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Frequently asked questions

How much time does an honours programme take?
This varies for each honours programme and for each student. An indication of the study load of each programme is given on the website. But you should realise that this is just an estimation. Moreover, the time involved can differ each week. For example, most of the honours programmes give you less work in your exam weeks so you can spend more time preparing for your exams. Our students are often positively surprised by how good the honours programme can be combined with their regular studies! Would you like to hear from a student about how he or she experiences the study load? Then contact them via this form.

How large is the chance of my being admitted?
That varies for each programme. To give you an indication: in 2019, 81% of all of the applicants were admitted to an honours programme. Are you motivated, does the programme suit you and can you convince the committee that you can combine the programme with your studies? Then there’s a considerably large chance that you’ll be admitted! We look at everyone individually. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically be admitted if the maximum capacity isn’t met. Imagine that 22 people have applied for a programme that can accept 25 students; some of the applicants might not be accepted. If you would like to know more about your chances for a specific programme, you can contact the programme director via this form.

I’m interested in an honours programme but my marks aren’t 9s and 10s. Can I still participate?
Even if you’re not the best student in your programme, the honours programme could be something for you. The most important things are that you’re motivated and that you can combine the programme with your regular studies. Your marks are often a good indication of whether you find it easy to study, but they don’t say everything. We certainly don’t want your regular studies to suffer because you’re following an honours programme. You can probably best estimate yourself whether or not you can follow a programme in addition to your studies. Do you have some doubts? Then contact one of the programme directors via this form.

Ok, so motivation is important. But how do I write a good letter of motivation?
The most important advice is: make it personal! First try to determine what really interests you about the programme and then try to explain that as concretely as possible. Would you like to participate in a faculty programme because you want to explore a specific theme? Then explain why this theme interests you so much. Would you like to participate in a university-wide programme because you’d enjoy meeting people from other faculties? Then explain what you hope to gain from those meetings. So write honestly about what motivates you and don’t try to write what you think the committee wants to read. And don’t be too critical of your letter – most of the programmes invite everyone for an interview and then you can explain your motivation. Do you need some extra inspiration? Via this form you can come into contact with students who might share their letter of motivation with you.

Once I’ve started an honours programme, may I stop?
Of course we’d prefer you not to stop participating in a good programme that you once began so enthusiastically. We prefer our students to show commitment! But something unforeseen can always happen or your personal situation could change so that you can’t continue. It might be good to know that the number of students who stop participating in an honours programme at Radboud University is very low. We can conclude from this that students are usually capable of combining the honours programme with their studies and that they appreciate the programme’s curriculum.

Are there costs involved in participating in an honours programme?
In principle, the curriculum is free. However, for some programmes you have to pay for your stay abroad. In some cases, you may be eligible for a scholarship, which you have to apply for yourself. On this website you can find more information about this for each programme. You can also contact a programme director via this form.

Will I get ECTS points if I complete a programme?
No, you will not get formal credits for our honours programmes. If you complete the programme, you will received an official certificate. This certificate is often highly valued by prospective employers when you start applying for jobs.

Honours labs

Where can I find information about the honours labs in the academic year 2022-2023?
In the academic year 2022-2023, honours labs are offered in the second semester, from February 2023.  Are you curious about the newest honours labs? Take a look here.