Impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Amsterdam University College

6 April 2020

The outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) have had a global impact. The measures taken by the Dutch government to limit the further spreading of the coronavirus have inevitably had consequences for students and staff at Amsterdam University College (AUC).

It has been a difficult time full of uncertainty and questions, but AUC staff have been working hard in order to keep providing students with the best possible learning environment, ensuring that current students can continue their education and that the next generation of AUC students have their applications processed without delay. AUC is very proud of both our students and staff, who have been exemplary in showing resilience, cooperation, understanding and patience in such stressful times.

Below you can find a brief overview of the measures being taken at AUC and where to find more information and updates.

AUC operationally functions under UvA

AUC is a joint programme of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), but its operational management, including crisis management, runs through the auspices of the UvA. AUC is therefore closely following the UvA with regard to measures related to the new coronavirus. The UvA, in turn, is closely following the measures and (travel) recommendations of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD). Updates from the University of Amsterdam are available at uva.nl/coronavirus.

Measures, policies and updates at AUC related to coronavirus

The most up-to-date information for current AUC students is announced via the Student Information Canvas environment (UvAnetID required). Prospective students and external visitors should check uva.nl/coronavirus for the most recent developments as it relates to the University of Amsterdam and the section below for specific implications of these developments for AUC.

[Last updated 6 April 2020] Please note that this information is subject to change at short notice as the situation develops.

Important measures being taken at AUC:

  • The AUC Academic Building (Science Park 113) is completely closed starting Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.

  • There will be no teaching, exams or events at the AUC Academic Building for the rest of this semester period (through 29 June 2020).
    • All education on campus has been suspended through 29 June 2020 (the end of the academic year 2019-2020)
    • Courses (including exams/assessments) will continue to take place online through digital learning environments and adapted course schedules.

Current students

  • The most detailed and up-to-date information for current AUC students can be found on the Student Information Canvas environment.
  • The student residences remain open for current students. Students (and all others) are encouraged to practice social distancing, as well as closely follow the additional guidelines of the RIVM.
  • The Board of Examiners (BoE) at AUC acknowledges the current exceptional circumstances as it relates to the Academic Standards and Procedures, including how these will be interpreted in terms of attendance and assessments.
    • Current students should see Canvas for an FAQ and full statement from the BoE.

Prospective students/visitors

  • AUC faculty and staff are still available digitally during normal working hours to answer questions via the Digital Service Desk or by emailing info@auc.nl directly.
  • All tours, visits and events at the AUC Academic Building have been cancelled through at least 29 May 2020.
  • If you wanted to book a tour or visit during this time, we would instead encourage you to get in touch with one of our AUC Student Ambassadors via the digital platform Unibuddy or send your question directly to us via email.
  • If you are a prospective student that has applied for a September 2020 start and you have questions or concerns about the admissions procedure, please send an email to admissions@auc.nl.
  • If you have applied, or are thinking of applying, to start at AUC in September 2020, please know that we are continuing to process all applications as usual in the order in which they were submitted, and your application will be reviewed as soon as possible.
  • If you have applied and are selected to go on to the next step in the admissions procedure, you would normally be invited to attend an Admissions Day at the AUC Academic Building. Of course, we are currently using an alternative format, so if you are selected, it is likely that you will be invited to an online interaction instead, e.g. through Skype. Applicants will be informed of these details by our admissions office directly. 

Should you have questions, concerns or would like more information about the implications of the measures above, please get in touch with us by using the link below.

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