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Academic writing skills course

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Consider registering for the Academic Writing Skills course for social science students! This practically-based course is designed to develop students’ skills in academic writing in English. The course is meant for non-native English speakers and is open for both (pre)master students and exchange students.

The course consists of 2 sessions of 2,5 hours and one individual feedback session. The course meetings will take place on:

  • Monday 28 October 2019, 17:30-20:00, REC B .303
  • Monday 4 November 2019, 17:30-20:00, REC B. 303

Fee and registration 

Participants pay a small fee for this course: 50 euros. Students can register and pay for this course at the Education Desk Social Sciences on the 7th floor of Roeterseiland building B (REC B.700) as of Monday 2 September 2019. Registration closes Friday 20 September 2019 at 12:00.

More information about the course, class dates and locations and the registration procedure, including regulations on possible reimbursement of the fee after withdrawing from the course, can be found in the course description below.

Read the course description here

Student testimonial

Here is what Karoliina Vesa (Finland) – exchange student Social Sciences, participant of the Academic Writing Skills course in spring 2013- says about her experience with the course:

"Let me tell you about one of the best scholastic decisions I made during my exchange year at the University of Amsterdam: taking an academic writing course. Consisting of two group sessions and one individual feedback session, it took only a fleeting moment of my time, but it came with immense returns. The course provided me with a profound understanding and practical skills on argumentation, phrasing, style matters and formal vocabulary, all essential things that form the backbone of a great essay and - speaking from experience - lead to great grades.

To be frank, I didn't take advantage of the opportunity on the first semester - I believed that I would not benefit from it as I've been told I have a very solid English and eloquent writing. After the first midterms, I soon realized that academic writing is like fencing or paintings: you know what it should look like, you can be decent at it by giving it minimal effort, but gaining top results requires method training and a masters' class. In short, this course is one of the best investments you can make both for your studies at UvA and beyond."