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.