Fileholder: Carel Wagenaar
Contact: bsa@oras.nl
Last Update: January 2018, by Carel Wagenaar


Since 2009-2010 there is a binding study advice (BSA) of 30 EC at the TU Delft. Three years later, in 2012-2013, this point limit was increased to 45 EC. A student will be unsubscribed when he/she fails to reach the point limit.

The reason why the TU Delft introduced a BSA was that students who would not be suitable for their chosen study would drop out earlier than before. The BSA should ensure that students do not continue to admit for several years, but should stop immediately after their first year when the study does not match them. The increase of the BSA from 30 to 45 EC did not occur as a reason for subsequent failure, but was introduced to increase the study effectivity.


With the introduction of the BSA, there have been three important moments that the Student Council has taken to criticize the plans of the TU Delft. The first moment took place in 2008/2009, where the BSA was introduced. The Student Council wasn’t verf happy with the measurement. So at the time, the Student Council established twelve preconditions for the entry of the measurement and ten of these preconditions have been included, such as the calculation of summer resists for the BSA. The second moment was in 2010/2011 when an increase of the BSA from 30 EC to 45 EC was being proposed. During the conversations about the increase ORAS has achieved a number of points that have improved the situation regarding the BSA. The two most important ones are the extension of an exception on the studying of the curriculum and the increase of the financial resources that went to study support. The third moment took place a year later and was about the feasibility of a 45 EC BSA. According to the Student Council, the TU was not yet ready for an increase in the BSA. This opinion was based on the low survival percent of the different courses at this time and the few information from the TU about the increase. Despite the concerns expressed by the Student Council, the BSA was increased.


When the BSA increased to 45 EC, the Executive Board promissed the Student Council to evaluate the BSA after 4 years. 2016-2017 was the year in which this would happen. Geerlinge Pessers (main file holder BSA from O & S) therefore presented the evaluation at the meeting with the executive board on the 29th of June 2017. Are you curious about the results? Contact bsa@oras.nl

At the moment there are no further plans to increase or decrease the BSA norm.

Ideal situation

ORAS is against selective study requirements at the TU Delft. The obtained VWO diploma must give a student access to study at the TU Delft. On the other hand, the student obviously has to avoid major study delays, which are not due to inability or added value to a student their own development. ORAS thinks ideally that a BSA should not be necessary to reduce dropouts. When students have been adequately informed and followed a strong matching course, each student should be in the right place. However, this is not the case in reality.

Learn more about our vision on this topic? View our position paper about BSA!

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