Halfway through the propaedeutic year, in December or January, your development will be tested for the first time and integrally assessed. If the progress of your development and the study results do not meet the requirements and if, moreover, the assessment meeting does not have sufficient confidence that you, as a student, will be able to successfully complete the study programme, you will receive a written warning no later than 1 February that you may receive a negative binding study advice at the end of the year. In some cases, a student may then decide to discontinue the study programme.

At the end of the first academic year, a decision will be taken on whether or not to pass the propaedeutic phase with which you will be admitted to the main phase. If your progress and development are insufficient, a negative binding study advice (nbsa) will be issued in the extreme case. This means that you cannot re-enrol for the same programme within the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

Discussions will be held with all students who receive an nbsa. In exceptional cases, depending on the outcome of the integral assessment, a resit can be offered in the form of a full retake of the first year. This advice indicates that there is sufficient confidence that you will pass your propaedeutic year after this year.
If a (expected) nbsa is the result of special personal circumstances, it is advisable that you contact the student counsellor in good time, who, in consultation with the management, can determine whether it is possible to postpone the recommendation until the second year or until the student has completed the first year.

More information about the exact regulations concerning a suspended study recommendation can be found in the Education and Exam Regulation of the Academy for Theatre and Dance 

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