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Question:

Weather in the Netherlands: What sort of weather can I expect in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 9:49 AM)
Answer:

The type of weather depends on the wind direction: east winds in summer can be hot, around 30 degrees Celsius or more, and cold in winter around minus 10 Celsius or less. West winds in general are mild but can produce rain. The Netherlands is quite green. All four seasons have their own character.     



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Website: Whom I can contact to update my Background and Expertise information on Wittenborg Website?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 2:45 PM)
Answer:


You should send all updates and any change requests to WebsitePagesandUpdates@wittenborg.eu.

Additionally, any changes to the CV can be sent to lasantha.desilva@wittenborg.eu.  




Question:

What is Basisregistratie Personen (BRP)?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 9:13 AM)
Answer:

If you have moved to the Netherlands and intend to live here for more than 4 months, you must register yourself in the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database). You can do this by visiting the City Hall of your municipality. 

Similarly, if you move to another municipality in the Netherlands, you must notify the new municipality of your change of address.

Once you register in the BRP, you will receive your BSN.

Failing to do these might result in withdrawal of study visa by the Dutch Immigration Office (IND). In such a case you will be required to leave the country and apply for a new MVV (entry visa) from your home country to continue with your studies. Eventually, it will cost you time and money.

Important note: You must inform Registry Office (registrar@wittenborg.eu) whenever you change your address within the Netherlands. The same applies when you are planning to deregister from the City Hall and leave the country for a temporary period of time or permanently.



Question:

Wittenborg Intake: Can I defer my Wittenborg offer to a later intake?

(Last edited: Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:55 AM)
Answer:

Yes, you can. Wittenborg's Bachelor, MBA and MBM programmes all have 6 starting dates per year, allowing flexibility not only in starting your studies, but also graduating from your programme. If you would like to defer your starting date after you have received an acceptance letter, please inform the Registrar Department at registrar@wittenborg.eu with your request. Please do not forget to mention your student number when you send an email. 


Question:

WittenborgConnect: What is WittenborgConnect?

(Last edited: Monday, 22 March 2021, 5:35 PM)
Answer:

WittenborgConnect (https://wittenborgconnect.com/) is a career searching platform, which covers all business fields in general. Students searching for a work placement or internship opportunities can register on this platform. They can then search for suitable companies of their choices and send their CVs and cover letters directly to the companies. Please refer to the Work Placement Handbook (EEG Part 7) for more details.


Question:

Work Permit: How can I get a work permit?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 5:01 PM)
Answer:

If you are from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you are free to work without restrictions. You do not need a work permit and there are no restrictions regarding working hours, other than the restrictions and rules stipulated by Dutch law in the Working Hours Act (ATW).

If you are not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, there are some restrictions if you want to work alongside your studies. Your employer has to provide you with a personal work permit. You can only work if you have this specific work permit and you can either work part-time for a maximum of 16 hours a week during the year, or full-time (40 hours a week) in summer, during the months of June, July and August. The employer needs to apply for your work permit, called TWV (tewerkstellingsvergunning) at least 5 weeks prior to the start of your employment. You can inform the company that if they do not know what to do they can refer to the websites Werk.nl and IND.nl for clear instructions. It will take between 2 to 5 weeks before approval is given. The application is free of charge. You cannot apply for the permit yourself, but you need to ask your employer a copy of the permit, after they have received the approval. The organization that issues work permits is called the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). You can have the permit for 16 hours a week, or have the permit for full-time during summer. These are two different requests. If you need your registration letter to prove that you are a student at Wittenborg, please contact our Registrar department (registrar@wittenborg.eu ).


Question:

Work Placement Preparation Online Session: Where can I find the information/teams meeting link for Work Placement Preparation Online Session?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 4:29 PM)
Answer:

The Work Placement Preparation Online session is scheduled in blocks 1 and 5. This session is open to all students. If you cannot find it in your timetable, you can manually add it in your timetable. Once you are logged-in in the timetable, you need to click ‘Module” (right side) and then search for ‘Work Placement’. Click on the 'Work Placement Preparation Online' and click next. From there, you can easily find the teams meeting link.

FAQ - WP Online Session Sign up

 


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Work Placement: Where can I find the work placement information?

(Last edited: Monday, 31 August 2020, 2:37 PM)
Answer:

You can find the work placement-related information in the Education and Examination Guide, EEG PART 7 - Work Placement Handbook of the respective Bachelor and Master's EEG. You can access these documents on your Wittenborg-online dashboard.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship and Part-Time Jobs: Is there any difference between internships and part-time jobs?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 2:38 PM)
Answer:

A Work Placement (WP) is a curriculum module for all Bachelor students and is an essential part of your study programme, however, a part-time job is an additional extracurricular option. During the WP, you will be assigned a company supervisor who will monitor your progress throughout the internship. The company supervisor will update the Work Placement Coordinator at the university of your progress periodically. You will also be assessed at the end of your internship by the company supervisor and the grade will be included in your WP final mark. As for a part-time job, there is no assessment and it is purely your own personal undertaking. Students can take a part-time job while doing a Work Placement/Internship.

Take note that you will not be allowed to present your Graduation Assignment if you have not passed your Work Placement/Internship module.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship: Can I replace Work Placement credits with other modules?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 3:39 PM)
Answer:

Replacement of credits is ONLY applicable for Direct Entry Final Year students. Students can take modules from phase 2 in their own specialisation and/or phase 3 modules from other specialisations to replace the Work Placement with equivalent ECs. Please notice that students cannot choose modules and specialisation across different campuses (e.g. Apeldoorn students cannot choose EBA modules offered in Amsterdam). Students must make an agreement for possible modules with their process tutor. Once the modules have been chosen, the student needs to send an email to examresults@wittenborg.eu and CC process tutor with the subject: Replace Work Placement_snumber or Replace In-company Training. List the modules with the full module name and module code in the email.



Question:

Work Placement/Internship: Can I still do an internship/WP after graduation?

(Last edited: Thursday, 29 October 2020, 5:15 PM)
Answer:

No, you cannot do an internship/work placement after graduation. For an internship in the Netherlands, Dutch law requires applicants to be either a European Citizen OR to be currently enrolled in an educational institution as a student. It should be noted that after graduation, you will in general no longer be able to take an internship in the Netherlands. Your Work Placement ending date must be within the period of your registration at Wittenborg. 


What shall I do if it's not possible to do so?
You are highly recommended to discuss your situation of the current student status and changes in the near future and come up with a feasible solution with your Internship company. And then come back to externalraltions@wittenborg.eu for paper works if your internship duration has been revised to meet the requirement.



Question:

Work Placement/Internship: Does Wittenborg provide placements for internship or do I have to find it myself?

(Last edited: Monday, 22 March 2021, 5:38 PM)
Answer:

Wittenborg has a platform where internship vacancies are published: WittenborgConnect (www.wittenborgconnect.com). However, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the internship company personally. 




Question:

Work Placement/Internship: How shall I prepare for the Work Placement if I am a direct-entry Phase 3 student?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 3:37 PM)
Answer:

Work placement is not obligatory for students with direct entry into the final phase (Phase 3). However, they must complete 15 ECs for this module, either by undertaking a standard internship as per our procedure, or they can replace these credits with other taught modules. For this they must make an agreement for possible modules with their process tutor through their study agreement.

Note:

Please refer to the Bachelor's EEG PART 7 - Work Placement Handbook Bachelor's, Page 9.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship: Is the Work Placement compulsory for master's students?

(Last edited: Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:00 AM)
Answer:

No, the Work Placement is a non-curriculum required activity, thus it is not compulsory for master's students.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship: What are the criteria for a qualified Work Placement_Bachelor?

(Last edited: Thursday, 20 January 2022, 9:41 AM)
Answer:

To ensure a meaningful WP, it is necessary for the internship assignment to meet the following criteria: 

• The WP provides sufficient in-house operations and ownership. 

• The work is of sufficient level, matching the level of study (HBO). 

• Creativity and intelligence levels of the student should be tested; it is intended that the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills gained during study are put into practice as part of a completed task, which is ample opportunity for direct action, ownership and responsibility. 

• Performing simple facilitating clerical/administrative work is not permitted. 

• The assignment should be challenging, that is: 

o Students should be held accountable for their analytical and problem-solving skills. 

o Students should use their skills related to searching, finding and processing information. 

o Students should use their communication skills, both written and oral. 

o Students should be given the opportunity to work independently. 

Students must do work that matches the level of training. If possible, the intern’s roles should be rotated within the organisation. 

• The content of the training has to meet the objectives of the WP programme. In relation to this, it needs to be linked to the student’s general programme of study and the student's specialisation in particular. 

• The host organisation is responsible for supervising the student and a supervisor within the organisation should be assigned to this task. This is to facilitate the introduction of the student to the internship organisation, as well as creating a process whereby the student can be mentored, trained and evaluated within the organisation. 

• Understanding and skills that students have acquired, can be applied and expanded. 

• The company and student’s role within the company are of an international character. Students are not allowed to do the WP in their country of origin, unless it is an internationally operating company. In this case, a student must state why and in what way the company has an international character. The final decision will be made by the WP Coordinator (External Relations Department). 

You should discuss these criteria with your host company to ensure that the company knows what is expected of you from the school’s perspective. It will also help you formulate your job description well. 

Take note that even if you have a formal letter of acceptance from the employer, the WP Coordinator can disapprove of the WP if it is evaluated as not meeting the requirements mentioned in this section or for any other reasons deemed necessary. WP Coordinator must also be able to verify the company and supervisor information via their website or LinkedIn. 

Students should read through all necessary information found in the EEG part 7  for their specialization.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship: What are the criteria for a qualified Work Placement_Master?

(Last edited: Thursday, 20 January 2022, 9:40 AM)
Answer:

To ensure a meaningful Work Placement, it is necessary for the internship assignment to meet the following criteria: 

• The internship provides sufficient in-house operations and ownership. 

• The work is of a sufficient level, or matches the level of the study (MBA/MSc/Pre-Master). 

• Creativity and intelligence levels of the student should be tested; it is intended that the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills gained during the study are put into practice as part of a completed task, providing ample opportunity for direct action, ownership and responsibility. 

• Performing simple facilitating, clerical / administrative work is not permitted. 

• The assignment should be challenging, that is: 

o Students should be held accountable for their analytical and problem-solving 

skills. 

o Students should use their skills related to searching, finding and processing 

information. 

o Students should use their communication skills, both written and oral. 

o Students should be given the opportunity to work independently. 

• Students must do work that matches their level of training. Where possible, the intern should be rotated throughout the organisation. 

• The content of the training must meet the objectives of the Work Placement programme. 

In relation to this, it needs to be linked to the students general programme of study and the students specialisation in particular. 

• The host organiszation is responsible for supervising the student and a supervisor within the organiszation should be assigned to this task. This is to facilitate the introduction of the student to the internship organiszation as well as creating a process whereby the student can be mentored, trained and evaluated within the organiszation. 

• Understanding and skills that students have acquired, can be applied and expanded. 

• The company and student’s role within the company have a substantial international component. 

You should discuss these criteria with the host company to ensure that the company knows what is expected from Wittenborg’s perspective. 

Students should read through all necessary information found in the EEG part 7  for their specialization.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship: What are the criteria of a qualified In-company Training_Bachelor?

(Last edited: Thursday, 20 January 2022, 9:37 AM)
Answer:

To ensure a meaningful In-company Training, Wittenborg outlines strict criteria for organisations to 

qualify as placement companies. These criteria are as stated below: 

• The internship provides sufficient in-house operations experience. 

• The work is of a sufficient level. there should be opportunity to do work that matches the level of the study (HBO). 

• Creativity and intelligence levels of the student should be tested; it is intended that the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills gained during study are applied in practice as part of a completed task, with ample opportunity for direct action, ownership and responsibility. 

• Performing simple facilitating, administrative work (e.g. dish washing and photocopying) for more than 28 hours in total of the training period is not permitted. 

• The contents of the training need to meet the objectives of the programme and the contract is strongly linked to education or certain parts of the programme. 

• The host organisation supervises the student and a supervisor is appointed for this purpose. He/she introduces the student to the organisation and continues throughout the training period as a training partner for the intern. 

• Understanding and skills that students have acquired, can be applied and expanded. 

 

In addition, the placement organisation should fulfil the following criteria: 

 

• Organisations must be clearly related to the hospitality, tourism, events or sports industry and offer a conducive, safe and secure work environment. 

• Offer the opportunity to work at supervisory level at some stage in the training. 

• Provide adequate supervision throughout the placement. 

• Provide reasonable allowance(s). 

• Allocate working days, hours and shifts in accordance with the legal labour framework. 

• For hotels: a 3, 4 or 5-star rating and at least 20 (in the Netherlands) or 60 (outside the Netherlands) rooms. 

Students should read through all necessary information found in the EEG part 7a  for HBA specialization.


Question:

Work Placement/Internship: What are the Work Placement report assessing rubrics?

(Last edited: Thursday, 20 January 2022, 10:43 AM)
Answer:

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Question:

Work Placement/Internship: Work during summer

(Last edited: Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:04 AM)
Answer:

If you are an international student residing in the Netherlands, holding a residence card for study purposes, you are allowed to work up to a maximum of 16 hours every week right through the year, or you could work full-time during the summer months (June, July & August).


Question:

Work Placement/Internships: How can I apply for internships?

(Last edited: Monday, 22 March 2021, 5:29 PM)
Answer:

An important step in Wittenborg studies is the internship/work placement and achieving work experience related to your studies at Wittenborg. You can find information pertaining to Work Placement/Internship on the Work Placement (WP) Module online area. You need to first enrol in this module using the enrolment key. It is important that you thoroughly familiarise yourself with the pre-requisites, procedures and instructions before starting the WP/Internship. The Work Placement Handbook (EEG Part 7), which can be found on the online area, contain all the necessary information.

Basically, these are the steps that you need to follow:
1) Enrol in the WP Module using the enrolment key
2) Read the WP Handbook and ensure that you have met all the pre-requisites. You cannot start your WP if you have not fulfilled all the required pre-requisites
3) Register on the search platforms and search for suitable internship opportunities: Wittenborgconnect: www.wittenborgconnect.com.
Students can also use other external platforms such as LinkedIn, Indeed.nl, or other employment agencies (take note that these agencies may charge a service fee)
4) Once you've found a suitable internship opportunity, send your application and CV directly to the employer. If you are accepted, the employer should provide you with a signed acceptance letter/contract
5) Send your WP request to external relations via the online WP Request Form. You need to submit this form and upload all the required documents
6) Once your WP request is approved (the processing period can take between 3-5 days) and the Nuffic Agreement is signed, you can officially start your WP

If you still have questions even after reading the WP Handbook, contact the WP team at externalrelations@wittenborg.eu. When sending queries, always provide your full name and student number. If necessary, you can set an appointment to meet with any of the staffs.
Important: Always try to find the answers to your questions by first using the official information provided online - this is also a key element of acquiring professionalism.


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