Binding Study Advice (BSA)
The University of Groningen has a 'Binding Study Advice' (BSA). In the academic year 2023-2024 the BSA entails that a student needs to earn 45 out of a possible 60 ECTS of the propaedeutic phase
A student whose advice was postponed in 2020-2021 and/or 2021-2022 and/or 2022-2023 needs to earn 45 out of a possible 60 ECTS of the propaedeutic phase in the academic year 2023-2024.
If a student does not meet this requirement, s/he can no longer participate in the programme for a period of two years.
Students who deregister from the programme before March 1 2024 will not receive a BSA. Please note: DUO has a '1 February regulation'.
More information about ‘Binding Study Advice’ can be found in section 5 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme. Some of the information you can find there is:
Please make sure to report any circumstances that (negatively) affect your study results to the study advisers of International Office as soon as possible. Failure to report can have a negative influence on the binding study advice.
Procedure and hearings
The BSA procedure is as follows:
Faculty criteria in case of special circumstances
with the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW;Wet op het hoger
onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek), a binding (negative)
study advice can only be issued ‘if the student (...), after
taking his or her personal circumstances into account, is not
deemed suitable for the degree programme because his/her study
results do not meet the requirements which the Board has determined
for that degree programme.’
·the seriousness of any individually identifiable personal circumstances (hereinafter referred to as ‘personal circumstances’)
·and the extent to which these personal circumstances may or may not have influenced the study results
perspective of successful completion of the Bachelor’s phase
within a reasonable period of time.
a.illness and mental problems of the student
b.physical, sensory or other functional disability of the student
c.pregnancy of the student
d.extraordinary family circumstances
e.membership, including the presidency, of forums such as the University Council, the Faculty Council and the board of a student organization of a significant size
f.circumstances related to the combination of study and elite sport for students who have been recognized as elite athletes by the University of Groningen in accordance with the elite sport regulation.
II.If there are personal circumstances, which prevent an assessment of the student's suitability for the programme, the advice will be to postpone the decision to a later point in the propaedeutic phase.
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