternative Elective’ on every hyperlink (1 to 8) and are therefore not able to submit a new petition, are requested to contact the Education Desk of Communication Science.