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Study adviser or coordinator

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 study 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


Siggie offers personal online coaching for FGGA students.
Being a student isn’t always easy, having to deal with everything that is on your plate. A full study load, possibly a job on the side while simultaneously trying to maintain a social life, quite often in a new and unfamiliar city.  

Siggie’s online coaching is available to help you deal with all these challenges. From sleepless nights to dark moods and anything in between. Together, we will look for ways in which you can use your talents to increase your resilience.

FGGA covers the costs for the online coaching but Siggie is an independent organisation. Your personal information will not be shared.

Some examples of situations Siggie can help you with:

  • You have noticed that you are comparing yourself to others and that it is making you insecure.
  • You would like to be more aware of your strong points and focus on your strengths.
  • You can take a beating, but would like to learn to better deal with setbacks.
  • You have noticed that you are suffering from procrastination, which causes you stress.
  • You have noticed that you are feeling anxious having to deal with so many new situations.
  • You have a lot on your mind, both privately and during your studies, and you are having trouble sleeping as a result.
  • You are experiencing mood swings and are occasionally overwhelmed by depressive thoughts.

These examples are not limitative, much more is possible. For more information and the application form, please visit the Siggie website.

What to expect during the online coaching sessions

The coaching process with your professional Siggie student coach consists of five online sessions spread out over approximately ten weeks. Additionally, you will gain access to various e-Health programs that will support you throughout the entire process. Read more about the coaching process.

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, of a practical or academic nature, you can contact your study adviser.

What kind of information and advice can the study advisors give you?

The study advisors provide students with information and give advice on study-related matters, such as:

  • content and structure of the programme
  • study and exam regulations
  • study planning and progress
  • elective courses
  • Internships
  • exchanges
  • problems with thesis
  • possibilities regarding studying with a disability
  • (possible) delay in completing your studies due to personal circumstances

For administrative questions (like course enrolment, registration of grades, applying for your graduation etc.) please contact the Education Services Centre (OSC).

Consultation hours

You can contact the study advisors during their consultation hours by phone for short questions. We advise you to make use of these consultation hours for urgent matters, or when you need a quick reply.

When: Monday to Friday from 10.00 - 11.00 hour

Telephone numbers: +31 (0)70 - 800 9143

At the moment there are no walk-in consultation hours at the Wijnhaven Building. We’ll inform you when it’s possible for us to schedule walk-in consultation hours again.

Cancelled/changed consultation hours are published on our Brightspace page.

Making an appointment

You’re also welcome to book an appointment with one of the study advisors. You can book an appointment for 10 or 20 minutes. Need more time? Send an e-mail to the study advisors: they’ll schedule an appointment with you for a larger time slot.

You can make an appointment from 1 month up to 8 hours before the appointment takes place; if you cannot make it, please cancel via the link in your confirmation mail (up to 1 hour before the meeting).

Make an appointment.


You can also e-mail your questions. Please mention: your student number, year of study, study programme and if applicable: track/ course title/ name (work group) teacher.


Your study advisors

Your study advisors for:

  • BSc Security Studies
  • MSc Crisis and Security Management
  • MSc International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Minors:  Global Affairs; Intelligence Studies; Safety, Security and Justice
  • Elective: Victims and Offenders of Violence

M. (Maaike) Beemsterboer

T. (Timo) Schmal

J.P. (Jan Pieter) van Borssum Waalkes

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