Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Binding study advice

Binding study advice (abbreviated to BSA) is a recommendation issued by the examination board regarding whether or not a student will be permitted to continue their studies in the degree programme in which they are enrolled. Please note: measures during the coronacrisis: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences closely follows the spread of the coronavirus and takes appropriate measures. This also has consequences for the BSA.

BSA postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Students who started their degree programme in September 2019

If you started your degree programme in September 2019 and earned fewer than 50 credits last year, then you will not have received a binding study advice at the end of the academic year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this study advice has been postponed until the end of your second year. This means that if you do not complete the first-year programme (or earn 60 credits for an AD) by the end of this academic year, you may receive a negative binding study advice. Any study delay you have incurred due to personal circumstances relating to the coronavirus pandemic will be taken into account. Please report these personal circumstances to your student counsellor in a timely manner. See also Personal Circumstances on this page.

If you earned 50 credits or more last academic year, then you will have received a positive study advice at the end of the academic year.

Students who started their degree programme in February 2020

If you started your degree programme on 1 February 2020, the binding study advice will also be postponed until the end of your second academic year (January 2022) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you earn 50 credits or more by 1 February 2021, you will receive a positive study advice at the end of your first academic year.

If your study advice is postponed, this means that you will have to complete your first-year programme by the end of your second academic year. This means that if you do not pass the first-year programme (or earn 60 credits for an AD) by the end of your second year, you may receive a negative binding study advice. Any study delay you have incurred due to personal circumstances relating to the coronavirus pandemic will be taken into account. Please report these personal circumstances to your student counsellor in a timely manner. See also Personal Circumstances on this page.

Students who started their degree programme in September 2020

If you started your degree programme in September 2020, you will not receive a binding study advice at the end of this academic year if you have not earned enough credits. The credit requirement that applies to you is specified in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) for your degree programme (Chapter 5, Section 5.1). You can find the OER in your programme’s digital study guide.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the binding study advice will be postponed until the end of your second academic year. This means that if you do not complete the first-year programme (or earn 60 credits for an AD) in your second year, you may receive a negative binding study advice. Any study delay you have incurred due to personal circumstances relating to the coronavirus pandemic will be taken into account. Please report these personal circumstances to your student counsellor in a timely manner. See also Personal Circumstances on this page.

If you earn enough credits this year to meet the BSA requirement, you will receive a positive study advice at the end of the academic year.

About Binding Study Advice (BSA)

Please note: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and taking appropriate measures as needed. This also has consequences for the BSA. Read about the current situation above: BSA postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.

A binding study advice (BSA) can be either positive or negative. If the advice is positive, students are permitted to continue their study programme. If the advice is negative, the student will not be permitted to continue their study programme at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).

A student will recieve a negative BSA if they do not obtain the mandatory credits by the end of the first year of their degree programme. The BSA norm for AUAS programmes ranges from 40 to 50 credits. Please see the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER, chapter 5, article 5.1) for information concerning the total credits required according to the BSA norm for your degree programme.

A BSA will also be issued for students who deregister in the course of the academic year.

Students will in principle receive a BSA at the end of their first academic year. An exception to this is possible: a BSA may be suspended until the end of the second year of enrolment, due to personal circumstances on the part of the student. When the BSA is suspended the Examination Board issues a negative BSA at the end of the second year of enrolment to students who have failed to successfully complete the propaedeutic year examination by the end of their second year of enrolment.

Notification of the binding study advice

The examination board will send the BSA to your AUAS email account in the month of July or August. Please ensure that your AUAS email account does not exceed its data limit in July and August as this will cause the email to be rejected.

This email therefore serves as the BSA as referred to in Articles 7.2 and 7.3 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). It will also be possible to see your BSA in SIS immediately after this email has been sent. To access it, log into your SIS account and then select 'St.advice/dipl' and 'My study advice'.

Binding study advice warning

If in the course of the academic year a student appears to be in danger of receiving a negative BSA, the student will receive a warning to this effect. The warning will be sent to the student by email via SIS and will also contain an explanation of the consequences that a negative BSA will have for the student.

Consequences of the binding study advice

Students who receive a positive BSA can continue their study programme.

Students who receive negative BSA will not be permitted to re-enrol in the same degree programme or in programmes that share the same propaedeutic phase. They will also no longer be entitled to receive student financial assistance as from the next academic year. In that case, it is crucial to contact the Education Executive Agency (Dutch: DUO) on time to cancel your financial assistance.

Personal circumstances

When issuing BSA to a student, personal circumstances may be taken into account. In that case, there must be a causal relationship between the personal circumstances and the fact that the student has fallen behind in their studies. In practice, this means that the personal circumstances must be demonstrable and have caused the student to fall behind. If such personal circumstances arise, the student must notify the student counsellor as quickly as possible. When the time comes for issuing BSA, the student counsellor can then advise the examination board regarding personal circumstances.

Naturally a student will also be expected to stay in touch with the student counsellor for as long as the personal circumstances apply.
These personal circumstances may also have been caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lodging an appeal with the Examination Appeals Board

Students can lodge an appeal against a negative BSA with the Examination Appeals Board (COBEX). If a student does not agree with the Examination Board's decision to issue a negative BSA, they can submit a notice of appeal to the Objections, Appeals and Complaints Office (Dutch: Loket beroep, bezwaar en klacht) within six weeks of having been notified of the negative BSA.

You can logde your appeal here (choose one of the three choices and follow the form):
- you are a student and in possession of an HvA account
- you are not a student and do not have an HvA account
- You have an request for Central Student Offices (CSA)

After the notice of appeal has been submitted to COBEX, there will be an inquiry to determine whether an amicable settlement can be reached between the student and the examination board. If no settlement is possible, COBEX will examine the notice of appeal. During the appeal procedure, the student may not be enrolled at the AUAS and therefore is also not entitled to receive student financial assistance.

For more information, please refer to the Legal Affairs page.

Published by  Legal Affairs 24 November 2020