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Facilities, including academic counselling

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- Academic counselling and advice
- General facilities for students
- Facilities for specific target groups
- Financial support for students

Academic counselling and advice

Radboud University offers students different types of academic counselling and advice. This is partly associated with the relevant study programme but also partly involves more specialised guidance provided by the Academic Affairs Department.

What can I do if my studies are delayed or if there is a danger that they will be, for example, due to personal circumstances?

If your studies are delayed, it would be best for you to contact your department’s student advisor. You can find out who your student advisor is and how to reach them on your faculty’s website.

General facilities for students

In addition to academic counselling, Radboud University has a very wide range of facilities that students can make use of.

What facilities are available for students at Radboud University?

The Registration Regulations describe what facilities are available at Radboud University for students. An overview of the most important facilities for students can be found on www.ru.nl/currentstudents/

What are the Radboud University libraries’ opening hours?

The university library is a very important facility for students with ample opening hours (also during the weekend and on a number of public holidays). The opening hours are listed at https://www.ru.nl/library/.

Facilities for specific target groups

What academic counselling is available to me in relation to my study programme?

The study guide contains more information about the academic counselling services your programme offers.

What can I approach my student advisor about?

The study guide sets out what you can approach a student advisor about. For students facing study delays, student advisors are often the first point of contact. You can find out who your student advisor is and how to reach them on the faculty website.

What can I approach a student counsellor about?

A student counsellor advises and assists students with questions that they have about study delays, legislation and regulations, and financial support, for example. You may make an appointment with a student counsellor through the Radboud University website.

Who can I approach with a complaint about an academic counsellor?

You can submit complaints about academic counselling or supervisors to the University's Complaints Office.

What academic counselling services does the University offer to students?

In addition to assistance with your studies, Radboud University offers the following types of assistance: student psychologists and deans, training, and study compatibility and careers advice offered by the Student Affairs Department, and a career service. More information about the types of academic counselling which Radboud University offers students may be found at Information for students |  Radboud University (ru.nl).

Radboud University has extra facilities for a number of specific target groups, namely: students dealing with special family circumstances, chronically ill students, students with an impairment, pregnant students, informal carers, students exceptionally talented in sports or the arts, student board members and student entrepreneurs.

What facilities are available for students with an impairment and/or chronic illness?

Your study programme will accommodate for your medical circumstances. Students with an impairment and/or chronic illness should contact a student counsellor or student advisor to discuss what facilities are desirable and possible. More information on facilities for students with functional impairments can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations and the study guide of your study programme. Here you can also download a list of commonly used facilities for students with an impairment. Information for the entire university about studying with an impairment can be found here. You can make an appointment with a student counsellor through the Radboud University website, where you will be able to find more information. Students facing study delays due to an impairment may be eligible for financial support. Sometimes an extension of financial aid via DUO is possible.

What provisions are there for students with long-term illnesses, who are experiencing family  circumstances, pregnant students and informal carers?

Contact your student advisor or a student counsellor to discuss what facilities you may be eligible for if your circumstances affect your study progress. For example, you may be eligible for the adapted studying pilot. If your studies are delayed due to special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support. This is set out in the Profiling Fund Regulations.

What facilities are available for pregnant students?

More information on the provisions for pregnant students or for combining parenting and studying is available on the Radboud University website.

What facilities are there for students exceptionally talented in sports or the arts?

A number of provisions are available for students who are exceptionally talented in sports or the arts. For more information about this, get in touch with the coordinator for students exceptionally talented in sports and arts or look at Regulations for Top Talent in Sports or the Arts.

What facilities are available for student entrepreneurs and where can I find information about them?

Any student who has a business (or wishes to start one) may find information about relevant facilities from the Research & Impact department. More information on the facilities for student entrepreneurs can be found on the Radboud University website.

Where can I find information about the adapted studying pilot project for students?

There is an adapted studying pilot project for students with an impairment, who have been sick for a lengthy period of time or who are experiencing special family circumstances, pregnant students, informal carers, students exceptionally talented in sports or the arts, and student board members and student entrepreneurs. In this respect, your study programme is asked to be more flexible in relation to matters such as mandatory attendance, examination options and assignments.

More information on this pilot can be found on the Radboud University website.

Financial support for students

In a couple of circumstances, Radboud University offers its students financial support from the Profiling Fund or in acute situations from the Emergency Fund.

Where can I find information about the different forms of financial support for students?

Radboud University has two types of financial support: the Profiling Fund and the Emergency Fund. You can find more information about the various forms of financial support on the Radboud University website.

Under what circumstances am I eligible for financial support from the Profiling Fund?

The Profiling Fund provides financial support to students facing study delays due to exceptional circumstances (e.g. personal circumstances, doing board work for a student association or playing sport at a top level). The Profiling Fund offers financial support for stays abroad, and financial support is available for non-EEA students who want to study at Radboud University. The conditions for eligibility for financial support can be found in the Profiling Fund Regulations.

Can you get financial support if you are active in a national organisation?

The Profiling Fund only offers financial support to students who are a member of a board or participational body at Radboud University. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science provides financial support for student board members of national organisations; this is set out in the Higher Education Finance Regulations.

Under what circumstances can I call on Radboud University’s Emergency Fund?

Students at Radboud University in acute financial distress can make use of the Emergency Fund. This fund provides loans to address the acute nature of the financial problems. The problems are also incidental, unforeseen and solvable.

For example, for unforeseen high dental costs. It is also possible to apply for a contribution in connection with a study restriction. For example, to reimburse a necessary examination for dyslexia. Are you in a situation of acute financial need as a student? If so, please contact a student counsellor to check whether the Emergency Fund can help you.

Can I claim a special arrangement for financial aid through DUO (provision for performance scholarship)?

Information about special arrangements concerning financial aid can be obtained from the student  counsellor and the DUO website.

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