Are you a talented student and do you wish to develop your talents comprehensively? Register for the Honours programme.
You can find the steps needed to participate in the Honours programme below.
The admission requirements for the Honours programme are:
These requirements are strict. No exceptions will be made regarding these requirements.
Register before 1 March or before 15 July. It is better to register before the first deadline of 1 March if you want to spread your five Honours courses evenly over five semesters. If you want to start with the Honours programme in your second year, we would advise you to contact the study advisers to discuss your extra study load and study planning.
You can register for the Honours programme through uva.nl/courseregistration by registering for the 'Honours Programme UvA Economics and Business'. Your registration will be checked. You will be informed about your admission to the programme within six weeks after the deadline. It's possible to register even though you're waiting for your result of a course. Your admission will be proceed once the result is registered in SIS.
The Honours programme consists of the following courses:
Apart from the course The Why Axis is it your own responsibility to register you for the courses. Check the website regarding the course registration for the various course registration periods. Note: the course registration periods of the VU, IIS and AUC differ from Economics and Business.
You do not need to send the Board of Examiners a request for approval of your Honours programme if your programme includes the obligatory Honours course (The Why Axis) and 4 interdisciplinary courses (courses at the VU, AUC or IIS). In addition, you do not need to send the Board of Examiners a request for approval if you take one disciplinary course from the approved electives course list as to be found in your study plan in SIS. In case you choose a course outside of the approved electives course list or interdisciplinary courses from another Faculty or University (excluding VU, AUC and IIS), you do need to send the Board of Examiners a request for approval. Submit a request to the Examination Board to have it assessed for possible substantive overlap.
After your admission, your study progress will be checked once. You progress will be checked at the end of your second year to see if you may continue with the Honours programme. You're allowed to continue as a Honours student in the following academic year if you've obtained all the 120 ECTS of your Bachelor's programme with a 7.50 average (weighted to ECTS). If you do not meet these requirements, you will be deregistered for the Honours programme. At the end of your Bachelor's programme, a final check will be conducted to check if you may graduate with Honours. This will consequently be added to your diplomasupplement.
Because of the corona pandemic, it is decided that all second-year students are allowed to continue with the Honours Programme next academic year regardless of their study progress this year (2019-2020). In other words, all second-year Honours students get a waiver from the following rule in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER):
5.1.7 To continue participating in the Honours Programme, by the end of the second academic year, the student must have secured all ECTS from the first two years and have a weighted average mark, before rounding up, of 7.50 or higher for all components of the first two years of the Bachelor’s degree programme.
If you have any questions about your study planning, or if you are thinking about quitting the Honours programme, you can contact the study advisers.
If you decide to quit the Honours programme, please indicate this through the Digital Student Services Desk.
Did you decide to quit the Honours programme, or were you deregistered because you did not meet the requirements? In most cases, it is still possible to include the courses that you already passed during the Honours programme as electives or extracurricular courses in your study programme. You can indicate this when you request your degree certificate.
Make sure you hand in an original certified transcript of the courses that you've obtained at the VU or AUC. You can hand in the certified transcript at the Education Desk. You do not have to do this for courses you followed within the UvA or the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).
One of the requirements of the Honours programme is that you have obtained all 180 ECTS of your Bachelor's programme and all Honours courses within three years. When you're requesting your degree certificate you have to indicate that you have followed the Honours programme and which courses you wish to include as Honours courses. Make sure all necessary transcripts (see step 5) are handed in at the Education Desk.
In order for you to graduate with the Honours programme on your supplement to your degree certificate, you must meet the following requirements:
If you do not meet these requirements, the Honours programme will not be mentioned as such on the supplement to the degree certificate. In most cases you can use your Honours courses as electives or extracurricular courses (see step 4).