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Back to Campus

During the press conference on 14 January, the Dutch government announced relaxations for higher education. From Monday 17 January onwards, it will again be permitted to organise physical educational activities on the campus with a maximum group size of 75. For P3, this means that you will hear from your lecturer via Canvas whether your online lecture will take place on campus (max. 75 students). If you haven't heard anything, assume that your lecture will take place online. Exams in period 3 take place remotely. Wearing a face mask is mandatory. You can read more about this in the questionnaire.

Starting with the academic year, most educational activities take place on campus, unless government measures dictate otherwise. 

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. 

Last modified on 18 January.

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 as of December 19th, educational activities, with the exception of practical education, take place remotely. Check Canvas to see how this is arranged for your courses. This information is leading. 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?  
    As soon as the educational activities are allowed to take place on the campus again, every student is welcome on the campus. In those situations, we expect you to be present on 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, depending on the measures taken by the government. 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. Even now that educational activities take place remotely, 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. Some faculties have taken additional measures.  

    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 P3
    Infection rates are still rising, especially in the Amsterdam region, and it is expected that the peak has not yet been reached. As a result, more and more people have to go into quarantine. We’ve noticed that due to this development, more and more students cannot participate in physical exams on campus. We therefore decided to organise the examinations in the examination week of period 3 (31 Jan - 4 Feb) remotely. By doing so, we hope to prevent study delays due to the corona measures, such as a quarantine obligation. 

    For the physical exams that are currently scheduled on campus, an alternative assessment is preferably used, without the use of online proctoring (OLP). Where necessary, the exams will be administered online with OLP. If these options are not possible, the examination committee may decide to hold the exam at the physical location. If this is the case, this will of course be done within the existing possibilities and corona measures. As soon as the form in which each exam will be taken is known, this will be announced on Canvas by the teacher. Students who are unable to take the exam at home also have the option of taking it at an examination venue on campus. You can register using this form

    You can find the examination locations in the main building (13A32 and 13A36). If you make use of a location for exams, you will also take the exam via online proctoring. Preferably bring your own laptop to do the test on. If this is not possible, you can use one of the available PCs. Be at the location on time, so that you can start on the scheduled time. 

    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. 

    Information on exams in period 4 (7 Feb – 1 Apr) will follow soon. 

  • Frequently asked questions about exams

    Are the tests on campus or online?
    Infection rates are still rising, especially in the Amsterdam region, and it is expected that the peak has not yet been reached. As a result, more and more people have to go into quarantine. We’ve noticed that due to this development, more and more students cannot participate in physical exams on campus. We therefore decided to organise the examinations in the examination week of period 3 (31 Jan - 4 Feb) remotely. By doing so, we hope to prevent study delays due to the corona measures, such as a quarantine obligation. 

    For the physical exams that are currently scheduled on campus, an alternative assessment is preferably used, without the use of online proctoring (OLP). Where necessary, the exams will be administered online with OLP. If these options are not possible, the examination committee may decide to hold the exam at the physical location. If this is the case, this will of course be done within the existing possibilities and corona measures. As soon as the form in which each exam will be taken is known, this will be announced on Canvas by the teacher. Students who are unable to take the exam at home also have the option of taking it at an examination venue on campus. You can register using this form.  

    More information on how the exams will be held in February will be available shortly.

    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.

    I read that is possible to hack into Proctorio. Is that true?
    On 17 June 2021 a researcher reported a vulnerability to Proctorio in the form of a ‘responsible disclosure’. This report was investigated immediately and on 24 June 2021 Proctorio released a new version of the plugin, which solved the issue. There have been no indications that the detected vulnerability was in fact exploited.

  • 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.

  • Is wearing a face mask mandatory at VU Amsterdam?

    The government has announced that it is compulsory to wear a face mask at universities from 15 January: "for everyone when moving around the school and when sitting or standing somewhere". This means the following for students and staff:

    Students

    • Students wear a face mask at all times: the face mask is put on when entering the building and may only be removed once the student leaves the building. Even when the student is studying, the face mask must remain on. 
    • There is one exception, namely when an unsafe situation may arise during the educational activity, such as during practicals involving chemical substances. The faculties concerned assess which practicals are involved and inform the students. 

    Staff

    • Staff members wear a face mask when moving around in the buildings;
    • If a teacher can keep 1.5m distance from students, the teacher may remove the face mask while conducting the teaching activity. Students must keep the face mask on;
    • For seated work in an office environment, it is recommended to wear a face mask. 

    The government recommends medical masks.

    Exceptions for wearing a face mask
    There is an exception for people who, because of their disability or illness, cannot wear a face mask in places where it is mandatory. These can be both visible and invisible disabilities or illnesses. We ask for everyone's understanding for this. Students and staff who are covered by this exception must be able to prove it if asked to do so by, for example, a security guard or steward. Students and employees who make use of this exception can - after submitting documentation that proves the exception - also receive a VU declaration if they feel comfortable doing so. This can then be presented when requested. To apply for a VU declaration, please contact the On-Site Campus Team (On-site-campusteam@vu.nl).

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.