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).
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  • 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 Teaching Education and Examination Regulations TER 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 study career coach and/or a student counsellor 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 TER 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 Teaching 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 Student Desk Appeal/Objections/Complaints. The appeal must be received by the Student Desk within 6 calendar weeks after the date of the examination board's decision via

    Further information can also be found in the Students' 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. For students who have a study grant from the Netherlands: don't forget to discontinue your study grant and student travel product on time because otherwise DUO will impose a large fine.

  • Tips from students for students

    We, fellow students, know better than anyone what it is like to have to study in this day and age. That is why we have written down some tips for you, because in these times we have to be there for each other!

    • Make sure you have a place in your house that becomes your workplace, so that you really associate this place with studying.
    • Arrange a joint daily check-in with a number of fellow students. Then discuss with each other how you are doing and your personal goals for the day. At the end of the day you can also do a check-out.
    • Apps can help you stay focused on your studies.
    • Set yourself realistic personal goals per day and share them with a fellow student or a teacher if possible. At the end of the day, see what has worked and what has not. Set priorities and formulate new goals for the next day.
    • Set yourself (preferably short) deadlines and communicate these with the teacher(s) in question, so that you are accountable to this/these teacher(s). This is especially important if there are no tests that you can see as a 'natural deadline'.
    • Take the initiative in contact with lecturers and students and during the online lessons. This way, you will make the lessons lively and keep in touch with the lecturers and students.
    • Pay attention to each other!
    • Keep a close eye on the Fontys portal, training portal and your (Fontys)mailbox. Make sure that you remain well informed in this way. Is something not clear? Communicate and share this signal with a teacher from the programme that is accessible to you.
    • Apps can help you stay focused on your studies
    • Put things into perspective. Everyone is in this boat and a lot of beautiful new creative things are happening.