Scroll through this page to read about our online education environment for Pre-University Honours Programmes, what's included in the fees, as well as our cancellation policy.
All online courses organised through the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences (including this course) are designed so that you can focus on participating in the course and immersing yourself in your new digital environment. We make that possible by including the following in the tuition fee:
We believe that the right sort of online education experience can deliver knowledge in an impactful manner. Our online courses are designed to deepen your understanding of a series of innovative topics, and to reach as many people around the world as possible.
Past online courses have included participants from every continent: in order to facilitate this diversity we encourage discussion and feedback from all participants, and focus on student participation in the structure and delivery. Our instructors also give detailed feedback on assignments, to ensure you get the most out of your online course, and our staff is available to help should you have any technical difficulties.
Our online courses make use of both live and pre-recorded sessions in varying formats, including seminars and lectures, as well as guided self study. All sessions are roughly two hours long, and will be held at different times throughout the course so that as many participants as possible will have the opportunity to join the live sessions.
We also make use of preparatory and in-course assignments, and participants will also get the opportunity to present a final major project, be that a report, essay, or project they have been working on throughout the programme. Participants can also expect daily readings and weekly assignments to help solidify what they learn in the digital classroom.
All of our programmes make use of Canvas, the UvA's digital learning environment. Roughly one month before the start of your programme, you will receive an invitation by email to access Canvas. We recommend you do so as soon as possible. Once we invite you to Canvas, programme specific communication will appear there. Canvas is where announcements, schedules, and readings will be posted, both in advance of the course, and throughout its duration. Canvas is also the place to meet and interact with your fellow classmates.
Students may cancel their participation in a summer programme for a full refund, minus the €250 administration fee, if the Summer Programmes Office is notified via email at least 30 days before the start of the programme (orientation/opening date). No refunds will be given after this date.
In the event that a programme must be cancelled by the Summer Programmes Office, students who have paid tuition fees will be reimbursed in full minus €50 to cover banking costs.
If possible, students will be offered a spot in another programme, if a similar programme is available.
This policy also applies in relation to programme cancellations due to Covid-19.