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Binding Study Advice (BSA) in the bachelor

At the end of the first year Bachelor in Psychology, all students receive a Study Advice whether they are allowed to continue their study  (positive advice) or not (negative advice). A negative advice is always binding: the negative Binding Study Advice (nBSA). It means that you will not be allowed to re-register for the Bachelor in Psychology programme at Maastricht University for the next four years.

COVID-19 related changes (BA)

The UM wide FAQ explains the changes in the BSA-procedure. 

In short: 
  2019-2020: If you did not meet the BSA standard at the end of the first academic year, you received  a postponement notice.
  2021-2021: UM lowers its standards for the BSA. The implications of this for FPN will be announced.

The Academic Advisers wrote an extensive document about study planning and the BSA. It includes suggestions on what to do, depending on your progress so far, and several general tips on planning your study to optimise your chances of success.

Re-watch the webinar of 20 May 2020,
May 2020: Tips for your study planning and explanation of the temporary BSA procedure
Mei 2020: Tips voor je studieplanning en uitleg over de tijdelijke BSA procedure

Criteria for a positive study advice

Students who started the bachelor in or after 2018-2019 must obtain at least 42 of the 60 ECTS in their first year, and must have passed at least one of the two modules  PSY1022 Methoden en Technieken/ IPN1022 Methods & Techniques or PSY1024 Statistiek voor Psychologen I / IPN1024 Statistics for Psychologists I in their first year. If you fulfill these criteria you will receive a positive Study Advice.

Personal and study related circumstances? Contact the Academic advisers right away!

Personal or study related circumstances can be taken into consideration before issuing a negative study advice. It is of great importance to report personal circumstances at the time of their occurrence.

Factors that may qualify include illness, special family circumstances,  physical, sensory or other functional impairments and pregnancy. In a number of cases, administrative duties may also qualify for recognition as personal circumstances. If any of the these circumstances are applicable, you are required to inform the Academic advisers as soon as possible.


Formal regulation

The formal procedure is described in the 'Onderwijs en Examenregeling ' (OER) and the Education and Examination Regulations (EER). Consult the OER or EER of the year in which you started the bachelor to see which criteria apply to you, because the criteria can differ per cohort.



Procedure Negative Binding Study Advice

the year.

Academic advisers and mentors invite students based on their study progress.

First Warning Advice email  (to all students)
Sent on 30 January 2020

The Board of Examiners will issue, on behalf of the Faculty Board, a warning to all first-year bachelor's students in the months of January and May to highlight the importance of achieving the BSA standard.


Second Warning Advice email ( to all students) 
Postponed to 2020-2021


Intention to issue a Negative Binding Study Advice
Postponed to 2020-2021

Certain personal circumstances may be taken into account when issuing a binding study advice.  These circumstances will only be taken into account if they were reported to the academic adviser within four weeks after the circumstances were revealed, and if your study results in the periods in which the personal circumstances did not apply give cause for this. See the EER for details >>

July/August       nBSA hearings
Postponed to 2020-2021

Before we issue an NBSA, you will be given the opportunity to be heard.

In this hearing you can bring forward the (documented) personal circumstances on which you base your request for dispensation from the nBSA. The BSA Hearing Committee will test the given grounds on admissibility and decides afterwards if  the grounds will be officially recognised. The BSA Hearing Committee will take the advice of the Academic Advisers into account.

AugustNegative binding study advice issued
Postponed to 2020-2021
6 weeks after publication

Six weeks to appeal

If you do not agree with the (negative) binding study advice, you can appeal within six weeks.



Are you considering to terminate your study?

Always contact the Academic advisers to discuss your intention. Note that terminating your study will not halt the binding study advice procedure. See UM website > Terminating your studies for the administrative steps.

More information

Early communication is key. Talk to your mentor, the Academic advisers or the Board of Examiners
See also: UM website >Student Guidance


Last modified: Thu, 21/01/2021 - 11:26

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