The Study Check is an important part of your application.

Study Check

If you want to study at a Dutch university, you will be faced with the Study Check. This check is a mandatory part of your application process. Good to know, the Study Check is not an exam! It is not possible to fail the test because it is designed to find out whether your interests and ambitions match with your chosen study programme. Based on the check, we will provide a study advice. If this advice is positive, it is more likely that you will enjoy your study and it increases the chance of you completing the programme successfully.

You will find all the information about your Study Check in Selfservice, the Study Check consists of the following components

  1. Online questionnaire
    All programmes ask you to complete an online questionnaire prior to a meeting via Skype. In the questionnaire you can be asked about your current study situation, which after school activities you have done, your motivation and skills. Depending on the outcome of the online questionnaire, an interview via Skype might be required.
  2. Homework assignment
    For a number of programmes, you also have to do a homework assignment in addition to the online questionnaire.
  3. Study Check
    Join the Study Check activity. If you live abroad, you are invited to an online interview, which usually consists of a chat about your motivation to find out if there's a match with the degree programme.
  4. Study Check advice
    The Study Check is completed with a study advice. This could translate into a binding study advice. Check here if it applies to you.

For who?

You do the Study Check when you are enrolled for a bachelor's degree. The check is a compulsory part of your application process when you want to study at Inholland or any other university in the Netherlands.

After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email from the Central Student Administration stating whether the Study Check is mandatory for you. You will also be referred to Self Service via this e-mail. Here you will find all information about the Study Check and the various steps that apply to you.

Dates 2024

You don’t have to be in the Netherlands to join the Study Check activity, we offer this online. There's a possibility that the degree programme will contact you for an online interview.
If they do, the interview will take place in one of the following weeks (depending on when you have applied):

Week Date
Week 11 11 - 15 March 
Week 16 15 -19 April
Week 21 21 - 24 May
Week 26 24 June - 28 June


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be refused access to a programme if I receive a negative advice?
If you apply before 1 May, you will not be refused access to a programme, even if you receive a negative advice after your study check. If you apply after 1 May and you receive a negative advice, you will not be admitted. 

Can I prepare for the study check?
No, the study check is not a test for which you can prepare. However, the programme may ask you to write a motivation letter or complete a homework assignment. 

Other questions? Read our F.A.Q. (pdf)

The Study Check is a requirement to start your study programme. It has been developed at the request of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The check is part of the education law which took effect on 1 September 2013.


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