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BSA - Binding study advice

BSA - Binding study advice

BSA - Binding study advice

The Binding Study Advice (BSA) is part of a series of measures that increase a student’s chances of successfully completing a programme on time. The faculty uses the BSA to specify the extent to which a student – after the first year of study – has the motivation and abilities to successfully complete the programme.

How it works:

  • The Faculty of Humanities issues a BSA to all first-year Bachelor's students. The BSA also applies to students who started a second or new Bachelor’s programme within the faculty.
  • You can only continue your studies when you meet the requirements of the BSA. To receive a positive advice, you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in first-year courses. For part-time students, the minimum is 24 ECTS.
  • If you do not meet the requirements of the BSA, a negative binding study advice will be issued. In this case, you are not allowed to re-enrol for the same programme.
  • The rules pertaining to the BSA are stated in Article 6 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). See the link below:
OER - Teaching and Examination Regulations


In order to obtain the standard minimum of 48 ECTS (24 ECTS for part-time students), you will receive the necessary support. For example, every student is assigned a lecturer as a tutor. The tutor's primary task is to discuss your study progress and choices.

In addition, your programme’s study adviser can help you with study-related problems. Should you experience problems due to personal circumstances, it is important that you inform the study adviser immediately, even if you are not sure what the consequences might be for your academic performance.

Study advice 

During the first year, you will receive multiple notices regarding your study progress: in December and February. Based on these, you may want to make an appointment with the study adviser or decide to prematurely end your enrolment in the programme.

At the end of July, the faculty will give you a positive or provisional negative BSA, which states whether or not you can continue your studies.

See also:


Study advisers

Examinations Board

To help you assess your current study progress, you can make use of the study progress chart that you can download below. In this chart, you will find information regarding a more challenging programme, extra support, training and workshops, and the BSA procedure. 

Download the study progress chart (PDF)