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Study choice and the coronavirus

Information and FAQ for prospective students

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.

  • General measures still in place on AUC campus until at least 1 November

    Updated: 27 September 2021

    Important general measures

    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:

    • you are no longer obligated to wear a face mask when moving around the buildings. However, if you want to continue to wear one, you are, of course, free to do so. If someone asks you if you are willing to put on a face mask because they would feel more comfortable, we hope that you will be open to granting their request.
    • the maximum group size of 75 people per space will no longer apply

    Adjusting to on-campus education without restrictions

    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: 

    • Students and staff are still encouraged to work/study at home when possible.
    • If you have COVID symptoms, please stay home and get tested at the GGD.
    • Continue to follow the basic rules for everyone.
    • We will continue to take additional measures related to hygiene. These include the availability of extra entrances/exits, walking routes, optimal ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities.
    • 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).

    Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Netherlands

    • International students and faculty can get their vaccination at RAI Amsterdam 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 plans for Academic Year 2021-2022

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.

Back to campus in September 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.
  • Staff and students should continue to 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

  • Like our fellow universities and colleges, we underline the importance of vaccinations and support the VSNU campaign ‘Ga je studeren? Laat je vaccineren!’ ('Off to university? Get vaccinated!’).
  • International students and faculty can get their vaccination at RAI Amsterdam 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

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. 

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. 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.