Are you having problems with or related to your studies? Do you need advice or counselling for personal problems? There are a number of counsellors within your study programme who can give educational guidance. See the page of your study programme for more specific information. Utrecht University has even more counsellors who can help you. See the overview below. If you are hesitant about whom to contact, or want to start tackling your problems yourself, you can use the overview of questions by subject to guide you.
Questions related to your study programme
Do you need help with making choices within your degree programme? Are you falling behind in your studies or are you looking for new challenges? Your tutor is the first point of contact. Your tutor is a teacher from your degree programme and teaches first-year classes.
Mentors are higher-year students who can answer questions you may have about your degree, the university and Utrecht. Not every programme has mentors, so you should ask your tutor if they are available for your programme.
Every degree programme has its own Study Advisor who is fully informed about the programme’s curriculum. The Study Advisor can answer your questions about the study programme and provide support or recommendations for your studies.
You should also consult the Study Advisor if you are having problems that are affecting your ability to study effectively, such as personal problems, illness or problems with study skills or if you are falling behind. More information is available on the pages of your degree programme (on 'Advice and counselling').
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.
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. You can schedule an appointment with Student Services for an introductory meeting.
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.