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Question:

Open Day: Can I attend a Wittenborg Open Day or visit the campus?

(Last edited: Friday, 18 September 2020, 2:09 PM)
Answer:

Currently, all on-campus events including open days and campus tours have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, we are very pleased to inform you that Wittenborg hosts regular Virtual Open Days with Admissions Officers & current students. Our Virtual Open Day dates can be found here: https://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-open-day-online.htm



Question:

Open Days- Can I still attend open day events at the university?

(Last edited: Friday, 17 April 2020, 1:17 PM)
Answer:

Currently, all on-campus events including open days and campus tours have been cancelled. However, we are very pleased to inform you that Wittenborg will host its very first Virtual Open Day on 29th of April. 


Question:

Oral Defence for Graduation Assignment: How can I hold my graduation defence presentation online?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 12:25 PM)
Answer:

 

The Graduation Assignment (GA) Oral Defence will be conducted approximately 2 weeks after you submitted your GA assignment via Turnitin. These two weeks are for your Academic Supervisor and an External Marker to mark your assignment. If you receive an initial pass by both your Academic Supervisor and External Marker, you will receive an email regarding your Oral Defence. In the email, you can find details about the Oral Defence such as:
1) the day, date and time of your Oral Defence
2) the deadline to upload your presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi etc.) on the online submission area
3) when you should send a copy of your presentation to your Academic Supervisor
4) the link to the Oral Defence Meeting at MS Teams
5) any other relevant information/instruction
 
You are advised to try clicking on the link to ensure that you will be able to access the meeting and to see whether your microphone works. If you do not have MS Teams, you can download the app on your laptop or iPad or mobile phone. If you face any problems, please contact Front Desk as early as possible.
 
 

Question:

Orientation Year: Can I use my orientation year after 2 years of finishing education?

(Last edited: Thursday, 4 June 2020, 12:57 PM)
Answer:

Yes, you can still apply for the orientation year within 3 years after finishing your education. 


Question:

Orientation Year: Can I use my orientation year/search year residence permit to work outside the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 5:12 PM)
Answer:

No, you can only use your orientation year residence permit to work in the Netherlands.

The Dutch residence permit for the orientation year (oriëntatiejaar or zoekjaar - search year) does not give you the right to work in other countries, even in the Schengen area. If you want to work in another (Schengen member) state, you will have to apply for a residence permit and/or a work permit in that state. Take note that your stay in other Schengen member states is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. If you intend to stay in another Schengen member state longer, you must comply with the immigration regulations of that country. Take note also that if you do not have and keep your main residence in the Netherlands during the orientation year, your residence permit can be revoked. Having main residence in the Netherlands is a key requirement to retain a Dutch residence permit.


Question:

Orientation Year: I am graduating soon. How can I apply for a search year (zoekjaar) visa?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 12:45 PM)
Answer:

If you have successfully completed your studies and like to stay in the Netherlands to find a job or start up your own company, you have to apply for the search year (Zoekjaar) visa. Once you have passed your Graduation Assignment (GA) Oral Defence, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) will start your de-registration process and inform the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) as we are legally bound to do so within 4 weeks from the Oral Defence day.  The procedure to withdraw the permit will be commenced by IND accordingly.  

During this 4-week period, WUAS will prepare and sign your 'Declaration of Study Completion'. You will require this document to apply for your Zoekjaar on the IND site (Alternatively, you can use the copy of your Graduation Diploma if you have received it.) If you would like this Declaration, please send us an email at registrar@wittenborg.eu with your current registered address details. We will send you this document by e-mail within two weeks after your Oral Defence. 

IND grants the graduates three months to apply for Zoekjaar after graduation date ( i.e. Oral Defence date for WUAS students). If the Zoekjaar Application is not received by the IND within three months, then you will face a residence gap.  

Two exceptions should be considered in this regard to avoid the residence gap: 

  1. Please make sure your study residence permit valid is within those 3 months. If not, please apply for a Zoekjaar before your current residence permit expires.  

  1. If you want to work more than 16 hours soon after you graduate then you must change your visa type to Zoekjaar as soon as possible. 

More information and the application procedures can be found at:  

FAQ about the topic on IND’s website can be found at https://ind.nl/en/Documents/FAQ_orientation_year_highly_educated_persons.pdf  


Question:

OV-Chipcard (OV-Chipkaart): What is an OV-chipcard and how can I use it in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:00 PM)
Answer:

In the Netherlands, the easiest way to take the bus, train, subway, or tramway is to use an OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card). The costs for the OV-Chipkaart itself is €7,50 and can be bought at https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/purchase-an-ov-chipkaart.htm or at the local NS-service points. There are two different OV cards.

  • The first is a personalised OV-chipcard, which allows for putting a photo on it and season tickets can be loaded here.
  • The second option is an anonymous card, not registered to a name. The company will not be able to know who is traveling with this card.

Note: Season tickets can only be loaded on the personalised card.

Further details on 'How to use the OV-chipcard' can be accessed via: https://www.wittenborg-online.com/mod/glossary/showentry.php?eid=221.



Question:

Ov-Chipkaart Lost: I have lost my OV-Chipkaart. Who should I contact?

(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:02 PM)
Answer:

If you have lost your OV-Chipkaart or if it is defective, then you will have to cancel the travel product via the OV-Chipkaart Customer Service Department. Contact them by dialling 0900-0980 (normal call charges apply).


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Part Time Jobs: What kind of jobs can I apply for as a student in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:54 PM)
Answer:

There are mainly operational jobs available, but it is also depends on the market situation and your own experience/qualifications.


Question:

Part-Time Jobs: Can I find part-time jobs on WittenborgConnect?

(Last edited: Monday, 22 March 2021, 5:39 PM)
Answer:

No, the option of WittenborgConnect (https://wittenborgconnect.com/) is only for internships. For part-time jobs, you can go through www.indeed.nl or you can build your network connection with fellow students or companies via LinkedIn.


Question:

Part-Time Jobs: Do I need to inform the university for a work permit if I get a part-time job?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:55 PM)
Answer:

No, if it is a part-time job, and not an internship, the student need not inform Wittenborg. The employer will apply for the work permit for you.


Question:

Part-time/Online Job: Can I find an online part-time job in the Netherlands? Due to COVID-19, I am not able to travel to the Netherlands.

(Last edited: Saturday, 11 July 2020, 10:07 AM)
Answer:

Most of the part-time jobs in NL require you to be physically in NL, so it is nearly impossible to find an online part-time job.

Suggestion: It is highly unlikely that you will be able to find an online part-time job in the Netherlands. Most jobs require you to be physically present in the Netherlands. Furthermore, to be able to work in the Netherlands, you need a residence permit and/or a work permit (TWV). If you are a new student from a non-EU country, you would not have your resident permit card, and BSN (Social Security No.) yet until you arrive in the Netherlands. These two are prerequisites for being employed in the Netherlands. You can find more details from the IND website: https://ind.nl/en/work



Question:

PDP Registrations: Do I need to register for PDP?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:58 PM)
Answer:

PDP consists of three main sections: Academic English, Seminars and Portfolio. 

You are required to register for Academic English. 

Note:

Find more detailed information in PDP AE module guide in the online area. Module Guides for All Programmes.


Question:

Personal Support: How can I seek personal support while in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:00 PM)
Answer:

Student Support is organised through the Front Desk. Staff are able to manage all general questions regarding the university and living in the Netherlands. Front Desk staff also assist students in the submission and collection of documents, including all aspects of registration and residence permits.

Student Support assists with the following:

  • Banking & Finances
  • Student Affairs and Travelling
  • Medical and Dental
  • Health Insurance
  • Working in the Netherlands
  • Student Housing
  • Student Building Access Cards
  • Student Code of Behaviour

We are here to help, just ask!!

The Student Services Desk is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.



Question:

Pick Up service: Will there be a pick service when I arrive at Schiphol airport?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 6:34 PM)
Answer:

Yes. You will be received by one of our current student volunteers at Schiphol on your arrival and bring you to your room by train. You should have filled in the arrival notification form which you should have already received earlier in order for us to make the arrangements.

Further, fellow students in the student housing will be informed of your arrival and help you move in. The housing coordinator Maria Acosta will meet you on the first working day of the week and help you with any remaining formalities or assistance that you may need". In case of any difficulties please contact the University by telephone number: +3188 6672 688 (during working hours) or the Wittenborg Student Housing: +316 137 236 08. 

NoteIf you do not inform Wittenborg on time, your airport pick up service will possibly not be arranged. If your flight schedule has been changed, you are also required to inform Wittenborg at least 3 working days prior to your departure in order to make the necessary adjustments. 

Steps to follow on arrival at student housing due to ongoing corona virus restrictions: 

  • All new arriving students are required to self-quarantine in their student housing room for first 10 days after arrival. 
  • Please avoid visiting the university during the first 10 days after arrival. You can call 0031 886672688 during office hours for any urgent matter. 
  • All new arrivals need to monitor their health. 
  • No visitor or relative is allowed during the 10 days period. 
  • Avoid contact with others unless seeking medical help. 
  • Use face mask to cover your mouth and nose when you have to go out and please maintain 1.5 meters distance between each other. 
In case you need medical care write to frontdesk@wittenborg.eu from your student email preferably.


Question:

Plagiarism: What happens if two or more students were observed to have been cooperating during exams?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:46 AM)
Answer:

During the grading process, if the similarity in assessments between two or more students is identified it will result in an automatic failure (for all parties involved) and will be reported to the Graduation and Examination Board to take actions accordingly. You must ensure that you do not work together with other students in a group/team or share any information related to your home assignment for any module submission. This is very important and your own responsibility to protect your work being copied by other students.  Our plagiarism policy is available in Part 5 of the EEG.


Question:

Plagiarism/Turnitin Similarity Score: Does Turnitin show percentage of similarity and plagiarism? Or any highlighted area for plagiarism?

(Last edited: Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:44 PM)
Answer:

When a paper is submitted via Turnitin, an overall percentage of similarity or originality score (with colour code) is shown (see picture below). The similarity score is just a percentage of text in the student’s paper that matches sources in the Turnitin database. Turnitin does not detect nor check for plagiarism but it highlights the text in the student’s paper that is similar to or matches against another source. The picture below shows a Turnitin Originality Report in the Document Viewer window. On the right of the image, you will see a numbered list of matched sources. Each of these is allocated a colour and number and these correspond to the number and colour in the student’s text. A high percentage does not mean there is plagiarism and a low match score does not mean there is no plagiarism. However, a large percentage could indicate that the student has used too much from one source, or a direct copying of text from that source – see the red highlighted text numbered 1. A high percentage could also mean poor paraphrasing by student – see the pink highlighted text numbered 2. Both these high percentages are grounds for further investigation by the teacher on the student’s paper as direct copying and insufficient paraphrasing, even with proper referencing are considered as plagiarism. 

At Wittenborg, up to 20% similarity is acceptable for all submissions through Turnitin as long as the submission is properly referenced as per Harvard referencing style. Above 20% but no more than 30% similarity must be motivated/justified by the student to be accepted for assessment. The 20% similarity does not automatically imply the submission is plagiarism-free as there could also be cases of plagiarism with less than 20% similarity. The submission must be properly referenced as per Harvard referencing style.


Turnitin example



Question:

Plagiarism/Turnitin Similarity Score: How will I know what changes I need to make after I viewed the Turnitin Originality Report and how can I lower the similarity score?

(Last edited: Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:46 PM)
Answer:

Check the ‘Match Overview’ of the Originality Report (picture shown below) and take note of sources which have more than 1% similarity. Make changes to your text, not only to lower your overall similarity score but also to lower the similarity of each source higher than 1%. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:

1) Remove or change strings of commonly used phrases or text (5-8 words) such as 'Sustainability is important for the environment', as such phrase is very common in the internet and will show up in the similarity score.

2) Put all exact words in quotation marks, or in an indented paragraph. Then use the filter key in Turnitin and exclude 'quotes' and 'bibliography'. (Refer to this link on how to use the filter function: https://help.turnitin.com/ithenticate/ithenticate-user/the-similarity-report/filters-and-exclusions.htm). However, a better way is to paraphrase everything in your own words, even if it is a definition, and provide the references. Make sure you don't just find synonyms of words or change few words here and there because Turnitin can detect similarity in sentences too.

3) Check the individual percentages of the sources. If the percentage for one or more of the sources are 2% or more (see the example in the picture below), reduce or paraphrase the text from that source. For example, referring to the picture below, reduce text from Sources no. 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 These are some ways in which you can reduce the similarity score, but take note that a low similarity score does not definitely mean that your assignment is plagiarism-free. In addition to the above, you have to ensure that you have not committed any of the possible cases of plagiarism. For this, you have to check the EEG Part 5b. You can also refer to the attached document 'A Guide to Plagiarism - for students' on how to avoid plagiarism. 

Turnitin Score



Question:

Pre-Master Curriculum: Which Pre-Master's curriculum should I follow in the timetable?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:10 AM)
Answer:

You should select the relevant Pre-Master's programme in your timetable depending on the Master's Programme you are planning to undertake once you complete the Pre-Master's programme.



Question:

Pre-Master's: Is there an internship requirement for pre-master's students?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:07 PM)
Answer:

No, pre-master's is considered part of the master's programme; therefore, it is not a compulsory module. However, master's or pre-master's students can only do their internships during the last semester of their study programmes. 



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