Personal support

We will support you if you need help.


Within the university the counsellor guides students in respect of their choice of study programme. A study programme selection tool is available to find out which programme suits you best. Although the study programme for foreign students, who come here to study for a number of months, has been determined in advance, this does not mean that foreign students cannot use the services of a counsellor. The counsellor can inform you of all the changes within a study programme as well as any current developments, such as the introduction of new study programmes etc. In addition, the counsellor can help you in many other ways, for example: in the event of problems with the examination or education committee, or if you have dyslexia etc.

Students are of course free to make an appointment with a counsellor to discuss their study or important study-related subjects. An appointment with a counsellor can be made at each campus via the Student Information Desk.

If somebody you love very dearly has died and you want to make a personal appointment to talk about your loss or you want some guidance in the mourning process, you can contact a specially appointed counsellor. An appointment can be made at the Student Information Desk.

Dentist / family doctor

If you need medical care it is possible to contact a dentist or family doctor through Avans. As a foreign student this is extremely handy for you. In order to make use of these facilities, you can contact the International Office at Avans.

Church / mosque

In ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg as well as in Breda, various facilities are available to practise your faith. For example, there are several mosques and churches with regular services.

These include:
Süleymaniye Mosque in Tilburg
De Grote of Lieve Vrouwe Kerk in Breda (catholic church)
The protestant church in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Confidential counsellor

Desirable conduct - that is our concern!
Has someone e-mailed you inappropriate images? A slightly too frequent supportive arm around your shoulder? Discriminating remarks? Sometimes you do not know whether to report it, but you know you want to talk about it. In that case, we offer confidential counsellors. They will listen and help you to find a solution. The confidential counsellors’ basic principle is: "It is not right, if it does not feel right". So you are always taken seriously.

We have a complaint procedure for undesirable behaviour. It describes how to deal with these types of situations. If you want to take action, the confidential counsellors will support you.

Studying with a physical limitation

We offer additional facilities for students with a physical limitation and/or chronic illness (disability).

What to expect?
In many cases no standard solutions are at hand and a 'customised' solution is required. Examples of possible special arrangements include:

  • additional examination time
  • examinations printed in large font
  • use of a laptop during examinations
  • taking examinations on a computer

What to do?
If you think that your functional disorder or illness may affect your study progress or if you have questions about any of the aforementioned subjects, please contact your student counsellor well in advance of the start of your study programme. Your counsellor can assess - together with the study programme management, where necessary - any available options and potential limitations.