Announced Changes to the Academic Standards & Procedures are Nothing to Worry About

By Nina Hees — An AUC Student Council Facebook post on April 20 about alterations to the Academic Standards and Procedures (AS&Ps), effective in the 2018/19 academic year, raised concerns among the student body. Adele Beinaraviciute, a second-year Social Science major and co-chair of the Student Council, and Thijs Etty, chair of the Board of Studies (BoS), answer these concerns. It appears that there is nothing … Continue reading Announced Changes to the Academic Standards & Procedures are Nothing to Worry About

Reduced First-year Tuition Fees – A Gift or Not?

By Klaas Schoenmaker — While seeming like a nice gift to new students at first glance, the recently introduced regulation that is cutting in half the tuition fees for students from the EU, EEA, Surinam, and Switzerland can potentially hurt Dutch students taking out high amounts of student loans. According to the proposed changes to the “Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research,” future Amsterdam University … Continue reading Reduced First-year Tuition Fees – A Gift or Not?

The Campaign to Put Butts Where They Belong

By Emma Tucker — “See? there’s a girl smoking right there on the bench,” said Marcus Smit, Amsterdam University College’s (AUC) Team Leader of Internationalisation, as he pointed to the benches outside the academic building. “There’s another one. She already has her hands in her bag, so that cigarette was chucked on the ground. They are completely unaware of the fact that they are littering in … Continue reading The Campaign to Put Butts Where They Belong

Why the Quitting Social Media Trend Isn’t Taking Off at AUC

By Laura Illeris — At a time when social media companies are increasingly under scrutiny and our lives are uploaded to the Cloud on a daily basis, a countertrend of giving up likes and instant gratification by abandoning social media is emerging. However, some students at Amsterdam University College (AUC) following this trend are facing a major obstacle. They feel that AUC relies too heavily on … Continue reading Why the Quitting Social Media Trend Isn’t Taking Off at AUC

The Action-plan: Working Towards a Resolution to Fight Depression at AUC

By Lieselotte Oudega — With the final capstone deadline approaching, the last exams and deadlines being prepared and the question of what to do next year echoing in their head, there is a big chance that depression will be looming around the third-years at Amsterdam University College (AUC). It turns out that these feelings are tormenting almost half of the students at AUC and more than … Continue reading The Action-plan: Working Towards a Resolution to Fight Depression at AUC

Willemijn de Hoop: The Hope for a Debt-free AUCSA?

By Max van Geuns — With a projected budget deficit of 26,500 euros at the end of this academic year, Willemijn de Hoop, a second-year Science major, was the only candidate brave enough to apply for the Treasury of the Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA) of 2018-2019. After two years of overspending and budget cuts, she is taking the high road with a five-year payback … Continue reading Willemijn de Hoop: The Hope for a Debt-free AUCSA?

The Issue of Exercise for AUC Students: Stress to Excess or Exercise to De-stress?

By Rosa Juffer — The high workload, demanding classes and attendance requirements of Amsterdam University College (AUC) often take their toll on its students. For many, the prospect of an upcoming deadline is stressful enough to opt for an extra hour of study instead of hitting the gym. However, according to mental and physical health experts, it is exactly this exercise that could relieve some of … Continue reading The Issue of Exercise for AUC Students: Stress to Excess or Exercise to De-stress?

AUC’s Chemistry Track: An Empty Promise

By Veerle Fanoy — “A full-time, selective three-year honours programme in liberal arts and sciences at the Bachelor level, taught in English, with a strong offering in the sciences and enrolling up to 50% science majors.” With this description Amsterdam University College (AUC) presents itself to prospective students on its website. Yet with four chemistry courses cancelled during the 2017-2018 academic year, in an already lackluster … Continue reading AUC’s Chemistry Track: An Empty Promise

AUC’s History Track: in Need of a Revamp to Change for the Better

By Malou Miedema — The history track needs a revamp if it is to become a well-rounded track, according to current and former students of history courses at Amsterdam University College (AUC). For current and prospective history students, good news is on the horizon: after the changes to the Film track, which are to be implemented in the forthcoming semester, the History track is next in … Continue reading AUC’s History Track: in Need of a Revamp to Change for the Better

From Punishment to Ambitious Project – Reshaping the Tenants Association

By Madelief van Dongen Disclaimer: As a result of anonymity issues, edits to this story have been made after publication. — When a bunch of students decided to throw a party in their decorated common room last year, they did not expect it to lead to a new function as DUWO ambassador. Hidde Griek, second-year Humanities major, and Noah van Genuchten, second-year Social Science major, were … Continue reading From Punishment to Ambitious Project – Reshaping the Tenants Association