Binding study advice

The BSA at the end of the first year determines whether you may continue with your studies. The BSA is a decision by the Board of Examiners about the continuation of your studies, based on your study progress.

Due to the corona crisis, in 2020-2021 the BSA-standard is temporarily reduced from 45 EC to 37,5 EC. The BSA is therefore determined as follows:

  • positive BSA: at least 37,5 EC at the end of the academic year. Credits associated with exemptions or courses from previous years do not count.
  • negative BSA: less than 37,5 EC at the end of the academic year.

Did you receive a deferred BSA last year, based on the corona rules? Then you will also receive a positive BSA if you succeed in obtaining at least 60 EC, calculated over the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

You will receive your BSA at the end of July at your e-mailadress.

Negative BSA

If your binding study recommendation comes back negative, you may not enrol in the degree programme again for another four years.

Interim study recommendation

At an earlier point during the academic year, you will receive what is called the 'interim study recommendation'. This recommendation is not binding. It is issued in or before January of the first year of study, and is based on the results of the first study period. You will receive:

  •  a positive interim recommendation for 15 EC or more;
  • a progress warning for 7.5 EC;
  •  a negative interim recommendation for 0 EC.

Terminating your enrolment before February 1st

If you want to drop out of your current degree programme and you terminate your enrolment before February 1st (through Studielink), you will not receive a binding study advice and will be able to make a fresh start with the degree programme next year. Please note that this only applies in the first year that you are registered for your current degree programme.

Students who receive a warning or a negative recommendation are advised to contact their tutor and/or Study Advisor. The tutor can provide additional information on study progress. The Study Advisor can help with a wide range of questions on faculty regulations and the more organisational aspects of the programme, such as drawing up a realistic study plan. Students can also make an appointment to see the Study Advisor to discuss any personal or social circumstances that affect their studies.

Stopping your degree programme

Students who wish to cease their studies (or who must do so following a negative BSA) are advised to discuss the matter with the Study Advisor. The Study Advisor can also provide information on options for studying something else at Utrecht University, or studying at a different institution.

If you know (or suspect) that you will not be able to meet the BSA criteria due to personal circumstances, you may ask the Board of Examiners to take this into consideration when making their decision. However, it is important that you report and present evidence of these circumstances to the Study Advisor as soon as possible after they appear.

Special circumstances include:

  • illness
  • pregnancy
  • functional disorder
  • serious family circumstances
  • top-level sport
  • management activities (for student organisations with full legal capacity, or as part of the organisation or management of Utrecht University, the faculty or the study programme)

Putting in a request to the Board of Examiners; deadline June 11th 2021
You can submit a request in Osiris Student, by starting a new Case. Requests can be submitted from May 3d up until June 11th 2021. Are you un-enrolled and do you not have access to Osiris? Then request a report form from the Exam secretariat.

Oral clarification to the Board of Examiners
You may clarify your request during a meeting with the Board of Examiners. If you want to sign up for this meeting, you can indicate this in the request in Osiris student. The dates of the meetings are published in the table below. You will receive an invitation stating the exact time and location a week before the meeting.

Programmes (English only) Date BSA meeting
Celtic L&C, English L&C Friday June 25th
Linguistics, Literary Studies Thursday June 24th, Friday June 25th
Media & Culture Tuesday June 29th, Wednesday June 30th
History Monday July 5th
PPE Tuesday July 6th


More information

Read more about the binding study advice (BSA) and special circumstances in Article 7.4 of the general General Education and Examination Regulations Bachelors's programmes for Bachelor's degree programmes.