Are you planning to follow courses that are not part of your standard curriculum? Put in a request with the Board of Examiners to approve these courses, so that they can count toward your degree. Your can find your standard study programme in the Education and Examination Regulations (see menu on the left).


Have you completed master's courses or a master degree before you were registered as a student at Utrecht University? Or do you have relevant work experience? You may be eligible for exemption for some courses of your study programme.

Submitting a request

Use this form to submit a request to the Board of Examiners. You can upload the requested documents within the form. If uploading the document is not possible, you can hand it in at the Student Desk Humanities. State your studentnumber and the date of the application on all documents.

When can you expect a decision? 

The Board of Examiners decides on your request within six weeks from the date they have received your complete request. During the summer holidays (July and August) this period may be exceeded. You will receive the decision by regular mail.


If you have any questions regarding the decision, please contact the Humanities Student Desk. 

Do you disagree with the decision?

If you disagree with the Board's decision you may submit a digital notice of appeal to the Examination Appeals Board of Utrecht University within six weeks of the day on which the decision was announced.

More information on approval

Put in a request for approval if you want to take courses that are not part of your standard study programme.

Courses within Utrecht University

Fill in the form, stating the courses you want to follow. Also indicate how you want to include the courses in your programme, e.g. as an elective, or instead of a compulsary course.

Courses from other Dutch or international universities

A request for approval of courses from other universities consists of two steps:

  • Step 1: Ask approval prior to taking the course(s) you wish to follow. Upload course description(s), including information on the method(s) of assessment.
  • Step 2: After completion of the course(s) ask for registration of the obtained credits in Osiris. You must hand in an official transcript (= a list with the courses, grades and credits you have obtained). It is also possible to have the other University e-mail the transcript directly to us:

The transcript must be either an original document or a certified copy. You can ask the Student Desk Humanities to certify a copy upon showing the original transcript. A scan or copy of a certified document will not be accepted.

Translation to Dutch grades takes place on the basis of this conversion table and the information available on the transcript.

More information on exemption

Exemption may be granted on the basis of credits accumulated before you were registered at Utrecht University, or on the basis of relevant work experience. The Board of Examiners will always assess wether you have fullfilled the learning goals of a specific course or part of the programme, before granting an exemption. 

Previously accumulated credits

Fill in the form and hand in a certified transcript (= a list with the courses, grades and credits you have obtained) and a certified copy of your diploma. I you don’t have a diploma, then upload course description(s), including information on method(s) of assessment.

You can ask the Student Desk Humanities to certify a copy upon showing the original transcript and/or diploma. A scan or copy of a certified document will not be accepted.

Work experience

If your application for exemption is based on relevant work experience, upload a copy of your employment contract and a description of the relevant work experience.

Board of Examiners
  • Dr Els Rose (chair)
  • Dr Daniel Janssen
  • Dr Chiel Kattenbelt
  • Dr Marijana Marelj
  • Prof. Jeroen Stumpel
  • Prof. Teun Tieleman

The Board of Examiners is assisted by the Board's official secretary, Hélène Spiertz BA.

Contact information

Board of Examiners
Concerning: <name study programme>
Drift 10


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