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    How can your study path counsellor help you?

    Your study path counsellor can inform, advise and guide you throughout your (individual) study path.

    Study path counselor

    The start of the new academic year is a very busy period for the study path counselors. But once again you can count on our help with the composing of your indiviual study path. You can reach us via these channels:

    1. (Online) group sessions
    2. Chat moments for short questions
    3. E-mail

    Look below for your program and what your study path counselor had provided for you. 

    Are you a student in one of the following situations and do you need an individual appointment? Then contact your study path counselor!

    • Students with binding conditions who require guidance in putting together their individual study path.
    • Students with a low learning account who require assistance with their individual study path
    • Students in a special of difficult situation
    • Students who consider a reorientation
    • Students who want to resume their studies after several years of suspension

    If you have a general question about your study path, com to the Meeting Point! You can drop by without an appointment. You can find our opening hours here.

    Combined enrolment

    With a combined enrolment, you combine two study programmes. Would you already like to start your master programme, while still taking some courses from your bachelor programme of preparatory program? But you have some questions?

    • On this page you will find al the information about the administration as a student with a combined enrollment
    • On this page you can check if you have the permission for combined enrollment.

    Would you like som advice with the composing of your individuel study path? Then participate in one of the program-specific group sessions of your study path counselor (see bottom of this page).

    Individual Study Path

    Your individual study path diverges from the standard study path? You want to take fewer courses of want to combine courses form different programs?

    On this page you can find more information on how to compose your individual study path.

    Would you like some more guidance? Then participate in one of the program-specific group sessions (see bottom of the page).  

    Requesting an exception for your individual study track

    An exception to your individual study track (maximum number of credits/registration requirements) is only allowed by the dean in exceptional circumstances. 

     You can apply for an exception at your faculty (under the tab study path counselling).

    Contact details study path counsellor

    Below you will find per program your study path counsellor with their contact information.

    Deliberation regulations


    Rounding up or down of exam results? Passed with merit, dinstinction, great or greatest distinction?

    More info

    Course registration


    Start your course registration as soon as possible, if you would still like some advice from your study path counsellor.

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    Combined enrolment

    With a combined enrolment, you combine two study programmes. You can find more information about the conditions and the procedure to request a combined enrolment below.

    The study progress regulations always apply

    Do you want to combine courses of your bachelor- and preparatory programme with the courses of your master?!

    Conditions:

    You still have to take a number of courses within your bachelor (or preparatory programme), but you also want to take some courses from your master (or another advanced programme) at the same time?

    This is possible under certain conditions!

    • You only have to complete a maximum of 30 credits in your bachelor or preparatory programme?
    • You’ll take all your final courses and will graduate in your bachelor or preparaty programme this acdemic year?

    Note that all other rules regarding the composing of your individual study path still apply! You can only take a maximum of 72 credits per academic year and you keep yourself to the enrollment requirements of each course.

    How do you proceed?

    You meet these requirements? Please enrol as a student with a combined enrolment via student SelfService. Don’t forget the deadline (30/09/2021)! Late registrations will not be accepted. Do you have questions about your enrolment? Please contact the student administation.

    You don’t meet the requirements? If you have a good reason to deviate form these guidelines for your individual study path, you can submit an exception request in which you provide the dean with a detailed justification.

    1. You apply for an exception at your faculty (under the tab 'Study Path Counselling').
    2. You enroll as a student with a combined enrolment via student SelfService. Don’t forget the deadline (30/09/2021)! Late registrations will not be accepted. Do you have questions about your enrolment? Please contact the student administation.
    3. Start following the courses of your masterprogramme untill you have received an answer from the dean. You can already access the courses on Canvas. Please note that this is not the same as officially registering your courses in SelfService.

    Your individual study path

    Your individual study path might diverge from the standard study path a bit. At the VUB you can determine your individual study path by choosing the amount of courses you take in a semester or by combining courses from different bachelor years.

    Compose your individual study path

    How do I compose my individual study path?

    You can easily create your individual study path using this form (will be added later).

    When composing your individual study path for an academic year, please take the following into account:

    Amount of courses and credits per academic year

    When you follow the standard study path, an academic year usually consists of 60 ECTS credits. When you follow an individual study path, you can partly determine the amount of credits you take in one academic year. However, you need to take the following into account:

    • You need to be enrolled for a minimum of 27 credits per academic year to keep your child benefit and scholarships.
      More info and exceptions >>> 
      Attention: If you have a residence permit, you have to take minimum 54 ECTS credits!
    • You can take up a maximum of 72 credits per academic year. Exceptions to this rule can be requested from the dean of your faculty. How to request an exception can be found on the webpage of your faculty.

    Enrolment requirements

    In order to be eligible to take a course, you usually have to meet certain enrolment requirements. These requirements can be both pre- and corequisites.

    • A prerequisite is a course of which you have shown that you have mastered the competences attributed to it before being able to enrol for a subsequent course.
    • A corequisite is a course that, if you have not passed it yet, you must enrol for together with a subsequent course.

    Besides these prerequisites and corequisites, some courses may need an additional enrolment requirement. For these courses you must already have passed a minimum of credits during your study path.

     

    Overview of enrollment requirements

    Study path (in Dutch)

    Sciences & Bioengineering Sciences

    Study path

    Medicine & Pharmacy

    Study path

    Engineering

    Even balance throughout your study path

    It is important that you create a good balance between the first and second semesters. Put together your study path so that the two semesters are roughly proportionate. 

    Do you have questions about this? Follow a group session organized by your faculty's study path counselors. 

    Partial grades

    A partial grade is a result you obtain for a certain part of a course. Partial grades are not transferred to the 2nd session, nor to a following academic year, unless otherwise stipulated. If a partial grade can be transferred to a following academic year, it is a partial exemption. You can ask the professor whether your partial grade can be transferred to the next academic year. Please note that, the next academic year, you have to register for the entire course, not just one part/parts of it. The credits of the entire course will be taken into account when composing your individual study path for the next academic year.

    Attention: not all faculties grant partial exemptions! Check this with the study path counsellor of your faculty!