Binding Study Advice

Binding Study Advice

The Examination Board plays an important role in relation to the binding study advice (BSA). The Examination Board issues a provisional advice to all freshmen twice a year, in December and April. At the end of the academic year, in August, the Examination Board issues the final binding study advice by mandate of the Dean. The Examination Board in collaboration with the student advisers and the student counsellors prepares this final advice.

According to the BSA norm, at the end of the first year of enrolment, all examination parts of the Bachelor 1 programme must have been passed. When a student fails to comply with the BSA norm, he/she must leave the programme and may not re-start the programme for the next three academic years.

In exceptional cases, the Examination Board, on behalf of the dean, may postpone the final binding study advice because of personal circumstances.  In that case, it can not be concluded yet that the student is unsuitable for the programme even though he/she has not met the BSA norm. The student will get the chance to comply with the BSA norm in the subsequent academic year. If the students fails, he must leave the programme at the end of the second year of enrolment.

In addition, the Examination Board may, on behalf of the dean, deviate from the BSA norm on the basis of 'hardship' if the student does not comply with the norm and there is no question of personal circumstances, but it can not be said that the student is unsuitable for the study programme. The Examination Board will take all students (freshmen only) with one non-compensable insufficient grade or two fails into consideration. Decisive factors for application of the 'hardship clause' are the average grade and the overall picture.

Before issuing the final BSA, the group of students to whom the Examination Board intends to issue a negative BSA will be given the opportunity to be heard. The hearings are meant for students who have failed to achieve the BSA standard due to serious personal circumstances that have not been reported so far. The personal circumstances must be substantiated with evidence and there must be a clear relationship between the circumstances and the non-completed courses. In addition, the obtained courses must demonstrate a convincing suitability for the continuation of the programme (level of grades and GPA). The outcome of the hearing will be taken into account when the final BSA will be issued before the end of August.