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Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:46 PM)
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?
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.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:07 PM)
Pre-Master's: Is there an internship requirement for pre-master's students?
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.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 7 January 2021, 3:12 PM)
Printer Facilities: Where can I print documents?
For any printing needs, students can avail of the multiple printers in the Aventus building. For the exact locations at Aventus, as well as registering for this service, please click the link https://www.wittenborg-online.com/mod/resource/view.php?id=57959.
Wittenborg also recommends students to visit CopyService Apeldoorn for making copies of required documents. The location of CopyService Apeldoorn can be found easily with a Google search.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 6:55 PM)
Profile Picture: How to change your profile picture.
Source: Wittenborg Webforms
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:15 AM)
Programmes: Will programmes at Wittenborg start as scheduled (6 starting dates)?
Yes all programmes are running as planned, online. Immediately after the announcement from the Dutch government that schools and universities must close, Wittenborg launched its education online. From Block 6 (30 March) until at least 17 May (Block 7) all studies and teaching are carried out through our developed Moodle on Wittenborg Online and Office365 Groups and Teams system. Timetables are running as planned. Please check http://timetable.wittenborg.eu/ for
the up-to-date info”.
Prospective students are still welcome to apply for all upcoming starting dates. A full overview of our starting dates can be found here: https://www.wittenborg.eu/entry-dates-application-deadlines.htm.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 3:25 PM)
Project Week: Will project week affect my grade or is the final examination grade solely important for passing the block?
Project weeks are part of the curriculum and it will affect your ECs and ultimately the progress of your studies.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:12 PM)
Project Week: Do I need to complete all Project Weeks?
you are required to attend and pass all Project Weeks in the given academic
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:13 PM)
Project Weeks: How can I attend the Project Weeks?
At least 6 times a year, Wittenborg students are involved in a project week that challenges them through real-life, real-time projects organised by the university in cooperation with various companies and organisations, both locally, nationally and sometimes internationally.
Students are divided into project groups and are given an assignment to be completed in a short period of time, usually one or two weeks. This means dealing with deadlines and pressure while working for a real client. At the end of the project week, findings are presented in a professional setting at Wittenborg University: an opportunity to hone consulting and presenting skills. In short: a stimulating and educational experience that prepares students for the reality of their future careers.
For more information about participation and project weeks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 9:31 AM)
Project Weeks: How will the project weeks be delivered?
As is the case with the rest of the modules, project weeks will be delivered through online activities, i.e. online groups and team sessions will be conducted. Teams will be given the responsibility to collaborate outside the scheduled sessions. At the end, the teams will present their deliverables, while the university will make all the material and resources needed online for the students.
International trips have been cancelled.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:15 PM)
Redirecting Post: How can I get my post redirected to my new residence overseas?
It can always be a hassle if your post gets misplaced after you have moved abroad. It may also be difficult for your friends or relatives to contact you if you have moved without letting them know in advance. There is a smart way to ensure any lost or misplaced posts by applying for this service on the Postnl website. This will enable all posts to your old address to be automatically redirected to the new address abroad. This service from Postnl is free of charge.
To avoid confusion because the website is mainly in Dutch, there is the option of visiting a Postnl office in your area and activating this service.
You can apply for this service online by visiting their Postnl website at: https://www.postnl.nl/ontvangen/post-doorsturen/doorzendservice/.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 22 April 2021, 4:12 PM)
Refund: How can I claim a refund?
Please fill in the Refund Request Form. If the request has been approved by the Finance Department, the payment would be made within 8 weeks. If your refund request has been rejected, you will be informed via e-mail latest within 8 weeks after receiving the refund request. If you have any further questions, you can contact email@example.com.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:17 PM)
Registration at Municipality: When should I register at the municipality?
After receiving a residence permit, foreign students can register in their municipality. All students must be registered at their local City Hall. Just call your local City Hall for an appointment.
The Front Desk can make an appointment with the Gemeente (City Hall) for registration of the newly arrived students from abroad in Apeldoorn. For the appointment, students should bring the following documents:
Citizen Service Number (BSN)
“Burgerservicenummer” (BSN) is a unique personal number that enables reliable and efficient data exchange between citizens and government. In the Netherlands, all residents must have their own BSN if they wish to engage in either part-time or full-time work or studies, and for administrative issues, such as opening a bank account.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 12:53 PM)
Registration Letter: How can I get my registration letter?
If you need your registration letter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and student number. We will send it to you after checking your educational status and financial requirements.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 11 September 2020, 8:56 AM)
Registration: I am unable to meet the study credit requirement to continue my registration at WUAS, what do I do?
The Wittenborg EEG rules and regulations state that, in order to continue a successful registration, a student must obtain at least 30 European study credits (ECs) within 12 months.
Only where there are mitigating circumstances preventing the student from successful studying and, therefore, leaving the student unable to gain sufficient credits to continue their studies, can exemption to the credit requirement be requested. The request must be submitted by filling in this webform. Please be aware that an exemption to the credit requirement can only be requested once within the duration of the degree programme.
The Student Registrar will evaluate the request based on the explanation and documentation provided and will inform the student and the Process Tutor of the final decision within 2 weeks after the request has been submitted. The request will only be taken into consideration if the request has been submitted at least 1 block before the 12 months have passed.
If a student does not meet the credit requirement
by the end of the 12 months and did not have any mitigating circumstances
preventing the student from obtaining the credits, the deregistration process
will be set into motion within 4 weeks after the 12 months have passed. For EU
students, the deregistration will be communicated to the Dienst Uitvoering
Onderwijs (DUO). For non-EU/EER students, WUAS will inform the Immigration and
Naturalisation Service (IND) of deregistration, leading to a revocation of the
study residence permit.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 3:51 PM)
Residence Permit (RP): What shall I do if my RP is going to expire soon? How do I extend my RP?
In principle, you will be notified by Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) when your residence permit will expire soon (within three months). It is fully your own responsibility to notify Registrar Office and submit required information and documents completely to extend your residence permit on time to avoid residency gap in your residency in the Netherlands.
Kindly refer the webform and upload all necessary documents to request for an RP extension: https://form.wittenborg.eu/visa-application-RP-extension.htm. Please submit the form at least 6 weeks prior to your RP expiration date. Then the Registrar Office could have sufficient time to review your files, prepare your RP extension application and send to IND.
Additionally, please note
that we cannot submit an application for a residence permit extension of the
validity if the residence permit is still valid for more than three months. The IND
will disregard an application for an extension that is submitted earlier than three months before the expiration date of the residence permit
Should you have any question concerning this email, feel free to contact us directly via email: email@example.com.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:04 AM)
Residence Permit Expired: What should I do if my residence permit has expired but I cannot leave the Netherlands at this moment?
Submit an extension application at the IND desk where possible. If this is not possible, you can ask for a return decision at the counter. With a return decision, you then have an additional 28 days to leave the country. You can make appointments at the counter in the usual way, but bear in mind the currently limited services at the IND counters.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 10:59 AM)
Residence Permit Gap: What is the "residence permit gap" and the consequences if I have a gap in the residence permit period?
A residence gap is an interruption in your continuous stay and may cause problems later on if you want to apply for a Dutch permanent residence. In general, a residence permit gap has affects in the longer term, if you decide to apply for a Dutch permanent residence permit in the future. In order to apply for a permanent residence permit, one of the requirements is that you have legally resided in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of five years or more before you make the permanent residence permit application. This means that you require to have had a valid residence permit for the full five years, without interruptions or gaps within this period. You have thus always applied for extension of your residence permit on time. Another requirement is that within these five consecutive years you have not stayed outside the Netherlands for six or more consecutive months, or three years in a row for four or more consecutive months.
The consequence of a residence permit gap is that the period of legal residence in the Netherlands before this gap will not be taken into consideration. This means that you will have to start again building up a five-year uninterrupted period in the Netherlands to obtain permanent residency.
For example: If your first residence permit is issued
from 01-09-2009 till 31-08-2013, and if you apply for residence permit
extension later than your expiration date (31-08-2013), then residency gap is
created, and the IND starts counting from that day onwards -- that day your application
form is received by the IND. Even a single day difference is recognised as a
For more information and other requirements for applying the permanent residence permit, please visit: https://ind.nl/en/permanent-residence/Pages/permanent-residence-after-5-years.aspx
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 10:36 AM)
Residence Permit: Do I need a new residence permit after graduating from Wittenborg?
If students wish to stay in the Netherlands after graduating, they must apply for a new residence permit. They cannot stay on their study permit.
Information about the conditions of a search year and applying for a new residence permit are on the website of the IND: https://ind.nl/en/work/Pages/Looking-for-a-job-after-study-promotion-or-research.aspx. After being hired by a Dutch company, the company will apply for a work permit for the student.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 9:54 AM)
Residence Permit: How can I collect my Residence Permit from IND?
You will need to make an appointment to collect your residence permit, please make an online appointment via this link: Appointment to collect your residence document or original document | Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)