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IST procedure

General Procedures

The departments provide detailed information about the IST procedure. Every department has its own IST coach or coaches to guide students through this process. Every student makes an IST plan, using the IST form. This plan describes the student’s proposed activities, their motivation and learning objectives. The plan should be discussed with an IST coach. In this discussion, the IST plan is evaluated on the basis of whether it can function as a broadening and/or deepening of the study programme. The student can make a start on the plan once it has been approved. After the activity or activities have been carried out, a formal external evaluation takes place (in the case of minors and electives, for example). The student is also asked to assess the learning results and activities. The coach provides a final assessment. See for the IST form and the procedure.

Work carried out within the framework of the IST does not always form part of the collective assessment. This is the case, for example, when the IST involves an elective at Leiden University. In such situations, students are assessed externally and the coach only approves this assessment if it matches the IST plan. Credits are allocated after the collective assessments. See also the IST procedure provided by the department.

Practical information

The IST programme covers 36 ECs that can be divided over four years of study. There is no strict target for how many credits a student should earn per semester, but it is recommended that students spread the credits over the semesters. Each department schedules time for the IST in the programme, although the exact scheduling can differ per department. Fulltime students tend to be exempt from compulsory study components on Wednesdays, which are reserved for students to deepen their knowledge and specialise in the curriculum. The Royal Academy of Art The Hague labs are therefore scheduled for Wednesdays.

The modules organised by the Royal Academy of Art The Hague are subject to change. Please see the website for current opportunities:

External electives

Through the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, students may follow external electives at Leiden University or at the Royal Conservatoire. Current information about all the external electives is available in the e-Prospectus: More information on the enrolment procedure is provided at

Enrolment in an elective course at the Royal Conservatoire does not require registration as a guest student at Leiden University. If you wish to enrol, please contact R. Schneemann:

Practicum Artium: electives for students from Leiden University and the Royal Academy

Through the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, students from Leiden University may take electives at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and the Royal Conservatoire. From the current academic year onwards, Royal Academy of Art The Hague students can also attend these classes. The electives are: painting, drawing, graphic design and photography. More information is available at the website and in the e-Prospectus of Leiden University: If you wish to register, please contact the Academy’s coordinator for academic-wide education, Niki van Strien, via

Internship procedure

Preconditions for an internship

Before a student can start an internship, their internship plan must be approved and they must have completed prior study components. In exceptional cases, the head of department may authorise an internship before the student has completed the prior study components. The necessary preparations must have been made during the period preceding the internship (e.g., preparation for attendance and return days to be held mid-way or at the end of the internship period).

Organisation of the internship

The internship coordinator provides detailed information on the internship procedure. All the steps that are outlined by the internship coordinator are also indicated on the internship forms and constitute essential elements of an internship. No separate credits are allocated for these steps. An internship must comprise at least half a semester, up to a maximum of one semester.

Internship forms are available via the website (Student Portal > download forms) and the Student Administration office. They should be completed before, during and after an internship. The forms include an internship contract and the assessment forms for the internship provider. The internship forms for students doing an internship in the Netherlands are available in Dutch and English. For students doing an internship abroad, English internship abroad forms are available. In cases where it is difficult to obtain an internship (e.g., ArtScience and Fine Arts), an internship can be replaced with other activities

International internships

Students wishing to do an internship in another European country can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship. The minimum duration of an Erasmus+ internship is two months and the maximum duration is one semester. The number of ECs for the internship will be decided by the department. Students wishing to do an internship abroad can find all of the information and forms to be completed on the website, under ‘International’.

Internationalisation procedures

International exchange

All students at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. Students can choose from a pool of European and non-European partners, in consultation with their head of department. Students can study abroad for one semester and gain 30 ECs. The department decides on the year and the period during which students are permitted study abroad. Students studying at an Erasmus partner institution can apply for a scholarship. All information regarding the application procedure and the list of partners can be found on the website, under ‘International’.

VSBFonds Scholarship

All Dutch students and international students with a permanent stay permit after completion of their Bachelors’ programme can apply to the VSBFonds if they wish to follow a Master’s programme abroad. The application deadline is 1 March 2017. Information about this scholarship can be found under ‘International – after graduation’.

Exemptions procedure

At a student’s request and on the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Examination Board can grant an exemption for one or more study components on the basis of a certificate, diploma, testimonial or other document that proves that the student has already met the requirements of the relevant component.

The period of validity of any exemption granted is unlimited, unless the content of the relevant study component is altered due to changes to the Education and Examination Regulations. If an exemption is granted, the student will receive proof of the exemption


The detailed procedure can be found in the appendix of the Education and Examination Regulations (see Exemption protocol, Study Guide 2016/17 p.53). A student must submit his or her request for exemption to the lecturer/invigilator before the third meeting relating to a subject in a semester at the latest. In order to apply for an exemption, students must complete a form that can be found on the student portal or printed at the Student Administration office. The request for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documentation. The lecturer/invigilator will evaluate the request and advise the head of the department concerned on the request and supply the supporting documentation. The head of department will ensure that the lecturer/invigilator has based his/her recommendation on solid arguments. If this is the case, the head of department will adopt the recommendation of the lecturer/invigilator.

The recommendation will then be made to the Examination Board. The form signed by the head of department, together with the supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Student Administration office. Once the Board has made a positive recommendation, the exemption will be officially granted. Student Administration will register the granted exemptions and inform the student by means of an adjusted study progress overview. If the request for exemption is rejected by the Examination Board, the Board will duly inform the relevant head of department and the lecturer/invigilator, stating the reasons for the rejection and asking the head of department to re-assess the exemption request.

Appeals and objections

The Royal Academy has various bodies with which objections can be lodged against decisions that have been taken by the Academy during the study process: the Board of Appeal for Examinations and the Complaints Committee. In addition, there is a national Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education (


In the context of protecting students’ legal rights, the Royal Academy has set up a digital complaints desk to receive all student complaints, objections or appeals, forward them correctly and ensure that they are handled properly. Complaints written in Dutch or English can be sent to: All formal notices of objection should be sent exclusively to the complaints office and should be addressed by the complainant to the body that took the decision (the Examination Board, the faculty management, the Executive Board or the Complaints Committee). Formal objections should be submitted within six weeks of date on which the student was notified of the decision to which he or she objects.

For more information, see the Student Charter of the Royal Academy of Arts at

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