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Dear VU, UvA and AUC honours students,

Normally we would have organized an evening full of presentations, music and food on Wednesday 3 June: the so called “Honours Try Out Class”. But unfortunately, due to the circumstances, this year we are not able to welcome you this way. This is why we welcome you here online to inform you about all interdepartmental honours courses and the registration procedure via this CANVAS course. We hope you will find inspiration in the broad range of subjects we offer, and sign up by June 8 for the courses of your preference. We wish you good luck with the completion of your first or second bachelor year!

Kind regards,
The VU and UvA Honours team


VU Honours Programme:
Caroline Holleman, Eva Meijerink, Joke Verwers: email 

UvA Honours Programme:
Jessica Rodermans, Faye van Oort, Lieke Smits: email

Instead of the website, we will use a course catalogue and promotional videos to inform you about all interdepartmental VU and UvA honours courses of the 1st semester 2020-2021. 

  • You will find an updated Course Catalogue including promotional video pitches and download it so you can use the links in the content to navigate. You will find information whether the course is offered 100% online or partly on campus or on another location (if possible).
  • You can find the Calendar  here: handy to schedule your courses
  • Watch the promotional videos here and be inspired! 

If any questions remain, please look at the FAQ about honours at VU and UvA

Link to application form 1st semester courses VU and UvA

All VU, UvA and AUC honours students can register for the interdepartmental courses of UvA and VU between Thursday June 4 (10 am) and Monday June 8 (18 pm) by filling in the application form. 

On the registration form, you can select the first, second, third and fourth course of your choice. You can indicate if you wish to take one or two courses in the first semester of 2020-2021. If all courses of your choice are full, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be informed about your placement(s) at UvA and VU within a few weeks. The enrolment or placement will be at random and not on a first come, first served basis. 

All information on the application form is needed to register you for the courses: the information will be handled with respect for your privacy.

AUC is a public liberal arts college  with an enrolment of about 900 students from over 60 countries. All teaching is in English. The college was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit with a particular focus on the natural sciences. There are limited places available for UvA and VU honours students in some of the courses.

More information about AUC at: 

Please note:                                                                                     

  • All courses are taught in ENGLISH (despite the information in the study guide which says DUTCH)
  • You can find more information about all AUC courses on this website
  • You can give ONE preference for an AUC course
  • In case you have questions about the courses please send them to 
  • Some of the AUC courses have prerequisites. In case you don't meet the prerequisites please do NOT apply
  • Students will be selected for these courses by AUC on the bases of the bachelor courses they completed      
  • All AUC courses run from 1 September to 20 December 2020

You can apply for an AUC course by sending an email between 4 June 10 am until 8 June 11 pm to including:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Your study
  • Your grade list (may be a screen shot from VU or UvA NET)
  • The AUC course you would like to do. You can choose ONE 1st semester AUC course  (except Capstone and language courses)

The second semester courses will be presented at the Try Out Class at the beginning of December at UvA. You can already find a list of VU courses offered in the second semester here. 

As an Honours student you also do a part of the programme at your own faculty. To learn more about this part please consult the website

promotional video

Extensus is the study association for Honours students of VU, UvA and AUC. With a vast increase of members each year, Extensus is building a valuable network of Honours students of all disciplines. By organizing social, professional and academic events, Extensus  aims to be a valuable extension of your Honours Programme. Becoming a member of Extensus is an excellent way to get the most out of your Honours Programme and the years to come. You can join social meet-ups, the study trip, career dinners, master classes and a lot more! Watch their promotional video here and check out their website .

promotional video

The Honours Student Council (HSC) is part of Extensus and is responsible for evaluation and warranting the quality of the Honours Programme through its annual survey. In addition, the HSC in collaboration with all the honours students, wants to secure the Honours Programme’s reputation of excellence. Furthermore, the HSC creates a communication network between all the different Honours Programmes of VU, UvA and AUC.

The Honours student council is looking for new members:


Dear Honours student,

Have you always wanted to contribute to the quality of the Honours Programme (HP)? Are you interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes of the HP? Are you a motivated Honours student who would like to be more actively involved?

Then apply for a position in the Honours Student Council (HSC) of 2020-2021! As member of the HSC, you are the voice of all Honours students of VU and UvA, and play an integral role in monitoring and improving the quality of the HP. Not only will you be involved in important activities such as the annual survey report, but you also get a platform to share and work on your ideas for the HP.

Don’t wait any longer, and apply with your CV and a short motivation letter in English to: until 30th of June. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to send us an email. 

See you soon!

Kind regards,

Honours Student Council 2019-2020

Vongai, Ahmed, Jozef, Katharina and Brunna. 

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