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.

The BSA is therefore determined as follows:

  • positive BSA: at least 45 EC at the end of the academic year. Credits associated with exemptions or courses from previous years do not count.
  • negative BSA: less than 45 EC at the end of the academic year.

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 December or 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)

Notifying the Board of Examiners

Further information on how to notify the Board of Examiners will follow in May 2022. Interviews with the Board of Examiners will take place in late June or early July 2022.

More information

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

  • Rias van den Doel (chair)
  • Bert le Bruyn
  • Charis Goer
  • Manuela Pinto
  • Fabian Stolk
  • Judith Thissen

The Board of Examiners is assisted by the Board's official secretary, Max de Kruiff.


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