Binding study advice
Students of Leiden University are issued with binding study advice (BSA). This means you must obtain sufficient study credits in the first year of your Bachelor’s programme to be permitted to continue studying. Some programmes also have additional requirements.
Extension due to corona virus situation
Students who are prevented from meeting the Binding Study Advice (BSA) requirements for their study programme as a result of the corona virus situation will be given an extension. They will have the opportunity to achieve the BSA standard requirements in the next academic year. These changes were announced by the Minister for Education on 19 March, following discussions with the VSNU, the organisation of universities in the Netherlands.
The Executive Board has discussed the BSA with the Vice-Deans and the staff and student participation bodies, and has decided the following:
- Students who meet the BSA requirements within the 2019-2020 academic year will, of course, receive a positive recommendation;
- Students who have not achieved the BSA reqirement of 45 credits at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year will receive a ‘retained’ recommendation, or in other words the recommendation will be postponed. A postponed recommendation means that the same requirement (45 credits) applies as for all other students in their programme.
- Students who receive a postponed BSA must achieve their 45 credits in the 2020-2021 academic year, by 15 August 2021 at the latest, in order to receive a positive recommendation.
- If they wish, these students can draw up a study plan with their study adviser (article 3.1.3 of the BSA regulation). The regular study guidance rules will apply (article 3 of the BSA regulation).
To be issued with positive study advice, you must obtain sufficient study credits in the first year of your Bachelor’s programme.
- 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.
How does it work?
First advice (non-binding)
You will receive your first advice half way through the academic year, by 31 January at the latest. This is non-binding. If you are falling behind, the board of examiners will warn you to improve your performance to avoid being issued with negative study advice.
Second advice (non-binding)
If your results are insufficient in May/June, you will again be issued with advice, which serves as a final warning. This is also non-binding.
Binding study advice
You will receive your binding study advice at the end of the academic year, by 15 August at the latest.
Did you register on your study programme later than 1 September and are therefore only following part of the academic year? In this case you can ask the board of examiners to postpone the issuance of binding study advice until the end of your second year.
Negative binding study advice
If you receive negative binding study advice, you must stop your studies and may not register on the same programme at Leiden University for the coming four years.
Lodging an appeal
If you do not agree with your binding study advice, you can appeal against it.
Appeal within one week
Make sure to lodge an appeal within one week of the issuance of your study advice. You will then be informed whether you can continue studying before the start of the new academic year.
You can also lodge an appeal at a later date: within six weeks of the issuance of your study advice. It can take up to 16 weeks to receive a decision on your appeal. During this period you may not register on your study programme. You may follow classes and take exams, however you will only receive your grades and study credits once it has been decided that you may continue studying.
How to appeal
- Draw up your letter of appeal, stating the following:
- your name, address and telephone number;
- the date of your appeal;
- that you are appealing against your binding study advice;
- why you believe your binding study advice is not warranted.
- Sign your letter of appeal and send it, accompanied by a copy of your binding study advice, to:
Examination Appeals Board
2300 RA Leiden
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.