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Binding Study Advice (BSA)

Binding study advice (BSA)

At the end of the first year, you'll receive a Binding Study Advice (BSA). If you meet the BSA requirements of your programme you will receive a positive study advice and you may continue your programme. On this page you'll find more information about the BSA, your options when obtained a negative BSA and a Frequently Asked Questions section. A the bottom of this page you can find the changes in BSA policy with regard to academic year 2019-2020.

Disclaimer

The content below has been carefully compiled based on the current Teaching and Examinations Regulations of UvA Economics and Business. No rights can be derived from this content in the event that the text on this page deviates from the text in the above-mentioned articles.

The information below demonstrates how you can obtain a positive BSA in 2020-2021. Updated on 15 January 2021.

A the bottom of this page you can find the adjusted BSA policy with regard to corona in academic year 2019-2020.

 

Binding Study Advice (BSA) academic year 2020-2021

  • BSA requirements

    To obtain a positive study advice at the end of the first year, all first year Bachelor students need to earn at least 42 EC in the current academic year for courses of the first year of their Bachelor’s programme. Due to the coronavirus-related measures, for all UvA students who began their degree programme in academic year 2020-2021, the number of ECTS credits required to receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) has been adjusted from 48 ECTS credits to 42 ECTS credits.

    Any exemptions that you received previously don't count for meeting the BSA requirements.

    Did you start your Bachelor's programme before the academic year 2020-2021? Then this formation is not applicable to you. You can check your BSA rules under Information Binding Study Advice 2019-2020 at the bottom of this page.

     

     

     

  • When will you receive the study advice?
    • You will receive a number of preliminary study advices to provide you with insight in your study progress.
    • After all study results of the academic year have been registered (including the resits in July), a final positive study advice or an intended negative binding study advice will be sent to you by e-mail* no later than the first week of August. That's why it is very important that you (or someone else on your behalf) read your e-mail carefully, including spambox, during this period.
    • In case of an intended negative study advice, you will also receive an e-mail*. This e-mail indicates how and when you can apply for dispensation from the Binding Study Advice Committee. 

    * The BSA communication will be sent to the e-mail adress that is registered in Studielink. Therefore, if necessary, change this address in Studielink.

  • Positive study advice

    In case you meet the requirements of the BSA you will be given a positive study advice. You will not receive a BSA in the following years of your Bachelor's programme. Please beware that the validity of Bachelor's courses is six years.

  • Negative Binding Study Advice

    If you do not meet the BSA requirements a negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA) will be issued. In this case you are not allowed to enrol for the same programme at UvA Economics and Business for a period of three years, nor for a programme that has largely or exactly the same first year.

    If you obtained a NSBA for one of the following three Bachelor's degree programmes, you are not eligable for three years for one of the other programmes:

    • Actuarial Science
    • Econometrics (formerly Econometrics and Operations Research)
    • Business Analytics (conditional on final accreditation)

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    This also applies to:

    • Economics and Business Economics
    • Fiscale Economie

    In case you want to start a Bachelor’s programme at UvA Economics and Business you're not excluded from, please make sure you meet the entry requirements of that particular Bachelor’s programme. You can find these requirements at the programme page of the Bachelor of your choice.

    In exceptional cases application for dispensation is approved. More information is to be found below at Apply for dispensation in case of a negative binding study advice.

  • Cases where the Binding Study Advice does not apply

    BSA will not be issued in the following two situations:

    • Your enrolment is terminated as of 1 February
      If you terminate your enrolment before 1 February, you'll not be given a BSA. In order to terminate your enrolment as of 1 February you must terminate your enrolment through Studielink no later then 31 January. In the subsequent academic year you can re-enrol for the same Bachelor's programme. At the end of the new academic year you will be given a BSA. The credits obtained the year before will still be valid, but will not count towards getting a positive BSA for the year in which you re-enrol. If you must obtain less than 48 credits to fulfil the first year, you will have to obtain all remaining first-year courses. If you deregistered yourself from your first year at UvA Economics and Business before 1 February 2021, and you will re-apply per 1 September 2021, the BSA-norm of 2021-2022 applies.

    To discuss your housing arrangements and Visa (if applicable), it is necessary to inform the Admissions Office immediately after the termination of your enrolment.

    • Recognised personal circumstances
      If you receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA), the Binding Study Advice Committee can grant dispensation in exceptional cases on grounds of recognized personal circumstances. An important condition in these cases is that you reported the personal circumstances to a Study Adviser. Personal circumstances involve matters such as illness, special circumstances involving family, pregnancy and medical functional disorders.

    When one of the above mentioned issues or other personal circumstances apply to you, report this immediately to a Study Adviser.

Apply for dispensation in case of a Negative Binding Study Advice

  • Application for dispensation by the Binding Study Advice Committee

    If you are given a negative BSA, you could in case of recognized personal circumstances apply for dispensation from the Binding Study Advice Committee (of UvA Economics and Business). In exceptional cases the Binding Study Advice Committee will approve the request for dispensation. An important condition is that the personal circumstances that influenced your study results were reported and discussed with a Study Adviser. You will be informed about the procedure at the end of the academic year.

    Short description of the procedure

    • In order to request dispensation you need to submit a request to the Binding Study Advice Committee. You can do this by submitting an online request. The link to this request can be found on this website at the end of the academic year. In this request you should explain which personal circumstances withheld you from meeting the BSA requirements. If you do not have or have not had any personal circumstances effecting your study results this academic year or if there is no proven relationship between the personal circumstances and your study results, no dispensation will be granted to you and thus it is pointless to request dispensation. How and when you should request dispensation will be explained in the final BSA advice.
    • The Binding Study Advice Committee will only take into account personal circumstances that are listed in Article 6.4 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations. One of the most important requirements for dispensation is that you have reported  and discussed your personal circumstances with a study adviser during the academic year. Also, bear in mind that you must hand in official documentation of your personal circumstances to the study advisers. The official documents must be in English or Dutch. Otherwise, a certified translation (from an official translator) of the documents is required.
  • Approved dispensation

    If you have been granted dispensation based on your personal circumstances at the end of your first-year of study, you are permitted to continue your programme of study. Depending on the number of credits obtained in the first-year study programme, in the following year you are required to:

    • complete all first-year courses, or
    • obtain a specified number of credits determined by the Binding Study Advice Committee.

    The dispensation letter you receive from the Binding Study Advice Committee states which conditions apply in your case. Please contact the study advisers if you want to discuss you study planning regarding the new requirements.

Questions

Have a look at the FAQ to see if your question is answered there. If you have questions about the registration of your exam results in SIS, you can contact the Education Desk. 

Do you want advice about your study planning or applying for dispensation, or do you want to report personal circumstances? Contact the Study Advisers.

Information Binding Study Advice 2019-2020

  • Binding Study Advice in academic year 2019-2020

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, certain decisions have been made regarding the binding study advice (BSA). Here you can find information about how these decisions affect you as a student at the UvA.

    No negative BSA in 2019-2020, but certainly a positive BSA

    The UvA Economics and Business will not issue any negative binding study advice (BSA) for the current academic year for first-year students. You will receive a deferred BSA instead, which gives you the opportunity to complete the required number of credits in first-year courses for the positive BSA in two academic years.

    Are you a first-year student and did you pass (more than) 48 credits in 2019-2020?
    If, as a first-year student, you pass (more than) 48 credits in 2019-2020, you will, of course, receive a positive BSA.

    Are you a first-year student and did you obtain less than 48 credits in 2019-2020?
    In order to get a positive BSA you need to have obtained 48 EC in first-year courses from your programme in total by the end of the next academic year (2020-2021).

    Have you received a dispensation for your BSA last year, or before?
    If you have received a dispensation for your BSA last year, or before, you’ll need to have obtained 48 EC of first-year courses from your programme by the end of next academic year (2020-2021). This is a different norm than the one that was set for you in your dispensation decision and that you received in August 2019. That decision is no longer applicable.

    Are you not re-applying for your programme in 2020-2021?
    If you do not re-apply for your programme in 2020-2021, but in another year, the BSA-norm of that year applies.

    The credits obtained in 2019-2020 will still be valid, but will not count towards getting a positive BSA in the year you re-apply. If you have to pass less than 48 credits to be able to pass the first-year when you re-apply, you will have to obtain all remaining first-year courses.

    Have you deregistered from your first year before 1 February 2020?
    If you deregistered yourself from your first year at UvA Economics and Business before 1 February 2020, and you will re-apply per 1 September 2020, the BSA-norm of 2020-2021 applies. The credits obtained in 2019-2020 will still be valid, but will not count towards getting a positive BSA then. If you have to pass less than 42 credits to be able to pass the first-year when you re-apply, you will have to obtain all remaining first-year courses.

    Please note: If you are here on a visa, you will have to meet the requirements of the IND. You can find more information on this website about visa.


    Try to obtain a positive BSA!

    It is hugely important that you continue with your studies, in order to secure a positive BSA this year. This way you also ensure that you have enough time next year to complete your second-year courses. The study advisers will be happy to help you with your planning.

    Visa

    Students who are here on a visa have to obtain 30 credits per academic year to keep their visa. This is an IND regulation. This regulation has not been altered due to the coronavirus outbreak. You can find more information on this website about visa.

    Do you have second thoughts about your study choice?

    Of course, it is also possible that you have second thoughts about your study choice, despite the fact that you will get dispensation for the BSA for this year. Please contact the UvA Student Careers Centre.if this is the case. They can help you find a degree programme that suits you better. Among other things, you’ll gain insight into your qualities and interests and gather information about other degree programmes. Read more about help when you’re having second thoughts.

    Do you have a question about the deferred BSA and the consequences it has for you? Please contact the Education Desk