After the exploration phase it’s time to go into further depth about a study, to help you gain an idea of the study that really suits you. In principle, after this phase, you’ll be ready to make a final choice.
After collecting lots of information, you will have a list of a small number of programmes. These are the programmes you’re interested in. Use the following tests during this study phase to deepen your understanding of your own competencies and interests. Investigate in an even more focused way whether the programme suits you!
Thoroughly read the e-study guides of the programme you’re interested in; these can generally be found on most institutes’ websites. These study guides provide a good overview and description of all courses per academic year. Check the master programmes too, so that you also have an idea of the specialisations involved in a programme.
Also, have a look at Keuzegids website to help you guide with a bachelor or master programme (the page is only accessible if you are on the EUR network or logged in with VPN),
Make sure that you visit the programme Open Days, and certainly visit the in-depth activities. For example, you can follow a day taster session and attend some of the programme lectures. You can of course also pose questions to students and the study advisor of your favourite programme.
All open days
EUR open days
Ask smart questions during an open day
Before you visit an open day, think about what you’d like to know. Make a list of the questions you want to ask.
Questions could, for example, include:
- What does the programme entail exactly?
- How many lecture hours or contact hours do you have per week?
- Will you have lectures, practical sessions, tutorials or seminars?
- Will you work together with others a lot?
- How large are the groups?
- What is the relationship with lecturers like?
- On average, how many hours per week will you need to study?
- How many students are there in the first year?
- How many students drop out? Do they drop out because the study is too difficult or for other reasons?
- Are there certain ‘problem courses’ that are difficult? Do you have any tips on passing these?
- Is there a binding study advice and what does this entail?
- How will I be tested? Are there many examinations or do you need to complete lots of assignments?
- How does this programme differ from the same programme in other places?
- What kinds of jobs do most students end up in?
- Is there a student association connected to the programme?
- Are there also student associations in the city?
- Is there an introduction period/camp and how is this organised?
Print the smart questions and take these with you to an Open Day!
Occupations and labour market
Talk with people who are working in the area you’re thinking of. What do they do exactly? How did they arrive there?
Quickly check that you’ve not forgotten anything: go through the study choice checklist.
Gone into enough detail about the studies? Then it’s probably time for the decision phase