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Binding Study Advice (BSA)


The College of Psychology issues binding study advice to Bachelor’s students.

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

In the past academic year, issuing a ‘binding study advice’ (BSA) was postponed. In an uncertain year, universities gave the first-year students extra opportunity to obtain the minimum number of credits. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has decided not to postpone the BSA again in academic year 2020-2021. The updates on the coronavirus will give you more information.

In all Bachelor’s programmes there is binding study advice in the propaedeutic year (the first year of the degree programme). The BSA is used to specify the extent to which a student – at the end of the the first year, after the summer resits – has the motivation and abilities to successfully complete the programme. The BSA is part of a series of measures that increase a student’s chances of successfully completing a programme on time.

  • Students who obtain at least 48 EC by the end of the first year, can unreservedly enrol for the consecutive year of the programme.
  • All full-time first-year students will receive preliminary study advice on a number of occasions, allowing them to take timely action if needed, or to consider terminating their studies.
  • Students who receive a negative BSA will not be allowed to enrol for the Psychology Bachelor's programme at the UvA during the three subsequent years, nor for other Psychology Bachelor's programmes with a numerus fixus. 
  • In case a student faces special circumstances, resulting in not being able to pass the required amount of EC for a positive BSA, the student can file an objection to the negative BSA with the Examinations Board.

Students can earn lots of course credits for active participation to the tutorial groups; hence recurring absence often leads to a negative BSA. The same applies when a student misses too many digital tests.