Study Starter 2020/2021 - First-year Economics and Business Economics, Business Administration and Fiscale Economie - Universiteit van Amsterdam

 
Study Starter 2020/2021 - First-year Economics and Business Economics, Business Administration and Fiscale Economie - Universiteit van Amsterdam
First-year

Study Starter 2020/2021
Economics and Business Economics,
Business Administration and Fiscale Economie

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Study Starter 2020/2021 - First-year Economics and Business Economics, Business Administration and Fiscale Economie - Universiteit van Amsterdam
Study Starter 2020/2021 - First-year Economics and Business Economics, Business Administration and Fiscale Economie - Universiteit van Amsterdam
Introduction

Welcome to UvA Economics and Business (EB), your place of study from now on!

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is one of the top universities in the world and one of the best
places to come and experience a high quality of education, an inspiring social life, and a wide range
of extracurricular activities.

The UvA, as well as the city of Amsterdam, is home to people with different mindsets, nationalities,
and backgrounds. This brings a lot of new experiences and fresh perspectives into your life. To
settle into this new environment it is good to know how the UvA works and how your study
programme is structured. Your journey begins here.

The COVID-19 situation has a big impact on the organisation of our programme. We offer a
complete online programme (at least Semester 1), so that you do not need to come to Amsterdam
if you do not want to or if you simply cannot. We developed a variety of teaching formats, a mix
of stand-alone preparation sessions and live online sessions. “Interaction is expected of you, you
will put your camera on, and get the opportunity to interact with both the lecturer and your fellow
students/classmates.” We also organise social events - both online and offline - not only to keep
you challenged, but also to offer you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students.

We offer all the resources you will need for a successful start of your studies: this Study Starter
guide, the study programme Intro-days, the UvA Economics and Business student website (EN / NL),
and the MyUvA app. If you still have questions, don’t worry: in the first semester your tutor and
social mentors are there to help.

We wish you good luck as well as a lot of fun!

On behalf of all lecturers,

Drs. Ellen de Jong Director Foundation Year, Dr. Silvia Dominguez Martinez Programme director
Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics, Prof. Frank Belschak Programme
director Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration and Prof. Jan van der Streek Programme
director Bachelor’s programme in Fiscale economie
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Table of contents

  1	Goals of the first Bachelor’s year                6
  2   Teaching methods                                 7
      2.1 First-year group
      2.2 Lectures and knowledge clips
      2.3 Seminar
      2.4 Tutorial
      2.5 Social events and skills
      2.6 Weekly assignments
  3	Academic calendar                                10
      3.1	Weekly study schedule and public holidays
  4   Study Programme                                 12
      4.1 First year schedules
      4.2 Course Catalogue
      4.3 Timetable
      4.4 Canvas
      4.5 Course and exam registration
      4.6 Midterms and final exams
      4.7 Inspection and appeal
      4.8 Results
      4.9	Choosing a major/specialisation
      4.10 Honours programme
      4.11 Books, software and electronic equipment

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5   Binding Study Advice (BSA)                                                      19
    5.1 What is a BSA?
    5.2	Who can I talk to about the BSA?
    5.3	When is a binding study advice not issued?
6   Study Support                                                                   20
    6.1	UvA Central Student Service Desk
    6.2	Economics and Business Education Desk
    6.3	Economics and Business Study Advisers
7	Your rights and obligations                                                      22
8   Representation for students                                                     23
    8.1	Economics and Business Student Panel (Especially for first-year students)
    8.2 Economics and Business Programme Committees
    8.3 Student Councils
9   Organisation structure                                                          24
10	Student life and study associations                                             26
    10.1 Student life
    10.2 Study associations
11	Practical matters and whom to contact                                           28
    11.1 Practical matters
    11.2 Whom to contact

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1	Goals of the first Bachelor’s year

In the first year we will:

                       1. Provide you with
                             an introduction
                             to critical and
                             analytical
                             thinking about
                             economic and
                             business issues.                        2. Teach you the
                                                                         basic knowledge
                                                                         and skills needed
                                                                         for the second
                                                                         academic year.

           3. Familiarise you with the study programme and inform
              you about the majors and specialised study tracks in the
              second and third years of the Bachelor’s programme.

                                                        4. Determine whether we think
                                                           that you are able to complete the
                                                           study programme, by means of
                                                           the Binding Study Advice (BSA).

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2 Teaching methods

Teaching methods are adapted to the course contents, and they can vary widely from course to course.

2.1    First-year group
You have been assigned to a first-year group: a group with approximately 15-20 of your fellow
students. With your first-year group you will follow most lectures, tutorials and seminars. Seminars
are always taught to two first-year groups combined. Lectures are taught to more than two first-
year groups at the same time, sometimes all.

2.2    Lectures and knowledge clips
There are two types of lectures: Lecture 1 at the beginning of each week and Lecture 2 at the
end of each week. Your teacher uses lectures and knowledge clips to systematically cover the
course material and to highlight interesting or difficult points. This means that, for this part of
your education, the lecturer will spend most of the time talking and will also lay out new material.
The knowledge clips (or taped lectures) are prepared sessions that are made available through
Canvas; there is no live interaction with your teacher. In the online lectures, the teacher will discuss
the coherence of the clips and discuss further material. Usually, an online lecture is preceded by
a sequence of knowledge clips. It is important that you take note of the difficulties that you have
with the topics discussed. This will be input for the live seminars.

2.2.1 Lecture 1
The aim of Lecture 1 is to systematically cover the course material and to highlight interesting or
difficult points. This means that, for this part of your education, the lecturer will spend most of the
time talking and will also lay out new material. You are expected to take notes. For example, on
the things that the lecturer emphasises or things that you did not fully understand when you were
preparing for the lecture. It is therefore important that you carefully read the material in advance.
Taking notes helps you focus on the lecture and helps you process the information given during the
lecture. If you have prepared in advance, you will not have to write down everything the lecturer
says, because you are already familiar with the material. We recommend you to revise your notes
shortly after the lecture. You will remember the material better, which is definitely an advantage
during exams!

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2.2.2 Lecture 2
You can use Lecture 2 for exam prep, to get answers to the questions that came up during the
week and to go through difficult assignments. Depending on the course, Lecture 2 can also be
used to cover new material. If you have questions about the material, do not hesitate to contact
the lecturer. Going to Lecture 2 is always very useful because it gives you a chance to check your
understanding of the material covered that week.

2.3   Seminar
In most of the courses, a lecture is followed by one or more mandatory seminars in the succeeding
days. The aim of these seminars is to allow you to practice the theory covered in the book and
lectures. Assignments from the book are regularly discussed in seminars, as are, in some courses,
homework assignments. A seminar gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the material.
Seminars are much more useful if you have revised the contents of a lecture, because you can
meaningfully discuss issues and questions with the instructor. If you fall behind, you will miss that
opportunity. Instructors appreciate active students, so make use of that! These seminars will be
organised in Zoom, fully exploiting its break-out room option, and other features, such as Zoom
Whiteboard, annotations, requesting remote control and sharing screen with (video) content.

2.4   Tutorial
You will attend tutorials for the courses Principles of Economics and Business 1 and 2 in the first
semester. In the first semester your tutor will also help you find your way around and make you
feel comfortable at the UvA. You will meet your tutor at the study programme Intro-daysin August.
In the second semester students in Economics and Business Economics and students in Fiscale
Economie will also attend tutorials within the Research Project.

2.5 Social events and skills
Each week a social event or skills session is organised for subgroups of students. For students who
are in the Netherlands/Amsterdam we will offer offline “On Campus” meetings. These are excellent
opportunities to get to know your fellow students. The skills sessions will be devoted to help you
with academic skills – all that is needed to overcome possible hurdles of landing in an academic
environment (like how to prepare for an exam and improving ICT skills).

In the second semester students in Economics and Business Economics and students in Fiscale
Economie will also attend tutorials within the Research Project. Tutorials are compulsory.

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2.6   Weekly assignments
8-week courses (see 3 Academic calendar) give you the opportunity to do weekly tests to check
if you are on track with the course. Some tests will be multiple choice, others have open questions
and will be peer reviewed (you and your fellow students review each other’s work). In some courses
you can earn a bonus when you perform well on these tests. The answers to a test will be discussed
in Lecture 2. In the Course Catalogue you will find more details about weekly assignments and
whether you can earn a bonus.
coursecatalogue.uva.nl (EN)
studiegids.uva.nl (NL)

      Attendance rules for each course
      It is important to be well aware of the rules concerning attendance for each course.
      Even though not all lectures are compulsory, we advise you to attend them anyway in
      order to be fully prepared for the exams. Please note that all seminars and tutorials in
      the first year are compulsory. If you attend (almost) all classes, you will earn the right for
      the resit. Please see the Canvas pages of the course for exact details.

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3	Academic calendar

At the UvA, the academic year runs from the beginning of September until the end of August of
the next year. It is divided into two semesters with three periods each: two periods of eight weeks
and one period of four weeks. Please note that the resits of period 1 are scheduled right after the
Christmas holidays.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Academic calendar (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Academische jaarkalender (NL)

3.1	Weekly study schedule and public holidays

 Public holidays

 Christmas holidays      21 December - 01 January       Liberation Day          Wednesday 05 May

 Good Friday             Friday 02 April                Ascension Day           Thursday 13 May

 Easter                  04 and 05 April                Obligatory Free Day     Friday 14 May

 Obligatory Free Day     Monday 26 April                Whit Monday             Sunday 23 May

 King’s Day              Tuesday 27 April               Whit Sunday             Monday 24 May

During public holidays the UvA has adjusted opening hours. Keep an eye on Announcements.
student.uva.nl/eco > Announcements (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > Mededelingen (NL)
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Weekly study schedule

  Wk       Period 1          Activity                                Wk        Period 4         Activity

  36       31/08             Lectures                                06        01/02            Lectures

  37       07/09             Lectures                                07        08/02            Lectures

  38       14/09             Lectures                                08        15/02            Lectures

  39       21/09             Lectures / Midterms                     09        22/02            Lectures / Midterms

  40       28/09             Lectures                                10        01/03            Lectures

  41       05/10             Lectures                                11        08/03            Lectures

  42       12/10            Lectures                                 12        15/03            Lectures

  43       19/10            Exams period 1                           13        22/03            Exams period 4

           Period 2                                                            Period 5

  44       26/10            Lectures                                 14        29/03            Lectures*

  45       02/11            Lectures                                 15        05/04            Lectures*

  46       09/11            Lectures                                 16        12/04            Lectures

  47       16/11            Lectures / Midterms                      17        19/04            Lectures/ Midterms

  48       23/11            Lectures                                 18        26/04            Lectures / Midterms*

  49       30/11            Lectures                                 19        03/05            Holidays*

  50       07/12            Lectures                                 20        10/05            Lectures*

  51       14/12            Exams period                             21        17/05            Lectures/ Exams period 5

                                                                     22        24/05            Exams period 5*

           Period 3                                                            Period 6

  02       04/01            Lectures/ Resits period 1                22        31/05            Lecture*

  03       11/01            Lectures                                 23        07/06            Lectures

  04       18/01            Lectures                                 24        14/06            Lectures

  05       25/01            Lectures/ Exams period 3                 25        21/06            Lectures/ Exams period 6

                                                                     26        28/06            Resits period 2, 3, 4*

                                                                     27        05/07            Resits period 4, 5, 6*

The weekly study schedule gives an overview of activities per week. If a week is marked with a *, a holiday falls within this week.
No rights can be derived from this document. Check www.rooster.uva.nl for real time information.
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4 Study Programme

Each academic year consists of 60 EC. Each EC represents 28 hours of study. This means you will have
to study 168 hours for a course of 6 EC. 60 EC is evenly distributed over the academic year.

4.1   First year schedules

 Bachelor’s programmes in Economics and Business Economics / Fiscale Economie

 SEMESTER 1

 Period 1                          Period 2                         Period 3

  Principles of Economics and      Microeconomics 1
  Business 1

                                   Financial Accounting 1 for
  Mathematics 1 for Economics      Economics

  Principles of Economics and Business 2

 SEMESTER 2

 Period 4                          Period 5                         Period 6

  Macroeconomics 1                 Economics of Markets and
                                   Organisations

  Statistics 1 for Economics
                                   Finance 1

  Research Project

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Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration

SEMESTER 1

Period 1                         Period 2                     Period 3

Principles of Economics and      Economics
Business 1

                                 Business Research Methods
Strategy and Organisation

Principles of Economics and Business 2

SEMESTER 2

Period 4                         Period 5                     Period 6

Quantitative Data Analysis 1     Business Operations and
                                 Processes

Organisational Behaviour
                                 Financial Accounting 1 for
                                 Business

Project Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

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4.2     Course Catalogue
You can find all course descriptions in the Course Catalogue. They describe the learning objectives,
the entry requirements, the teaching methods, and the contents of each course. Here you will also
find the course literature and the form of examination. In the Course Catalogue you can also find
more general information about UvA’s study programmes. This can be useful when you, for example,
want to look at the full Bachelor’s study programme, entry requirements for a Master’s programme
or a minor, or contact information for a study programme.
coursecatalogue.uva.nl (EN)
studiegids.uva.nl (NL)

4.3     Timetable
Lecture and examination dates can be found in the UvA
timetable. Add your group to view your timetable.
                                                                      Download MyUvA app
1.	Log in with your UvAnet ID so you can save a personal
                                                                      for direct access to
      timetable.
                                                                      your timetable, results,
2.	Choose ‘Add timetable’ and click ‘Group’. Search
                                                                      announcements and
      for your study programme and select your first- year
                                                                      more.
      group. Your personal timetable will appear.
      mytimetable.uva.nl (EN)
      rooster.uva.nl (NL)

4.4     Canvas
Canvas is our digital learning environment. After you have registered for a course, you will get
access to that course in Canvas as soon as the lecturer makes it available. Here you will find
teaching materials, articles, assignments, practice exams, homework, and announcements (for
example about changes in the course schedule) added by your lecturer. You can also use Canvas to
communicate with your lecturer and fellow students about the course.
canvas.uva.nl

                    Download the Canvas Student app to stay
                    up to date about your courses anywhere.
                    (After downloading, search for ‘University of
                    Amsterdam’ under ‘Schools’)

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4.5     Course and exam registration
To provide you with a smooth start, you will be registered for all courses during your first year.
This includes registration for the exams and, if needed, for resits (also see 4.8 Results). Before the
academic year starts, you will receive your personal timetable by email.

From the second academic year onwards, you will have to register for courses yourself (including
first-year courses that you did not pass). Course registration will take place in June 2020 (for
semester 1) and December 2020 (for semester 2). The Education Desk will send you important
emails about the course registration, so keep an eye on these messages.

4.6     Midterms and final exams
You will earn course credits when you meet all course requirements and achieve a passing final grade.
•     Each course examination consists of at least a midterm and a final exam.
•     For each first-year course you have one resit opportunity.
•     In case of a resit, the results obtained for the midterm will be disregarded.
•     For most courses you can earn a bonus by doing weekly assignments.
Check the course descriptions for more information about how a course is graded.
coursecatalogue.uva.nl > Choose course > Assessment and testing (EN)
studiegids.uva.nl > Kies vak > Toetsing en toetsdata (NL)

       Compulsory EB calculator for examinations

       For all first-year exams at UvA Economics and Business (EB), you are only
       allowed to use the EB calculator (non-programmable). You can buy the
       EB calculator at the study association SEFA store. Other calculators are
       not allowed at exams, unless stated otherwise by your teacher.
       sefa.nl > Sefa store

       Code of conduct for examinations
       Be aware of the exam and resit rules before starting an online
       examination or entering an examination hall.
       student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Exams and resits (EN)
       student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Tentamens en hertentamens (NL)

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4.7    Inspection and appeal
The Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) state that you have the right to inspect your
tests within25 working days after a written examination has taken place. The lecturer decides
how this inspection will take place, individually or collectively, in person or via Zoom, and they will
announce the moment of inspection on Canvas. We urge you to go to the inspection, this way you
can learn from your mistakes. It is possible to lodge an appeal regarding a final mark. However,
we encourage you to consult with your lecturer and course coordinator first. You can find more
information on this procedure in article 4 of the OER (see 7 Your rights and obligations).

4.8    Results
Your lecturer will place midterm results on Canvas.
You can find an overview of your registered final
                                                                     UvA grading scheme
grades via sis.uva.nl or directly via the MyUvA app.
                                                                     At the UvA the maximum
You will be notified of your final registered grades by
                                                                     grade you can obtain is 10,
email. Results are never communicated by telephone.
                                                                     while the lowest grade is 1.
Did you unfortunately not pass your exam? The
                                                                     student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z >
resit is only available to students who have abided
                                                                     Grading scheme (EN)
by the attendance rules. If you have complied with
                                                                     student.uva.nl/ecb >
the attendance rules for the course, you will be
                                                                     Grading scheme (NL)
automatically registered for the resit. If you have
failed to do so, you will not be registered, nor will you
be able to register for the resit yourself.

Did you pass the exam, but do you want to attend the resit for a higher mark, then you do not
have to register separately for the resit. Please note: the last mark you receive will apply.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Exams and resits (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Tentamens en hertentamens (NL)

4.9	Choosing a major/specialisation
4.9.1 Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics
After you have completed the first year and the first semester of the second year, you specialise by
choosing the major Economics or the major Business Economics.
Within the major Business Economics you specialise further by choosing one of the three tracks:
Accounting and Control, Organisational Economics or Finance. In the third year you will follow
courses within your chosen track. The major Economics gives you the opportunity to choose your
own specialisation courses in the third year.

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Both majors offer elective space in the third year, in which you can for example take a minor, opt
for an internship or study abroad for a semester.

4.9.2 Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration
In the second semester of the third year you specialise by choosing one of the four tracks: Finance,
Accounting and Control, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity or Management in the Digital
Age. In the first semester of the third year you can take electives, opt for an internship, do a minor
or study abroad for a semester.

4.9.3 Bachelor’s programme in Fiscale Economie
Fiscale Economie does not offer a major or specialisation track. The study programme has some
space for electives, but not for going abroad or doing a minor. However, you can do a minor or go
abroad as an extra-curricular activity.

4.9.4 More information
For more information on a major/specialisation and second and third year courses, go to the
overview of your Bachelor’s programme in the Course Catalogue.
coursecatalogue.uva.nl (EN)
studiegids.uva.nl (NL)

You can find more information on minors, studying abroad, internships and career in the A-Z list on
the student website.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z (NL)

4.10 Honours programme
If you want an extra challenge, then definitely consider joining the Honours programme. In this
additional 30 EC programme you will have the opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses (courses
in which the subjects cover multiple disciplines) with other honours students, as well as courses
within UvA Economics and Business. After completion of this programme, you will graduate with a
‘With Honours’ annotation on your degree certificate.

To be eligible for the honours programme, a GPA of 7.5 is required.

Admission requirements, application procedure and more information can be found on:
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Honours programme (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Honoursprogramma (NL)
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4.11 Books, software and electronic equipment
4.11.1 Books
In the study guide you will find the literature that is required for each course. Books can be ordered
through Sefa (sefa.nl) and if you become a member of Sefa you will get a discount (up to 17%).

4.11.2 Software
Almost all software that we will use is open source – like R/Rstudio and LateX. As a registered
student you may profit from the cheap software licenses on www.surfspot.nl.

4.11.2 Electronic equipment
To be able to join the online classes and participate in the online exams you will need your own
electronic device. The minimal requirements for proctored exams are the following:

                                    Windows                   Mac                      Linux              Chrome OS

    Operating System                Windows 7+                macOS 10.11+             Ubuntu 18.04+      Chrome 58+

                                    Intel Pentium                                      Intel Pentium      Intel or ARM
    Processor                                                 Intel
                                    or better                                          or better

    Free Disk Space                 250 MB                    250 MB                   250 MB             250 MB

    Free RAM                        2 GB1                     2 GB1                    2 GB1              1 GB1

    Upload Speed                                                   0.092 Mbps - 0.244 Mbps2

    Microphone                                         Any microphone, either internal or external3

    Webcam                                     320x240 VGA resolution (minimum) internal or external3
1
    Free RAM is the minimum amount of memory that is not in use by other applications.
2
    Depends on the exam settings, secure browser has no upload speed requirement.
3
    Only required for proctoring, secure browser functionality does not require audio/visual recording.

However, we advise you to only start online proctored exams with a minimum upload speed of
0.699 Mbps. Note that you will need a laptop/notebook in almost every course, so that it may be
worthwhile to buy one with better specifications than those you find above.

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5 Binding Study Advice (BSA)

A Binding Study Advice (BSA) applies to the first-year’s Bachelor’s programmes in Economics
and Business Economics, Actuarial Science and Econometrics, Fiscale economie, and Business
Administration

5.1     What is a BSA?
A BSA determines whether you have sufficient knowledge and skills to continue and finish your
Bachelor’s programme.

•     60 EC in one year earned: You can start the second year of your Bachelor’s programme.
•     A minimum of 48 EC earned (BSA-requirement): You will receive a positive advice, which
      allows you to re-enrol. You have to finish the remaining first-year courses in your second year.
•     Less than 48 EC earned: You will receive a negative advice at the end of the first year.
A negative advice is binding, which means that you will have to quit the Bachelor’s programme.
Moreover, you will not be allowed to enrol in the same programme at UvA Economics and Business
for three years. For students in the BSc in Economics and Business Economics and Fiscale economie
this includes both the BSc in Economics and Business Economics and the BSc in Fiscale economie.

5.2	Who can I talk to about the BSA?
Throughout the academic year you can contact a study adviser if you have questions about your
study progress and the BSA. The study advisers are trained in counselling students and can be
reached daily. You can sit down with a study adviser to talk about the cause of the unsatisfactory
results and how you can improve your study skills, and to draw up a study plan. Sessions with a
study adviser are always confidential.

5.3	When is a binding study advice not issued?
There are two possible reasons for not receiving a BSA:
I     Termination of enrolment in Studielink before 1 February.
II    Recognised personal circumstances (when reported on time to the study adviser).

All the information on the BSA can be found on:
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Binding Study Advice (BSA) (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Bindend Studieadvies (BSA) (NL)

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6 Study Support

UvA Economics and Business has an extensive infrastructure for study support. We encourage
you to make as much use of this infrastructure as you need. We would like to emphasise that the
initiative to use these services and facilities has to be taken by you.

We have listed a number of important services for you. For contact information,
check 11.2 Whom to contact in this guide or visit the students website:
student.uva.nl/eco > Contact (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > Contact (NL)

                            6.1	UvA Central Student Service Desk
                            The Student Service Desk is the first point of contact for general
                            questions about studying at the UvA. You can ask questions about your
                            choice of study programme, enrolment at the UvA, Studielink, tuition
                            fees, residence permits and visa, insurance, UvA-net ID, Canvas and
                            much more.

                           6.2	Economics and Business Education Desk
                           The Education Desk helps you in case you have a question about your
                           timetable, registration of your grades or when you have other practical
                           questions about your study. You can also turn to the Education Desk in
                            case you do not know where to go with your question.

                            6.3	Economics and Business Study Advisers
                            Study advisers are available if you need professional support and
                            information during your studies. If you think there are personal
                            circumstances that may have a negative impact on your study result,
                            please let the study advisers know! All sessions are strictly confidential.

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6.3.1 Studying successfully
COVID-19 brought on sudden and surreal changes and challenges for many of us. Adapting to
these new circumstances and minimising social contact is particularly challenging while studying.
You can no longer structure your day around your classes and get together with friends at the
library. Check out the study advisor’s Studying from home website for strategies and resources on
how to study effectively while maintaining social distance.

We also offer several services and tools that can help you improve your general study skills.

Study skills tip sheets:
These sheets list several tips and tricks for different subjects related to study skills. Examples are
tipsheets on procrastination, drawing up a study plan, taking an exam, and remembering and
processing study material. Make sure to take a look at the subjects you have trouble with. Reading
a tipsheet does not take long and can help you a lot!
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Studying successfully > Study skills (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Succesvol studeren > Studievaardigheden (NL)

Workshops:
If you are looking to enhance your study skills, consider joining one of the workshops offered by
UvA Student Services. Topics include planning skills, jumpstarting your thesis, and ‘tackling the
books.’ For a quick brush-up, there are shorter workshops that will get you up to speed on basics
like exam tips and smart reading in just an hour.
The Study Advisors are also offering several workshop and trainings to help you make the best of
your first year, such as the studying successfully workshop, BSA webinar, miracle morning sessions
or ‘make stress your friend’ workshop.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Studying successfully > Training and workshops (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Succesvol studeren > Trainingen en workshops (NL)

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7	Your rights and obligations

Your rights and obligations are documented in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER).
In this document you will find, amongst other things, the regulations on the determination of
grades, right of inspection, academic fraud and plagiarism and the Binding Study Advice.
The OER for a specific academic year is published before the start of each academic year.

The articles most crucial and useful on a daily basis for you are:
Assessment and Examination
•   Article 4.2; Type of examination
•   Article 4.4; Opportunities to sit examinations
•   Article 4.5; Marks
•   Article 4.6; Determining and announcing results
•   Article 4.7; Right of inspection

Honours Programme
•   Article 5.1; Honours Programme

Academic student counselling and advice regarding continuation of studies
•   Article 7.2; Binding (negative) advice regarding continuation of studies (BSA)

Read more online about these daily basis articles and more:
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Rights and obligations (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Rechten en plichten (NL)

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8 Representation for students

We encourage you to actively discuss and express your opinion on education matters, arrangements
and student interests. Students can influence the board and organisation on different levels.

8.1	Economics and Business Student Panel (Especially for first-year students)
Through the Student Panel you can directly give feedback on the first year. You can apply for the
Student Panel by contacting Ellen de Jong (see 11.2 Whom to contact).

8.2     Economics and Business Programme Committees
Here you can discuss the quality of education with fellow students and lecturers. The Programme
Committee provides advice to the programme director on the design of the curricula, quality
assurance and policy-making.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Programme committees (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Opleidingscommissies (NL)

8.3     Student Councils
Economics and Business Student Council
Ten members of the Student Council represent the needs and wishes of all students. The Student
Council has a say about affairs at UvA Economics and Business and gives advice to the management
team (see 9 Organisation structure) and has regular meetings with the dean. It is divided into two
committees:
•     Education & Research mainly works on tasks regarding study programmes, courses,
      the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) and other educational matters.
•     Organisation & Media is responsible for organising events, and connecting with students
      through social media.
Economics and Business Student Council: studentenraad.nl/feb

UvA Central Student Council
The Central Student Council is the umbrella council that concerns itself with matters that cover the
whole University.
UvA Central Student Council: studentenraad.nl/centrale-studentenraad

Members of the Student Councils are democratically elected and you can put yourself forward as a
candidate. All students are entitled to vote during the annual elections in May.
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9 Organisation structure

The Executive Board is charged with the general management and responsible for the efficient
management of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) as a whole: seven faculties, executive staff and
shared service units.

The Supervisory Board assesses overall governance of the University and advises the Executive Board
appropriately. The members of the Board are appointed for four years by the Dutch Minister of
Education, Culture and Science.

Education at UvA Economics and Business (EB) falls under two Schools: The Amsterdam Business
School (ABS) and the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). Research at UvA Economics and
Business is carried out at the Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI) and the
Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI). At UvA Economics and Business, research
and education are strongly connected and we carefully consider the impact our work may have on
society.

The dean Prof. Han van Dissel is in charge of the general management and is responsible for the
administration and management of UvA Economics and Business. A dean is a professor and is
appointed by the university’s Executive Board. To stay in touch with the student body, the dean
meets the Economics and Business Student Council (FSR) every six weeks to discuss new ideas for
the improvement at UvA Economics and Business (EB).

Management team
Educational Directors supervise the management team and they are in control of the curricula and
teaching plans of study programmes. The Educational Directors work closely with different boards
and advisory groups to discuss and apply rules and regulations.

Programme directors work in a team with other members of programme management on the
development and improvement of a specific study programme that they are responsible for.

Course coordinators are responsible for facilitating a high quality of the courses. Their tasks include
designing and developing courses, selecting assessments methods and evaluating student learning
outcomes.

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Organisation structure

                               Minister of Education, Culture and Science

                                           Supervisory Board
                                                                                 UvA Central
                                              Executive Board                   Student Council

       Faculties                              Executive Staff                   Shared Service
                                                                                     Units
      Dentistry

Economics and Business

     Humanities

         Law

      Medicine

       Science                                                                    Economics
                                                                                 and Business
      Social and
                                                                                Student Council
 Behavioural Science
                                Dean Economics and Business (UvA EB)                (FSR-EB)

               ASE          Amsterdam Business             Amsterdam School         ABS
            Research           School (ABS)                of Economics (ASE)    Research
            Institute                                                             Institute
            (ASE-RI)                     Educational Directors                    (ABS-RI)

                                         Programme Directors                      Economics
                                                                                 and Business
                                                                                  Programme
                                         Course Coordinators
                                                                                 Committees

Find your way around the organisations’ management and structure.
uva.nl/en > organisation (EN)
uva.nl > organisatie (NL)

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10	Student life and study associations

10.1 Student life
Discoverwhat UvA Economics and Business has to offer, become part of the campus community,
meet new people, and get tips from experts.

Do not miss out on our events by adding them to your calendar.

Social mentors: Tips and guidance from experts
If you are looking for advice on how to make the most of studying and living in Amsterdam, the
social mentors are there for you.
•   Social mentors are 2nd or 3rd year students in your study programme and are therefore experts
    in the first-year challenges you may face.
•   They are here to help you with any challenges you may face in your first year. Moreover, they
    can help you find your way around Economics and Business and can recommend the best spots
    in the city.
•   Together with a group of first-year students, your social mentors will guide you and do fun
    activities in the first semester.

Unibuddy: Chat with a student
Do you have questions about studying and living in Amsterdam and would you like to have
additional tips? Chat with other students at Economics and Business. Our student ambassadors are
from around the world and represent a variety of programmes.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > New students > Chat with a current student (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Eerstejaars > Unibuddy: stel je vragen aan een student (NL)

Intro-days
The Intro-days take place in the first month of the academic year. UvA Economics and Business
organises severalworkshops, sports classes and events, during which you will get to know your
fellow students and the faculty.

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Sports
At the University Sports Centre (USC) you can participate in a full range of sport and fitness
activities at low rates.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Sport & Fitness (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Sport (NL)

Creativity
At CREA, the cultural organisation of the UvA, you can participate in creative courses and
workshops or attend performances, concerts, events and exhibitions.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Cultural organisation – CREA (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > CREA (NL)

Language skills
Maximise your study time by learning Dutch or a foreign language and prepare for your future job.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Dutch language course (EN)
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Language skills (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Taalvaardigheid (NL)

10.2 Study associations
Becoming a member of a study association gives you the opportunity to come into contact with
your fellow students in various phases of their studies. It can also be beneficial for your future
career and personal development to participate in study association activities.

•   Sefa, for BSc and MSc students in all Economics and Business disciplines
    sefa.nl
•   VSAE, for BSc and MSc students in Actuarial Science and Econometrics
    vsae.nl
•   Marketing Association Amsterdam (MAA), for BSc and MSc students
    specialising in Marketing (joint UvA-VU study association)
    ma-amsterdam.nl
•   Financiële Studievereniging Amsterdam (FSA), for BSc and MSc students
    specialising in Finance (joint UvA-VU study association)
    fsa.nl
•   Studievereniging Fiscale Economie en Recht (SFEER), for BSc and MSc students
    in Fiscale Economie and Fiscaal Recht
    sfeeramsterdam.nl (NL)

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11	Practical matters and
    whom to contact

11.1 Practical matters

UvAnetID
All students receive a UvAnetID which provides access to PCs at UvA study areas, Wi-Fi, and all
online tools.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > UvAnetID (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > UvAnetID (NL)

Student ID card
You will need your student ID card to take exams, to enter buildings, to borrow books at the library
and to pay for food and drinks at UvA locations. The student ID card also provides discounts at
CREA and USC as well as museums, theatres and cinemas in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and
abroad. Make sure you activate your card when you first receive it.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Student ID card (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Collegekaart (NL)

Wi-Fi
Most UvA locations offer free Wi-Fi. Make sure you have the right settings activated on your device
for safe use of the network.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Wi-Fi (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Wi-Fi (NL)

Printing, copying and scanning
If there is credit on your activated student ID card, you can use it at UvA libraries to make prints,
copies and scans.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Printing, copying and scanning (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Printen, kopiëren en scannen (NL)

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Readers Online
Readers Online is a website that offers access to digital readers and course materials. Download
them for free or purchase a printed copy.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Readers Online (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Readers Online (NL)

UvA Library
The library allows you to borrow books and to make use of its study facilities. You need your
student ID card to enter the library.
uba.uva.nl/en (EN)
uba.uva.nl (NL)

Study areas
At the UvA you can find several types of study areas (with or without PCs): individual spots, study
cabinets or larger spaces for group projects.
student.uva.nl/eco > A-Z > Room booking and finding a study place at the UvA (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > A-Z > Ruimte reserveren en een studieplek vinden (NL)

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11.2 Whom to contact

UvA Central Student Service Desk
•   (Re)Enrolment and termination of enrolment at UvA (Studielink)
•   Financial matters and residence permit
•   Visa
•   Student grants and loans
•   UvAnetID and Student ID card
student.uva.nl/eco > Contact > Central Student Service Desk (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > Contact > Centrale Student Service Desk (NL)

Economics and Business Education Desk
•   Course registration
•   Grade registration
•   Graduation
•   Statements and requests
student.uva.nl/eco > Contact > Education Desk (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > Contact > Onderwijsbalie (NL)

Economics and Business Study Advisers
The Study Advisers can help you with:
•   Advice about personal circumstances during your study programme
•   Coaching in making important choices
•   Questions about taking on more challenges and enhancing your knowledge
•   Advice about your study planning and study delay
•   Support related to studying more effectively
•   Questions regarding the Binding Study Advice (BSA)
student.uva.nl/eco > Contact > Study Advisers (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > Contact > Studieadviseurs (NL)

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Economics and Business Board of Examiners
•   Submitting study programme requests
•   Additional resits
•   Appeals
•   Approval of electives
•   Exam and examination regulations
•   Exemptions
•   Requests
student.uva.nl/eco > Contact > Board of Examiners (EN)
student.uva.nl/ecb > Contact > Examencommissie (NL)

Coordinator first-year Bachelor’s programmes in Economics and Business Economics,
Business Administration and Fiscale Economie
Also in case of complaints or comments concerning educational matters and examinations.
Drs. E. de Jong
Room: E1.59
Email: E.deJong@uva.nl

Programme director Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics
Dr. Silvia Dominguez Martinez
Room: E6.29
Email: S.DominguezMartinez@uva.nl

Programme director Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration
Prof. Frank Belschak
Room: M2.16
Email: F.D.Belschak@uva.nl

Programme director Bachelor’s programme in Fiscale Economie
Prof. Jan van der Streek
Email: J.L.vanderStreek@uva.nl

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