Avans University of Applied Sciences supports you in choosing the study programme that is right for you. To this end, we have developed the intake. This page provides you with all the information about the intake you need as a degree-seeking student.

The intake consists of online assignments and an interview. This is followed by a recommendation regarding your suitability for the preferred study programme. The intake is a unique opportunity for us to get to know each other and find out how well the study programme meets your expectations.

Please note that completing the intake is compulsory if you want to study at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Completing the intake assignments

It all starts with your application for the preferred study programme in Studielink. Once we have received your application we will contact you via email. You will be asked to complete a few assignments online. These may include a digital intake assessment and a letter of motivation. For some programmes you may also need to submit a portfolio.

Doing the intake interview

After you have completed the online assignments you will be asked to set the date for your intake interview with one of the lecturers of the study programme. This interview will take place online. During the interview, you will discuss the results of your online assignments. This is also your chance to ask any questions you may have about the programme.

Getting your recommendation

After the interview, you will be advised how well the programme will suit you.

There are 3 possible outcomes of the interview:

  • Positive: the programme is a good choice for you.
  • Critical: the programme might not fully meet your expectations. Therefore, we are not sure whether you will complete it successfully.
  • Negative: the programme is not the right choice for you.

Please note that this recommendation does not have to influence your admission to a bachelor’s programme at Avans. This means you can still apply for the programme of your choice if you have received a critical or negative recommendation, provided you meet all the application criteria. Please be aware that an exception to this rule can apply for non-EEA students. Read more about additional requirements for non-EEA students below.

Different rules apply for master’s degrees in the arts. Please visit the website of the Master Institute AKV|St.Joost for details.

Non-EEA students

Students with a non-EEA nationality need a study visa to study at Avans. Avans will apply for this study visa on behalf of those students accepted for one of our study programmes.

Motivational interview

For non-EEA students, an additional motivational interview will be scheduled, in preparation of the visa application procedure. This can mean that a few additional topics are addressed during the intake interview mentioned above. However, you can also be invited for a separate motivational interview to discuss your choice for Avans and the Netherlands as your next study destination. This interview will also take place online.

After the motivational interview you will receive a positive or negative advice. The advice following the motivational interview in preparation of the visa application is binding. This means that a negative advice for your motivational interview will lead to a rejection of your application at Avans. Note! The intake interview and the motivational interview can lead to opposite results. A negative advice on the motivational interview overrules a positive advice on the intake interview. A negative advice on the intake interview can also be binding for non-EEA students in case the additional motivational topics are addressed within one and the same interview.

Consider doing additional activities

If you start having doubts after the interview, we are here for you. It is always possible to schedule an additional talk with an advisor or lecturer, visit the campus or attend the Orientation Days. We are here to help you to choose the right study programme.