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Study load and study recommendation


Study Load

Study load is expressed in terms of European Credits (EC) in a system known as the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

A Bachelor's programme covers:

  • 60 credits (EC) per year
  • 4 years x 60 = 240 credits (EC) for the complete programme
  • one EC is equal to a study load of 28 hours 

Study Recommendation

Your study programme can give you a negative Binding Study Recommendation (negative BSR) if you have not met certain specific norms.

A study programme recommendation is given at the end of the first year. We expect from you that you will have accumulated 60 credits (EC) in your first year, without being behind at the start of the second year. The very minimum of credits that you must have at the end of the first year is 48 of 60 credits. If you have less, then you will receive a negative BSR at the end of your first year, unless we can establish certain personal circumstances. A negative BSR means that you have to end your studies at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.


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