Binding Study Advice

On this page you will find information about the Binding Study Advice (BSA) and related topics such as resits, compensation rule, situations in which you can contact the student advisors and what to do if you want to quit your studies by the 1st of February. At the bottom of the page you will find the most frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about the BSA.

  • The RSM Examination Board monitors the study progress of the RSM Bachelor students. During the first year of enrolment, the Examination Board issues on three occasions (after block 1, 2 and 3) a provisional recommendation regarding continuation of studies (based on the number of passed courses). 

    The Binding Study Advice implies that students need to pass all their first year courses (60 EC)* in their first year of enrolment (see Examination Regulations, Section 9).

    The definitive binding study advice letter with the final decision of the Examination Board will be sent to all (enrolled) Bachelor 1 students by the end of August. The student receives a negative binding study advice if the BSA requirement is not met prior to the start of the new academic year (1 September). A negative binding study advice for the IBA programme means that a student is not allowed to enrol (and will NOT be selected) for IBA for a period of three academic years.

    * The regular BSA-norm has been adjusted for students from the 2020-2021 cohort. The norm for this cohort has been adjusted downwards to 51 EC at the end of Academic Year 2020-2021. Students of this cohort with a postponed advice, need to meet this adjusted norm by August 2022 in order to get a positive binding study advice.

  • During the first year, you are allowed to re-sit all courses. 

  • The compensation rule means that students can compensate ONE insufficient Bachelor 1 course grade (that has been registered in Osiris) if they meet the following conditions:

    • You have passed ALL other Bachelor 1 courses - except for this one course you would like to compensate. The final (overall) grade of the course you want to compensate is between 4,5 and 5,4;
    • You have at least one rounded 7 (6,5 or higher) on your bachelor 1 grade list. This can be any course, regardless of the amount of credits (EC) of that course;
    • You are a first (or second*) year bachelor student. 

    *The compensation rule also applies to second year bachelor students who still have to obtain 1 or 2 courses of their 1st bachelor year due to personal circumstances or because the hardship clause has been taken into account when issuing the final Binding Study Advice.

    If you are eligible to compensate one Bachelor 1 course then you do not need to take any further action; the compensation will appear automatically in Osiris in August after all Bachelor 1 re-sit grades have been processed in Osiris.
    The actual compensated grade (4,5 - 5,4) will appear on your final Bachelor graduation grade overview. This grade and the corresponding EC will count towards your overall GPA.


  • Our student advisers provide the students professional help, advice and guidance during the studies at RSM. You can contact the student adviser for several reasons, for example regarding:

    • Doubts about your choice of study
    • Your study methods and planning skills. How to prevent (possible) study delay,
    • Disappointing study results so far,
    • Personal circumstances (illness, family matters etc.) that affect your study performance.

    Students with insufficient study results are urged after each exam period for to meet with the student adviser. In the case of personal circumstances, the student must inform the student adviser within four weeks of the commencement of the circumstances but no later than the 1st of July. For more detailed info about the student advisers, their contact info and availability, please click here.

    The student advisers have a preparatory and mediating role concerning the statutory required advice at the end of the first year with regard to the Binding Study Advice (BSA). 

  • In the case that you have decided to quit with the IBA programme - this can have various reasons, for example due to poor study results, difference choice of study programme, etcetera., please complete the necessary steps listed below with regard to your IBA de-registration.

    If you would like to discuss your de-registration more in detail, please contact the student adviser.  Click here to view the contact info and availability of the IBA student advisers.

    • Step 2: De-register for the IBA programme through Studielink and request of a (partly) refund of your tuition fee (if applicable). Click here for more detailed info with regard to de-registration through Studielink and refund of tuition fees and consequences for your study grant and OV-travel-card from DUO (if applicable).

    If you de-register before 1 February during your first year of study after receiving a negative Provisional Study Advice (sent in December), you will not be issued a negative Binding Study Advice. 

    Leaving the Netherlands? Deregister yourself at City Hall 

    When you leave the Netherlands, you have to deregister at City Hall. It is recommended to deregister yourself a month before leaving the Netherlands. If you live outside of Rotterdam, you should contact your local City Hall for information about arranging your deregistration. More information about (de)registration at City Hall can be found on this webpage of the EUR or City Hall.

 Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) 

  • When issuing the Binding Study Advice, the Examination Board takes into account several issues before the final binding study advice is given:

    1. If you have obtained less than 60* credits due to personal circumstances that seriously affected your study performance and were reported within reasonable time to the student adviser, the Examination Board may decide to postpone your BSA for 1 year and grant you permission to continue the IBA programme.
    2. If no personal circumstances apply, you might be eligible for the so-called ‘hardship-clause’. In this scenario you have obtained 1 non-compensable insufficient grade or 2 fails in your first bachelor-year and you have attended all exam opportunities of the concerning courses. Decisive factors to evaluate your situation are your average grade and the overall picture of your study performance. If the hardship clause will be applied, you will receive a positive BSA which means you can continue the IBA program.  Please note that students are not eligible to apply for exchange in this scenario.

    In these situations the final decision will be made by the Examination Board. The student advisers have an advisory role in this procedure. It is not possible to get a predicted outcome before the BSA-meeting mid August, when your case will be discussed. The meeting will be attended by staff only.

    * The regular BSA-norm has been adjusted for students from the 2020-2021 cohort. The norm for this cohort has been adjusted downwards to 51 EC at the end of Academic Year 2020-2021. Students of this cohort with a postponed advice, need to meet this adjusted norm by August 2022 in order to get a positive binding study advice..

  • Students who the Examination Board intends to give a negative BSA, will receive an e-mail about this in mid-August. Those students will get the opportunity to be heard (via a short, personal talk) by the Examination Board before the final study advice is going to be determined. The hearings are meant for students who have failed to achieve the BSA standard due to compelling personal circumstances that have not been reported so far to the student advisers of RSM or EUR student counsellors. There must be a clear relationship between the circumstances and the non-completed courses of the 1st year. In addition, the obtained bachelor 1 courses must demonstrate a convincing suitability for the continuation of the program (level of grades and GPA). The outcome of the hearing will be taken into account when the final Binding Study Advice will be issued by the Examination Board before the end of August.

    The hearings of academic year 2021 - 2022 will take place in the end of August 2022. If it appears that you are not in the Netherlands on these respective dates, please contact the student advisers for further details. Registration instructions for the hearings will be communicated via the RSM Examination Board SIN Online channel.

  • The Binding Study Advice is issued after the last re-examinations of the first-year at the end of the academic year, but no later than the start of the new academic year.  Please check your student e-mail account regularly (also during your holiday).

  • When you disagree with the BSA, you may submit an appeal within six weeks after receiving the BSA decision to the Examination Appeals Board.


  • No, this is not necessary. The Examination Board already assumes that students are motivated to continue the IBA-course. There is no need to send a separate letter to the Examination Board.

  • You may report this by e-mail to the Examination Board.