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In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, Amsterdam University College continues to provide students with the best possible (digital) learning environment to ensure that current students can continue their education.

The measures taken by the Dutch government to limit the further spreading of the coronavirus have had an impact for both students and staff. AUC staff members have been working hard in order to ensure that current students could continue their education online and that the next generation of AUC students can look forward to starting at AUC without a delay. 

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

[Last updated 16 July 2020]

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 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.

Important measures being taken at AUC:

  • The AUC Academic Building (Science Park 113) has been open only to staff members in limited fashion since 1 July 2020. There is a cap on capacity in the building, meaning that working from home remains the norm and the number of staff members in the building is monitored to avoid exceeding this capacity. The building will remain closed for students until Introduction Week (24 - 28 August 2020).

  • There will be no teaching, exams or events at the AUC Academic Building for the rest of this semester (including the summer).
    • 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.

Prospective students

  • AUC faculty and staff are available digitally during normal working hours to answer questions via the Digital Service Desk or by emailing
  • All tours, visits and events at the AUC Academic Building have been cancelled until at least 31 August 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. Also be sure to read the FAQ for students choosing their study programme in times of the coronavirus.
  • 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
  • Based on the circumstances and impact the coronavirus outbreak has had around the world, the application deadlines for September 2020 were extended.
    • Applicants with EU/EEA citizenship were welcome to submit their application for admission to start at AUC in September 2020 until 5 June 2020. 
    • 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 could 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).
  • If you have applied and are selected to go on to the next step in the admissions procedure, instead of the on-campus Admissions Day, you will be invited to a virtual Admissions Day. Applicants will be informed of the details by our admissions office by email. 
  • 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.

Current students

AUC is very proud of both our students and staff, who have been exemplary in showing resilience, cooperation, understanding and patience.

  • 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 should practice social distancing, as well as 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.

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.