The nation-wide and international measures taken to limit the further spreading of the coronavirus have had an impact on students and staff at universities throughout the Netherlands and beyond. We understand that as a prospective student this may leave you with concerns and questions about choosing a study programme and starting at university next year. Below, you can find more information and a helpful FAQ about how you can get to know AUC and what we're doing to ensure a smooth start for all students in September 2020.
At AUC, we've been able to provide current students with the best possible (digital) learning environment in order to ensure that they can continue their education without delay and without sacrificing the quality of the academic programme. However, a major question that remains in the minds of both current and prospective students is what will education and our on-campus community be like in Autumn 2020?
Universities across the Netherlands have come together to launch a joint campaign to offer prospective students reassurance that the 2020-2021 academic year will start as scheduled in September. This is epitomised in the slogan: "On campus if we can. Online because we can."
This means that if it's deemed safe to once again allow education to physically take place in the AUC Academic Building in Autumn 2020, we will do so. Over the coming months, we will use a step-by-step approach to decide which components we will be able to offer physically on campus while still complying with government regulations. We expect that at first, these will mainly be small-scale activities organised to promote contact between students, and between lecturers and students. We will provide students – wherever you may reside – with the certainty that you will be able to commence or continue with your studies digitally, on campus, or a mixture of both.
Although the upcoming semester certainly presents some challenges, rest assured that we are prioritising the health and safety of our students and staff above everything else. This means that we'll be working closely with the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam, housing association DUWO (landlord and managers of the student residences) and universities around the Netherlands on developing creative solutions that will allow us to continue offering high-quality, personalised education to all of our students.
With many typical orientation events such as open days, tours and fairs having been cancelled, we know that it has been more difficult for you to meet with current students, view the campus and get an overall feel for what each programme has to offer.
We want to help you prepare as best as possible for making an informed choice about your study programme and explain provisions that are being taken at AUC to accommodate the effects of the coronavirus and give you an idea about what to expect should you enrol next year. Using the FAQ below, you'll find links to digital orientation activities and answers to common questions our Admissions Office has been receiving.
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.
AUC aims to reinstate teaching on campus as per the new academic year if conditions surrounding the coronavirus crisis allow us to do so. In case the coronavirus measures will not (immediately) allow for this, we will continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed. This way, teaching will be made accessible for students if they cannot physically attend classes in the building.
Although physical events and visits have been cancelled until at least the end of the academic year (29 June), you can still get to know the AUC community and its campus. Follow the link below to chat directly with a current student, take a look inside our academic building by using GoogleMaps and view a video tour of the student residences!
Although it's not the same as being on campus, you can view our half-hour presentation that was recorded for the UvA Bachelor's Day on 14 March 2020. Dr. Maarten Boerlijst (Head of Studies Sciences at AUC) and Siem Teusink (AUC alumnus, Class of 2019) cover the essentials of the AUC programme, including our teaching philosophy, how the curriculum is constructed, what it's like to live in the student residences, social life on campus and what alumni have done after graduating. The presentation is available in both English and Dutch.
Based on the current circumstances and impact the coronavirus outbreak has had around the world, the application deadlines have been extended (after the regular deadline of 1 February).
The government and AUC are holding onto the date of 1 September for the start of the academic year. If you cannot submit the certified paper documents that are required for your formal admission in time, you can send us digital copies instead. Please note that it is preferable that these are sent directly by your school to the admissions office via email@example.com.
If you cannot start at AUC in September 2020 due to unforeseen delays in your home country or other circumstances, you can cancel your application at any time before 1 September, even if you have previously accepted our offer of admission. You might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date. For more information about deferring your start date at AUC, please send an email to our Admissions Office.
For those who have already applied and received conditional admission based on a diploma that you will obtain in 2020 and requires certain final central exams (e.g. the IB Diploma, A-levels, AP exams), the cancellation of the May examinations will not have an impact on your offer. With your diploma and meeting the minimum conditions specified in your admission letter, you will be unconditionally admitted and will be able to start your studies at AUC in September 2020.
AUC is a residential programme and aims to have a close-knit community on campus. Right now, AUC and DUWO (the landlord and managers of the student residences) are looking into postponing the move-in for new students to a slightly later date (end of August or early September) to ensure that as many first-year students as possible are able to travel to Amsterdam and can move into their rooms while still respecting all the government advice and health regulations.
Moving into the student residences is, in general, very much dependent on the national and international developments regarding health precautions and possible travel restrictions over the next few months. For now, our intention is that as soon as the situation safely permits, AUC will let accepted first-year students move into their dorm rooms.