In need of extra guidance

Fontys can offer you guidance and (personal) counselling as well as advice if you have any questions and/or require assistance in special circumstances:

  • Student counsellors: study-related problems (e.g. financial support, studying with a limitation, personal worries, family circumstances, complaints, objections and appeals)
  • Student psychologists: psychological problems (e.g. concentration difficulties, fear of failure)
  • Study career choice advisors: study and career choice (investigation into your interests, personality and capacities, support with job applications).
    • Binding Negative Recommendation

      The first twelve months of registration in the propaedeutic phase are very important. This is because your study results determine whether or not you may continue your course of study. A recommendation is given to all first-year students at the end of these twelve months at the latest. A recommendation is a decision about the progress and continuation of your course of study.

      If you have not earned the required number of credits (the transition norm), the recommendation may include a rejection. This rejection is binding. You may not continue with the course of study.

      However, before a Binding Negative Recommendation (BNR) is given, you must be given a warning.

      If the propaedeutic year applies to several study programmes, the BNR also applies to several study programmes, unless stated otherwise. For further information about this, check  the Education and Examination Regulations .EER of your course of study.

      Special circumstances

      The examination board can take possible special circumstances into consideration on request and is obliged to give you the opportunity to explain your situation. If there is a case of special circumstances, you must report this to your academic advisor and/or a student dean on time.

      Period of time

      A BNR can be associated with a period of time. During this period you do not have the right to start the same course of study again. This period is mentioned in the EER of your course. You may register for a different study programme within Fontys or inquire whether you can be admitted to the same study programme at a different university of applied sciences.


      The procedure is laid down in the Education and Examination Regulations  of your course of study.

      If special circumstances apply, it is possible that an extra period of time will be granted. In this case, subject to conditions, you will be given the opportunity to as yet satisfy the stipulated transition norm at a later date.

      Possibility to submit an appeal

      An appeal against a BNR must be submitted directly to the examination appeals board (CBE). The appeal must be received by the CBE within 6 calendar weeks after the date of the examination board's decision via

      Further information can also be found in the Student Charter (Chapter 7).

      Consequences of a Binding Negative Recommendation

      If you have received a BNR, your registration will be terminated as of the beginning of the next month. Don't forget to discontinue your study grant and student travel product on time because otherwise DUO will impose a large fine.