HONOURS PROGRAMME

THE VU HONOURS PROGRAMME

The Honours Programme offers several advantages to our students. Only a select group of motivated, talented students can participate in the programme. The programme draws upon the expertise of our top faculty members. Special courses are developed, that are only accessible to honours students. These courses are characterized by small classes (10-20 students), a high degree of teacher-student interaction and for free (no extra charge of tuition fees).

All honours courses you pass appear as extracurricular courses on your BSc diploma. Upon successfully completing the entire programme, you receive a special BSc diploma stating that you have participated in the VU Honours Programme, and that you have completed your BSc degree within three years, with an average of at least 7.5 for your BSc courses and with an increased study load of 30 EC of honours courses. A successful completion of the Honours Programme is a nice addition to your CV and increases your future opportunities.

See this document for more information.

Q: Is there a tuition fee or other costs involved in participating in the Honours Programme?
A: The Honours Programme is for free. The only additional costs involve books or other study material. Some interdepartmental courses include an excursion to Rome or Vienna for which you have to bear the costs.

Q: What happens to the Honours courses I passed if I decide to stop or if I fail to meet the GPA requirement?
A: Passing courses is no waste of effort. All Honours courses will appear as extracurricular courses supplementing your diploma, also in case you complete five Honours courses with a GPA below 7.5

Q: Does the GPA of at least 7.5 apply to my bachelor or my bachelor plus Honours courses?
A: GPA of bachelor grades only.

Q: I fear that the extra exams of Honours courses during exam weeks will lower my grades.
A: Honours Courses do not involve exams, but assignments, essays, presentations etc. Deadlines are outside exam periods.

Q: I fear that the Honours Programme will lower my grades to obtain Cum Laude.
A: There is hardly evidence for this fear. Many Honours students obtain Cum Laude and Honours.

Q: Can I combine Honours and act as a board member of study associations?
A: Yes, the exam committee grants exemptions from the three-year rule if you decide to act as a board member of EOS.

Testimonials

KarinKee
Karin Kee, Bestuurs- & Organisatiewetenschap
During the first year, I noticed that I had a broad interest in complex and interdisciplinary issues. Although I liked courses such as ‘Behavior and Communication in Organizations’, I still wanted to explore other fields of study. That was the main reason why I decided to sign up for the Honours Programme (HP). You deepen and broaden your knowledge and skills in your own field of study – especially when writing your bachelor’s thesis on a topic you like(!), you will also meet motivated students from other disciplines, which will definitely result in interesting discussions during lectures. Furthermore, the HP was a nice opportunity for me to work on my English speaking and writing skills. When following the HP, you will definitely gain a lot of experience in rational thinking and writing articles or papers, but you will also learn how to collaborate most efficiently with students coming from other disciplines. Looking back on my Bachelor’s study programme, I’m still glad I signed up for the HP. I would encourage all students who want to enrich their Bachelor’s programme to sign up for the Honours Programme!
Koendonatz
Koen Donatz, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
For me, one of the best parts of studying is getting out of your comfort zone. And that is exactly what the Honours Programme does. The Programme challenges you to look further than the bubble of your own discipline, by bringing you into contact with subjects that you are not used to study, and by getting you in touch with students that look at these subjects from a perspective rooted in disciplines different from your own. For the Honours courses are generally taught in small, interactive settings, you will not merely consume education, but also actively shape it at the same time. Furthermore, the Honours Programme allows you to improve crucial academic skills such as writing. What is more, the Honours Programme is a great way to make friends outside your discipline, and gives you a lot of nice extra's, such as the opportunity to join study association Extensus.
DemiLeakat
Demi Leakat, Political Science
As a Political Science student I have a broad interest in complex and interdisciplinary issues that are not restricted to certain fields and borders. I have always been interested in history and philosophy, but I also wanted to do something totally different. Applying for the Honours Programme was the right thing to do. The three participating universities (VU, UvA, AUC) offer you a wide variety of interdepartmental courses. The small classes allow for interactive sessions and discussions between students and lecturers from different academic backgrounds. This often results in refreshing insights. Besides the extra workload, the programme also organizes interesting city trips, museum visits and still there is plenty of time to meet new people! Last but not least, you will add a plus on your CV. You will not regret applying for the HP.