The Leiden study system with Binding Study Advice
The Leiden study system with Binding Study Advice (BSA) entitles students to good education and academic guidance in their first academic year, whilst simultaneously setting requirements for academic progress.
Leiden University has modified its BSA regulations for the first academic year and discontinued its experiment with BSA in the second academic year with effect from 23 May 2016. In the period 23 May 2016 till 31 August 2016 the ‘decision application BSA requirements’ (in Dutch) is in force. From 1 September 2016 onwards the new BSA regulations are applicable.
The Leiden study system with Binding Study Advice (BSA) gives students the right to ample guidance in the first year, for instance in the form of a study mentor.
On the other hand there are also a number of requirements that apply to study progress. If the student fails to meet these requirements they will be given negative binding study advice and will not be allowed to enrol for the same study programme or another study programme with the same first-year programme (propaedeuse) at Leiden University for a period of four years.
Every academic year consists of 60 study credits, meaning that an entire bachelor’s programme consists of 180 study credits.
At the end of the students' first year of study they are expected to have completed at least 45 out of the 60 study credits and to have met any additional requirements as set down in the Course and Examination Regulations of their study programme. If the student fails to meet these requirements they will not be permitted to continue with this study programme at Leiden University.
A part-time student who started in 2012-2013 must complete 40 study credits within two years in order to be allowed to proceed with the study programme, and must also meet any additional requirements set by the department.
Part-time students who started their study programme in 2013-2014 have to complete at least 30 study credits in their first year and meet any additional requirements set by the department.
If the student has a study delay due to personal circumstances, and they have informed the department of these circumstances as soon as they arose, the Board of Examiners must to take this fact into account when issuing its study advice.
Ending enrolment before 1 February
If the student ends their enrolment before 1 February of their first year of enrolment, they will not be issued any further study advice in that year. A new enrolment for the study programme in question in a subsequent academic year will be considered as their first enrolment as far as this regulation is concerned.
From full-time to part-time and vice versa
If the student ends their enrolment as a full-time student before 1 February of their first year of enrolment and they re-enrol, this time as a part-time student, they will be regarded as a part-time student as far as the Binding Study Advice Regulation is concerned. If they change their enrolment from full-time to part-time after 1 February, they will be considered as a full-time student as far as this regulation is concerned. If they change their enrolment status from part-time to full-time, as far as this regulation is concerned they will be regarded as a full-time student from the moment the change is registered.
For more detailed information, see the Binding Study Advice Regulation