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 the Literary Studies programme you may turn to the following people for advise:

  • Tutor: for questions relating to the contents of the programme
  • Study Advisor: for complex questions or problems relating to study choices, planning and progress
  • Student Desk Humanities: for more practical questions related to your studies

Each student will be allocated a tutor – a lecturer from your faculty who will help you get the most out of your studies. Your tutor is your first point of contact for making the right study choices, and for assistance in gaining general academic education.

The tutor offers subject-related support when it comes to: 

  • selecting your Major and optional course profile subjects, and
  • drawing up a study plan.

Your tutor may refer you to the Study Advisor in the event of personal (or other) circumstances leading to a delay in your studies. 

While studying Literary Studies at Utrecht University, your Study Advisor is Harriët Luijendijk

For a more elaborate consultation (with a maximum of 30 minutes), please make an appointment with your study advisor through the Student Desk Humanities


(030) 253 2440
Trans 10, kamer 1.25 / 1.26A / 1.26B

Telephone office hours

  • Monday 10.00 - 11.00 (Corine den Hamer of Harriët Luijendijk)
  • Tuesday 10.00 - 11.00 (Monique van Ruyven)
  • Wednesday 10.00 - 11.00 (Corine den Hamer)
  • Thursday 10.00 - 11.00 (Harriët Luijendijk)

Walk-in office hours (Trans 10, kamer 1.25 / 1.26A / 1.26B)

  • Monday 11.00 - 12.00 (Corine den Hamer of Harriët Luijendijk)
  • Tuesday 11.00 - 12.00 (Monique van Ruyven)
  • Wednesday 11.00 - 12.00 (Corine den Hamer)
  • Thursday 11.00 - 12.00 (Monique van Ruyven)

Consultation by appointment

In case you need more time than is available during the office hours, 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 study programme and student number in the subject line. The Study Advisor will generally answer your email within 4-5 working days.

What does a study advisor do?

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. You may consult a Study Advisor for counselling and advice regarding:

  • exam requirements and complex curriculum planning
  • the graduation process
  • applications for exemptions
  • attending courses at other universities (in the Netherlands or abroad)
  • tuition, scholarships and grants or financial assistance
  • studying with a handicap or disability
  • ending your studies and termination of enrollment
  • problems studying (such as a lack of motivation, conflicts with lecturers or other UU employees, personal circumstances that could impede the progress of your studies)
  • study delay due to special personal circumstances (such as illness for example)

If you think you are falling behind in your studies, please contact your Study Advisor as soon as possible.

Telephone number: 030 253 6291
Trans 10
3512JK Utrecht

Janskerkhof 12, 3512 BL Utrecht
(030) 253 6285

Please note: From July 23 onwards, the Student Information Desk Humanities will be back at Drift 10. We are closed on July 19 and 22 due to the move.

Please note: From July 1 through August 18, our front desk and telephone lines are open from 11 AM to 1 PM.


For simple questions WhatsApp: + 31 64 10 84538- for the use of WhatsApp only! - (Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm) 

Please mention your student number in all correspondence!



Monday to Friday 11.00 to 13.00

Front desk

Monday to Friday 11.00 to 13.00

When to contact the Student Desk Humanities?

  • study related matters:
    • course registration
    • study results (OSIRIS)
    • course schedules
    • study progress report
    • graduation
    • etcetera
  • for appointments with:
    • the Study Advisor
    • the Internship Coordinator
    • the Career Officer
    • and the International Coordinator.
  • To have diplomas and transcripts validated
  • To hand in applications for exemption or approval of courses

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.

For international students Utrecht University's student psychologists work closely with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. 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.

Platform Unhindered Studying 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.