Personal circumstances can seriously affect your study progress. With the student advisers you can (confidentially) discuss all kinds of situations that hamper your study progress: we will advise you and, if necessary, take action within the RSM to minimize study delay.

What are personal circumstances?

The following matters are considered as personal circumstance:

  • (Acute or prolonged) ilness of the student concerned;
  • Physical, sensory or other disability of the student concerned;
  • Pregnancy of the student concerned;
  • Special family circumstances;
  • Membership of the University Board, the Faculty (School) Board or the Programme Committee;
  • Other circumstances as referred to in article 2.1 of the implementation Decree of the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW).

What can the student advisers do for you in practice?

We can advise the Examination Board

  • to extend validity of project and grades
  • to grant examination on a laptop or in a quiet location
  • to grant an exemption from certain standards, such as the Binding Study Advice in the first bachelor year or the Master Admission standard (only when your GPA is close to 7.0).

Assessment of personal circumstances

  • the personal circumstances are reported to the student advisers as soon as possible (within four weeks of the commencement of the circumstances);
  • the circumstances are supported by evidence (statement from GP, specialist or psychologist or other documentary evidence);
  • the personal circumstances clearly hinder the study performance of the student concerned (causal relationship).

If necessary, we can refer you to the student counsellors of Erasmus University for issues such as study funding or choice of studies, or to the university psychologists for personal guidance and therapeutic group sessions on different themes.