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Switching degree programmes

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Switching degree programmes

Do you have second thoughts about your study choice?

Are you currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme at the UvA and doubting if this is the right programme for you? Or did you terminate your enrolment and are you orientating on a different Bachelor’s programme. Are your studies not progressing as you had hoped. Perhaps you are at risk of being issued with a negative BSA?

The first thing to do is talk with your study adviser.

The next step might be to look into alternative study programmes, with our help.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several application deadlines for Bachelor’s programmes have been changed. For updates, check the university's web page about application and admission. If you have already studied at the UvA, you can apply for another study programme until 31 August.

But keep in mind that the UvA Admissions Office will have to check your education background again.

How do I orientate on another Bachelor’s programme?

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This Switching Bachelors: step by step plan will help you make an informed choice when changing Bachelor’s programmes. The initial assignments will help you gain insight into your qualities, wishes and interests. You will be provided with tips on how to gather information about degree programmes in the Netherlands and how to make a final choice.

If you need additional guidance after completing the step-by-step guide, you can contact the UvA Student Careers Centre.

Training Hulp bij studietwijfels (Dutch only)

The training session Hulp bij studietwijfels (Support when in doubt about your studies) is in Dutch only. It takes place over three half-days, and it’s offered monthly, from October to April.

Please note
We offer the assignments and tests from this training in an individual appointment for international students because the situation and background of international students are usually too multifaceted for the training. Please make an appointment if you are interested.

Take a study choice test and evaluation with a career coach

Take a study choice test and discuss your results with a career adviser. Your interests will be linked to degree programmes throughout the Netherlands and it will give you insights into the possible jobs and sectors. This test and evaluation are free of charge. Are you interested in taking a test? Please contact us here.

For whom?

We offer counselling for UvA students that are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme. Or, if you already quit your Bachelor’s programme at the UvA. Our service is free of charge.

Note for non-EU students: Are you a non-EU student with less than 30 ECTS? Please contact the student counsellors for questions regarding your VISA, BSA and your options.

Studying with a residence permit

For non-EU students

If you are a non-EU student who has a residence permit for study, switching study programmes might not be that easy, especially if you have obtained less than 30 ECTS.

Please contact the student counsellors for discussing your options regarding your VISA, BSA (binding study advice) and other questions.

Also, keep in mind that some programmes have (early) deadlines and that cancelling your enrolment during the academic year has consequences. You can find more information on


Would you like to individually discuss your questions about your study choice or switching degree programmes with a student counsellor? Or would you like to take a study choice test and evaluate it? Please feel free to contact us:

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