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Binding recommendations on continuation of studies (BSA)

Last updated on 22 September 2021

At the end of your first Bachelor's year you receive a binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA: Bindend Studieadvies). In your first year you must obtain a certain number of credits and complete possibly one or more specific courses complying with the BSA norm. Find the BSA-norm that applies to your faculty in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) of your programme in the study guide.

If you do not meet the BSA-norm, you receive a negative binding recommendation for your study programme. This means you won’t be able to re-enrol this particular VU programme for the next three years. This also applies to other Bachelor's programmes that share the same first-year courses. 

Study delay due to personal circumstances

You can apply for a BSA deferment (postponement) if you encounter study delays due to personal circumstances. In that case you will receive more time to meet the BSA-norm. 

Report your personal circumstances to your academic advisor as soon as possible. If you deregister before 1 February, you will not receive the binding recommendation on continuation of studies.

More about the BSA

  • Corona and BSA (2020-2021)

    The BSA-norm for the 2020-2021 academic year is lowered by 6 EC, for all first-year students. This means that if your programme’s norm is 42 EC, it is now lowered to 36 EC. If the norm is 48 EC,  it is now 42 EC. This does not apply to students who already received a BSA deferment. In this situation, the norm of their first year applies, before the granted postponement. 

    Temporary postponement

    If you are (temporarily) unable to study this academic year optimally, for example as a result of the corona measures or due to personal circumstances you can apply for a BSA deferment (postponement). You may also apply if you missed on-campus compulsory activities due to home-quarantine. In these cases, you must report your situation to your academic advisor as soon as possible.

    Your academic advisor can also help if you have difficulty studying, are in doubt about your programme or if you would like guidance in planning your study.

  • Appeal against final BSA
    • The final Binding recommendations on continuation of studies is sent no later than 22 August. 
    • Students who disagree with the final ruling can appeal within six weeks after the final requests are granted.
      Address your appeal to:
      Het College van Beroep voor de Examens
      attn mw. A. van Donk
      De Boelelaan 1105
      1081 HV Amsterdam

BSA procedures per faculty

Different BSA terms and conditions may apply per faculty. Please check your faculty for the specific procedures.

Postponement of BSA  

At the Faculty of Sciences (Bèta), the BSA standard of 2020- 2021 has been set to a one-time only norm of 36 EC instead of 42 EC for students who started in September 2020. Students who have experienced mild symptoms due to corona or students who have taken a little longer to find their place in the program due to online education are expected to be able to obtain 36 EC.

If you started in 2019 or earlier, the norm of 42 EC applies to you; only first-year courses are counted in the calculation of the number of credits.  

The deadline for submitting a request for a postponement of BSA to the BSA committee is June 24th. Please use the form  Apply for a BSA deferment for your request.
Note: the form alone is not sufficient, adding the requested attachments is very important.

If you want to request a postponement, make sure you are familiar with the procedure, because incomplete requests will not be processed:

Phase 1 (June, July)
The first meeting of the BSA Committee - which will discuss whether to grant a deferral to students - will take place the first week of July 2021. In order for your request to be discussed at this meeting, you must submit your request (including the requested attachments) before June 25.

What do you need to send for this request?

1. Your completed Request for Postponement form.

2. A cover letter with a detailed explanation of your request and the reason(s) why you believe you should be granted a postponement. It is very important that you include a timeline in your letter showing when the study obstacles occurred, how they affected your study progress, and what steps you took to mitigate them. It is also important to indicate what obstacles you encountered and also what they led to. Also indicate participated in all the exam opportunities, and how or why not. The more specific you are in your description, the better the BSA committee will be able to understand the situation. (If uploading is not possible, you may email the motivation letter to bsa.beta@vu.nl, stating the ticket number of your request for postponement, your program and your student number).

3. Evidence of your personal circumstances* (consider a doctor's statement, correspondence, obituary, medication prescriptions, referral letters, etc.).

If there are personal circumstances*, you must report this to the student advisor no later than June 1st: VUweb - Student, Contact & Student guidance and support, Academic advisor

* Circumstances that may be grounds for postponement of the BSA standard are: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability/job restriction, and board activities.

4. A grade list showing all passing, failing, and no-shows obtained.

If your request is discussed in this meeting, you will receive the decision of the BSA committee on your VU email address in the second week of July.

If you send your request after June 24, your request will be discussed in August at the hearing (Aug. 17 or 18). You are expected to attend the hearing. Make sure you send your request before the 10th of August.

Follow-up procedure 

Phase 2 (August)
For all students (with the exception of those who received a postponement in the BSA committee meeting in July) the following applies: On 2 August 2021 you will receive the intended final BSA decision. If you wish to object to a proposed negative decision, you must do so before August 10, 2021 by using this form.

If you object to the proposed negative decision, you will be invited to the hearing on August 17 or 18, 2021. You are expected to attend the hearing.

BSA hearing

At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why you should be granted a deferral on the standard.
For this meeting the following applies:
- It is not possible to indicate a day or time preference.
- You will receive the invitation to the hearing on your VU email address. You will receive the exact time you will be heard no later than Friday, August 13.

Faculty BSA norm

Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences
For both the bachelor Psychology and for the bachelor Pedagogical Sciences you need to obtain a minimum of 42 out of 60 EC. Only first year courses count toward the required minimum of EC for a positive BSA. For students who started the bachelor in 2020, the BSA norm has been changed to a minimum of 36 EC.

Human Movement Sciences
For the bachelor Human Movement Sciences you need to acquire a minimum of 42 out of 60 EC, and you need to have scored at least a 4 for both Mathematics and Biomechanics. Only first year courses will be considered for meeting the BSA norm. For students who started the bachelor in 2020, the BSA norm has been changed to a minimum of 36 EC. The qualitative requirements for Mathematics and Biomechanics will need to be met additionally.

BSA deferment

  • In case of personal circumstances* that interfere with your ability to study, you can appeal the proposed negative study advice and you might possibly qualify for deferment of the BSA.
  • In case of personal circumstances*, you need to report these circumstances to the academic advisor within three months after arising
  • You can submit a request for deferment at the BSA committee by using this form no later than July 30
  • You need to motivate your request by explaining why you need a deferment
  • You need to add evidence to support your request (for example, a medical statement, correspondence, obituary, etc)
  • Requests that were submitted before July 30 will be processed on the first meeting of the BSA committee in the first week of August.
  • If your request has been processed during this meeting, you will receive the decision of the BSA committee in your VU e-mail in the second week of August. In the case the BSA committee needs further clarification based on your request, this e-mail will also include an invitation to a hearing.
  • Requests that are received after July 30 but within two weeks after the date of the proposed negative study advice will be responded to with an invitation to come to the hearing.

*Personal circumstances that can warrant a BSA deferment are: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability, and official work for a student body

Faculty BSA requirements

  • Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde): At least 48 of the 60 EC.
    • Students who started the programme in 2019-2020 (or earlier) can choose between the previous norm (at least 42 of the 60 EC, including the course Business Mathematics) or the new norm (at least 48 of 60).
  • Economics and Business Economics: At least 42 of the 60 EC, including the course Quantitative Research Methods I.
  • Econometrics and Operations Research: At least 42 of the 60 EC  no additional requirements.
  • International Business Administration: At least 48 of the 60 EC.
    • Students who started the programme in 2019-2020 (or earlier) can choose between the previous norm (at least 42 of the 60 EC, including the course Business Mathematics) or the new norm (at least 48 of 60).

For first-year students starting their Bachelor's programme in 2020-2021, the standard is reduced by 6 EC due to corona measures.

Hearing

If you submit a request for deferment (postponement), you will be invited to a hearing. 

Hearings are short sessions of 10 minutes. It allows the BSA committee to ask the student questions for clarification purposes. Hearings are not meant to discuss your situation in detail. Your evidence and proof supporting your claim should have all the provided details.

The BSA committee may decide to grant a postponement without hearing if:

  • The special circumstances are such that it is obvious  a postponement of the BSA is granted.

and

  • The student informed the academic advisor in time. 

In this case, you will receive an e-mail and/or a letter within 14 days of your request.

The hearings will take place during the week of 9 August and the first half of the week of 16 August.

Postponement of binding study advice

  • If there are personal circumstances,* please report to your academic advisor within three months of the events arising.
  • Students who do not meet the BSA-norm receive proposed negative study advice by mail. 
  • If you are facing personal issues* that affect your academic performance, you can appeal against the final negative study advice and possibly receive a BSA postponement. 
  • You can request a BSA advice postponement within two weeks of the date of the proposed negative study advice.

Apply for a BSA deferment with this form.  

  • Explain why you should receive postponement. 
  • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).

*The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or work for an official student body.

Faculty BSA norm

In the first year you have to reach a minimum of 42 ECTS out of a total of 60. The course Academic Skills is an obligatory part of these 42 points.

When your score is less than 42 ECTS, you'll receive a letter in August with a binding negative recommendation. You are forced to quit your study and are not allowed to re-enter this study at VU Amsterdam for the following three years. 

An exception to this rule is valid for the ACASA-studies and for PPE. These studies use the following minimum:

  • Archeology, Greek and Latin language and culture and Ancient studies - 48 ects
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics - 54 ects

For these studies the course Academic Skills is not an obligatory part of the binding recommendation.

For first-year students who started an undergraduate degree in 2020-2021, the standard is reduced by 6ECs due to corona measures. The norm for ACASA courses this year is 42 ects. For PPE, the norm is 48 ects. For all other programs, the norm is 36 ects (the subject AcVa remains a compulsory component).

In November, January, (April) and July you'll receive an advice about your study advancement.

Hearing

  • Students who appeal to the proposed negative binding study advice are expected to appear at a hearing.
  • Schedule an appointment for your hearing in the online agenda
  • The BSA Committee will notify you as soon as possible about when your hearing takes place.
  • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
  • Hearings are scheduled on: 16 and 17 August 2021.
  • Make sure you also submitted a request for deferment. Requests will not be processed until the end of July.

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) follows a different procedure:

  • If you submit a request for deferment of BSA, your request will first be evaluated based on the provided information in writing.
  • If necessary, you will be invited for a hearing.
  • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
  • Hearings are possibly held on 18 August.
  • Make sure you also submitted a request for deferment

Postponement of binding study advice

  • Students who do not meet the BSA-norm receive proposed negative study advice by mail. Students can expect this email at the end of July.
  • You can request a deferment (postponement) of the final BSA advice within two weeks of the date of the proposed negative study advice. 

Apply for a BSA deferment.  

  • Schedule an appointment for your hearing in the online agenda (More information can be found under the heading 'hearing').
  • Explain why you should receive postponement. 
  • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).
  • If you are facing particular circumstances* please report to your Academic advisor no later than 1 June.
  • If you are facing personal issues* that affect your academic performance, you can appeal against the final negative study advice and possibly receive a BSA postponement. 

* The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or if you work for an official student body.

Faculty BSA norm  

Based on the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) of the Bachelor's programme Law in society, the programme is subject to a binding recommendation of continuation of studies (BSA). This means the following.

  • In your first year of enrolment, you must obtain at least 42 credits out of 60 (see article 14.1 OER for the programme Law in Society).
  • First-year students starting their Bachelor's programme in 2020-2021, the standard is reduced by 6 EC due to corona measures.

If you do not meet the BSA-norm, you receive a negative BSA for your study programme.  This means you won’t be able to re-enrol into this particular VU programme for the next 3 years. 

Students receive advice on their study progress in November, January and May. Deregister before 1 February, if your studies are not going well or you have doubts about your study choice and you want to avoid receiving a negative BSA. 

More information for first-year students who deregister before 1 February. 

Deferment of BSA

  • If you fall behind with your studies due to personal circumstances, you can submit a request for deferment of BSA. By doing so, you apply for an extension to the period in which you need to obtain the required minimum number of credits for your programme.
  • You can submit a request for BSA deferment between 1 May and 25 June 2021 until noon; via the registration form BSA deferment. Please note: If you are facing special circumstances* please report to your Academic advisor no later than 1 June.
  • Explain why you should receive deferment. 
  • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).
  • If your deferment is approved, you will be notified in July. 
  • Requests for postponement of the BSA that are received after Friday 25 June 12 pm, will not be processed. If you receive a 'intended negative BSA' in mid-July, you can still make use of the hearings. For more information, see below. 

*The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or if you work for an official student body.

Hearing BSA 

Students who receive an “intended negative BSA” in July, have the opportunity to explain their situation in a hearing organised by the BSA Committee.  These hearings are primarily meant for students who believe that their circumstances were not considered when meeting the BSA norm.

BSA hearing

  • If you want to object the “intended negative BSA”, you must register for the hearing yourself (see link below).
  • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted deferment of the BSA.
  • By registering for the hearing, you also permit the BSA committee to look into your file. If you object to this, you need to state this upon registration.
  • Add evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.) via the registration form BSA deferment.  (No need to fill out the rest of the form, if you have done so already)
  • Hearings take place Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August.
  • The following people will be present: the chairman or secretary of the BSA committee and a minutes secretary.
  • When you register, you sign up for a specific time. Please make sure you arrive on time!
  • Schedule your appointment (Registration is from 15 July up to Wednesday 4 August 2021). 
  • The hearing will take place via ZOOM. You will receive the link and pass code in the confirmation email.
  • You can choose for “Hoorzitting/ hearing BSA Commissie A “or “Hoorzitting/ hearing BSA Commissie B”, there is no difference. In both hearings 2 members of the BSA Committee will be attending.

Deferment of BSA

  • You can submit a request for the deferment of the BSA from 24 May until 28 June.
  • If you are applying due to personal circumstances*, you need to submit the request to the academic advisor as soon as possible.
  • In your request you should explain your reasons for needing a deferment.
  • You should also include proof with the form (for example, doctor’s notes, correspondence or an obituary notice).
  • The BSA committee will study the requests in a meeting in week 28.
  • You will be notified of the committee's decision by 19 July via e-mail.

* In the case of deferment of the BSA, personal circumstances include illness, pregnancy, exceptional family circumstances, handicap/disability and official work for a student body.

BSA Hearing

  • If you object to the proposed negative binding recommendation for your study programme, you can register for a hearing on 13 or 16 August 2021.
  • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
  • The BSA Committee will notify you as soon as possible about when your hearing takes place.

Registration for the hearing is from 25 July - 5 August. Register by using the online registration form.

Regulations for the Binding Recommendation on Continuation of Studies (BSA)

BSA Hearing

  • If you submit a postponement request of the BSA standard, you will automatically be invited to the hearing. Requests will not be considered until the end of July.
  • If you object to the proposed negative study advice, the hearings’ dates are listed in the proposed negative decision.
  • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
  • Scheduled hearing dates: 

- For the Bachelor's of Theology: 18 August 2021
- For the Bachelor's of Theology and Religious Studies: 18 August 2021

Postponement of binding study advice

  • Students who do not meet the BSA-norm receive their proposed negative study advice by mail. Students can expect this email at the end of July.
  • You can request a BSA advice postponement within two weeks of the date of the proposed negative study advice.

Apply for a BSA deferment (postponement) with this form.  

  • Explain why you should receive postponement. 
  • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).
  • If you are facing special circumstances* please report to your academic advisor no later than 1 June.
  • If you are facing personal issues* that affect your academic performance, you can appeal against the final negative study advice and possibly receive a BSA postponement. 

*The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or if you work for an official student body.

  • BETA

    Postponement of BSA  

    At the Faculty of Sciences (Bèta), the BSA standard of 2020- 2021 has been set to a one-time only norm of 36 EC instead of 42 EC for students who started in September 2020. Students who have experienced mild symptoms due to corona or students who have taken a little longer to find their place in the program due to online education are expected to be able to obtain 36 EC.

    If you started in 2019 or earlier, the norm of 42 EC applies to you; only first-year courses are counted in the calculation of the number of credits.  

    The deadline for submitting a request for a postponement of BSA to the BSA committee is June 24th. Please use the form  Apply for a BSA deferment for your request.
    Note: the form alone is not sufficient, adding the requested attachments is very important.

    If you want to request a postponement, make sure you are familiar with the procedure, because incomplete requests will not be processed:

    Phase 1 (June, July)
    The first meeting of the BSA Committee - which will discuss whether to grant a deferral to students - will take place the first week of July 2021. In order for your request to be discussed at this meeting, you must submit your request (including the requested attachments) before June 25.

    What do you need to send for this request?

    1. Your completed Request for Postponement form.

    2. A cover letter with a detailed explanation of your request and the reason(s) why you believe you should be granted a postponement. It is very important that you include a timeline in your letter showing when the study obstacles occurred, how they affected your study progress, and what steps you took to mitigate them. It is also important to indicate what obstacles you encountered and also what they led to. Also indicate participated in all the exam opportunities, and how or why not. The more specific you are in your description, the better the BSA committee will be able to understand the situation. (If uploading is not possible, you may email the motivation letter to bsa.beta@vu.nl, stating the ticket number of your request for postponement, your program and your student number).

    3. Evidence of your personal circumstances* (consider a doctor's statement, correspondence, obituary, medication prescriptions, referral letters, etc.).

    If there are personal circumstances*, you must report this to the student advisor no later than June 1st: VUweb - Student, Contact & Student guidance and support, Academic advisor

    * Circumstances that may be grounds for postponement of the BSA standard are: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability/job restriction, and board activities.

    4. A grade list showing all passing, failing, and no-shows obtained.

    If your request is discussed in this meeting, you will receive the decision of the BSA committee on your VU email address in the second week of July.

    If you send your request after June 24, your request will be discussed in August at the hearing (Aug. 17 or 18). You are expected to attend the hearing. Make sure you send your request before the 10th of August.

    Follow-up procedure 

    Phase 2 (August)
    For all students (with the exception of those who received a postponement in the BSA committee meeting in July) the following applies: On 2 August 2021 you will receive the intended final BSA decision. If you wish to object to a proposed negative decision, you must do so before August 10, 2021 by using this form.

    If you object to the proposed negative decision, you will be invited to the hearing on August 17 or 18, 2021. You are expected to attend the hearing.

    BSA hearing

    At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why you should be granted a deferral on the standard.
    For this meeting the following applies:
    - It is not possible to indicate a day or time preference.
    - You will receive the invitation to the hearing on your VU email address. You will receive the exact time you will be heard no later than Friday, August 13.

  • FGB

    Faculty BSA norm

    Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences
    For both the bachelor Psychology and for the bachelor Pedagogical Sciences you need to obtain a minimum of 42 out of 60 EC. Only first year courses count toward the required minimum of EC for a positive BSA. For students who started the bachelor in 2020, the BSA norm has been changed to a minimum of 36 EC.

    Human Movement Sciences
    For the bachelor Human Movement Sciences you need to acquire a minimum of 42 out of 60 EC, and you need to have scored at least a 4 for both Mathematics and Biomechanics. Only first year courses will be considered for meeting the BSA norm. For students who started the bachelor in 2020, the BSA norm has been changed to a minimum of 36 EC. The qualitative requirements for Mathematics and Biomechanics will need to be met additionally.

    BSA deferment

    • In case of personal circumstances* that interfere with your ability to study, you can appeal the proposed negative study advice and you might possibly qualify for deferment of the BSA.
    • In case of personal circumstances*, you need to report these circumstances to the academic advisor within three months after arising
    • You can submit a request for deferment at the BSA committee by using this form no later than July 30
    • You need to motivate your request by explaining why you need a deferment
    • You need to add evidence to support your request (for example, a medical statement, correspondence, obituary, etc)
    • Requests that were submitted before July 30 will be processed on the first meeting of the BSA committee in the first week of August.
    • If your request has been processed during this meeting, you will receive the decision of the BSA committee in your VU e-mail in the second week of August. In the case the BSA committee needs further clarification based on your request, this e-mail will also include an invitation to a hearing.
    • Requests that are received after July 30 but within two weeks after the date of the proposed negative study advice will be responded to with an invitation to come to the hearing.

    *Personal circumstances that can warrant a BSA deferment are: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability, and official work for a student body

  • SBE

    Faculty BSA requirements

    • Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde): At least 48 of the 60 EC.
      • Students who started the programme in 2019-2020 (or earlier) can choose between the previous norm (at least 42 of the 60 EC, including the course Business Mathematics) or the new norm (at least 48 of 60).
    • Economics and Business Economics: At least 42 of the 60 EC, including the course Quantitative Research Methods I.
    • Econometrics and Operations Research: At least 42 of the 60 EC  no additional requirements.
    • International Business Administration: At least 48 of the 60 EC.
      • Students who started the programme in 2019-2020 (or earlier) can choose between the previous norm (at least 42 of the 60 EC, including the course Business Mathematics) or the new norm (at least 48 of 60).

    For first-year students starting their Bachelor's programme in 2020-2021, the standard is reduced by 6 EC due to corona measures.

    Hearing

    If you submit a request for deferment (postponement), you will be invited to a hearing. 

    Hearings are short sessions of 10 minutes. It allows the BSA committee to ask the student questions for clarification purposes. Hearings are not meant to discuss your situation in detail. Your evidence and proof supporting your claim should have all the provided details.

    The BSA committee may decide to grant a postponement without hearing if:

    • The special circumstances are such that it is obvious  a postponement of the BSA is granted.

    and

    • The student informed the academic advisor in time. 

    In this case, you will receive an e-mail and/or a letter within 14 days of your request.

    The hearings will take place during the week of 9 August and the first half of the week of 16 August.

    Postponement of binding study advice

    • If there are personal circumstances,* please report to your academic advisor within three months of the events arising.
    • Students who do not meet the BSA-norm receive proposed negative study advice by mail. 
    • If you are facing personal issues* that affect your academic performance, you can appeal against the final negative study advice and possibly receive a BSA postponement. 
    • You can request a BSA advice postponement within two weeks of the date of the proposed negative study advice.

    Apply for a BSA deferment with this form.  

    • Explain why you should receive postponement. 
    • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).

    *The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or work for an official student body.

  • FGW

    Faculty BSA norm

    In the first year you have to reach a minimum of 42 ECTS out of a total of 60. The course Academic Skills is an obligatory part of these 42 points.

    When your score is less than 42 ECTS, you'll receive a letter in August with a binding negative recommendation. You are forced to quit your study and are not allowed to re-enter this study at VU Amsterdam for the following three years. 

    An exception to this rule is valid for the ACASA-studies and for PPE. These studies use the following minimum:

    • Archeology, Greek and Latin language and culture and Ancient studies - 48 ects
    • Philosophy, Politics and Economics - 54 ects

    For these studies the course Academic Skills is not an obligatory part of the binding recommendation.

    For first-year students who started an undergraduate degree in 2020-2021, the standard is reduced by 6ECs due to corona measures. The norm for ACASA courses this year is 42 ects. For PPE, the norm is 48 ects. For all other programs, the norm is 36 ects (the subject AcVa remains a compulsory component).

    In November, January, (April) and July you'll receive an advice about your study advancement.

    Hearing

    • Students who appeal to the proposed negative binding study advice are expected to appear at a hearing.
    • Schedule an appointment for your hearing in the online agenda
    • The BSA Committee will notify you as soon as possible about when your hearing takes place.
    • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
    • Hearings are scheduled on: 16 and 17 August 2021.
    • Make sure you also submitted a request for deferment. Requests will not be processed until the end of July.

     Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) follows a different procedure:

    • If you submit a request for deferment of BSA, your request will first be evaluated based on the provided information in writing.
    • If necessary, you will be invited for a hearing.
    • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
    • Hearings are possibly held on 18 August.
    • Make sure you also submitted a request for deferment

    Postponement of binding study advice

    • Students who do not meet the BSA-norm receive proposed negative study advice by mail. Students can expect this email at the end of July.
    • You can request a deferment (postponement) of the final BSA advice within two weeks of the date of the proposed negative study advice. 

    Apply for a BSA deferment.  

    • Schedule an appointment for your hearing in the online agenda (More information can be found under the heading 'hearing').
    • Explain why you should receive postponement. 
    • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).
    • If you are facing particular circumstances* please report to your Academic advisor no later than 1 June.
    • If you are facing personal issues* that affect your academic performance, you can appeal against the final negative study advice and possibly receive a BSA postponement. 

    * The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or if you work for an official student body.

  • Law

    Faculty BSA norm  

    Based on the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) of the Bachelor's programme Law in society, the programme is subject to a binding recommendation of continuation of studies (BSA). This means the following.

    • In your first year of enrolment, you must obtain at least 42 credits out of 60 (see article 14.1 OER for the programme Law in Society).
    • First-year students starting their Bachelor's programme in 2020-2021, the standard is reduced by 6 EC due to corona measures.

    If you do not meet the BSA-norm, you receive a negative BSA for your study programme.  This means you won’t be able to re-enrol into this particular VU programme for the next 3 years. 

    Students receive advice on their study progress in November, January and May. Deregister before 1 February, if your studies are not going well or you have doubts about your study choice and you want to avoid receiving a negative BSA. 

    More information for first-year students who deregister before 1 February. 

    Deferment of BSA

    • If you fall behind with your studies due to personal circumstances, you can submit a request for deferment of BSA. By doing so, you apply for an extension to the period in which you need to obtain the required minimum number of credits for your programme.
    • You can submit a request for BSA deferment between 1 May and 25 June 2021 until noon; via the registration form BSA deferment. Please note: If you are facing special circumstances* please report to your Academic advisor no later than 1 June.
    • Explain why you should receive deferment. 
    • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).
    • If your deferment is approved, you will be notified in July. 
    • Requests for postponement of the BSA that are received after Friday 25 June 12 pm, will not be processed. If you receive a 'intended negative BSA' in mid-July, you can still make use of the hearings. For more information, see below. 

    *The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or if you work for an official student body.

    Hearing BSA 

    Students who receive an “intended negative BSA” in July, have the opportunity to explain their situation in a hearing organised by the BSA Committee.  These hearings are primarily meant for students who believe that their circumstances were not considered when meeting the BSA norm.

    BSA hearing

    • If you want to object the “intended negative BSA”, you must register for the hearing yourself (see link below).
    • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted deferment of the BSA.
    • By registering for the hearing, you also permit the BSA committee to look into your file. If you object to this, you need to state this upon registration.
    • Add evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.) via the registration form BSA deferment.  (No need to fill out the rest of the form, if you have done so already)
    • Hearings take place Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August.
    • The following people will be present: the chairman or secretary of the BSA committee and a minutes secretary.
    • When you register, you sign up for a specific time. Please make sure you arrive on time!
    • Schedule your appointment (Registration is from 15 July up to Wednesday 4 August 2021). 
    • The hearing will take place via ZOOM. You will receive the link and pass code in the confirmation email.
    • You can choose for “Hoorzitting/ hearing BSA Commissie A “or “Hoorzitting/ hearing BSA Commissie B”, there is no difference. In both hearings 2 members of the BSA Committee will be attending.
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    Deferment of BSA

    • You can submit a request for the deferment of the BSA from 24 May until 28 June.
    • If you are applying due to personal circumstances*, you need to submit the request to the academic advisor as soon as possible.
    • In your request you should explain your reasons for needing a deferment.
    • You should also include proof with the form (for example, doctor’s notes, correspondence or an obituary notice).
    • The BSA committee will study the requests in a meeting in week 28.
    • You will be notified of the committee's decision by 19 July via e-mail.

    * In the case of deferment of the BSA, personal circumstances include illness, pregnancy, exceptional family circumstances, handicap/disability and official work for a student body.

    BSA Hearing

    • If you object to the proposed negative binding recommendation for your study programme, you can register for a hearing on 13 or 16 August 2021.
    • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
    • The BSA Committee will notify you as soon as possible about when your hearing takes place.

    Registration for the hearing is from 25 July - 5 August. Register by using the online registration form.

    Regulations for the Binding Recommendation on Continuation of Studies (BSA)

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    BSA Hearing

    • If you submit a postponement request of the BSA standard, you will automatically be invited to the hearing. Requests will not be considered until the end of July.
    • If you object to the proposed negative study advice, the hearings’ dates are listed in the proposed negative decision.
    • During the hearing, students have the opportunity to explain to the BSA committee why they should be granted BSA-norm postponement.
    • Scheduled hearing dates: 

    - For the Bachelor's of Theology: 18 August 2021
    - For the Bachelor's of Theology and Religious Studies: 18 August 2021

    Postponement of binding study advice

    • Students who do not meet the BSA-norm receive their proposed negative study advice by mail. Students can expect this email at the end of July.
    • You can request a BSA advice postponement within two weeks of the date of the proposed negative study advice.

    Apply for a BSA deferment (postponement) with this form.  

    • Explain why you should receive postponement. 
    • Provide evidence and proof that support your claim (e.g. doctors notice, correspondence, obituary notice etc.).
    • If you are facing special circumstances* please report to your academic advisor no later than 1 June.
    • If you are facing personal issues* that affect your academic performance, you can appeal against the final negative study advice and possibly receive a BSA postponement. 

    *The following circumstances may be reasons for requesting BSA deferment: illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, disability or if you work for an official student body.

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