Third year

How you will spend your third and last year is completely up to you! This year is aimed at preparing yourself for your life after UCT. You will spend one semester away from UCT, and in the final semester, you will work on your graduation project: a key element in completing your profile and your Bachelor’s at UCT!

Semester 5: Exchange

Time to leave your UCT-bubble! The fifth semester has no fixed courses, no projects: you decide what you will do during this semester. There are many options to choose from. You could follow elective courses at the University of Twente or another university, or you could follow a minor. This is a prefixed package of courses in a certain area of study and offers you the opportunity to either specialise or broaden your knowledge and competencies. You could also spend this semester studying at another University College within the Netherlands (e.g. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht or Groningen). Many of our students choose to spend their fifth semester studying abroad, for example in the USA, Japan, or Australia. Or what about doing an internship? The choice is yours!

Semester 6: Graduation semester

You are about to graduate. The sixth and last semester centres on your graduation project, within UCT also known as the Capstone project. You will carry out an individual research project within a research group either at UT or beyond, and the topic is up to you and the profile you developed throughout the last two-and-a-half years. You can connect with ongoing research within a predefined project or settle on a topic yourself. Alongside your research project, you will follow elective courses, and also sessions and workshops that support you in your academic development. You can also opt to follow an internship as well during semester 6!

In principle an internship is half a semester, around 10 to 15 EC. The amount of ECs is determined  together with supervisor and host. It has to contribute to the academic development of the student and the attainment of the semester goals. The learning goals formulated for an internship have to refer to the student’s aspirations regarding profile and academic development, as well as to the general purpose of internships (exploration of career prospects; gain practical experience, develop profile, develop professional skills).

I built my UCT profile around the theme of sustainability and in my Capstone project, I tried to come up with a more sustainable approach to waste management.

Simon de Schaetzen
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