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We regularly organise a Thesis Week to help students who are struggling to work on their thesis. The goal of Thesis Week is to help you get started, stay motivated, and focus. Working together with a writing tutor as well as a small group of other students who are in the same boat will give you an incentive to work regularly and effectively. 


How does it work?

During Thesis Week you will meet your group twice a day to make a plan for the day, discuss your progress, and get advice and support. Throughout the week you will also have the opportunity to ask your tutor questions individually.
Thesis Weeks are offered online or on location. You are asked to indicate a preference when applying for the Thesis Week. Please note that it may not be possible to honour your preference, depending on availability.

All students of the University of Amsterdam are welcome: the only requirement is that you are working on your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

Are you writing your thesis in Dutch, or would you prefer a Dutch-speaking thesis group? Visit the Schrijfcentrum page.

Online registration opens about two weeks beforehand (mark your calendar to avoid disappointment, as there are usually more applications than spots).

Upon filling out the application form, you will be requested to pay a deposit of €50,-. This fee will be reimbursed to you if you meet the attendance requirements. A place is only reserved after receipt of the deposit has been confirmed by the Writing Centre. 

Conditions for participation

  • You are working on your Bachelor - or Master thesis (this can include: reading sources, making a plan, writing a first or second version).
  • You are available throughout the whole week to work on your thesis.
  • You can attend at least 8 out of 10 sessions. The first session is mandatory. 
  • You write your thesis in English. If you are writing your thesis in Dutch, you can capply for the Dutch Scriptieweek. 
  • You have paid the deposit of €50,-. This deposit will be refunded after the thesis week if you have attended at least 8 out of 10 sessions (including the first session). 


Thesis Week dates 2023-2024:

  • 27 November 2023 - 1 December 2023 FULL
  • 11 - 15 March 2024 FULL
  • 6 - 10 May 2024 FULL
  • 13 - 17 May 2024
  • 27 - 31 May 2024
  • 3 - 7 June 2024
  • 10 - 14 June 2024
  • 17 - 21 June 2024
  • 24 - 28 June 2024

Application opens two weeks in advance. You can sign up to the Thesis Weeks by clicking the dates and filling out the application form. To give all students an equal opportunity to participate you can apply for one thesis week per year.

Is the week you wanted to sign up for full? You can also make one or more individual appointments with a writing tutor for help with things like motivation, planning, setting realistic deadlines for yourself and holding yourself accountable.