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Study advice Spatial Sciences

For any questions about your study planning, choice of study and personal circumstances that influence your study, you can contact the study advisors of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Nienke Harteveld and Saskia Enuma. You can find the study advisors in room 0026 on the ground floor of the Mercator and you can reach them via or 050-3633906. For short questions and answers you can use the walk-in hours on Monday and Thursday between 1-2 pm. For longer questions and answers, please make an appointment by e-mail.

Personal circumstances

If you have study delays caused by personal circumstances or if you encounter practical problems in your study, then please report this directly to the study advisor. The study advisor can check with you if there are any possibilities for services or financial aid from the Graduation Fund (only if you report your personal circumstances within 1 month).

Binding study advice (BSA)

The University of Groningen gives first year students a binding study advice. This means that a first year student has to earn at least three-quarter of their ECTS in the first year: forty-five out of sixty, otherwise they have to discontinue their degree. Your program keeps close track of your results and your progress. If there's reason for it you will be invited to a conversation with your study advisor. Halfway through your first year you will receive your preliminary advice and at the end of the study year you will receive your binding study advice.


  • at the end of your first year a minimum of 45 ECTS;
  • a negative BSA stays for a period of two years, starting the first of september of the following academic year;
  • a negative BSA for a degree may also count for a cluster of related degrees (providing there is at least a 70% overlap between the different first years).

In the Manual BSA all rules and regulations regarding the BSA can be found. The manual also includes topics such as planning and procedures, study support and evaluation.


The University of Groningen offers all kinds of services in the field of effective studying, personal development and career services. Please make use of the offer of courses and workshops and the services of the student counselors and student psychologists of the Student Service Centre. For career advice you can go to the FSS Career Services in the Duisenberg building. You can also go to RUG Career Services in the city centre.
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