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. The above information is based on the usual course of events. For the current guidelines for academic year 2019-2020, in times of the corona-virus, please check the fold-out below.
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.
The UvA Economics and Business will not issue any negative binding study advice (BSA) for the current academic year against first-year students. You will receive a deferred BSA instead, which gives you the opportunity to complete the required number of credits of first-year courses for the positive BSA in two academic years. If you, as a first-year student, pass enough first-year courses (48 credits or more) this year to receive a positive BSA, you will of course receive a positive BSA.
If you have received a dispensation for your binding study advice from the Board of Examiners, this decision also affects you. To get a positive BSA you need to obtain 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 That decision is no longer applicable.
To keep things simple, we have decided that the new norm is already valid for the current academic year. This means that if you obtain the required 48 EC of first year courses this year, you will already receive a positive BSA in the summer. If not, you have a whole extra year in 2020-2021 to meet the new norm. Please note that the norm refers to the cumulative amount of credits of first-year courses in your programme, not the credits obtained in one year.
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.
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.
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.
For the current guidelines for academic year 2019-2020, in times of the coronavirus, please check the above fold-out.
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 is based on the usual course of events and demonstrates how you can obtain a positive BSA in the next academic year.
To obtain a positive study advice at the end of the first year, students need to earn at least 48 EC in the current academic year for courses of the first year of their Bachelor’s programme. Any exemptions that you received previously don't count for meeting the BSA requirements.
* The BSA communication will be sent to the e-mail adress that is registered in Studielink. Therefore, if necessary, change this address in Studielink.
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.
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:
This also applies to:
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.
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.
To discuss your housing arrangements and Visa (if applicable), it is necessary to inform the Admissions Office immediately after the termination of your enrolment.
When one of the above mentioned issues or other personal circumstances apply to you, report this immediately to a Study Adviser.
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 the Faculty 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.
This is a short description of the procedure:
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:
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.
Contact the Education Desk.