Binding Study Advice

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.

Monitoring study progress Bachelor 1

The RSM Examination Board monitors the study progress of the RSM Bachelor students. During the first year of enrolment, the Examination Board issues on two occasions (in December: after trimester 1 and in April: after trimester 2) a provisional recommendation regarding continuation of studies (based on the number of passed courses). Students are divided in four different Binding Study Advice (BSA) categories:

BSc International Business Administration


Number of courses passed

BSA Category

After trimester 1

After trimester 2






7 or 8


1 to 3

4 to 6

Very poor


3 or less

The Binding Study Advice implies that students need to pass all their first year courses 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 in 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.


As for the Bachelor 1 course examinations, students may take part in no more than 4 of the B1 re-sit exams (in the July re-sit period) per year. 

Compensation rule Bachelor 1

The compensation rule means that first year students can compensate ONE insufficient Bachelor 1 grade if they meet the following conditions:

  • You have passed ALL your other courses of Bachelor 1- The 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 grade list
  • You are a first year IBA student (this is the first year that you are enrolled in IBA)

If you are eligible to compensate one B1 course then you do not need to take any further action; the compensation will appear automatically in Osiris at the end of August after all B1 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 ECTS will count towards your overall GPA.

When do I contact the student adviser?

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:

  • 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). 

Necessary steps to take when you want to quit with the IBA programme

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) 

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

    • When personal circumstances have affected your study performance and these circumstances 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 program.
    • If no personal circumstances apply, you might be eligible for the so-called ‘hardship-clause’ when you have 1 non-compensatable insufficient grade or 2 fails in your first bachelor-year. Decisive factors in postponing the Binding Study Advice for 1 year are your average grade and the overall picture of your study performance.


    In both 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 of the BSA-meeting on 20 August 2018, when your case will be discussed. The meeting will be attended by staff only.

  • 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. It will be sent by e-mail to your student e-mail account around 23 August 2018. 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 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.