The nationwide and international measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus continue to have an impact on students and staff at universities throughout the Netherlands and beyond. We understand that this may leave you with concerns and questions about how this impacts starting or returning to university. Below, you can find more information and a helpful FAQ about how you can get to know AUC and what we're doing to prepare for the Autumn 2021 semester.
Updated: 27 September 2021
On 14 September, the Dutch government announced that from 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. This is a major step forward not only for education but for all sectors impacted by the pandemic. Specifically for those coming to the AUC building, this means that from 25 September:
As we are all adjusting to on-campus education with fewer restrictions, it will be even more important for us to show consideration and understanding for each other. We also kindly ask that you keep the following in mind even after 25 September:
Current AUC students should continue to check their email and monitor announcements on the Student Information Canvas environment for more information and relevant updates.
The measures above describe the situation as accurately as possible at the moment. We advise every student to continue to monitor their student email and digital learning environment Canvas to ensure any updates are received. It is possible that adjustments will need to be made in order to accommodate special cases or newly announced measures.
The 1.5-metre social distancing regulation no longer applies to higher education. As a result, we will be able to teach on campus again in the new academic year, subject to certain conditions. This page contains details about the structure of our education from the new academic year onwards.
While the 1.5-metre requirement was lifted, a number of general measures remain in place in order to ensure everyone's safety.
You can read more about the envisioned return to campus on the University of Amsterdam's website..
Living in the student residences
The student residences are open as normal and AUC students continue to live on campus in the dorms. Working with representatives from housing association DUWO (landlord and managers of the student residences), measures have been taken to make it even easier to abide by social distancing and other government measures.
With many typical orientation events such as open days, tours and fairs having alternate approaches, we know that it is more difficult for you to meet with current students and lecturers, view the campus and get an overall feel for what each university programme has to offer. We want to help you prepare as best as possible for making an informed choice about your study programme and give you an idea about what to expect should you enrol next year. Using the page and FAQ below, you'll find links to digital orientation activities and answers to common questions.
Should your question not be answered below, or you would rather speak to a representative, please feel free to get in touch with us directly.
Although physical events and visits have been cancelled until further notice, you can still get to know the AUC community and its campus. Follow the links below to book an online information session, chat directly with a current student, take a look inside our academic building using GoogleMaps and view a video tour of the student residences!
AUC is a residential programme and aims to have a close-knit community on campus. AUC and DUWO (the landlord and managers of the student residences) have taken additional measures to make moving-in and living in the student residences as safe as possible. Previous measures have included staggering move-in dates for new first-years, reducing the number of shared rooms and limiting the use of common spaces and balconies. These measures and guidelines were taken in order to ensure that as many students as possible could arrive in Amsterdam and move into their rooms while still respecting all the government advice and health regulations.
For incoming first-year students, how you'll move into the student residences is, in general, also dependent on the national and international developments regarding health precautions and possible travel restrictions. For now, our intention is that as long as the situation safely permits, AUC will facilitate first-year students moving into the student residences from 2 August 2021 to start their studies at AUC in September 2021.