Honors Program

If you are looking for a way to challenge yourself further, the Honors Program is the right place for you. You can take extra courses next to your Bachelor’s and graduate with an Honors degree.

Application 

In order to get into the Honors Program, you need a GPA of 7.5 in your first year. If you fulfill this requirement you will receive an email from Max van der Linden (Honors coordinator for psychology) towards the summer break. You will need to write a motivation letter to apply. The Psychology honors program has a big capacity so you would most likely get in.

Workload 

In order to stay in the honors program, you need to maintain your 7.5 GPA. In addition to that, you have to get an extra 30 EC’s in the second and third-year combined. The Honors courses are not affecting your GPA (it is calculated only from the Psychology courses), however, you need to pass them to get the credits. You need the 15EC by the end of your second year, meaning that you approximately need to take 2 extra courses per semester. It is a high workload but you can always decide to stop doing the honors program and there are no consequences.

Honors Courses

In the first semester of the second year, you can take any elective you want. You can also take current topic courses from the third year. However, you need to make sure the additional courses you take do not clash with your own schedule. In the second semester, you have to take one (or two) of the Interdisciplinary Honors modules (IIS). For an extensive list of all the courses offered you can check out this link. You can also take electives from different universities like the VU or AUC. However, in order to obtain the honors degree, you need to take at least 2 IIS courses overall. In the first semester of the third year, there is a mandatory course for all psychology honors students called ‘Breaking Borders’. Other than that you can shape your third year however you want.

Studying Abroad

During your studies at the UvA, you can also join one of the many exchange programs that the UvA offers. Studying abroad is a great way to meet new people, gain an unforgettable international experience and improve your CV in a fun way.

The UvA offers two main exchange programmes. The first one is the Erasmus programme, which allows you to do exchange within Europe. The second one is the Global Exchange programme if you would like to do an exchange outside of Europe. Both exchange programmes have different application procedures and deadlines so make sure to check the websites for further information.

For more general information you can check out this link or contact the Office of International Student Affairs (BIS) by sending an email to studyadviser-psy-fmg@uva.nl . These study advisors are specifically for exchange and they can help you fit in exchange in your study schedule.

Co-curricular Activities at the UvA

International Student ambassador 

The International Student Ambassadors share their first-hand experiences of the degree programs, teaching style, living in Amsterdam, and more. Would you like to connect with your fellow international students and play an important role in representing the University of Amsterdam? You can join the international ambassador program through this link but you need to check when they open their applications.

Student Delegate

There are different student delegates for each specialization, you check them out through this link. There are two responsibilities of student delegates. Firstly they are responsible for giving a summary of all the Evaluations forms of all the courses which are part of their respected specialization and then also discussing it with the course coordinator. The second part is organizing events related to their specialization.

There is no application process for being a student delegate. Anyone who is interested and motivated can join! You can just send out an email to the student delegates that you would like to join. The recruitment starts at the beginning of every semester.

Program Committee

In the Programme Committee, lecturers and students can jointly influence the teaching offered in the Psychology degree program. The committee is made up of an equal number of lecturers and students. Each program group is represented by one of its lecturers. The committee’s student members work in close communication with the ombud student, the VSPA, the Student Council, and the student fractions of the program groups. Program committee members usually serve a two-year term. The PC is an important advisory organ, and therefore a great addition to your resume. For more information, you can check out this link

If you have any questions about the PC, you can always send an email to: ocstudentenfractie-fmg@uva.nl

Focus group

The education and the evaluation reports are discussed with the teachers and students of the Focus Group. The Focus Group students help the teachers with the interpretation of the reports and they advise the teachers and policy officers on how to improve the education and the educational environment. Therefore, the Focus Group is an easy way to contribute to the quality of the education, without taking too much of your time.

If you have any questions or want to register for the focus group, you can send an email to: ec-psy-fmg@uva.nl

VSPA

The VSPA also offers a lot of opportunities to improve your resume, e.g. by doing a board year or joining certain more serious committees. Below we have gathered all the information you need!

P.S. If you are interested in doing Work & Organisational Psychology, joining one of these committees may be perfect for you since they contribute to your critical thinking and experience within the field!

If you are interested in any of these committees, you can always contact one of the board members for more information, keep an eye on our social media, or send an email to info@vspa.nl.

Board Year

Every year the VSPA is run by a new board. This board consists of 6 highly motivated Psychology students that get selected by the Application Committee and the members. They are responsible for the association as a whole and for all of her committees, members, and activities. They work full-time throughout the entire academic year. A board consists of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Committee Affairs Officer, Study Committee Affairs Officer, and Officer of Sales & Acquisition. All of these functions have different roles within the board, but all of them are indispensable to the functioning of the board.

Doing a board year is a big commitment, but it is also something that looks great on your CV and is a lot of fun to do. But, most of all, you are able to contribute to making the student life of psychology students at the UvA even better. Consider a board year, because you acquire knowledge that is useful for the rest of your life.

Applying for a board position starts in February. You will go through an application process in which you do interviews and matching days, to make sure the best combination of applicants get selected.

The advisory organs: SB and CAC 

The treasurer of the board keeps track of the financial part of the association. However, on behalf of the GMA, the treasurer of the board will always be checked by the Cash Audit Committee (CAC). Members of the CAC will also attend board meetings to give their critical opinions on financial matters. The CAC often consists of old treasures or students who are interested in the financial side of the association, but it’s not necessary. The members of the CAC will be elected by the GMA.

The Supervisory Board (SB) checks, on behalf of the GMA, whether the board is keeping to their policy and the charter (official statutes/rules of the association). In addition to this controlling function, the SB plays an advisory role in the decision-making of the board and will be elected as the private contact persons of the board. If a board member would like to discuss professional or private issues, which has an influence on the quality of their performance, the SB-members could be helpful during that period. The SB members attend board meetings and often consist of old board members or members with a lot of experience in the policy process of the VSPA. Like all of the other administrative bodies, members will be elected by the GMA.

General Members Assembly (GMA) Committee

Every new plan or idea of the board, with a big enough influence on the association, has to be approved in the General Members Assembly (GMA). In addition, all the administrative bodies are elected during GMA’s. During a GMA, at least 1% of the members of the VSPA must be present. As a member, you can express your opinion, contribute to the thinking process, ask questions and decide whether proposals should be accepted or denied. This way, all of the members have a significant influence on the current situation and the future of the association.

During a GMA you get a little more insight into the serious side of the association. The committee that organizes the GMA’s, thinks about the policy, and prepares the agenda for the GMA’s is the GMA-Committee (GMAtee)

The committee consists of a chair, a secretary, and possibly general members. The chair leads the assemblies and the secretary writes everything down that is discussed during the GMA’s. The general members help with the preparations and promotion of the GMA’s.

Lustrum Coordination Committee (LCC)

On the 14th of May 1941, the VSPA was founded by Marie (Mia) Rijk van Ommeren. This means that every five years, we are looking for a special committee to help us celebrate this milestone. As a member of the Lustrum Coordination Committee (LCC), you will have a lot of freedom in what kind of activities you choose to organize. During our 75th anniversary, this committee organized a pool party for instance. There is more than enough room for creativity in this committee! This committee will take you around an hour per week, but this will increase to approximately five hours a week as the event(s) near. The next LCC will be chosen at the end of the academic year 2024/2025.

First Year Weekend Coordination Committee (FCC)

The First Year Weekend (FYW) takes place at the start of the year. This is the weekend where first-year psychology students spend a great weekend together in the south of The Netherlands to get to know each other and older VSPA-members. For many students, this is one of the most enjoyable VSPA-activities of the year! The weekend is full of fun activities, games, food, and parties: the perfect place to make some friends. The committee always starts in April and will finish after the first year’s weekend. The workload of the committee is pretty high so be aware of this. Every spring, around five coordinators will be elected at the GMA, who will work together to create a weekend that will never be forgotten. In addition to the First Year Coordination Committee (FCC), many people are still needed to make the FYW a success. Would you like to become a FYW volunteer mentor next year, keep an eye on the VSPA-platforms for more information.

Application Committee (AC)

The Application Committee (AC) is responsible for finding the perfect next board of the VSPA. The AC holds interviews and organizes the assessment day with the psychology students who apply for a position in the new board. During this process, you analyze the interviews, the personal characteristics, the competencies, and the possible pitfalls of the applications. After the procedure, the AC presents its board with its motives to the GMA. The GMA then votes on whether to accept this future board.

The AC consists of multiple members, who all have a different connection with the association. Around December the AC will be elected during a GMA. Do not underestimate the hours you will be spending interviewing the applicants and analyzing them afterward, together with the rest of your committee.