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Study choice and the coronavirus

Information and FAQ for prospective students

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.

Education next year: on-campus, online or both?

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. 

Getting to know AUC digitally 

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. 

FAQ: study choice and coronavirus

  • Will teaching activities resume on campus at AUC in September?

    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. 

  • Have the application deadlines been extended?

    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).

    • Applicants with EU/EEA citizenship are welcome to submit their application for admission to start at AUC in September 2020 even after 1 May. These applications will be processed on an ongoing basis. 
    • Applicants with non-EU/EEA citizenship were welcome to apply until 1 May 2020 for a September 2020 start. This deadline was necessary in order to ensure that residence permits and possible entry visas can be arranged on time to start at AUC.
    • As is the policy for all applications received after the regular deadline, they will be processed in the order in which they are received (i.e. those who have submitted a complete application package on time will be processed first). 
  • I'm applying to AUC, but my final central examinations have been cancelled. What should I do?

    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.

  • What about the student residences and moving in?

    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.