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Excellence policy and differentiation

The UvA wants its programmes to match the talents and ambitions of all students who make a conscious and motivated decision to study at the University.

For those students whose interests, talents and ambitions exceed the boundaries of a specific discipline, the UvA has developed broad, interdisciplinary degree programmes. This effort is aimed at offering greater challenges and preventing students from choosing the wrong degree programme and incurring a study delay. Examples include the wide-ranging Bachelor’s programmes in the Humanities, the Natural and Social Sciences Bachelor, Psychobiology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Future Planet Studies, and the Liberal Arts and Science programme offered by Amsterdam University College (AUC) in collaboration with VU University Amsterdam.

The UvA also aims to offer sufficient opportunities for outstanding students seeking to excel, and has therefore developed Honours and Excellence programmes. Honours programmes offer students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, whereas Excellence programmes are aimed at intensifying existing knowledge in a specific field. The UvA has introduced a university-wide Honours scheme, centred around the Honours programme target group, admission requirements, substantive criteria and organisational embedding of the Honours programme.