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Are you in the right programme?

VU Amsterdam believes it is very important during the first year of your studies to make sure that you have chosen the right study programme. 

We are convinced that this has a positive effect on your ability to successfully complete the programme within a reasonable time frame. This is why the university has decided to introduce a binding study advice (BSA) on continuation of studies for all Bachelor’s programmes, with the exception of the Bachelor’s programmes in Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC).

What does the binding study advice entail?

The BSA means that all Bachelor’s students will be given advice on their study progress on four occasions during their first year. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. In the course of your first year, you must attain a certain number of credits. This number varies depending on the study programme. 

If you do not manage to attain the minimum number of credits during your first year, you will not be permitted to continue your studies in that particular programme at VU Amsterdam.

VU Amsterdam does not take this decision lightly. Your academic advisor will monitor your progress and you can always set up an appointment with him or her. Naturally, we take into account personal circumstances such as illness or family problems.