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Rules and procedures

Education and Examination Regulations (EER)
Although the Study Guide and the website of your study programme provide all kinds of practical information, these are not formal regulations from which you can derive rights as a student. However, you can derive rights from the Education and Examination Regulations (EER). The Higher Education and Research Act (WHW) states that Education and Examination Regulations must exist for each programme or group of programmes; these regulations must clearly and adequately describe the procedures that are available and the rights and obligations regarding education and examinations. The Act also stipulates the aspects that must be specified as a minimum in these regulations. This includes the following aspects:

  • the structure of the education, and the language of instruction and type of examination for each course,
  • the difficulty of the programme;
  • participation in education (to what extent is it mandatory?) and progress requirements (such as the binding study advice),
  • interim examinations (including the timelines for assessment, post-inspection of the exam and possibilities for submitting objection and appeal),
  • final examinations, also the allocation of degree classifications such as 'cum laude',
  • the qualities that students must have attained following successful completion of the study programme.

Request degree certificate
Once you have successfully completed all the requirements that apply to the Master's degree programme, you are eligible to request the Pre-master's programme certificate.

Transitional arrangements
Because degree programmes periodically change their curricula, it can happen that students who incur a steady delay are unable to take a course that it is no longer offered. For this purpose, transitional arrangements have been made. All transitional arrangement can be found on the faculty website.

Exemptions, replacement subjects or extra exam opportunities
Do you think you are eligible for an exemption, do you want to take a replacement subject or request an additional exam opportunity? In that case, you are formally deviating from the Education and Examination Regulations. A request to deviate from the EER can be approved or rejected by the Examination Board of your study programme. Ensure that your request for a deviation from the EER is always submitted on time, contains an explanation and includes the necessary documentation. For example, if you want an exemption because you have passed the same subject elsewhere, then you should send an official list of your results and a description of the course from the corresponding study guide. If you would like an extra examination opportunity, then explain why, including proof if applicable. The study advisor is a consulting member of the Examining Board and can explain the procedure to you.

Fraud will be punished
You must always cite a source when using another person's text, words, ideas, designs and/or theories – partially or completely – in your own writing. This also applies if you use a source you found on the Internet. If you do not cite the source, this is fraud.

Student Charter
Every year, the Executive Board of RU enacts the Student Charter. The Student Charter describes the rights and obligations of the students at our university. More specifically, the Student Charter describes the legal protection for students.