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Back to Campus

As of the start of the academic year, most of our teaching activities will take place again on campus. We are very happy about that!

We have experienced how digital innovations help us to better organise our education. We are further developing activating teaching methods with the use of blended learning. Part of the education will therefore also be provided online next year, supported by digital tools. We will be able to offer high-quality and future-proof education to our current and future students.

In addition, we have become more and more flexible during the corona crisis. We are a campus university where we can meet each other. This is important for the quality of our education and the welfare of students. But if the measures deem it necessary, we are also able to offer education hybrid, or, if necessary, online.  

Adhere to the national and campus rules on corona 

Keep it safe for yourself and for each other, so please comply with the campus and basic rules when you are at VU Amsterdam. If you have any symptoms, don't come to the campus and get tested. Stay at home if you are waiting for the result of a corona test (of yourself or a housemate) or if you are in isolation after a positive test. If you were abroad or in contact with someone who has corona, use the national government's quarantine check to determine whether you need to go into quarantine. 

Decision tree for students

With this decision tree you can quickly check if we can meet on campus. For more information, also see the flyer with basic and campus rules. You can also follow the latest news at vu.nl/corona. There, you will find out what the measures mean for VU Amsterdam.

Answers to your questions about our education in corona time

  • Frequently asked questions about online, hybrid and physical education

    Online, hybrid and fysical education from November, 2021
    As an university, we are committed to activating blended education in which we will continue to use the digital innovations, but with our campus as the basis for education. In addition, we are following the guidelines of the government. This means that from 15 November onwards, the lectures on campus can continue with a limitation of a maximum of 75 students in a lecture hall. Larger lectures are offered online or hybrid in period 2 due to the limitation of group size. Check Canvas to see how this is arranged for your courses. This information is leading. The maximum group size does not apply to tests and resits. All tests that take place on or around the campus at physical locations can continue as usual. 

    Am I required to come to campus for physical education?  
    Every student is welcome on campus. We therefore expect you to be present on the campus for planned educational activities. Follow the instructions on Canvas if you want to take hybrid education activities on campus. There you will also find the information to follow hybrid lectures online. 

    If the Education and Examination Regulations (OER)/study manual stipulate that a student must be present, then you are expected to be present. If no obligation to attend is laid down in the OER, you are not required to attend, but we do expect you to.

    If there are personal or medical reasons why you cannot come to the campus and this has consequences for your education, please discuss this with your study advisor. 

    Can I follow online education on campus?
    Yes, you can. Study places are available on campus for self-study and online education, for example if, due to travelling time, you are unable to follow consecutive online and physical educational activities. The study places are spread across the campus and these rooms have a capacity of < 75. 

  • If you cannot attend classes and tests on campus due to Corona-related circumstances (e.g.: tested positive, in quarantine or at risk), is an alternative offered?

    For educational activities that take place entirely on campus, in principle no (online) alternative is offered, unless the teacher has made arrangements for this. These can be found on Canvas. Alternatively, you can ask fellow students for support if you cannot attend classes due to Corona-related circumstances. 

    For tests, the usual arrangements apply as of 30 August, which are laid down in the Education and Examination Regulations (OER), apply. In most cases it is possible to take a substitute assignment or a resit. If you are unable to attend classes on campus for a longer period of time, please contact your study advisor to see if an alternative study schedule can be arranged. 

    We realise that there is not always a (full) alternative available to involve students - with symptoms at home / personal circumstances - remotely in the education taking place on campus.

  • Information about study and examination places

    Studying
    Fortunately, studying is still possible on the campus. The study places are available for individual study. Studying in groups can be done online using various options. In this overview you can see how many study places are still available on which floor in our main building. If you are studying on campus, please observe the campus- and basic rules and stay at home in case of symptoms.  

    It may happen that you have an online course prior to or after a physical lecture. Not every student is able to follow the online course at home due to travel time. For those students, there are additional study place environments to follow the online lecture. On the sixth floor of the WN building, extra study place facilities are available for this purpose. These places are not meant for regular study activities.
    All halls with study areas have a capacity < 75. 

    Examinations
    The exams will again take place physically on campus and at the external locations (RAI, Emergo, VU Sports Centre). See your schedule for more information. The maximum group size of 75 does not apply to (partial) tests and resits. All examinations that take place on or around the campus at physical locations can continue as normal, both during examination weeks and during education weeks. 

    In exceptional situations, examinations are held via online proctoring. If you have an online exam and you would rather take it on campus, you can make use of an exam room. You can make reservations up to three days before the exam using this form

    It is still necessary to sign up for your exams. The normal term for signing up for exams applies, at least two weeks before the date of the exam. So, make sure you sign up in time. 

  • Frequently asked questions about exams

    Are the tests on campus or online?
    The exams will again take place on the campus and at external locations. Both in the exam weeks and in the education weeks. External locations are RAI, Emergo and the Sports Centre. The maximum group size of 75 does not apply to tests and resits. All examinations which take place on or around the campus at physical locations can continue as normal, both during examination weeks and during education weeks.

    I have corona related symptoms and therefore cannot come to campus for my exam. What does this mean for me?
    Are you unable to take the exam on location because you have corona or flu related symptoms? Then the existing arrangements in the exam regulations apply and you can make use of the resit. It is not possible to take the exam online or remotely in such a situation. In some cases, it is also possible to request an additional examination opportunity from the Examination Board. 

    How does VU Amsterdam handle my privacy if I have to take exams with online supervision?
    If the Examination Committee assesses that remote testing with online supervision (online proctoring) is necessary, then VU Amsterdam has a legitimate interest in processing the personal data of students. In that case you do not have to give permission, you will of course be informed about this.  VU Amsterdam has a legal obligation to ensure that your personal data are processed in accordance with the applicable privacy legislation based on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    We think privacy is important and have therefore taken all possible steps to protect everyone's privacy. Our privacy lawyers have advised on the procedures and functionalities and continue to do so, so that all data storage and the procedures comply with the GDPR. In addition, IT has reviewed the software used and made clear agreements with the suppliers, to ensure that it meets VU's strict security requirements.

    You can find everything about taking exams with online proctoring on this page. This site contains detailed instructions on procedures to follow, how to take a trial exam, equipment to use, what to do if there are problems, and privacy.

  • Frequently asked questions about travelling and internships (abroad)

    What are the guidelines for travelling?
    VU Amsterdam follows the guidelines of the government. The general advice on travelling currently reads: "Only travel to countries with a green or yellow travel advisory. Whichever country you travel to, you may be faced with corona measures such as possible entry requirements, quarantine or testing. The situation in a country can also change rapidly. Therefore, always keep an eye on the travel advice.” Check here for the most up-to-date travel information from the national government.

    VU Amsterdam expects its staff and students to follow the government guidelines. If you nevertheless travel abroad, you are taking a conscious risk. Especially if that country has code orange or red. If you have to undergo quarantine after returning from this trip, we expect you to stay at home. Do not come to campus.

    Staff and students should follow the government guidelines when returning. Check this page to see if and what measures apply in case of return, for example a negative Covid test.

    I will soon be travelling abroad for VU Amsterdam. Are there any restrictions due to the coronavirus? Do I have to cancel my trip?
    In the context of corona, there are many uncertainties that may lead to rapid changes in travel advice resulting in premature return. The corona virus is not yet under control in the Netherlands and many other countries. You can find the most up-to-date information on nederlandwereldwijd.nl. Only travel to countries with green or yellow travel advice. Students (internships, research, apprenticeships, fieldwork etc.) and researchers who still want to travel abroad when code orange is indicated must consult their study supervisor or manager. Possible costs for cancellation or early return due to a new outbreak will not be reimbursed from central funds.

    For exchange programmes for the 1st semester 2021-2022, the previously communicated guidelines remain valid. Students have been informed directly by the International Office. For questions: outgoing@vu.nl.

    Staff can contact their supervisor for advice and students can contact the International Office.

    I planned an internship (abroad), are there still restrictions due to the coronavirus?
    The rules that apply to the sector/branch/employer are leading in this. If these activities continue, the internship can also continue.

    Foreign internships can only take place in areas that have a positive (green or yellow) travel advice. In the context of corona, however, there are still many uncertainties that may lead to rapid changes in travel advice resulting in premature return. Students (internships, research, apprenticeships, fieldwork etc.) and researchers who still wish to travel abroad in the event of code orange must consult their study supervisor or manager. Possible costs for cancellation or early return due to a new outbreak will not be reimbursed from central funds.

  • Frequently asked questions about tuition fees and study costs

    Do I qualify for the halving of tuition fees announced by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science? 
    The Cabinet has decided to halve the statutory tuition fee in academic year 2021-2022 due to the consequences of COVID-19. The halving applies to all those who pay the regular statutory tuition fee in 2021-2022 and to those who pay a premaster fee.

    For students who pay institutional tuition fees or increased statutory tuition fees, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has asked all higher education institutions to apply a discount of €1084. VU Amsterdam has also done this. On this page you can find all fees for 2021-2022 (and for the current academic year).

  • Ventilation in the buildings

    The page Corona - Frequently Asked Questions discusses this in detail. See the page frequently asked questions.

  • GGD information for students

    The GGD has set up a website with information about the coronavirus for students. We advise students to visit this page. They also pay special attention to how to deal with tests and a coronavirus infection in a student house.

  • Practicalities for international students

    For international students, please check also this specific FAQ about practical matters, contact for support in visa, health and well-being.

  • Virtual Campus Tour

    Please visit our Virtual Campus Tour to experience our campus and the life of an international student at VU Amsterdam.

Contact point

  • Students

    Student desk
    If you have questions about registration and deregistration, tuition fees, registering for education, requesting a list of grades and authenticating a diploma, please first check if your question is answered in the FAQ's. If your question is not answered, you can contact the Student Desk. Answers to frequently asked questions about transition, registration and admission can also be found on this webpage.

    Student deskstudentdesk@vu.nl | +31 (0)20 598 5020 
    - Accessible by mail: Monday till Friday from 10:30 - 17:00. 
    - Accessible by telephone: Monday till Friday from 10:30 - 12.30 and 14:00 - 16:00.
    - Accessibility desk: the physical desk at VU Amsterdam is closed until further notice. As soon as the corona measures allow it, the desk will be reopened. We will inform you about this on this page.

    International Service Desk:
    You can find the contact information for your programme here.
    As soon as the coronation measures at VU Amsterdam allow it, the desk will be reopened.

    Study progress
    Are you worried about your study progress? Do you have questions about the effect this period may have on your studies? Or do you have other questions that you cannot answer yourself? Our study advisors can be reached by phone or email. You can find the information for your study programme on the VUweb programme page.

    Student wellbeing
    We are aware that these times can also cause a lot of confusion and unrest. If you feel the need to talk to someone, our student psychologists are right here for you. You can best reach them via studentenpsychologen@vu.nl or via VUweb. Check this platform for an overview of the support offered by VU Amsterdam. Or contact the new Student Wellbeing Point and Panel. This initiative is set up for and by students.

  • International travel students

    International Support Services
    Find the contact information for international students (or students going abroad) and staff here. Information for international students can be found on this webpage of the International Office.