On this page you can find all the information how the UT deals with the temporary adjusted central regulations concerning study delay, due to Covid-19 crisis,  such as the Binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA) and the BSc/MSc seperation. The guiding principles are the national agreements made by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Welfare (OCW), to which UT sometimes makes specific additions. Please note that these regulations are temporary because off the drastic changes we all had to make in teaching and testing during the last half year from the academic year of 2019-2020.

How are central regulations established?

Central regulations are set up in consultation with various stakeholders and do not take place overnight. Like all other universities, the UT participates in VSNU's official consultations on education and internationalisation. Our role is to contribute to the discussions, ask questions and try to steer from the perspective of the UT. In addition, we hear the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science's  (OCW) considerations and consider what scenario would affect the UT and how we intend to relate to this. We provide feedback on this input at each CCOw meeting and take it back to the national meeting. The elaboration is done by UT experts from the working group 'central regulations' and are offered to the CCOw for advice and then forwarded to the EB for determination. This has short deadlines.  

Once national decision-making has been established, we communicate what this means for the UT. This is possible because we outline the various scenarios in advance to determine what it means for the UT.

Binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA) 2020-2021

The basic principle for 1st year students in the academic year 2020-2021 is to follow the usual regulations. When this changes due to circumstances that influence the education and its quality, the situation and the corresponding regulations will be reviewed (and discussed nationwide).

Binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA) 2019-2020

For the 1st year students in the academic year 2019-2020 the regulations about education and examination were softened. Below you can read the softened temporary BSA which only apply for first year students in this specific time (2019-2020). 

Archive: Addendum Education and Examination Regulations (EER) Bachelor programmes 2019-2020

On 20 March 2020 the UT communicated the following message:

The University of Twente deals with the Binding student progress evaluation (BSA) due to Covid-19 crisis in line with the request made by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In the study year 2019-2020, no negative binding study advice will be issued to first year students. For first year students who do not meet the requirements of the BSA per 31 August 2020, the final student progress evaluation will be postponed. This postponed evaluation means the student will have the opportunity to fulfil the requirements for the BSA in the study year 2020-2021. Furthermore, they will receive an additional, non-binding preliminary student progress evaluation. Also, they will be invited by their study advisor to discuss whether continuing the educational programme is preferable. The UT will do everything within its power to smoothly proceed education and examination online. We do expect to offer all students a programme in which they are able to complete the third and fourth quartile within this study year.

This message was created after discussion with the CCOW and CCT. Arguments for the decision taken, were:

  • The request of OCW; prior to March 20, OCW already announced (via the VSNU) that it would like to see all higher educational institutions to not give binding recommendations this year.
  • The desire to accommodate students as much as possible in this bizarre time.
  • The widely accepted assumption during the discussion in the CCOW that many students, who would be subject to a negative recommendation, have already left before February 1.
  • The fact that it is difficult to assess whether or not a student’s study has been delayed by Corona and, related, to avoid a large amount of applications that need to be assessed.

What does this decision mean formally?

The BSA regulations (section 6 EER) is followed, unless otherwise stipulated in this document or by the Executive Board.

First-year students academic year 2019-2020

  • Students, who have met the requirements of the programm at the end of the first year (requirements as specified in Art. 6.3 par. 3 and 4 and Art. 6.5 par. 2 of the 2019-2020 EER (hereafter: requirements of the programme)):
    • receive a positive recommendation on continuation of the study (in accordance with Art. 6.3 par. 1 EER).

  • Students, who have not met the requirements of the programme1 at the end of the first year:
    • all receive (in derogation from Art. 6.3 EER) a letter stating that their recommendation will be postponed [standard letter Osiris, end of the 2019-2020 academic year];
    • to them, the end of the second year of enrolment (for all these students, the final recommendation on continuation of studies is postponed for the same period of time, namely one academic year.) in the relevant programme applies as the new deadline for the final recommendation
    • receive (in accordance with Art. 6.5 par. 2 and sub b EER) a letter from the programme containing the requirements and the aforementioned date by which the student must have met these requirements, within 6 weeks after the date of enrolment in the second year of the relevant programme [manually, sample letter].
  • Students, who discontinued their study before or as of February 1, 2020:
    • will not receive a recommendation (in accordance with Art. 6.4 par. 2 EER).

  • Students, who discontinued their study after February 1, 2020 and want to continue the same programme in academic year 2020-2021:
    • receive (in derogation from Art. 6.4 par. 3 EER) a letter stating that the recommendation will be postponed [standard letter Osiris, end of the 2019-2020 academic year];
    • to them, the end of the second year of enrolment2 in the relevant programme applies as the new deadline for the final recommendation;
    • receive (in accordance with art. 6.5 par. 2 and sub b EER) a letter from the programme containing the requirements and the aforementioned date by which the student must have met these requirements, within 6 weeks after the date of enrolment in the second year of the relevant programme [manually, sample letter].

Second-year students academic year 2019-2020

  • Students, whose recommendation has already been postponed (in accordance with Art. 6.5 EER), who have met the requirements of the programme1 in the 2019-2020 academic year:
    • receive a positive recommendation on continuation of the study.

  • Students, whose recommendation has already been postponed, who have not met the requirements of the programme1 in the 2019-2020 academic year:
    • receive a negative recommendation on continuation of the study (in accordance with Art. 6.3 par 4 EER); or
    • can receive a positive recommendation with due consideration of personal circumstances (in accordance with Art. 6.3 par. 5 EER), if students have not met the requirements due to personal circumstances (that can be assessed by the CPO).

Giving advice

It is important to speak about their study progress with first-year students whose recommendation will be postponed. The purpose of this one-on-one conversation between the programme and the student is to look at the study results together and to discuss whether lesser results may be the consequence of:

  • the Corona virus;
  • personal circumstances;
  • no clear circumstances.

This conversation is an extra interim evaluation moment (in addition to Art. 6.2 EER) and will take place before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, on the basis of which the student can consider whether it is wise to continue the study. Based on the study results and the conversation with the programme, the programme will (in addition to Art. 6.2 EER) advise the student about this by e-mail before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year [manually, sample email].

N.B. 1. It is not realistic to have all these conversations in the summer period. With students, who are no longer able to meet the requirements based on their study results up to and including quartile 3, can already be spoken in quartile 4. As a result, not all conversations need to take place in the summer period. If it is not possible for the study adviser to speak to all these students, some may be conducted by other parties involved of the programme (for example mentors / tutors, coordinators and programme directors).

N.B. 2. It is important to also have this conversation with students who have discontinued their studies after February 1, 2020, but who want to enroll in the same programme again based on a postponed recommendation. Programmes are requested to contact these students about this matter. It is recommended to have this conversation as soon as possible after the student has discontinued the study. If this is not possible, the conversation will at least be conducted at the beginning of the first quartile of the second year of enrolment.

Communication

We are flexible and accommodating to our students. In return, we expect students to actively commit to achieving the best possible results. It is therefore important to emphasize the following in communicating with students:

  • Education continues as far as possible: this means that it is still possible to achieve positive results in the third and fourth quartile. It is therefore in the interest of the students to continue studying.
  • It is not always in the interest of a student to continue the study with a postponed recommendation. Despite the fact that the UT does not give negative (binding) recommendations to first-year students current academic year, we can discuss such concerns, if applicable, with the student.
BSc/MSc seperation for current UT students

Usually, a student first completes his Bachelor's or Pre-master’s programme before moving on to a Master's programme. This is called the BSc/MSc separation, which is settled by law. The Covid 19-crisis could have prevent a student from continuing to a Master's programme because not all courses we're offered. There is nothing a student can do about this situation. That is why all universities took measures to minimize study delay as much as possible. In other words: the Ministry of Education, Culture and Welfare (OCW) has converted the BSc/MSc separation into a BSc/MSc separation with temporary softer requirements. This applies legally to the academic year 2020-2021 and can also be used for Q4 of this academic year.

In general: these temporary soft requirements BSc/MSc separation only applies to third-year Bachelor’s and Pre-master students who are already enrolled at the University of Twente.

The guiding principles specific for UT Bachelor’s students are:

  • Students who entered the master's programme in Q4 of 2019-2020 or in September 2020 from a bachelor's programme via the temporary, softer separation must complete their bachelor's programme before 1 September 2021.
  • The Bachelor's thesis must be completed before the Master's thesis is started (relevant for 1-year Master's programmes);
  • Master's programmes can set extra requirements for admission, for example, B1 and B2 completed in full or exclusion of specific courses;

The guiding principles specific for UT Pre-master’s students are:

  • Students in Q4 of 2019-2020 or in September 2020 who have entered the master's via the temporary softer seperation must complete the premaster's programme before March 1, 2021.

BSc/MSc separation for upcoming UT MSc students

This regulation applies legally to the academic year 2020-2021.

The University has two measures in place to limit obstacles in the BSc/MSc separation:

  1. A considerable number of programmes have a second intake as of 1 February.
  2. We apply temporarily a softer BSc/MSc separation, read more about it per category below  

 The guiding principles for BSc/MSc separation are:

  • This measure only applies to funded Master's programmes, therefore students who wish to apply for a non-funded Master's programme must hold a Bachelor's degree.
  • This measure does not apply to non-EEA students. These students do have to be in possession of a Bachelor's degree.

 The guiding principles specific for Bachelor’s students (Dutch or EEA) are:

  • Bachelor students can be conditionally admitted to the Master's programme if a maximum of 30 EC of the Bachelor’s programme is still open;
  • The Bachelor's programme must be completed before 1 September 2021;
  • The Bachelor's thesis must be completed before the Master's thesis is started;
  • Master's programmes can set extra requirements for admission (not being a different EC requirement than the first one mentioned under this heading) or admission to certain courses (e.g. certain pre-qualification requirements);

 The guiding principles specific for Pre-master’s students are:

  • Pre-master students can be conditionally admitted to the Master's programme if a maximum of 6 EC of the Pre-master programme is still open;
  • The Pre-master programme must be completed before 1 March 2021. 
  • The Pre-master programme must be completed before starting with the Master-thesis.
  • Master's programmes may have additional admission requirements (not being a different EC requirement than the first one mentioned under this heading) or admission to certain courses (e.g. certain pre-qualification requirements);