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    Our study regulations

    Students at the VUB have the right to multiple course evaluations, but we also expect certain results during the academic year.

    What you need to know

    Our study efficiency rules for the academic year 2015-2016 are different from the rules of academic year 2016-2017.

    Students that have not passed the study efficiency treshold for 2015-2016 are still bound by the regulations of that academic year, so be sure to check the rules from the period that applies to you.

    These pages summarize article 85 of the Teaching and Exam Regulations.

    I have binding conditions from 2015-2016

    Regulations 2015-2016

    Current study progress regulations

    Regulations 2016-2017

    REGULATIONS 2015-2016

    For students who have not passed the study efficiency treshold for 2015-2016 and who therefore are still bound by the regulations of that academic year.

    What level of study effiency should I obtain?

    As a student of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel during academic year 2015-2016, you are expected to:

    1. Obtain at least half of the credits taken up each academic year. For example: you registered for 60 credits. You should obtain at least 30 credits, and you will have two examination attempts for this (first session and second session).
    2. Need a maximum of two registrations to obtain a credit for a particular programme unit. You are given the chance to obtain a credit during two academic years. One academic year holds two examination attempts (first session and second session). That means that you have four examination attempts to obtain a credit for a particular programme unit (mark should be at least 10/20).

    My study effiency is too low

    In case you do not meet these regulations, the examiners will impose binding conditions upon you at the end of the academic year with regards to your re-enrolment in the same programme.

    You didn’t obtain a single credit in 2015-2016

    • Your re-enrolment in the same programme at the VUB will be refused.

    You didn’t obtain half of the credits taken up in 2015-2016

    • When you re-enrol in the same programme you must obtain at least 75 % of the credits taken up (your mark should be at least 10/20).

    You've already had two registrations for one or more particular programme units but obtained half of the credits taken up in 2015-2016

    • When you re-enrol, you must succeed for at least half of the credits for which you enrol, including the courses for which you enrol a third time.

    You didn’t succeed for one or more courses after two enrolments and obtained less than half of the credits for which you enrolled in 2015-2016

    • When you re-enrol, you must pass for 75% of the credits for which you are enrolled, including the courses for which you enrol a third time.

    Important notes

    If you’re in your first bachelor of a program within the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, there are extra rules. You can consult this with your learning path counselors:

    Should you fail to succeed for a compulsory course unit in two academic years, you are obligated to re-register this course unit the next academic year. Your learning path counselor can personally advise you regarding this matter.

    If the binding conditions concern an elective course unit, you can choose to change your elective course unit at your next enrolment.

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    REGULATIONS 2016-2017

    Regulations of 2016-2017 are different from the previous academic year. Therefore, make sure that you check them carefully.

    What level of study effiency should I obtain?

    We expect you to obtain at least 60% of the credits taken up each academic year. For example: you registered for 60 credits. You should obtain at least 36 credits. You will have two examination attempts for this (first session and second session).

    My study effiency is too low

    In case you do not meet these regulations, the examiners will impose binding conditions upon you at the end of the academic year with regards to your re-enrolment in the same programme.

    You didn’t obtain a single credit in 2016-2017

    • Your re-enrolment in the same programme at the VUB will be refused.

    You didn’t obtain 60% of the credits taken up in 2016-2017

    When you re-enrol in the same programme:

    1. You must obtain at least 75% of the credits taken up (your mark should be at least 10/20).
    2. You need to pass the courses for which you enrolled twice.

    At the start of the academic year, you are entitled to a personalised review of your study progress and, if necessary, to receive the appropriate study guidance. You will receive an e-mail invitation to make an appointment.

    Important notes

    If you’re in your first bachelor of a program within the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, there are extra rules. You can consult this with you learning path counselors:

    Should you fail to succeed for a compulsory course unit in two academic years, you are obligated to re-register this course unit the next academic year. Your learning path counselor can personally advise you regarding this matter.

    EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

    Does your study progress not meet your expectations due to exceptional circumstances?

    A fair grade

    Exceptional circumstances known before commencement of the examination period can be submitted in the form of a substantiated file.

    The substantiated file has to contain at least a factual description of the exceptional circumstances, together with supporting documents, if possible.

    The appeal must be lodged at the faculty's administrative secretariat up to and including 16 August.

    Errors


    Report material mistakes to your faculty dean within ten calendar days (art. 150 of the Teaching and examination regulations)

    Faculty Dean

    Making an appeal


    You can appeal against a study progress decision (art. 151-155 of the Teaching and examination regulations)

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    Who to contact


    For any questions on your study path, you can always contact your learning path counselor

    Learning path counselor

    CONTACT

    If you have questions regarding your educational needs, your study path or methods, you can contact the related parties below.

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    Planning your study path


    Your faculty's learning path counselor knows all about the academic rules and your programme. They will gladly help you plan your courses and exams.

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