Study load

Your study load is measured using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One EC or study credit equals 28 hours of study. The courses of a Bachelor's programme are generally 7,5 EC, that is 210 hours of study. As a full-time student you normally take 8 courses per academic year, earning you 60 EC. The entire Bachelor's programme is 3 years, thus 180 EC in total. 


The study programme consists of:

See the menu on the left for more information on each component. For a full account of the Bachelor's programme, see the Study Guide.


You take courses on three levels:

  • Level 1: introductory (GEO1)
  • Level 2: in-depth (GEO2)
  • Level 3: advanced (GEO3)

In general, each level corresponds to the year of study in which the course is taught.

Course catalogue

In the (OSIRIS) Course Catalogue you can find a detailed description of all courses. You can search for courses yourself. Per course you can find the period and timeslot in which a course is offered. When putting together your study programme, please keep in mind that courses can be offered in a different period and timeslot in the following academic year! Also note that some courses have entry requirements that you have to meet.


Blackboard is an e-learning environment, used to communicate about the content of a course. Here you will find course materials provided by the lecturer, for example learning skills instructions, powerpoint presentations of lectures, but also assesments or assignments that you have to hand in. It can also be used to make announcements about a course or to communicate with the lecturer or fellow students. How Blackboard is used depends on the nature of the specific course.

On your study progress review in OSIRIS you can see which courses you have finished and which you still have to take. It also shows your options. Handy for your study planning. Here you will also find study results you have obtained. This way you can see to what extend you meet the exam requirements to obtain your degree. 

The exact requirements to obtain your Bachelor's degree, can be found in your exam programme in the Study Guide of your first year of enrolment.

You will automatically graduate when the Board of Examiners has determined, based on your study progress review and the exam programme, that you meet all the requirements. The courses stated on your study progress review will be stated on the International Diploma Supplement (IDS), the supplement you will receive together with your diploma. 

Please note! Courses stated under the heading 'Other' are not part of your exam programme and will not be stated on your diploma supplement.