Student progress is monitored throughout the first year. At predetermined times the Director of Graduate Studies interviews students to discuss their progress in the program. July of each year, the institute’s Examination Board issues a formal advice on continuation in the program to all first-year students. In general, only students who have earned 48 core ECTS or more by the end of the first year and who attended the MPhil seminars are advised to continue in the program. In case students are advised to leave the program, the DGS may decide to terminate scholarship funding.