Sometimes both unforeseen and foreseen circumstances can cause you to fall behind in your studies. The consequences of academic delay can be quite serious. In the worst case scenario you may even have to discontinue your studies. Sufficient academic progress is also required to retain your entitlement to a student residence permit.
Do you think you might be falling behind in your studies? Has something unexpected happened that has had a negative impact on your studies? If so, you must always contact your study adviser. Together you can discuss the consequences of your academic delay and the best course of action. If personal circumstances are affecting your studies you could request that the university take this into consideration, both when issuing binding study advice and when reporting academic progress to the immigration authorities.
There can be many reasons for academic delay. You may be affected by circumstances beyond your control, for example (long-term) illness, a disability or family problems. Or perhaps you want to undertake board membership duties for a student association or combine your studies with top level sport.
In some situations you know in advance that your academic progress is going to be delayed, for example if you are pregnant, awaiting a clinical internship place or have a disability or (chronic) illness. In other situations you might not yet be certain if your studies are going to suffer. In either case you should contact your study adviser as early as possible to discuss your situation.
Further information on what to do if exceptional personal circumstances are hindering your studies can be found on our page about Binding Study Advice.
Holders of student residence permits
If you have a student residence permit, you are required to obtain sufficient study credits every year to retain your permit entitlement. Exceptions can only be made in cases of proven exceptional personal circumstances. For further information, see obligations for student residence permit residence holders.
If your academic progress has been delayed due to exceptional circumstances you may, in some cases, be entitled to request financial support. Refer to our section on money matters. If you have a question about financial support please contact a student counsellor.
Are you finding studying difficult and is this leading to academic delay? If so you’ll be relieved to hear that you can learn to study better. Take a look at our study tips, drop by during the student psychologist’s open consultation hours or attend one of our workshops.
Would you like advice on how to improve your study techniques? If so, take a look at the workshops and training courses offered by the university.
If you encounter you are struggling through your studies and may encounter a delay, you will need to first contact the student support system network at LUC.
The Student Support System (both academic and personal) consists of:
- Study Adviser
- Academic Advisers
- Student Life Officer (SLO) and Resident Assistants (RA’s)
- Student Life Counselors (SLC’s)
The academic part of the Student Support System consists of the Study Adviser and the Academic Advisers. Both form an important link with students, administration, instructors and procedures. They play a key role in the College. LUC aims to be an organisation which forges a highly individualized study environment. Students require different levels of study advice over the course of their academic programme, because of being at a different stage of intellectual development; encountering academic obstacles; changing their academic goals; and because of personal difficulties which affect their academic programme. You will need to talk to both your Study Adviser and Academic Advisor if you encounter delays in your study.
The Student Life Officer, Resident Assistants and the Student Life Counsellors ensure that you are supported in all aspects during your time at LUC. The foremost concern is your well-being. They all come from different backgrounds and bring different values to LUC.
Throughout the year, the RAs and the SLO will offer you support within the residential life system. This will include not only efforts to build a vibrant community (at times working in conjunction with Fortuna, LUC’s students’ association), but also give students opportunities to learn more about issues that undergraduates regularly face (e.g. coping with stress, time management, health issues).
The SLC’s are fully trained psychologists with years of experience. They are located in room 4.43 and have weekly walk-in hours for which an appointment is not necessary (check the notice by the door for the exact days and times). All other sessions with the SLC are by appointment only.
Your problems can be addressed during the walk-in hour. Depending on your problems and circumstances, solutions and support may be offered, in the form of: advice, referral to a workshop or training course and/or referral to individual sessions with the SLC or an external psychologist. If any personal matter is hindering you from your studies, you will need to address this initially with one of the SLC’s.