A student counsellor supports, provides advice and informs students. You can ask questions or have problems that are not directly related to the curriculum (the content of your study programme), but to you as a person. Consultations with a student counsellor are confidential.
What is the difference between a study adviser and a student counsellor?
If you have questions about the timetable or your study planning, you can make an appointment with your study adviser. In case you have personal problems - which may lead to study delay - it is necessary to discuss the matter with your study adviser as soon as possible. Your study adviser can refer you to a student counsellor.
You don’t need to have a study adviser’s referral, though, as you can also contact a student counsellor directly.
There may be special circumstances that influence your study progress, regardless of whether you have yet to start your study programme or have been studying for a while now. In case of these circumstances you can, if you need or want to, talk to a student counsellor confidentially. Circumstances are for example top-class athletics, a disability for which you need specific adaptations to enable studying, illness, pregnancy or parenthood and family circumstances (e.g. informal caregiving).
who are going to study with a disability or chronic illness
Are you a student now starting your studies at UvA and do you need an exam arrangement, because of a disability? Please visit our special walk-in hour at the start of the academic year to discuss your option(s).
For students at Humanities and Economics and Business, other counselling hours apply (scroll down).
You will receive an invitation through email about your options.
You can contact a student counsellor for assistance with applying for several facilities. A student counsellor can help you with:
Contact or book an appointment to get help from a student counsellor early to maximise the chances that the student counsellor will be able help you. Consultations with the student counsellor are free of charge.
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