You will meet your fellow students and your tutor during the orientation. You will also receive information about all sorts of practical matters, such as ICT, academic supervision and the binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies.
Welcome to the School of History and Art History of Utrecht University.
You have chosen to study at university and are now embarking on a new stage in your life. This may even be your first experience of living in the Netherlands – in which case your stay in Utrecht will be particularly exciting.
With the choice for an academic study, a new phase in your life begins. The History study at our Department offers you a unique opportunity to develop all the capacities you have within you. The study asks you to read and write a lot, to think, to research, to discuss and to present.
We would like to offer you inspiring education, involve you in our research, show you what you can do with historical knowledge and skills also outside your direct study path and prepare you for further study or the professional world.
The History program at Utrecht University is one of the best in the country. We will do our very best to live up to the high standards together with you. Studying is not only about meeting the formal requirements of your education, but above all making the most of everything the university has to offer you intellectually, socially and culturally. Our experience is that you will benefit optimally from the university if you invest a lot in your studies yourself.
Certainly at the beginning it will take some time to find your way within the university. Your regular seminar group during the first year of the History program and the activities of the UHSK are intended to help you adjust and to make you feel at home.
On behalf of the teachers and students of the History programme, we wish you an enjoyable, inspiring and successful stay at Utrecht University!
Director of Education Bachelor, Department of History and Art History
Dear Future Students,
The new college year is about to start! The Introduction Committee of History welcomes you! To start this year with great enthusiasm, we are organizing the introduction time where we will introduce you to your fellow students, as well as your new study environment! This introduction consists of a non-compulsory camp, a compulsory faculty day and a non-compulsory faculty day+.
From September 2 to 4, the introduction committee organizes a cool camp for the firstyears. This camp is all about getting to know your fellow students and above all having a great weekend with lots of games, parties and activities!
Friday, September 2, starts with a plenary opening in Utrecht where you will get more information about the weekend and where you will play some introductory games with your working group.
At the end of the afternoon we will leave for the camp location in South-Limburg, where we will stay for 2 nights. Sunday afternoon, September 4 we will return to Utrecht.
This camp is completely voluntary, but of course something you do not want to miss! You need to sign up for it via this link.
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We have a maximum number of places, so first come, first serve.
The camp is free of charge for everyone. This includes the food and drinks. Please note! You do have to pay for the train journey Utrecht Central Station-Maastricht/ Maastricht-Utrecht Central Station yourself with your OV-chipkaart. Therefore, make sure that you put your student travel product on your card in time (if you have this).
When you register for the camp, you will receive an email with additional information and a luggage list.
Monday, September 5, the academic year starts, but fortunately you do not have to sit directly in the lecture room. Monday is the faculty day where you will get to know the university and everything around it. You will get to know your study group better, meet your tutor and mentors and visit the UHSK room and the committee market, where you will learn all about the ins-and-outs of the study association. In short, all things that will help you have a good and fun first year!
The timetable for this will follow, but you can count on a program of approximately 09:00 to 15:00. This day is an obligatory part of the introduction.
Besides these (mandatory) activities we also offer the faculty day +. This is for everyone who still can't get enough of the intro day! In this + program you will, following the mandatory activities on monday, also do a fun day activity with your study group and you get a dinner offered. You don't want to miss this, do you?
Both the faculty day and the faculty day+ are free of charge for everyone. This includes lunch (for everyone) and dinner (for those who sign up for faculty day+).
For the faculty day you need to register via this link.
Do you want to participate in the + program? Then indicate so in the form.
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Note: everyone has to register for the faculty day.
You will receive an email with additional information about the faculty day. If you have registered for the faculty day+ you will also receive an email about this.
For further information, changes or updates regarding the introduction period, we will keep you posted via this website and via Instagram (@introduction_history).
We are looking forward to meeting you this coming introweek! If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email or app. Mail is preferred. Our email address is: email@example.com. For urgent matters you can app us at this number: 06 4909 2669. Also, be sure to follow our Instagram: @introduction_history.
The Introduction Committee 2022
Jannika, Sophie, Niene, Jan, Hilleen, Caroline and Eva
To the bachelor students History year of arrival 2022-2023
Dear first year students,
History is a wonderful study. In the first year of study, you will be offered a great deal of knowledge at the various introduction courses. You will also have to acquire the necessary academic skills. In the later years of study, there is plenty of room for creativity and the student's own interpretation of the study programme.
As academic advisors for the History programme, we would like to give you an impression of the study guidance for our programme. For the first year students a thorough guidance has been developed. This guidance is important because studying history is not without obligation. For the binding study advice (BSA), a minimum of 45 EC (credits) is required in the first year of the study programme.
On September 5 you start the academic year with an introduction. This is an introduction to the subject matter with information about the content and structure of the first-year study programme. Student mentors accompany the first year students during the introduction.
You will also meet fellow students, tutors and get to know the Utrecht Historical Students Circle (UHSK), the study association of History students.
Presence at the introduction is mandatory.
In the first semester, students follow all courses in the same seminar group. This allows you to get to know your peers. The lectures of the various courses are given by specialists in the field. In addition to these course instructors, there is one permanent tutoring teacher per seminar group who will guide the students throughout the year. The course instructor changes course by course, the tutoring instructor remains the same throughout the year for the student. During the academic year, tutoring is provided on a regular basis through individual interviews and group meetings.
The academic advisors is also a fixed point of contact for the student. The tutor may refer the student to the academic advisor in the event of complicated study planning or in the event of study delay due to special personal circumstances. The student may also come directly to the academic advisor if, for example, there are questions about the binding study advice, the examination regulations, studying with a disability or exemptions within the study programme. If there are any questions about the introduction, the student can initially contact the introductory committee. In case of special personal circumstances it is better to send us a message directly via StudieadviesGeschiedenis.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck in the coming year!
Alison Jenkins, Evelien Hazewinkel, Stefan Vuurens, Jannie Oosting & Hein Augustijn
It is an honour to be able to welcome you to the most beautiful student city and to the best degree in the Netherlands. You are about to enter an exciting period. The coming weeks will be full of new friends and lovely moments.
My name is Beau and in the academic year 2021-2022 I am the chairwoman of the Utrechtse Historische Studentenkring (UHSK). This is the study association for history students in Utrecht. It's the perfect place to complement your student life and make new friends outside of study groups. Plus, all members get discounts on study books!
Where a student association has obligations, a study association is non-committal. There is no obligation to participate in events, but you can always have fun at the UHSK.
We organise activities such as parties and drinks to boost your social life and substantive events such as (exam) training sessions and lectures. Here you can gain much knowledge relevant to your studies and help with your personal development.
If you want to gain a group of friends in one go, you can sign up for a committee. This is a group of members who organize events together. Each committee has a different goal, for instance, the Party Committee organizes all parties and the Political Café discusses
domestic and foreign politics. The First Year Committee organizes various fun activities for and by first-year students, such as a karaoke night.
First-years get priority registration for all committees, so don't let this opportunity pass you by! During the Faculty Day, there will be time to meet the committees and sign up.
Don't hesitate to join this fun group of history students!
With kind regards,
chairwoman of the UHSK
The BSA at the end of the first year determines whether you may continue with your studies. The BSA is a decision by the Board of Examiners about the continuation of your studies, based on your study progress.
Due to the corona crisis, the BSA standard for the 2021-2022 academic year has been lowered from 45 EC to 37.5 EC. This also applies to students who previously received a deferred BSA.
The BSA this year is determined as follows:
- positive BSA: at least 37,5 EC at the end of the academic year. Credits associated with exemptions or courses from previous years do not count.
- negative BSA: less than 37,5 EC at the end of the academic year.
You will also receive a positive BSA if you have completed the first-year program of your study at the end of this year. Both previously obtained results and exemptions are taken into account.
You will receive your BSA at the end of July at your students.uu.nl e-mailadress.
If your binding study recommendation comes back negative, you may not enrol in the degree programme again for another four years.
Interim study recommendation
At an earlier point during the academic year, you will receive what is called the 'interim study recommendation'. This recommendation is not binding. It is issued in December or January of the first year of study, and is based on the results of the first study period. You will receive:
- a positive interim recommendation for 15 EC or more;
- a progress warning for 7.5 EC;
- a negative interim recommendation for 0 EC.
Terminating your enrolment before February 1st
If you want to drop out of your current degree programme and you terminate your enrolment before February 1st (through Studielink), you will not receive a binding study advice and will be able to make a fresh start with the degree programme next year. Please note that this only applies in the first year that you are registered for your current degree programme.
Students who receive a warning or a negative recommendation are advised to contact their tutor and/or Study Advisor. The tutor can provide additional information on study progress. The Study Advisor can help with a wide range of questions on faculty regulations and the more organisational aspects of the programme, such as drawing up a realistic study plan. Students can also make an appointment to see the Study Advisor to discuss any personal or social circumstances that affect their studies.
Stopping your degree programme
Students who wish to cease their studies (or who must do so following a negative BSA) are advised to discuss the matter with the Study Advisor. The Study Advisor can also provide information on options for studying something else at Utrecht University, or studying at a different institution.
If you know (or suspect) that you will not be able to meet the BSA criteria due to personal circumstances, you may ask the Board of Examiners to take this into consideration when making their decision. However, it is important that you report and present evidence of these circumstances to the Study Advisor as soon as possible after they appear.
Special circumstances include:
- functional disorder
- serious family circumstances
- top-level sport
- management activities (for student organisations with full legal capacity, or as part of the organisation or management of Utrecht University, the faculty or the study programme)
Notifying the Board of Examiners
Further information on how to notify the Board of Examiners will follow in May 2023. Interviews with the Board of Examiners will take place in late June or early July 2023.
Read more about the binding study advice (BSA) and special circumstances in Article 7.4 of the General Education and Examination Regulations for Bachelor's degree programmes.