Binding Study Advice (BSA)

At the end of the first academic year, you will receive your Binding Study Advice (BSA). This advice will be issued by your study programme and is based on the number of credits (ECTS) that you have obtained. If you have not obtained enough credits, you will receive negative Binding Study Advice and you will therefore have to withdraw from your study programme. 

Number of credits

The number of required course credits* for continuing a study programme varies per faculty: 

  • Faculty of Law: 45 
  • Faculty of Science: 39 
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences: 42  
  • Faculty of Arts: 45
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies: 44
  • Faculty of Social Sciences: 42
  • Nijmegen School of Management: 42

A total of 60 course credits can be obtained per academic year.

* For first-year students and Bachelor’s students with a ‘maintained BSA’ the BSA standard will be lowered by 6.5 EC in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Special personal circumstances

Exceptions may be made in the case of special circumstances. In such a case, you will need to contact the student advisor for your study programme to discuss your situation.


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