Update January 14, 2021: due to the corona crisis, the BSA (binding study advice*) norm has been reduced with 7.5 credits to 37.5 EC for the academic year 2020-2021. Roughly speaking, first-year students need to complete one major subject less in order to proceed to the next academic year. The reduction in the BSA norm does not apply to students at UCU and UCR. Read full article.


At the end of the first semester (no later than 31 January), you will receive an interim study recommendation from the university. If you have not obtained enough credits, you will receive a warning. At the end of the academic year (no later than 31 August), a final recommendation will be given.

If you have not obtained enough credits, you get a negative binding study advice. This means that you will not be allowed to finish your degree or re-enrol for the same course.

De-enrolment before 1 February

If you request course de-enrolment before 1 February of your first study year, you will receive no negative binding study advice. It is the date of making your request that counts, not the de-enrolment date. So if you submit your request on 31 January, you will be de-enrolled as of 1 February and will not receive a negative binding study advice.

More information

You can find more information about de-enrolling via: Discontinuing in the first year after enrolling. All information provided by the DUO concerning the 1 February regulation also applies.