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The Writing Centre Academic Language Programme

The Writing Centre of the Academic Language Program (ALP) offers additional support to students writing their bachelor's or master's thesis and to PhD candidates who are working on their thesis.

You can opt for individual coaching, workshops in small groups, tutorials (individually or in very small groups) and editing help. The coaching and workshops for students are aimed at theses written in Dutch and English. The tutorials for PhD candidates are only about writing in English.

Editing service

The editing service is aimed at master students and PhD candidates who want to cross the t’s and dot the i's in their dissertation and can use some help in doing so. An editor will provide feedback on the correctness and clarity of the English or Dutch, and will help you to achieve the right style for an academic text (for instance word choice, stance, tone). Read more about the editing service.


If you want help in writing your thesis or any other assignment, you are welcome to schedule a single appointment or a series of individual coaching sessions (with a maximum of five). The focus will be on managing the writing process or on the specific aspects of language, and not on the content of the text. Read more about coaching.

Workshops English and Dutch

Short workshops (3.5 to 4 hours) in groups of no more than 15 participants. The workshops will focus on specific themes that come into play when writing texts in Dutch and in English.

Tutorials for PhD candidates/PhD students (English)

We offer tailor-made support for PhD candidates writing a dissertation in English. The support will be aimed specifically at the quality of academic English, and will always be discussed with the candidate’s supervisor. A standard trajectory consists of an intake session, during which the tutor and the PhD candidate together decide on specific areas to work on, followed by 3 to 5 sessions of one hour. During these sessions, the tutor and PhD candidate work in detail on a part of the text, focusing on the specific areas identified during the intake session. Tutorials can also be arranged for groups of no more than three PhD candidates. For more information, contact dr. Gea Dreschler.

Contact Academic Language Programme

Would you like more information about our services or would you like to discuss language policy issues within the program or faculty? Please contact us.

Prof. dr. Alan Cienki, scientific director ALP

Dr. Gea Dreschler, program manager ALP

Dr. Camille Welie, coordinator ALP for Dutch as a second language