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Binding study advice

As a Bachelor student at Leiden University, you will be issued with binding study advice (BSA). This means you must obtain sufficient study credits in your first year of study to be permitted to continue your Bachelor’s programme.

How does it work?

  • Study advice is issued by your study programme’s board of examiners.
  • You will receive initial advice halfway through the academic year (31 January at the latest). This is not binding. If you are falling behind, the board of examiners will warn you to improve your performance to avoid being issued with negative advice.
  • If your results are insufficient in May/June, you will again be issued with (non-binding) advice, which serves as a final warning.
  • At the end of the academic year (15 August at the latest), you will receive binding study advice. If you have insufficient study credits (ECs), the advice will be negative. This means you must discontinue your study programme and won’t be allowed to register on the same programme for the coming four years.
  • Did you registered on your programme later than 1 September and will you only follow part of the academic year? If so, the board of examiners may postpone the issuance of  binding study advice until the end of your second year.
  • Your study advice will be sent to your uMail address and can also be found under the email tab in uSis Student Self Service.


  • Full time students: 45 EC
  • Part time students: 30 EC

Some programmes have additional requirements, for example passing a specific course. Look in your programme’s Course and Examination regulations to find out if any additional requirements are in place.

Exceptional circumstances

Will you obtain too few study credits as the result of exceptional circumstances, such as illness or student board duties? If so, the board of examiners must take this into consideration when issuing study advise. However, you must report your circumstances on time to your study adviser.

Read more about binding study advice in exceptional circumstances

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