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Political Science

Academic student counselling and BSA

BSc in Political Science

Tutor and coordinator

In the first one and a half years, you take part in a tutorial group with 20 to 25 students to develop your academic skills. Your lecturer is also your tutor. You will have two class meetings each week and two individual meetings with your tutor every semester. In addition, you can consult your tutor when you want to discuss issues that are related to your study progress or if you have other questions about your study.

During the following years, you will receive feedback from your lecturers in all courses, who are also willing to answer questions related to the programme and, specifically, their courses.

Study advisers

Throughout your studies, you can contact the study advisers if you have questions regarding admission and course entry requirements or your academic plan (the various choices that you can make within the programme), but also to discuss personal problems affecting your study or matters such as study completion delay, study skills, exemptions, and university rules and regulations. Conversations and correspondence with the study advisers are considered confidential and will not be shared with, for instance, the lecturers without your consent.

Binding study advice (BSA)

In the first year of the Political Science Bachelor’s programme, you can obtain 60 ECTS credits. At the end of your first year of study, the faculty will issue a binding study advice (bindend studieadvies), based on your progress.

For the Bachelor's programme in Political Science, this BSA means that you must have obtained at least 42 credits in first-year courses by the end of the first year of study.

When you meet the requirements of the BSA, you will be given a positive study advice and you can continue your studies.

If you do not meet these requirements, a negative binding study advice will be issued. In this case, you are not allowed to enrol for the same programme or a related programme at the UvA. If you fail to obtain the required number of credits due to personal problems such as illness or other issues in your personal life, you can make an appeal against the negative BSA. Be sure to consult the study advisers when preparing your appeal.