Students Tilburg University

General obligation to report special circumstances

Due to special circumstances beyond your control (force majeure), your studies may be delayed. You can read on this page what the consequences of this are and how and why you should report these circumstances.

Delays in studies can have major (financial) consequences. Due to a delay you may not meet the standard for binding study advice (BSA), as a result of which you will not be able to continue with your study program; the longer you spend on your studies, the more you will have to borrow or earn extra money yourself; due to a small delay you may not be able to progress to the master's program on time, as a result of which you will be delayed even more.

If you are confronted with one or more of these consequences due to force majeure, there are (financial) facilities you can call upon, provided that you have reported the special circumstances causing your study delay to a Dean of Students in a timely manner (within two months). Reporting to an education coordinator alone is not sufficient.

Delays due to a management board position, exchange, work or your own company parallel with your studies or other matters of your own choice do not fall under force majeure: this is your own choice and therefore does not fall under the arrangements for financial compensation or postponement bsa, and therefore not under the notification obligation.

Please note:  you are only eligible for financial compensation if your study delay is due to recognized circumstances in your first four years of higher education. If you are delayed after that, this is at your own expense and risk. If you are already in your fifth year (or higher), you no longer need to report circumstances if it only concerns financial compensation. In that case, discuss with your education coordinator whether it makes sense to make a report to a Dean of Students, e.g. because of expected advice on a request to an examination board.

Read here if and where you have to report special circumstances.

Notification period
(Financial) provision not automatically
Special arrangements