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Study advisers

Your study adviser or coordinator is an expert on all aspects of your study programme. If you have any questions or concerns about your programme, whether they be of a practical or academic nature, you can contact your study adviser.

Academic issues

Are you experiencing academic difficulties? Or are you falling behind in your studies due to personal circumstances? If so, it is essential that you speak to your study adviser/coordinator as soon as possible. He or she can advise you on the best course of action and, if required, assist you in dealing with academic delay.

Practical issues

You can also speak to your study adviser about a range of practical issues concerning your programme, such as:

  • Planning your studies
  • Schedule issues
  • Choosing elective credits
  • Requesting exemptions
  • Advice on internship

Co-ordinator of Studies

For all questions and problems related to the progress of your studies, contact the Co-ordinator of Studies for your programme.

For specific questions relating to the academic content of the programme, exam regulations, courses and study scheduling (and delay) of your studies you can contact the study advisor. You can visit us, call us or send us an email. 

Requests and application procedures

If you wish to adjust your curriculum or the format of a test or examination, or if you wish to apply for an additional resit, you should submit a request to the Board of Examiners of your study programme. Note that it is very important that you follow the correct procedure. Please visit the website for requests and application procedures.

What kind of information and advice can the Study Adviser give you?

The  Study Adviser of your programme is the person who knows most about the particular programme and is the person to approach if you have any questions (on study delay, planning, examination regulations, problems with thesis, etc.).

We are here to advise you about your programme, arrange all kinds of practical things and provide help and advice with your studies when hindered by personal circumstances. It is important to let us know of any personal circumstances that might cause a delay in your study progress.

Depending on the subject, we can give you personal advice, refer you to other relevant departments or contact other departments within the university. Always come to the  Study Adviser if you (expect to) fall behind with your studies!

Enroll for the Urban Studies module in Brightspace  

Do you have questions about your study programme or are you in need of advice or more information about the options you have as a student?

The Brightspace module offers easy access to ‘need-to-know information’ in one spot. You can find useful information, links and documents regarding your studies. It is also a place for retrieving PowerPoints and handouts from information sessions. So if you have missed an information session, you can catch up here.

Enroll for the Brightspace module here (link follows) and get access to all the information that might help you during your studies. 

Daily consultation hour

Please note that there will be no consultation hour from 29 May.

The Open Consultation Hour takes place on Monday – Thursday between 12.30 and 13.30 in room A.310.a in the Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague. During the consultation hour you can walk in without an appointment to ask short questions (max 10 minutes). If you would like to discuss matters which might need more time, please contact your Study Adviser by e-mail or make an appointment.

All students have a designated Study Adviser that is your primary contact. This is based on the first letter of your last name:

  • Maaike Nievelstein: A & L-O
  • Rinske Smits: B-E
  • Roos ter Elst: F-K
  • Annet Wapenaar: P-T
  • Elizabeth den Boer: U-Z


During the consultation hour you can ask short questions without an appointment. If you would like to discuss matters which might need more time, please contact us by e-mail in order to make an appointment.


You can also e-mail your questions. It is required to use your uMail address when you contact us. Please mention: your student number, year of study, study programme and if applicable: track/course title/name (work group) teacher.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment with your  Study Adviser:

  • If you need more than 10 minutes;
  • If it concerns a sensitive subject;  
  • Please choose your appointment type;
  • You can make an appointment from 1 month before the appointment takes place. You will receive a confirmation e-mail;
  • Please cancel your appointment in time if you cannot make it, by using the link in the confirmation e-mail.


Make an appointment through the online appointments system Onlineafspraken.nl

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