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Honours College

Do you want to get more out of your Bachelor studies? Do you have the time and ability to follow an additional programme? If so, the Honours College is for you.

What is the Honours College?

The Honours College is an additional programme for ambitious and inquisitive Bachelor students who are looking for more challenge alongside their regular studies.
You can follow a faculty track at your own or another faculty. Or perhaps you want to put together your own programme? If so, you can choose an individual track. Students who are taking two simultaneous Bachelor’s programmes can opt for the Double Bachelor Plus.

Faculty track

All faculties offer a 30 EC programme. You can either follow an Honours track at your own faculty and gain in-depth knowledge about your study area; or broaden your horizons by following a track at a different faculty.
Read more about faculty tracks

Individual track

Put together your own 30 EC programme, tailored to suit your interests and ambitions.
Read more about individual tracks

Double Bachelor Plus

A programme specially designed for students following two Bachelor programmes. It comprises at least one 5 EC Honours Class.
Read more about the Double Bachelor Plus

Why take part in the Honours College?

This is a small-scale programme that offers plenty of opportunity for lively discussions. You can choose from a wide range of options, which means you get to shape your own study programme. On top of that, you’ll get the chance to venture beyond the boundaries of your own field of study, and work together with students and lecturers from other disciplines.

Certificate

Upon successful completion of your Honours track, you’ll be awarded a certificate and have your Honours College credits mentioned on your diploma supplement. This is on condition that you complete both your Bachelor’s programme and Honours track within 3 years, and that your average Bachelor grade is at least 7.

When?

There are two possible start dates for your Honours College track:

  • In the second semester of your first academic year
  • At the start of your second academic year

The duration of your programme will be 2 or 2.5 years, depending on your start date. The programme is so designed that you can follow it alongside your Bachelor’s programme, without falling behind in your studies.
In general, it is possible to combine an Honours track with other study activities, such as a stay abroad or internship. Discuss the options with your Honours Coordinator.