introduction

The third year (B3) of the bachelor's programme in Psychology includes a 30 EC elective/minor space in the first semester. This elective space is primarily intended to provide a wider focus (supplementing the in-depth approach in your own field of study with broad academic qualifications) and to foster internationalization. In your elective space you can include minors offered at the University of Twente itself, or a course package or minor that you will follow elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad. Alternatively, you can select a combination of these options. This web page provides you with all information about the third year elective space possibilities, rules and procedures for study year 2018-2019. Information for 2017-2018 can be found in the archive.

University of twente minors

Within the University of Twente, there is a wide range of suitable minors that you can choose to complete your 30 EC elective space. They usually consist of one or two 15 EC modules. These modules will acquaint you with the contents of one of the other bachelor’s programmes at the University of Twente, or will enable you to explore a particular academic topic at greater depth. 

University of Twente minors

1. HTHT (High Tech Human Touch) minors

The aim of the HTHT minors is to highlight specific societal themes for which the University of Twente develops High-Tech-Human-Touch solutions based on high-quality research. In most cases, these are offered in ‘packages’ of two modules, each worth 15 credits. However, it is also often possible to follow one of the two modules separately. In this way, you can create your own combination of HTHT modules.

2. In-depth minors

When selecting a minor to deepen their knowledge, Psychology students can choose one (not two) of the elective modules of their first semester of B2 that they have not yet followed.

3. Join-in minors

Formalized join-in minors
Various educational programmes make one or more of their B1 and/or B2 modules available to students from other University of Twente programmes, in the framework of the B3 elective space to get acquainted with their UT programme.

Non-formalized join-in minors
If you would like to use your elective space to switch to a different University of Twente master’s programme than the one to which you have direct access, a pre-master's programme of 15-30 EC can be constructed in agreement with the programme in question.  Furthermore if you are interested in a specific join-in minor, however you do not have sufficient prior knowledge, you may nevertheless be admitted if they have obtained such knowledge prior to, or outside, their own bachelor’s programme.

Special minors

The UT also offers three separate minors, which each have a specific character of its own.

Crossing Borders
Crossing Borders consists of two 15-credit modules that can also be taken separately. This minor offers students opportunities to gain international experience by going abroad for a field study, a study tour, or by working from the Netherlands with international partners. The point in this minor is ‘International Grand Challenges’.

The Board minor
The Board minor (Bestuursminor), which is worth 15 credits, is exclusively accessible to the board members of student organizations. This minor is spread out over an entire academic year, so it can be followed alongside almost full-time management activities. This module is taught in Dutch only.

The Educative minor
The Educative minor (Leren Lesgeven) consists of two 15-credit modules. One is an introductory module that helps you to take stock of the teaching profession, the other is a follow-up module that can be extended to a teaching certification. Of these two modules, only the introductory module is open to Psychology students. This module is taught in Dutch only.

Rules for choosing University of Twente minors

1. If you want to do an in-depth minor, you can only select one 15-credit module in your own discipline.

2. You can select one join-in minor at first-year level (B1). Thus, if you want to follow two join-in minors, at least one of them must be at B2 level. 

Procedure for choosing University of Twente minors
  1. You must register for the minor during the minor enrolment period, using the minor code/minor name.
  2. You must register for the corresponding OSIRIS module (using the OSIRIS code) just before the start of the quartile/block.

    Register for the minor to make sure you can follow it and register for the corresponding OSIRIS module to gain access to Blackboard. The latter you can best do shortly before the start of the quartile to ensure that all information concerning the module on Blackboard is entirely up to date.

  3. In the case of the non-formalized join-in minors you will have to discuss the available options with the offering programme in question. If permission is obtained, BOZ-PSY can register you for the minor and enter details of this registration in OSIRIS. The latter can only be completed if you have filled in the Non-formalized join-in registration form and have submitted a written approval from the programme in question. You can send the registration form and the written approval to Mascha Lindeboom, study adviser of your Psychology bachelor’s programme (studyadviser-psy@utwente.nl). You should only do so if you are fairly sure that you will actually be taking these electives. Should any changes occur after you have handed in the form, please fill in the form again, indicating that this is a change to a previously submitted portfolio.


Studying at another university in the Netherlands

Perhaps you are interested in a specific discipline for which no modules or courses are available at the University of Twente. If so, you can put forward a proposal for an exchange minor at a university-level institution elsewhere in the Netherlands, to include courses in that specific discipline. Based on your registration as a student at the University of Twente, you are allowed to follow courses at other university-level institutions in the Netherlands. If you are considering this option, be sure to get all the information you need from the other university about the options for participating in these courses, their timetabling, and how to apply for admission.

Options for studying at another university in the Netherlands

Pre-master’s courses for transferring to a Master’s programme

If you are interested in taking a master’s programme - in Psychology, or a subject other than Psychology - at a university elsewhere in the country, it is useful to find out what preparatory (pre-master’s) courses you may need to take before you can enter that master’s programme. If you wish, you could then take the courses in question as B3 electives. Ask the study adviser of the relevant university and educational programme for details of the options and requirements.

Other courses 

Even if you do not wish to prepare for a master’s programme elsewhere in the Netherlands, you may want to use your elective space to take courses offered by other university-level institutions, simply because they interest you. These courses can be offered as part of an existing course package (such as a minor), but you also have the option of putting together a cohesive course package (or two packages) yourself.

Rules for studying at another university in the Netherlands

When selecting courses at another university you need to take into account the following rules:

  1. Courses in the field of Psychology must be at second-year level (B2), at least.
  2. Courses in Psychology may have little or no overlap with subjects taught in your own Psychology bachelor’s modules at the University of Twente.
  3. If you opt for a wider focus (subjects from a field of study other than Psychology), then you are permitted to take first-year courses (B1) up to a maximum of 10 EC. Any other courses designed to broaden your knowledge should be at second-year level (B2) at least.
  4. To ensure that there is sufficient cohesion, the total course package of 30 EC must consist of no more than two sub-packages. Each of these sub-packages must also have its own internal cohesion, but they do not need to be the same size (in EC).
Procedure for studying at another university in the Netherlands

Admission and Approval

Before you can take courses at another Dutch university, you must first confirm that you are eligible for admission to those courses at that university.

Next, you need approval from your Psychology Programme Board. To obtain such approval, you must first complete the BMS Elective Space/Minor Course Approval Form before 1 May. You should only do so if you are fairly sure that you will actually be taking these electives. Should any changes occur after you have handed in the form, please fill in the form again (entirely), indicating that this is a change to a previously submitted portfolio

Be sure to fill in the form accurately, including the second part (reasons for applying), and – in the event of a potential overlap with your educational programme – the third part as well.

Send the completed form to Mascha Lindeboom, study adviser of your Psychology bachelor’s programme (studyadviser-psy@utwente.nl) On behalf of the Programme Board, she sees to it that your course package is formally assessed, based on the following criteria: 

1.       Your reasons (motivation) for choosing the university and course package in question
2.       The level of the selected courses (see ‘Rules’ above)
3.       The cohesion between the subjects of the courses
4.       Their distinctiveness (no overlap!), in relation to the PSY study programme.

registration

Once approval has been granted and you meet the prerequisites, BOZ will register your minor in Osiris. If you do not meet the prerequisites, BOZ will inform you (around August) that you will not be allowed to take the minor until such time as these requirements are met.

Transcript of Records

After successful completion, apply to the university where you took the courses in question for a certified Transcript of Records, and submit this to BOZ. BOZ will see to it that details of the courses in question are registered in the B3 elective space in Osiris.

study abroad

The University of Twente encourages student mobility, in the sense of studying at (partner) universities abroad. It is a great opportunity to enhance your language skills and to develop intercultural skills. The elective space is a suitable opportunity to spend time abroad in the framework of the bachelor’s programme. This can be done by participating in the above-mentioned University of Twente minor, Crossing Borders. Alternatively, it can involve taking courses at a university outside the Netherlands. If you want to take your minor outside the Netherlands, the best place to start is the faculty’s web page Study Abroad:


Rules for Study Abroad

When selecting courses at a university abroad you need to take into account the following rules: 

  1. Courses in the field of Psychology must be at second-year level (B2), at least.
  2. Courses in Psychology may have little or no overlap with subjects taught in your own Psychology bachelor’s modules at the University of Twente.
  3. If you opt for a wider focus (subjects from a field of study other than Psychology), then you are permitted to take first-year courses (B1) up to a maximum of 10 EC. Any other courses designed to broaden your knowledge should be at second-year level (B2) at least.
  4. Courses involving language and culture can only be included in the programme if they relate to the language and culture of the country in which the university is located. In addition, courses of this type are limited to a maximum of 10 EC.
  5. To ensure that there is sufficient cohesion, the total course package of 30 EC must consist of no more than two sub-packages. Each of these sub-packages must also have its own internal cohesion, but they do not need to be the same size (in EC).
Procedure for Study Abroad

Approval

You must submit your course package for approval. To this end, you should fill in the BMS Elective Space/Minor Course Approval Form. The completed form must then be submitted to the BMS exchange officer Laura Klaver, she is your main contact. She will forward it to Mascha Lindeboom, study adviser of your Psychology bachelor’s programme. On behalf of the Programme Board, she sees to it that your course package is formally assessed, based on the following criteria: 

  1. Your reasons (motivation) for choosing the university and course package in question
  2. The level of the selected courses
  3. Their distinctiveness (very little or no overlap!), in relation to the PSY study programme
  4. The cohesion between the subjects of the courses
  5. Limited number of courses involving language and culture (max.10 EC).

Transcript of Records

After successful completion, apply to the university where you took the courses in question for a certified Transcript of Records, and submit this to BOZ. BOZ will see to it that details of the courses in question are registered in the B3 elective space in Osiris.

For further details of the procedure, please read the Study Abroad Manual, which you can find on the Study Abroad Blackboard page or contact the faculty’s exchange officer, Laura Klaver.

Some tips
  • For anyone wishing to study at a university outside the Netherlands, a solid motivation is an important starting point. Studying abroad is certainly not the easiest way to complete the B3 elective space – it takes some perseverance. For example, make sure you are quite clear about the specific country/region you are interested in and about the field you want your minor programme to cover.
  • When it comes to studying abroad, in particular, you should allow for a lengthy period of preparation. The whole process of organizing a period of study abroad requires a great deal of preparation, and can involve many ups and downs. We advise you to allow for a six to twelve month period of preparation.
  • If you have any doubts about whether you can meet the prerequisites in good time, so that you can go abroad, please contact the study adviser.
  • If you want to go abroad, it’s essential to check carefully whether this option fits your personal planning with regard to the remaining parts of the study programme, in order to avoid falling behind in your studies unnecessarily. After all, you will be unable to take any modules at the University of Twente for a considerate period of time. If in doubt, always check with the study adviser first!
  • The University of Twente is occasionally able to offer financial support for a period of study abroad.  
  • Perseverance pays off. The lessons learned by PSY students who have studied at universities in other countries show that perseverance pays off. Students often look back on their time spent studying abroad with a great deal of pleasure.

Prerequisites 

Type of minor

Prerequisites

University of Twente minors

90 EC from B1 and B2 completed

Studying at another university NL

90EC from B1 and B2 completed

Study Abroad

B1 and 1st semester of B2 completed

Elective space manual and forms