Studying and Student life

Study delay

Study delay

Despite all your good intentions and exertions, you might fall behind with your work (e.g., through illness or family circumstances or because you are feeling out of sorts and don't know what the cause is). That is why it is important to be alert and report special circumstances that might lead to (future) study delay.

When reporting special circumstances, you need to provide documentary evidence.

Together with a Dean of Students, you can discuss how to limit this delay as much as possible and how to catch up.

If the study delay is caused by circumstances beyond your control, you might receive financial support from Tilburg University under certain conditions.

One of the conditions is that you receive a Dutch government grant (prestatiebeurs) and the study delay takes place within the period you receive this grant.

International students without a Dutch grant will only get financial support for study delay in very special circumstances. Please read the Profiling Fund Regulations for more information.

International students with a visa for study purposes need to obtain 50% (30 ECTS) a year in order to keep their visa. This goes for Bachelor's students as well as for Master's students. If you do not obtain the required minimum number of credits within the time applicable without any good reasons, your residence permit will be revoked: see study progress monitoring.

Only if you have reported special circumstances that constitute sufficient grounds (including documentary evidence) to the Dean of Students can he/she prevent your residence permit being revoked.

Report Study delay

It is of paramount importance that you immediately report (within two months) the specific circumstances which have caused or might cause your delay to the Dean of Students.

First-year students in particular, who will get a binding study advice (BSA), need to report circumstances within two months but before July 1 at the latest. If these circumstances appear to be crucial for your study progress, and you might not obtain the required 42 ECTS, the Dean of Students can recommend the Examining Board to postpone your BSA. This goes only for students who have reported circumstances that caused their delay, and can prove the circumstances with documentary evidence.

For students with a Dutch grant (prestatiebeurs), it is also important to report any delay within two months. If they exceed the maximum term of their grant as a result of the special circumstances, they might get financial compensation.

If something temporarily prevents you from studying, you need to report this to the Dean of Students, even if you think you will be able to manage. It is better to unnecessarily inform someone of something that initially did not appear to be a major problem than having to find out that this innocent illness or insignificant conflict with your parents had a larger impact on your study results after all.

Very often it is too late to be eligible for a certain arrangement and you have to pay back your scholarship, for instance, because you did not come up to the standard. Or the problem has become so big in the mean time, that it has become nearly impossible to solve it.

Of course, you can always contact your education coordinator to discuss your study progress and study plan in case of (possible) delay.

In brief, do not allow a small issue to turn into a major problem and contact somebody able to help you in time: an academic advisor, the Dean of Students, or a student psychologist. To report study delay, you can make an appointment with a Dean of Students at the Student Desk.

Preventing Study delay

To successfully study, you need to have all your other things straight. A well-balanced private life: try to find a good balance between studies and recreation. Plan time for sports, social contacts, going out, cultural activities, holidays, studying, household work, and your job on the side. See to it that you do not work too hard at your job so that your studies or other things suffer. You can still work the rest of your life. Get your priorities right with all your activities and your material needs.

See to it that you get all things directly affecting your attending the lectures straight. Inquire about your rights and duties. It is of major importance to sign up in time for the exams, to report address changes, to directly report study delay, to sign up for study groups, etc. You should also know where to find important information. You will find all relevant information at the Student Portal and at the special site for first-year students.

Please keep in mind that nearly everything must or can be arranged through the internet and e-mail at Tilburg University, from applications and looking for information to the actual attending of lectures.

If you e-mail university staff, always use your Tilburg University e-mail account. You will be e-mailed by the university only at your Tilburg University account, so check this regularly.

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