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    Your study path counsellor can inform, advise and guide you during your studies

    He or she can:

    • give you advice on composing your individual study path
    • inform you on your learning account
    • help you with questions about deliberations and your study progress
    • inform you on the exemption procedure for a course
    • talk about your studies in times of corona measures
    • help you when you are going through a difficult situation during your academic career

    Guidance at the start of the academic year

    The start of the academic year is a very busy period for the study path counsellors. But don't you worry, you can count on our help.

    Online group sessions 

    For the composition of your individual study path or combined enrolment, we invite you in one of our group sessions.

    Chat moments for short questions 

    Every colleague provides sufficient chat moments. Check the availability below. Do not send your message outisde the indicated time slot, but only during the times the study path counsellor is available.


    Our team can be reached at one e-mail address: studypath.es@vub.be. Behind the scenes, each e-mail is assigned to the counsellor concerned. Please mention your student number and your study programme for a smooth processing.

    Go to work yourself!

    If you combine courses from different modules

    Compose your own study path

    Combining BA-courses (or prep courses) with MA-courses?

    You go for a 'combined enrolment'

    Study guidance has worked out study related

    Tips and tricks

    Individual meeting

    Are you a student in one of the situations listed below and do you need an individual consultation?

    • Students with binding conditions who require guidance in putting together their individual study path must first follow a group session on binding conditions. If, afterwards, there is still a need for an individual conversation, this can be requested
    • Students with a low learning account balance who require assistance in putting together their individual study programme
    • Students in a special or difficult situation 
    • Students who are considering a reorientation
    • Students who want to resume their studies after several years of suspension

    Are you in one of these situations? Then request your individual conversation via this form. The study path counsellor will contact you.

    If you have a general question about your study programme, go to the Study Guidance Meeting Point! You can drop by without an appointment. Check the opening hours

    Ioanna Athanassiu

    Social Sciences
    Political Science: European and International Governance
    Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe
    Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe


    Chat via teams (as of 13 Sept)
    Available on a daily basis between 16:00-17:00

    Hannelore Deblander

    Business Economics
    International Business


    Chat via teams (as of 13 Sept)
    Available on a daily basis between 13:00-14:00

    Lieselot Caes

    Business and Technology


    Chat via Teams (as of 13 Sept)
    MON 13-14h TUE 13-14h WED 13-14h THU 9h30-10h30 FRI 9h30-10h30

    Karen Simoens



    Chat via Teams (as of 13 Sept)
    MON 11-12h TUE 11-12h THU 17h-18h

    Are you composing an individual study path for the first time (combining courses from your first bachelor year with second year)? Then we invite you to attend one of the group sessions listed below.

    Are you already further along in your studies or are you finishing your master’s programme? Scroll down for specific sessions.

    Individual Study Path - English bachelor's programme (BA1/BA2)
    Click here to register for a session
    21 September 2pm
    23 September 2pm
    28 September 7:45pm
    30 September 6pm
    5 October 7:45pm
    7 October 6pm

    Are you already further along in your studies? Do you want to combine courses from the second and third bachelor modules? Or do you want to combine courses from your previous education (bachelor's level) with courses from your master's? Then the sessions below are for you.

    Individual Study Path - English bachelor's (BA2/BA3) and master's programme
    Click here to register for a session
    20 September 2pm
    24 September 2pm
    28 September 6pm
    30 September 7:45pm
    5 October 6pm
    7 October 7:45pm

    Are you a master's student and do you need to re-enroll and put together an individual study path? Then you are invited to follow the info session (16/9 - 6pm) listed below!

    Individual Study Path - English master's programme
    Click here to register for a session
    22 September (Q&A) 6pm
    28 September (Q&A) 6pm
    9 October (Q&A) 3pm

    Keep track of the full picture, and the options

    When composing your study path, it is important to keep in mind:

    • the pre- and corequisites for the course (if any)
    • the spreading possibilities
    • the programme overview.

    All information can be found below, next to your study programme.


    In order to be able to register for some courses, you need to meet certain enrolment requirements first. These requirements can be either pre- or corequisites.

    prerequisite is a course that you must have completed before being able to enrol in a subsequent course, and which indicates that you master the competencies attributed to it.

    corequisite is a course that, in case if you have not completed it yet, you must enrol in together with a subsequent course.

    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.

    How do I compose my individual study path?

    You can easily create your individual study path using this form.

    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:

    Pre- and corequisites

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Faculty regulations

    Students who fail to pass at least 30 ECTS credits within the first bachelor's programme are not (or only to a very limited extent) eligible for an individual study path. These students can not (or hardly) supplement their first bachelor's programme with programme components from the second and/or third bachelor's programme. Students in this situation have to first obtain at least 30 credits in BA1 before they can add higher year courses

    Students who are allowed to register higher year courses need to take into account the 'pre-and corequisites'. Only when you are able to graduate (obtaining a Bachelor's or Master's degree) these requirements can be overruled. In this case, please contact your study path counselor.


    Keep the balance

    It is important that you create a good balance between the first and second semesters. Compose 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. 

    What is it?

    A combined enrolment is an enrolment where you combine the remaining courses of a bachelor’s/preparatory programme with one or more courses of the master’s programme.

    How to apply for a combined enrolment?

    Only students who are able to graduate in their bachelor’s or preparatory programme are eligible for a combined enrolment (with the exception of students who accept a spreading proposal discussed with the study path counsellor). In practice, this means that you only have a limited number of credits left in your bachelor/preparatory programme.

    A combined enrolment is limited to 72 ECTS credits according to Article 42 of the Teaching and Examination Regulation. This is the total number of credits for both programmes combined.

    Follow the instructions to apply for a combined enrolment in Selfservice. 

    Guidelines and exceptions applied by our faculty

    If the student needs to complete 30 credits (or less) in the basic programme, the enrolement in a subsequent Master's programme is allowed, in accordance with the applicable rules of study progress.

    • When a student is able to graduate (in the subsequent Master's programme), prerequisites are overruled up to 72 ECTS credits (with the exception of the Master's thesis, check last point). 
    • A study path up to 78 sp is allowed if the student has no binding conditions and does not have to take the final paper. 
    • Students without binding conditions who wish to take a study path of more than 78 ECTS credits must discuss this with the study path counsellor. The proposal will be discussed with the Dean.
    • Students who have not yet taken the paper (in their Bachelor's programme or preparatory programme) cannot combine it with the Master's thesis. The combination of the paper and the master's thesis must always be submitted to the dean together with a proof of progress of the paper delivered by the assistant/supervisor.

    If the student still needs more than 30 credits to complete his basic programme, he must request for an exception.

    Request for an exception on regulations

    You can hand in a request by filling out this form

    The study path counselor will deliver your request to the Dean who will take the final decision. You can request for the following exceptions:

    • Pre- en corequisites (you want to overrule the requirements for a course)
    • Combine study programmes (you want to combine a bachelor or preparatory programme with a master programme)
    • Enroll for the programme after the deadline of 30 September
    • (De)Register for courses after the deadline of 15 October (first semester and year courses)
    • (De)Register for courses after the deadline of 28 February (second semester courses)
    • Exceed the maximum amount of 72 ECTS-credits