Various support staff are available at Utrecht University to help you with any questions, support or tailored advice related to your degree that you may need during your studies.

Programme-specific questions

Within your programme you may turn to the following people for advise:

  • Programme Coordinator: this is your first contact within the Master’s programme for questions related to the content of the programme. You may contact your Programme Coordinator for information, questions and advice regaring (the composition of) your programme, internships and studying abroad.
  • Tutor:  for questions relating to the contents of the programme. Your tutor draws up a study plan for the first year in consultation with you and the Programme Coordinator. The tutor is an experienced lecturer-researcher from the relevant discipline.
  • Study Advisor: for complex questions or problems relating to study choices, planning and progress . Your Study Advisor can help you with questions about the more formal aspects of planning and putting together your degree programme and your study progress or lack thereof. 
  • Student Information Desk Humanities: for more practical questions related to your studies
Telephone number: 030 253 7844
Muntstraat 2-2A
3512EV Utrecht
Telephone number: 030 253 8172
Muntstraat 2-2A
3512EV Utrecht

When you begin your studies you are assigned a tutor. Your tutor draws up a study plan for the first year in consultation with you and the Programme Coordinator. The tutor is an experienced lecturer-researcher from the relevant discipline. During the first year, you have at least one discussion with your tutor after each block. In this discussion, the progress of your studies is assessed and your study plan is adjusted if necessary. 

After you have completed three blocks, a study plan for your final year is drawn up. In this document you discuss your plans for:

  • the Master's thesis
  • the optional courses (electives) to be taken outside the faculty
  • required supplementary skills (for instance, foreign languages or IT)

After approval by the Board of Examiners, the study plan (and any adjustments or additions) are put in your dossier / portfolio. 

Study Advisor
Telephone number: 030 253 8459
Muntstraat 2-2A
3512EV Utrecht


+31 (0)30 253 6680
Muntstraat 2a, room 0.10

Telephone office hours (+31 30 253 6680)

  • Monday 10.00 - 11.00 (Luuk Dijkstra)
  • Tuesday 10.00 - 11.00 (Luuk Dijkstra, Nyncke Kramer or Maaike Wouda)
  • Wednesday 10.00 - 11.00 (Nyncke Kramer)
  • Thursday 10.00 - 11.00 (Maaike Wouda)

Walk-in office hours (at Muntstraat 2a)

  • Monday 11.00 - 12.00 (Luuk Dijkstra, room 0.10)
  • Tuesday 11.00 - 12.00 (Luuk Dijkstra, Nyncke Kramer or Maaike Wouda, room 0.08, 0.09 or 0.10)
  • Wednesday 11.00 - 12.00 (Nyncke Kramer, room 0.09) 
  • Thursday 11.00 - 12.00 (Maaike Wouda, room 0.08)

Consultation by appointment

If you need more time, you can make an appointment (max. 30 minutes) via the Student Desk Humanities or via the telephone office hours. Please bring a print of your Study Progress Review or dossier overview from OSIRIS and a study plan.


We prefer personal contact to email. If you do send an email, always mention your programme and student number in the subject line. We will generally answer your email within 4-5 working days.

Who to go to?

  • Specific or complex questions > your own Study Advisor.
  • General questions or urgent issues > any of the office hours
  • A more elaborate consult (max. 30 minutes) > make an appointment via the Student Desk Humanities or via the telephone office hours

Student Information Desk Humanities

Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht
+31 (0)30 253 6285

For simple questions, you can also use WhatsApp: + 31 64 10 84538 (Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 17.00). This number is for WhatsApp only. Please mention your student number in all correspondence!

It is only possible to make an appointment with the student advisor by calling us or coming by our desk. 


11.00 - 12.30 (Monday to Friday)
13.00 - 15.00 (Monday to Friday)

Front desk

11.00 - 15.00 (Monday to Friday)

Questions not related to your study programme

In some cases you may want to consult someone who is not related to your specific study programme. For example, if you fall behind due to extenuating circumstances or mental health issues, and it is not possible to correct this through an adjustment in your programme. If this is the case, you may use the contacts mentioned below.

We have put together some study tips and useful links and offer a number of workshops which can help you to improve your study skills.

Student services provides information about studying and student life, such as information about admissions, registration, tuition fees, student finance, administrative grants, career orientation, student organisations and studying abroad.

Student psychologists can help you to solve study-related problems and to address personal problems. Read more information here and book an appointment.

Student Counsellors provide advice and support to students who have suffered a serious study delay or are threatening to fall behind. Possible reasons could be a disability or chronic illness, membership of a board of a student organisation or participation in sports at an international level.

The Study Advisor or your Tutor can refer you to a Student Counsellor if you wish to terminate your enrolment due to illness or exceptional family circumstances, if you face financial problems or if you wish to make use of the university schemes offering financial support.

To schedule an appointment, contact Student Services.

Skills Lab - the gateway to your academic development- is an accessible service desk where UU students can get a clear idea of what courses, workshops, individual tutoring, electronic tools, etc. are available to them. Much is available, but this wealth or resources can be hard to find and access for students with specific questions. We can show students where to go to improve any skill, be it writing, presentation, studying, or job-hunting.

You can visit the Career Officer to discuss your options in the labour market. The Career Officer is fully informed about the labour market for university graduates and can also help you decide which career to choose. The Career Officer can also provide a career training and check your application letter and CV. Read more on Career Services.

If you are having second thoughts about the programme you have chosen or if you are trying to decide what Master’s programme to choose, you can contact the Academic Support Advisor Ms. Jacky Limvers (

More information about Study choice.

If you feel you have not been treated properly by someone employed by Utrecht University, or if you disagree with a decision that affects you personally, you can respond.

Your complaint may relate to one of the following:

  • Supervision of your thesis or practical
  • Failure to provide educational activities or administer examinations as scheduled
  • Behaviour of a member of academic teaching staff or another member of staff
  • Response to a letter

You may opt for an informal approach: You can also approach the person who caused the problem and attempt to reach an amicable solution with them. You can also discuss your complaint with the Study Advisor of your faculty/department or the Student Counsellor.

If you feel your complaint is severe, or if it is difficult to discuss or if the problem was not solved informally, you can file a complaint:

Utrecht University thinks it is important to have a safe social climate for all students and employees. We treat each other with respect. Nevertheless, students or employees might be approached in a way that is inappropriate to them.

Inappropriate behaviour includes, but is not limited to: (sexual) harassment, discrimination, agression, violence or bullying.The result might be that you feel no longer safe at the university or in private."

You can contact a Confidential Counsellor for Inappropriate Behaviour for education, shelter, supervision and mediation. The information provided is always confidential.

More information.


Studying without Limitations is a platform for and by students with a disability. Besides involvement in policy decisions and providing information they also offer guidance for students with a disability such as dyslexia, AD(H)D, autism and so on. Do you want more information, or would you like to have a buddy for extra support or guidance regarding your study or themes outside your study such as in living, working and going out? Then perhaps our buddy programme is something for you.

More information.