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Binding study advice (BSA) - CS

The Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science has a binding study advice (BSA). This means that regular first-year Bachelor's students who acquired fewer than 48 out of 60 ECTS credits in year 1 are not allowed to continue the Bachelor’s programme. In addition, these students will not be allowed to enrol in the Communication Science Bachelor’s programme Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam again for a period of three years.

  • The BSA decision and applying for dispensation

    The courses in year 1 of the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science add up to 60 ECTS credits. At the end of year 1 (in July) you will receive a binding study advice (BSA) based on your study results. If you meet the requirements for the binding study advice of your Bachelor’s programme, you will receive a positive binding study advice. This means that you may continue with your programme.

    BSA standard

    Bachelor’s students Communication Science need to obtain 48 ECTS or more in first-year Bachelor’s courses in their first year in order to meet the BSA standard of the College of Communication.

    A positive binding study advice

    If you meet the requirements for the BSA at the end of the year 1 (after resits), you will receive a positive binding study advice. This means that you may continue with the Bachelor’s in Communication Science. If you receive a positive binding study advice at the end of the first year, there will be no further binding study advices during the second and following year(s) of the Bachelor’s programme.

    A negative binding study advice

    If you do not meet the BSA standard, you will receive a negative BSA. This means that you are not allowed to enrol in the Bachelor’s in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam for three consecutive years.

    Dispensation

    In extraordinary cases it is possible to get dispensation for the BSA standard.

  • When is the BSA not issued?

    You will not receive a BSA if you (1) terminate your enrolment before February or if you (2) have been granted dispensation by the “BSA committee CW” due to extraordinary personal circumstances.

    1.    Terminate your enrolment before February

    Students who have terminated their enrolment before February, will not receive a BSA in August. In order to qualify for this arrangement, you need to end your enrolment in Studielink by 31 January at the latest. In the following academic year you may enrol in the same Bachelor’s programme again and you will receive a BSA at the end of your first year. The first-year courses that you have completed in the year that you terminated your enrolment, will be taken into account for the BSA standard of a following year of study.

    Are you considering to end your enrolment, then you are advised to contact a study adviser.

    2.    Acknowledged personal circumstances

    If you receive a negative BSA, you may apply for dispensation for the BSA standard. In extraordinary cases the  “BSA committee CW” can agree to this. This means that you may continue studying Communication Science despite not meeting the requirements for the BSA.


    Important prerequisites are that the personal circumstances occur during the year that you are studying; that you have reported these personal circumstances to a study adviser within two months; that you have discussed these personal circumstances with a study adviser and that there is a clear relation between the personal circumstances and your study delay. Personal circumstances involve matters such as illness, pregnancy, special family circumstances, function impairment, membership of a representative advisory body of the University or of a student organisation committee. More detailed information about acknowledged circumstances is listed in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of Communication Science article A.6.4.

    If any of the above mentioned personal circumstances or other occur, you are required to:

    • report this as soon as possible to a study adviser of the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science;
    • talk about the personal circumstances with a study adviser in person;
    • gather evidence of your personal circumstances and bring it to the meeting with a study adviser.
  • The BSA decision and applying for dispensation

    When all results of year 1 (including results of resits) have been registered, you will receive the decision regarding the BSA per email. Is the BSA negative, then you may apply for dispensation. If the BSA is not revised thereafter, then you may lodge an appeal against the decision with the Examination Appeals Board (COBEX).

    The BSA decision

    When all results (including the resits in July) of the current academic year have been registered, the intended final decision regarding the BSA is made. You will be informed by email of this decision in week 30 or 31 by the College of Communication. So please make sure that you check your email during that period (or have someone else do it for you). The BSA decision will be sent to the email address that is registered in Studielink.

    N.B. If the amount of ECTS mentioned in the BSA decision is not correct, please contact the Education Desk of Communication Science as soon as possible (educationdesk-cs@uva.nl).

    Applying for dispensation

    If you receive a negative BSA, you may use the right to apply for dispensation at the “BSA Committee CW”. The deadline for applying for dispensation is Friday 30 July 2021 17:00 hours. Send your request to examencommissie-cw-fmg@uva.nl. Your request should include:

    • your student ID number
    • your full name
    • your email address
    • your telephone number
    • a personal report in which you describe why you have not reasonably been able to meet the BSA standard due to personal circumstances.

    Following your dispensation request you will be invited by the “BSA Committee CW” to a hearing, that takes place on 5 August 2021 17:00 hours. Please make sure that you are able to attend the hearing on that date.

    Are you considering applying for dispensation and would you like to discuss your request beforehand? Then you are welcome to contact our study advisers.

    Lodging an appeal with COBEX

    If the BSA is not revised despite your dispensation request, then you may lodge an appeal against the decision of the “BSA Committee CW” with the Examination Appeals Board (COBEX). The deadline for lodging an appeal will be mentioned in the letter concerning the rejection of your request.

    N.B. During the period that your appeal runs, it is not possible to enrol again in the programme and to participate in courses. Therefore, we urge you to lodge an appeal timely.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this webpage has been drafted carefully and is based on the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the current academic year. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no warranties of any kind about the accuracy of the information on this webpage.