Criteria

Lowered standard continuation of studies (BSA) 2020-2021

The standard for the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies (BSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year will be lowered once-only from 45 EC to 39 EC, with the exception of the Bachelor's degree programme in Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) for which a standard of 37.5 EC will apply. The basic principle is that the standard for each first-year student at TU Delft will be lowered by the number of attainable credits for one course. That means that first-year students in the 2020-2021 academic year must attain at least 39 EC (IDE: 37.5 EC) of their first year to be able to continue with their degree programme.

Students who have been granted a postponement in a previous year with regard to their binding recommendation on the continuation of studies are also required to attain 39 EC (IDE: 37.5 EC) for first-year courses in the 2020-2021 academic year, unless they need fewer credits to complete their first year.

The TU Delft BSA regulations remain otherwise unchanged. All students who are unable to attain the lowered BSA standard due to personal circumstances may request a postponement of the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies by way of the current procedure in the BSA regulations.

BSA for first year students

The TU Delft standard for the BSA is 45 ECTS from first-year courses. You will receive interim recommendations in March and early August. For both these interim recommendations, a number of criteria apply to all degree programmes (see below for an overview of criteria per recommendation date). The recommendation in March is based on the results obtained in the first semester. The recommendation in early August is based on the results obtained in the first and second semester.

If you have already obtained 45 or more ECTS by the beginning of August, you will then receive a definitive positive BSA so that you can re-enrol for the new academic year. If you have not yet obtained 45 ECTS, you will receive a proposed negative BSA.

The definitive BSA - which you will receive at the end of August - is based on the results obtained during the entire first academic year, including any resits in August.

PeriodBSA standardECTS obtained
In March the following applies:

Negativeup to 15 ECTS
Doubtful15 to 22.5 ECTS
Postive22.5 or more ECTS
At the start of August:Proposed negativeup to 45 ECTS
Positive45 or more ECTS
At the end of August:Negativeup to 45 ECTS
Positive45 or more ECTS

Note: You will not receive interim recommendations if your request to postpone the BSA has been approved. You will receive the definitive BSA before 31 August of your second academic year. 

Previously received a postponement of the BSA?

If you received a postponement of the BSA in a previous academic year and you are re-enrolled this academic year for the Bachelor's program for which the postponement of the BSA has been granted, the binding study advice (BSA) will also apply to you this academic year.

This means:

  • If you obtained 0-15 EC in a previous academic year, then in the current academic year (2020-2021) you must obtain a minimum of 45 EC from the first academic year in addition to the EC obtained in a previous academic year to receive a positive BSA recommendation. For example: if you obtained 10 ECTS credits in the past academic year, you must have obtained at least 55 ECTS credits of the first academic year at the end of this academic year.
  • If you have obtained more than 15 ECTS credits in a previous academic year, then in the current academic year (2020-2021) you must obtain all other credits of the first academic year (and therefore total 60 ECs of the first academic year) to receive a positive BSA advice.

During the academic year, we will inform you twice about your study progress. You will receive a message in March and early August stating the number of credits you have obtained in the academic year 2020-2021. At the end of August you will receive the final binding advice by e-mail.