Study activities in VIA’s educational programmes

A study activity model shows examples of the study activities and learning forms that students can expect at VIA’s educational programmes. The model provides for a matching of expectations between the lecturers and students.

Together with the other university colleges, VIA developed a model that shows examples of the study activities that make up a professional bachelor educational programme.

Generally speaking, study activities are the teaching, study and learning forms in which VIA expects the student to participate throughout the programme. The study activity model therefore defines the requirements made on the student’s efforts.

A model for each educational programme

The study activity model shows how each programme is organised. It offers the student an idea of learning at a further education that consists of so much more than traditional classroom teaching. 

A student at a professional bachelor educational programme will also enjoy study activities such as practical placement, preparation time, presentations, assignments, observations, innovation projects etc.

Requirements and possibilities at the educational programme

The student enjoys student participation in the programme and has a duty to participate actively in the educational programme as a full-time study.

The study activity model has also been prepared for all teaching modules, so each module has an overview of a minimum of study activities, recommended distribution and anticipated time of study.

Four categories of study activities

The study activity model also renders visible who takes the initiative and who participates in the various teaching, study and learning forms.

  • Category 1 is study activities with lecturers and students, initiated by the lecturer. These are e.g. lectures, lessons, guidance, the establishment of the framework for study activities etc. 
  • Category 2 is study activities that are initiated by the lecturer and completed by the students. These are e.g. study group work, study days, practical placement, study visits, project work etc.
  • Category 3 is study activities that are initiated and completed by the students. These are e.g. studies and preparation, preparing study projects, study group work, observations, cases, peer-to-peer feedback etc.
  • Category 4 is study activities with lecturers and students that are initiated by students. These are e.g. forum classes, presenting study projects, project days, feedback, guidance etc. 

These four categories in the model are to be seen as a dynamic whole and in a dynamic context that are linked to the purpose of the educational programme and of each module. 


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