Instruction in Academic Skills

The EAV has developed an instruction programme which focusses on the various important skills a student needs in order to become a successful academic: reading and writing academic texts, presenting, evaluating sources, planning, as well as other general academic skills.

First Year’s programme

The academic skills will be taught during ten two-weekly sessions in the first and second semester. The majority of the study programmes within the Faculty of Humanities have chosen to either partly or fully incorporate these sessions within their programme. A few study programmes offer comparable academic skills courses themselves. (For more information, see the electronic prospectus of your study programme.)

Pre-Master programme

The EAV offers an Academic Skills course for pre-Master students of Humanities. For many students this course is an obligatory part of their pre-Master programme. They can register for it via uSis (uSis course code 5003KAS). Others, pre-Master as well as Master students of Humanities who want to take the course extra-curricularly and improve their skills, are also welcome as long as there is room in the groups. If you are interested, please contact the teacher, dr. Grace Rowicka, at

The course is tailored to the needs of students with relatively little experience in academic research and writing at a Dutch university. By means of a combination of practical assignments and explicit instruction the students will be guided in their work on a final essay on the topic of their choice related to their study programme.

The course will be conducted in English. Please register for it (or get in touch with the lecturer) by September 12th, 2016. The course itself starts in week 38. You will find the course description in the electronic prospectus and more information on the Blackboard page of the course [1617] Academic Skills, premaster.

You can check the times and locations of all the classes on the timetable of the EAV for semester 1 and semester 2.

Last Modified: 14-06-2016