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Study choice and the coronavirus

Information and FAQ for prospective students

The nationwide and international measures being 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 steps we're taking as the pandemic develops.

  • General measures in place at AUC until at least 25 January 2022

    Last updated: 18 January 2022

    The measures implemented as a result of the coronavirus pandemic continue to have an impact on all members of the AUC community as well as the nation as a whole. An overview of recent measures can be found on the Dutch government's official website. The information below highlights the most relevant updates for the AUC community.

    Important measures for AUC

    On 14 January, the Dutch government announced some relaxations of certain coronavirus measures, including the reopening of schools and universities for in-person learning. However, based on previous press conferences and the timing of the four-week period, some decisions regarding the January period had already been made. This means that:

    • All January-period courses (from 10 January to 4 February 2022) without practical or lab components will continue to be taught entirely online. Please note that there may be courses being taught online that will have in-person assessments during the final two weeks of the four-week period. Students are advised to check the Canvas page of their courses to see if there will be in-person assessments and to be sure they are out of quarantine by this date. 
    • For students who do not have in-person classes or assessments during the January period, and who may have been travelling over the winter break (and therefore subject to quarantine protocols upon returning to the Netherlands), should be back in Amsterdam and out of quarantine by 7 February 2022.
    • It is required to wear a face mask at all times in university buildings, also when studying, working and while in class. The government also strongly advises using a disposable facemask and discourages the use of fabric or homemade masks. People who have a disability or health condition (visible or otherwise) that makes them unable to wear a face mask are generally exempted from the statutory requirement to wear a mask. If this applies to you, you are kindly requested to carry your self-declaration with you.
    • Education-related events will be allowed again in the AUC building starting 7 February. 
    • The AUC building will remain open from Monday to Friday to provide space for students and staff members who are unable to carry out their work from home.
    • You are encouraged to stay home as much as possible outside of essential activities.
    • Staff members should work from home. If impossible, then all staff members must maintain 1.5m distance while in the office.
    • The advised maximum group size outdoors is four people.
    • No more than four visitors are allowed in your home per day.
      • You should visit no more than one household per day

    Adjusting to education as restrictions return

    As we adjust to education amid increasing restrictions, it remains important for us to keep showing consideration and understanding for each other. We also kindly ask that you keep the following in mind: 

    • Students and staff should work/study at home when possible and only come to the academic building if it's necessary.
    • If you have COVID symptoms, please stay home and get tested at the GGD.
    • Follow the rules regarding self-quarantining.
    • Continue to follow the basic rules for everyone.
    • We will continue to take additional measures related to hygiene. This includes the availability of extra entrances/exits, walking routes, optimal ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and providing disinfection facilities.
    • Students and staff are encouraged to test themselves twice a week (self-tests are still available for free from this national website). 

    Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Netherlands

    • International students and faculty can get their vaccination at any time after their arrival in the Netherlands. You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands for at least one month or to have a BSN number. More information can be found on the Public Health Service of Amsterdam's website here.
    • Dutch students and faculty (and residents of the Netherlands with a BSN number) can find more information about getting vaccinated on the Dutch government's website here.

    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 AUC Academic Building is open for staff and students who have reason to be in the building (i.e. teaching or attending classes). 

    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.

AUC’s plan for Academic Year 2021-2022

The 1.5-metre social distancing regulation no longer applies to higher education. As a result, we have been able to teach on campus again in the new academic year with only minor restrictions in place. This page contains details about the structure of our education from the new academic year onwards.

Back to campus in with certain measures in place

While the 1.5-metre requirement was lifted, a number of general measures remain in place in order to ensure everyone's safety.

  • We will continue to take additional measures related to hygiene. These include walking routes, maximum ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities.
  • It is required to wear a face mask at all times in university buildings, also when studying, working and while in class. The government also strongly advises using a disposable facemask and discourages the use of fabric or homemade masks. People who have a disability or health condition (visible or otherwise) that makes them unable to wear a face mask are generally exempted from the statutory requirement to wear a mask. If this applies to you, you are kindly requested to carry your self-declaration with you.
  • There is a maximum of 75 people allowed per classroom/space.
  • Staff and students should work/study from home whenever possible.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to test themselves twice a week (self-tests are still available for free from the national website). Self-tests should not be used if you have COVID symptoms (in that case stay home, and get tested by GGD).
  • Students and staff with COVID-related symptoms must stay home and get tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD).

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Netherlands

  • International students and faculty can get their vaccination any time after their arrival in the Netherlands. You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands for at least one month or to have a BSN number. More information can be found on the Public Health Service of Amsterdam's website here.
  • Dutch students and faculty (and residents of the Netherlands with a BSN number) can find more information about getting vaccinated on the Dutch government's website here

Current AUC students should continue to check their email and monitor announcements on the Student Information Canvas environment for more information and relevant updates.

You can read more about education on campus on the University of Amsterdam's website below.

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. 

FAQ: study choice and coronavirus

  • What about the student residences and moving in?

    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.