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About studying at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Talents Talents are the foundation for success and growth. At Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen we challenge students and staff to use their talents to their full potential. This enables them to achieve the very best they can and discover new talents they never knew they had.

…for the world around you With ‘Share your talent. Move the world.’ we are going further than simply developing talent. Our university of applied sciences has a rich history, of which contributing to society is an important aspect. Helping the world is our university’s talent!   We are proud to say that our staff and students are using their talents to contribute to a better world. Share your talent. Move the world.


Introduction Dear parent, Going to college is not just an exciting event for students, but for you, as a parent, probably as well. What does it mean to study at a university of applied sciences and, more specifically, at Hanze UAS, and where will your child end up? And another thing that may also be important to know: what is going on in the city of Groningen? We understand that as a parent, you will probably have many questions. And our experience has taught us that these questions can be very diverse. This booklet is intended to give you information, with which you can form a picture of Hanze UAS and your child’s studies. More information is available on

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Hanze UAS has existed since 1798; We have 26,400 students in 70 different degree programmes; The degree programmes are clustered in 19 different schools; Personal contact and attention to each individual student are the two key elements in each school; Each student has a personal Academic Counsellor, with whom they make a personal study plan; Talented students are stimulated to excel in their field of study by means of different talent programmes ; We hold 3,661 different exams each year; The ZernikeCampus accommodates 47 companies in addition to Hanze UAS.


What is it like to study at a university of applied sciences? Studying for a profession Students at Hanze UAS are trained for a profession, which is the main difference between a university of applied sciences and a university. University education is mainly focused on generating new knowledge, independent studying, and doing theoretical assignments from a research point of view. A university of applied sciences, on the other hand, has a very different set-up, with more structured education, an emphasis on applying existing knowledge to actual practice, and a focus on a specific profession. Degree programmes at a university of applied sciences are concluded with a work placement and a graduation research project in the field. More individual responsibility Students in professionally oriented higher education have more individual responsibility than students in secondary education and upper secondary vocational education. This means that they are expected to draw up a schedule when they study their lecture materials and to acquire the necessary skills. Students are expected to have mastered this before the exams. Written exams are usually held at the end of a 8-10 week period, or block. One year consists of four blocks, and students take about four subjects per block. Less contact hours, more lecture materials Students at Hanze UAS have less contact hours (i.e., teaching periods under the supervision of lecturers) than in secondary education or upper secondary vocational education. On the other hand, they receive more lecture materials.


For every 20 hours of lectures there are 20 hours of self-study. Students are personally responsible for their own study planning. We realise that this may be difficult, so each student has their own Academic Counsellor during the entire study path. Project-based collaboration Universities of applied sciences place emphasis on collaboration. Students regularly work in teams, but they also regularly do projects that are linked to their more theoretical subjects. In these projects, they can directly apply theory to actual practice. Students are supervised by a lecturer from the degree programme concerned during the projects. Occasionally, projects are executed for a company or institution, in which case students receive feedback from their ‘clients’. Projects are usually concluded with a report and a final presentation for the company and the lecturer(s) concerned. Competence-based studying Students need specific competences with which they can function properly in a future position. Each degree programme and each profession requires different competences, which are processed in the education programmes. Competences are the sum of all knowledge, skills, values and work attitude each graduate must apply in order to perform well in their future position. Internationalisation Hanze UAS attaches great importance to internationalisation. This means that an international environment is created by: • Attracting foreign students. • Offering the option to study or do a work placement abroad. • Offering English-language subjects in each degree programme. • Collaborating with partner institutions abroad.


Studying at the Hanze UAS Four years of studying Degree programmes at Hanze UAS take four years. The first year is called the propaedeutic year. In this year, students familiarize themselves with their degree programme and their future profession. They also form a picture of the professional field. In the second year, students also take general subjects. As a rule, third-year students can choose a particular specialisation, or a minor, in which they broaden their knowledge. Third-year students also do a work placement at a company or organisation. The types of organisations at which students do work placements is very diverse, ranging from primary schools to multinationals, and from neighbourhoodfocused organisations to global institutions. Some students choose to do their work placement abroad. This experience promotes their personal development. In their final year, students do a graduation work placement, which means that they are ‘immersed’ in the company concerned. Students are expected to conduct a research or do an assignment, which findings should be aimed at helping the organisation concerned in their development.


Broadening knowledge during studies The main degree programme a student takes is also called a major. But there is also room in the third and/or fourth year to do a minor during one semester. Students have the option to do a minor at their own school, or another degree programme at Hanze UAS. In this way they will gain additional knowledge besides their programme. However, students may also choose to deepen their knowledge by selecting a specialisation within their degree programme.

Hanze Honours College: room for talent The Hanze Honours College is the best place for ambitious and entrepreneurial students. Hanze UAS offers various talent programmes to students who seek an extra challenge in their studies. The core of these programmes consists of inspiring and complex assignments, often by order of a company or organisation. Students who want to participate in the Hanze Honours College must go through a selection procedure. We do not select solely by IQ or high marks, but also by EQ, entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, determination, and seeing and seizing opportunities. Of course, study results and study progress are important factors, too. City of Talent In cooperation with the University of Groningen, UMCG (University Medical Center Groningen) and the municipality of Groningen, Hanze UAS has started a national campaign: ‘Groningen, City of Talent’. This campaign shows that Groningen is a leader in the field of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The campaign’s motto is: ‘Here is room for talent. Room to learn. To work. To grow. To develop as a person. To get the most out of yourself. There is also room for living, playing sports and enjoying life. Groningen, City of Talent.’ For more information, please go to


Study results Studying based on European Credits Students have to obtain 60 European Credits (EC) per year to complete an academic year. 1 EC equals an average of 28 hours of study load. Study planning If students start their degree programme with motivation and plan their studies well, they can realistically be expected to finish their first year with 60 European Credits, thus obtaining their First Year degree certificate. Students who started their degree programme at Hanze UAS as of 1 September 2012 have to have obtained at least 48 ECs in their first year in order to continue their studies at Hanze UAS. If they are not able to obtain the minimum amount of ECs due to personal circumstances, they should indicate this as soon as possible. Together with the Academic Counsellor, these students will go over the various solutions to see whether they can still obtain the 48 ECs, or not. If a student has not succeeded in obtaining the 48 credits, he or she will receive a negative binding study advice (NBSA). This means the he or she is not allowed to continue his or her degree programme at Hanze UAS. Hanze UAS has set the BSA standard to 48 ECs to stimulate first-year students to plan their studies well. They do receive help from their Academic Counsellor with this. Staying up-to-date about your child’s study results Hanze UAS sets great store by a good relationship between the institution and its students. First and foremost, we are here for our students, which means that we do not inform parents about their childs performance or their study results. Students are viewed as adults with their own responsibility. Parents who wish to stay informed about their childs study results should discuss this with their child. All study results are recorded in Progress. Students are also kept informed about all study-related activities via My Hanze (intranet) and BlackBoard. If you wish to stay informed, you can consult these sources together with your child.


Support during studies Support during studies Each Hanze UAS student has a personal Academic Counsellor. Based on a Personal Development Plan (PDP), students draw up an individual study plan with their Academic Counsellor, which is laid down in a study agreement (SA). Academic Counselling not only consists of looking at a student’s study progress, but also at comprehensive competence development, work placement experiences and presentations. Furthermore, all students have to maintain a portfolio. They can also contact their Academic Counsellor if they encounter difficulties in their studies or private life. Academic Counsellors refer the more serious cases to a student counsellor or confidential advisor. Student counsellor/confidential advisor Sometimes, students encounter difficulties, both in their private life or in their studies. They can contact a student counsellor for these problems. Student counsellors are independent agents and support students in the case of study delay, personal circumstances or handicap. Silvia Steenstra, Student at the School of Education “It is reassuring to know that the Academic Counsellor is there for you when you can’t see the wood for the trees” “When I had questions about my degree programme or work placement, I could always turn to my Academic Counsellor for a one-on-one conversation. During these individual conversations, we would discuss my study progress and study planning. My Academic Counsellor would give me advice about how to handle certain things, informed me about the status of my credits, and suggested what I should focus on in the upcoming period. She really gave me specific pointers. In the end, it is up to the student involved to choose one or the other solution. We would spend a lot of time on work placement issues during the Academic Counselling hours. Groups of students would meet for peer review. During these meetings, students discussed the bottlenecks and/or problems that occurred during their work placements. Solutions were offered in different groups for the different problems students encountered. The goal of peer review during the Academic Counselling hours was to improve your own performance at the school you were doing your work placement. During class, the Academic Counsellor would add to this peer review by giving useful examples from actual practice and suggestions for improvement. As a student in professionally oriented higher education, you are personally responsible for your study results and you have to be able to work independently. It is reassuring to know that the Academic Counsellor is there for you when you can’t see the wood for the trees.”


The student counsellor will discuss the situation with the student and can arrange for additional facilities, support, such as technical adjustments, extension of exam time, another exam form, extra assistance, an adequate work placement, and much more. E: T: (050) 595 40 28 Study support courses In order to provide extra support to Hanze UAS students during their studies, the Hanze Success Centre offers various courses about, among other things, effective studying, fear of failure, dyslexia, ADHD, study choice and effective job applications. E: T: (050) 595 40 28 Hanze Study Choice Support Students can contact study choice advisers when they have doubts about their degree programme. They can make an appointment for a personal study choice advice interview. They can also take an interest test, or enrol for a study choice course in collaboration with the student counsellor. E: T: (050) 595 78 90

Simon van der Wal Father of a student of Applied Psychology “My daughter chose her degree programme herself with the professional help of Hanze Study Choice Support”


“My daughter finished upper general secondary education in 2011 and wanted to travel before starting her studies. After she had travelled for a year, she still had no idea which degree programme she would like to do. Therefore, we decided to book an appointment with one of the advisers at the Hanze Study Choice Support of Hanze UAS. The adviser immediately made it clear that a student is always personally responsible for choosing a degree programme. By interviewing my daughter, the adviser systematically painted a clear picture of her interests. I noticed that this resulted in a good interaction between the adviser and my daughter. Their knowledge about the offer at Hanze UAS, but also about degree programmes at other institutions really surprised me. As a result of the interview, my daughter started thinking about things and eventually chose Applied Psychology. She made the decision herself and I, as her father, deliberately stayed out of it. We are happy that we could turn to the Hanze Study Choice Support.”

Student facilities Meditation Centres There is a Meditation Centre at each Hanze UAS location, where students, staff and visitors can reflect, relax, pray or read. These centres are an oasis of peace and tranquillity and are set up in such a way that everyone, regardless of their denomination or religion, can visit throughout the day. Sports Student can play sports at ACLO in their spare time. ACLO is the joint sports association of Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students can buy an ACLO sports card for 52 euros and make use of all sports facilities. ACLO also offers sports courses, and nearly all sports can be practised, both in associations and individually. More information is available on Hanze Media Centre The Hanze Media Centre has centres at four Hanze UAS locations. Anyone who is enrolled in a degree programme or course, or who works at Hanze UAS can make free use of the extensive collection and service of the Hanze Media Centre. Of course, there are many other facilities, which are all listed on the website of Hanze UAS:


Opportunities after graduation Which opportunities does a graduate of a university of applied sciences have? Students who have graduated from our university of applied sciences are generally directly employable in the business world or the public domain. After all, these students have already gained experience during their work placements and practical assignments. If you want to find out more about your child’s employment opportunities, please go to the website of your child’s degree programme. Under “degree programme in numbers” you can find objective numbers about the labour market. Bachelor and master Hanze UAS graduates receive a Bachelor’s degree, which is also recognised abroad. It is also possible to obtain a Master’s degree at some Hanze UAS degree programmes. Students may also continue their studies to obtain an academic Master’s degree, for which they first might have to complete a bridging programme. Naturally, students can also do a master’s degree programme abroad. There are special scholarships available, sponsored by the government and sometimes the business world, to finance this study path. Facts & Figures: • • • • •

About 310 buses make a stop at the Zernike Campus every day; 12,000 students and employees park their bikes on campus every day; There are 30,000 network accounts at the university of applied sciences; Students and employees play over 70 sports; People at Hanze UAS drink a total of 22,500 litres of coffee per week.

Studying in Groningen: Housing Students who want to move into student accommodation are best advised to start looking for student houses as soon as possible. Informing as many people as possible that they are looking for accommodation is a good way for students to find housing, especially because most rooms are rented out through friends. Most students first live at home and start looking for a room in the course of the first or second year. More information about finding student accommodation is available on

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