Binding study advice

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At Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), you are encouraged to complete your study within the allotted time. Almost all bachelor students therefore receive a binding study advice at the end of their first year, which determines whether you can continue your programme. Each programme draws up its own set of rules on the requirements for the first year.

The year class system

The year class system is a particular type of binding study advice, where you can continue to the second year with a clean slate and no delays: you pass first year on the first attempt. You will receive a negative study advice if you fail to meet these standards. This advice means you have to quit the programme. Moreover, you will be prohibited from applying for that specific programme for a period of three years.  Exceptions are only possible in case of special personal circumstances. The examination board will decide on this.

How is the binding study advice established?

Throughout your first year, you will be informed of your study results on a regular basis by your programme. In addition, you can check your achievements and progress of your studies in real-time during the entire year. If the results are below par, then you will be given a warning and invited to a meeting with your study advisor or student Counsellor. Your results will be discussed during that meeting as well as any circumstances that may have an effect on your studies. The fact that you might have chosen the wrong programme will be considered and that it might be better to stop and think about following a different programme. In August, the number of study points you earned at the end of first year will be calculated and whether or not you meet the requirements of your programme.

If you do not meet the standard and there are no mitigating circumstances, then you will receive a negative binding study advice: you may not apply to follow that programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam for a period of three years.


  • Are your poor results due to your personal circumstances, tell your study advisor or student counsellor in good time. The examination board that delivers the advice can take this into consideration.
  • If you stop your studies because of a negative preliminary binding study advice and if you withdraw your registration before 1 February, then you will not be given a binding study advice. 
    More information on withdrawing your registration.
  • Is this also your first year of study financing for higher education? By stopping your study financing before 1 February, your achievement grant becomes a gift. On condition that you do not apply for study financing again in the same year.
  • Information about circumstances that have an influence on your studies and what you can do about it can be found on the pages about guidance and advice.

Who is affected by the binding study advice?

The binding study advice only applies to first year students of the bachelor programmes. Are you following a second programme, remember that a binding study advice is possible for both studies. It varies per programme whether or not specific groups of students, such as part time students and those who have completed a vocational college education, are exempt from the binding study advice. You can find information about this in your programme.

Personal circumstances

The binding study advice is based on study results. The university is required to take into consideration the personal circumstances defined by law, if these are the cause of disappointing study progress. 
These personal circumstances are: 
•    Illness
•    Physical sensory or other functional disorder (disability)
•    Pregnancy
•    Extraordinary family circumstances
•    Membership of a particular university body
•    Membership of the board of particular student organisations.
In case of personal circumstances, notify your student advisor or student counsellor in good time. Only then can the Examination Board take these into consideration when delivering the binding study advice. The manner in which you must do this, differs per programme. It is therefore important to make sure you are informed.


If you have received a negative binding study advice and you disagree with it, then you can appeal to the college Examination Appeals Board.