Students

- If you speak Dutch, you can also choose to participate in the Dutch workshops -

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If you started your first Bachelor’s Degree programme at Utrecht University in September 2016, you are entitled to a voucher that you can redeem for free participation in a course or workshop, or for individual coaching. The voucher rather is an administrative object than a physical card. In our system we can see who is entitled to use a voucher.

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How does it work? 

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1. Is this for me?

If you started your first Bachelor’s Degree programme at Utrecht University in September 2016, you are entitled to a voucher that you can redeem for free participation in a course or workshop, or for individual coaching.

Terms and conditions for using the voucher

  1. Your voucher is personal and non-transferable.
  2. To use the voucher, you must be registered as a student at Utrecht University.
  3. You can only use your voucher once.
  4. Your voucher entitles you to a free course, workshop or individual coaching listed in this overview [link].
  5. The voucher is valid for two years. The course, workshop or individual coaching you select must conclude within that period.
  6. To use the voucher, visit a Skills Lab service desk to register for a course.
  7. Registration requires a valid Utrecht University student ID as well as official and valid photo ID.
  8. If your course is cancelled, the redemption of your voucher will be cancelled as well, allowing you to use it for a different course.
  9. Cancellation by a student is not possible. Registration = participation = voucher used.
  10. Although Skills Lab is organising the voucher programme, the quality of the services received in exchange for your voucher remains the responsibility of the providers.
  11. By using the voucher, you are agreeing that Skills Lab may inform providers that you are a student at Utrecht University.
  12. Skills Lab records personal data for the purpose of providing interested students the opportunity to take part in a single course, workshop or individual coaching free of charge. Such data will be stored for a period no longer than two years. Students’ personal data and their choices about what courses to take will not be linked. Anonymised statistics may be used to analyse aspects of the voucher programme at a policy level. These anonymised statistics include course selection, gender identity, faculty, and voucher redemption date.
2. What's on offer?

What courses can you take with your voucher?

Selected courses and workshop concern writing, studying, improving your Dutch or English language skills, presentation and graphic design (for papers, slides, posters and such). The courses are offered by professional teachers of Babel, Parnassos or Coluu.

We advise you to carefully look at the list before you come to our desk.
- For workshops in DUTCH go to the Dutch voucher page -

Click at the table below to get more detailed information on the courses and workshops.

Improve your writing Skills - Improve your languages

Study more effectively

Other skills

  • Academic Writing: style
  • Academic Writing: developing vocabulary
  • Academic Writing: cohesion & clarity 
  • Academic Writing: common pitfalls
  • Personal Feedback on Style and Use of Language
  • Workshop smart study techniques
  • Graphic design
  • Debating & presenting

 

3. Make an appointment

For redemption of your voucher, you make an appointment using the system below. This will ensure a minimum of waiting time.

The appointment will take 10 minutes, so make sure you will be in time. 

 
4. Show ID and register

You received a confirmation of the date, time and location of your appointment. At the appointed time, you come to the service desk and register for a course.

Don't forget to bring:

  • a valid photo ID. You will not be registered if you fail to identify yourself.
  • an idea of the course you would like to take (see step 2)

What will happen next?

We will check whether or not you are entitled to use the voucher (is it not yet used and is it still valid). You tell us which course you want to take and fill out the application form of Babel, Parnassos or Coluu. We will add a special 'voucher code' to that. If you have sent the form, we register that your voucher has become invalid.

Privacy

By using the voucher, you are agreeing that Skills Lab may inform providers that you are a student at Utrecht University. Skills Lab records personal data for the purpose of providing interested students the opportunity to take part in a single course, workshop or individual coaching free of charge. Such data will be stored for a period no longer than two years. Students’ personal data and their choices about what courses to take will not be linked. Anonymised statistics may be used to analyse aspects of the voucher programme at a policy level. These anonymised statistics include course selection, gender identity, faculty, and voucher redemption date. 

Why vouchers?

A broad and affordable range of courses, workshops and coaching options is available in and around Utrecht University. It is important to the Executive Board that students be made aware of what’s on offer and that students start using these resources to develop their skills from their very first year at UU. That is why the Board is offering first-year students a voucher for a free introduction to these courses and course providers. 

Contact

Contact information Skills Lab:
Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht
University Library Uithof, 2nd floor 

Email: skillslab@uu.nl  
Phone: 030-253 6300 

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