Binding study advice

This bachelor is subject to a binding study advice (BSA). The BSA is a decision by the Board of Examiners about the continuation of your studies, based on your study progress.

Because of the current Corona crisis, the rules concerning BSA have been adapted for this academic year:

  • positive BSA: at least 45 EC at the end of the academic year.
  • negative BSA: 7,5 EC or less at the end of period 2 and less than 45 EC at the end of the academic year. You may ask the Board of Examiners to take special personal circumstances other than the Corona crisis into consideration when making their decision. See below under > Special personal circumstances.
  • deferral / postponed BSA: 15 EC of more at the end of period 2 and less than 45 EC at the end of the academic year. You will receive a positive BSA if you have obtained at least 60 EC at the end of your second academic year, of which at least 45 EC in first-year courses.

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)

Notifying the Board of Examiners of personal circumstances
If you think you can claim personal circumstances, then you should notify the Board of Examiners and request that these be taken into consideration when making a decision regarding your binding study advice. Please use this form, and email it to no later than 5 June 2020.

Oral clarification to the Board of Examiners
You may clarify your request during a meeting with the Board of Examiners. If you sign up for this meeting, you will receive an invitation a week in advance, stating the time and the place. The meeting will take place on the following date:

Celtic Languages and Culture Thursday, 25 June 2020
English Language and Culture Thursday, 25 June 2020
History Thursday, 2 July 2020
Literary Studies Tuesday, 23 June 2020 / Friday 26 June 2020
Media and Culture Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) no meeting required


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.

  • Judith Thissen (voorzitter)
  • Jasmijn van Gorp
  • Michiel Kamp
  • Natalia Petrosvkaia

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