Binding Study Advice at Leiden University

As a student of Leiden University you are entitled to good education and academic guidance. In return you are expected to meet certain requirements: the so-called BSA requirement. On this page you can learn about the criteria you are expected to meet in order to receive positive Binding Study Advice (BSA).

Student Charter

This version is a translation of the Dutch, official “Studentenstatuut”. It informs Leiden University students (who are enrolled in an regular government funded degree programme) about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.


Plagiarism is understood as presenting, intentionally or otherwise, someone else’s words, thoughts, analyses, argumentations, pictures, techniques, computer programmes, etc., as your own work.

Code of conduct on standards of behaviour

The code of conduct is one element of the policy applied by the University in the context of providing a safe and non-discriminatory work and study environment. Further instruments employed by the University to this end include the Complaints Procedure on (Sexual) Intimidation, Aggression, Violence and Discrimination (hereafter referred to as the ‘Complaints Procedure’) and the related Code of Conduct.

Code of conduct international students in higher education

This Code sets out standards for Dutch higher education institutions in their dealings with international students. By signing the Code of Conduct universities commits themselves to providing reliable, timely and easily accessible information to international students about their study programmes.  This includes information as accreditation status, quality and admission requirements, as well as costs and admission and registration procedures for international students

Code of conduct for teachers and students in ICT supported education

ICT tools such as e-mail, Internet and virtual learning environments not only provide new possibilities and opportunities, but also new manners and behaviour. It is therefore necessary to establish guidelines. The current Code of Conduct primarily represents the set of expectations that both teachers and students of Leiden University are likely to have. The term e-resources is used throughout the code to refer to any type of educational information or data offered through e-mail, the learning platform Blackboard or directly on the web. Note that this code exclusively deals with online education.