- Who does the BSA apply for?
The BSA applies to all students who are enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme for the first time. Therefore if you switch to a new degree programme or if you follow a second degree programme at TU Delft, the BSA will apply to that new programme.
- What is the minimum number of credits for the BSA?
The minimum number of credits you need to attain is 45 ECTS of the 60 ECTS from the first year programme. The credits have to be earned within this study year; credits from previous years do not count.
- What are formal recommendations?
Formal recommendations are issued at three points during the first year: one in March and two in August. Based on the results of the first semester you will receive the recommendation in March. The recommendation at the beginning in August is based on the first and the second semester. The final recommendation issued in August is a binding and definite recommendation. It is based on the whole of the first year, including the August examinations, and indicate whether or not you have satisfied the requirements of the BSA. The BSA will be issued by 31 August at the latest.
The criteria on which the letters of recommendation are based can be found under BSA criteria.
- No letter or a wrong letter received?
If you are a first-year student and you have not received a letter, please contact the Study Programme Administration of your programme instantly. You should always state your name and student number.
If you are not a first-year student and you have received a letter, please contact the Study Programme Administration of your programme (the e-mail address and telephone number will be indicated in the letter).They can verify the details of your enrolment. If it appears that you are not correctly enrolled, you will have to change this yourself via Studielink. If you have any further questions about enrolment and termination of enrolment, you can enquire at the Student Administration.
If the number of credits stated in the letter is incorrect, you should first check in Osiris which courses you have passed. If you think that the information is incorrect, please contact the Study Programme Administration of your programme (the e-mail address and telephone number will be indicated in the letter).
Remember that the calculation is based on the results per semester. So carefully check which results or partial results were obtained in which semester before contacting the Study Programme Administration.
- What can I expect from the student support and guidance?
All Bachelor's degree programmes at TU Delft have a mentor system under which first-year students are assigned to mentor groups. If you have questions about your degree programme or studying at TU Delft, your mentor is a good first point of contact. If you have other questions, for example, concerning personal circumstances that might slow down your academic progress, you should contact the academic counsellor of your degree programme as soon as possible.
TU Delft also organises various workshops and training courses on study skills, such as stress management, constructive thinking and studying with dyslexia. For more information, visit the Career & Counselling Centre website.
- Can any exceptions be made?
The implementation of the BSA takes personal circumstances into account, as defined in the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW). These personal circumstances are upheld if it can reasonably be assumed that the student in question would have achieved the necessary number of credits had the circumstances not been present. Personal circumstances do not however automatically lead to postponement of the BSA.
Please note: It is important that you report any special personal circumstances to your academic counsellor as soon as possible, so that he or she can discuss with you how to minimise the impact of these circumstances on your academic performance. Examples of personal circumstances are illness, exceptional family circumstances, pregnancy and functional limitation, such as chronic illness, ADHD or physical disability.
You can find more information on the postponement of the BSA page.
- I have a disability. Do I still need to get the minimal number of credits?
The implementation of the BSA takes personal circumstances into account, as defined in the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW). These personal circumstances include functional limitations, such as chronic illness, ADHD or physical disability. It is important that you report any personal circumstances or disabilities as soon as possible or as soon as they occur to the academic counsellor so that they can register this information properly and discuss with you whether supervision or referral is necessary and how to minimise the impact of these circumstances on your academic performance. A disability does not, however, automatically lead to postponement of the BSA.
You can find more information on the postponement of the BSA page.
- Can I get exemption for certain subject if I switch to another degree programme at TU Delft?
That depends. If you have already attained credits for equivalent courses in another degree programme, you can apply for an exemption for these courses with the Board of Examiners of your new study. If the Board of Examiners approves your application, the following rule applies to exemptions in relation to the BSA:
- The credits for the activities that entitle you to an exemption can count towards your BSA requirements if you participated in these during the academic year to which the BSA applies (for example, if you switched programmes during an academic year).
- The credits for the activities that entitle you to an exemption cannot count towards your BSA requirements if you participated in these during the academic year preceding the year to which the BSA applies (for example, if you switched programmes at the end of an academic year).
- I want to do a second study programma at the TU Delft. Does the BSA account for both studies?
No distinction is made between a main and an additional degree programme or a first and second degree programme. If you have enrolled in two degree programmes, a binding recommendation will apply to both programmes. You will receive a BSA twice, one for each of your studies. You should consult with your academic counsellor about what would be a sensible approach to your studies.
- I am thinking of withdrawing from my programme. Will I still receive a BSA?
You will not receive a BSA if you discontinue your studies before 1 February. You may therefore enroll for the same degree programme next year. Once again you have to earn 45 ECTS to receive a positive BSA. Please beware: when you will start at the same bachelor programme, ECTS obtained the previous year will not be included in the BSA results. In case you have obtained more than 15 ECTS in the previous year, you will have to obtain all remaining credits of your first year of study.
If you terminate your enrolment after 1 February you will receive a BSA.
- I temporarily stopped my studies and I want to start again this year. What are the consequences?
If you terminate your studies before 1 February, you can re-enrol the next academic year. You switch to the programme that applies to the new academic year. You must also obtain 45 ECTS in this academic year in order to be allowed to continue your studies, and the results of the previous academic year will not count towards the BSA. If you obtained more than 15 ECTS in the year in which you terminated your studies, you must obtain all the remaining ECTS in order to receive a positive BSA.
- Re-starting studies 4 years after receiving a negative recommendation. What are the consequences?
If you re-enrol on the programme after four years, you will switch to the programme that applies for the new academic year. Once again, you must meet the requirements for the BSA. You must therefore obtain 45 ECTS in order to be allowed to continue your studies, and previously obtained results will not count towards the recommendation.
If - in the year in which you received the negative recommendation - you obtained more than 15 ECTS and the degree programme has remained unchanged, you must obtain all the remaining ECTS in order to receive a positive recommendation.
If the degree programme has changed and you obtained ECTS points in the academic year in which you received a negative recommendation, you may qualify for exemptions for courses on the new programme. These exemptions do not count towards the BSA.
- Terminating studies before 1 Feb, having BSA postponed last year. Consequences?
If you terminate your studies in the academic year in which you make use of the postponement, you will receive a definitive negative recommendation. This is because you fail to meet the requirement that you must obtain 45 ECTS in the academic year in which you make use of the postponement.
- I received a postponement last academic year. When will I receive my BSA recommendation for the current academic year?
If you received a postponement of the binding study recommendation last academic year, you will only receive a definitive final recommendation. You will receive this at the end of August.
- If I receive a postponement of the binding study recommendation for this academic year, but still get 45 EC, what should I do?
If you find that you have earned a minimum of 45 EC, you must immediately inform the Study Program Administration of your study program. After verification, postponement will be converted into a definitive positive binding study recommendation.
- Which results and / or credits are counted for the various advice moments?
In every letter of advice you receive, it is indicated up to and including the result date that the EC were counted for that BSA recommendation. Please note: it is possible that a teacher has processed a result in Osiris after the calculation of the BSA has taken place. So check carefully whether this is the case with you if you see that the number of EC in the letter is lower than you see in Osiris Student. You can see the processing date (in Osiris "mutation date") under the heading Results.