Starting April 26 corona measurements for higher education will be relaxed. For VU Amsterdam this means that starting April 28, we will be offering more physical education at one and a half metres, in addition to site-bound education (practicals). Unfortunately, for research and work on campus, there are no relaxations in the short term. The Dutch government has also announced that it will withdraw curfew. This also means that the adjusted opening hours of the buildings will lapse. Check the regular opening hours of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (starting 29 April) here.
Starting April 28, the following measures will apply:
- Besides online education, educational activities on campus will be possible again starting April 28. Check rooster.vu.nl and Canvas for information regarding your study programme. Exams take place online and will continue.
- Site-bound education (e.g. practicals) for which there is no suitable online alternative will continue.
- Students who do not have a suitable place at home to take an exam can request an exam place.
- Work at home, unless there is no other way.
- Our campus is available to employees whose presence on campus is necessary for the organisation of physical educational activities on a one-and-a-half metre basis
- (Site-bound) education that is timetabled on campus will continue
- Site-bound research continues to be scaled down to the strictly necessary level
- Studios for recording education are available
For everyone who visits VU Amsterdam:
- Follow the rules for working and studying at VU Amsterdam
- Bring proof of registration or a student card
- Employees must take their employee pass to enter our buildings
- If you experience any symptoms, please stay at home and get tested at a GGD test location.
Educational activities and internships
Starting April 26 corona measurements for higher education will be relaxed. For VU Amsterdam, this means that as of April 28, we will be offering a combination of online and on-campus education at one and a half metres, in addition to location-bound education. It goes without saying that all possible space on campus will be used to the best advantage of students. It has been discussed with the Dutch government that universities use timetables previously made for these education periods. In practical terms, this means that not every student can come to campus one day a week, as the government describes it. Check timetables.vu.nl and Canvas for information about your programme.
Self-tests for students and employees at VU Amsterdam
The basic principle is and remains: if you have any symptoms, stay at home and get tested at a Municipal Health Service (GGD) test location. In addition, the government expects that the large-scale use of preventive self-testing in higher education will help to further curb the spread of the virus. The government is organising the distribution of self-tests to students and staff centrally via www.zelftestenonderwijs.nl. The expectation is that you can order your test online from the beginning of May. This website also contains information on the use of self-tests.
Taking a self-test is always voluntary and having a negative test result is not a prerequisite for students to gain access to education. It is therefore not compulsory and it is one's own responsibility to use a test. Students do not need to show proof of a negative test in order to gain access to the educational institution.
For more information see:
- Q&A's from the central government about Self-Testing in higher education– click here
- Website for ordering self-tests and information on how to use the tests.
Studying and taking exams on campus
Our message remains the same for studying on campus: if you can study at home, then do so and don't come to VU Amsterdam. We assume that you make a careful assessment yourself and only use these places if there are insurmountable obstacles in your private environment. The study places are available for individual study. Studying in groups is possible via the various online possibilities.
All planned exams will continue. For students who prefer to take their exam on campus, VU Amsterdam offers on campus exam places. These places have to be reserved.
For internships, the rules that apply to the sector/industry in which the internship is done are leading. If these activities continue, the internship will also continue. VU Amsterdam does everything in its power to ensure that students are not delayed in their studies or are delayed as little as possible. That is why the research internships at our campus will continue.
Education outside VU Amsterdam
Students who also follow education at other institutions than VU Amsterdam are advised to keep an eye on the information of both educational organisations.
Working at campus
Working from home remains the norm. That is why we repeat our urgent appeal to all employees to work from home, unless there is really no other option. This call also applies to (study) associations and employee/student participation. A number of study associations and FSRs have previously made agreements with the faculty about working on campus; they are asked - in light of the lockdown - to coordinate any necessary work on campus with the faculty. Check vu.nl/workfromhome for tips on how to do this in a good and healthy way.
Recording and live streaming of education
Teachers who want to record their online lessons or stream them live can still reserve the teaching studios for this purpose. The initial teaching rooms with hybrid facilities will also remain available - if reserved - for streaming and recording teaching.
Research on campus
Research activities on campus can continue if they are strictly location based. Research is scaled down to the minimum necessary level. Within this, the following prioritization applies on campus:
- Interns, researchers and supervisors who are needed to make the internship safe
- PhD students - priority within this group will be judged on the possibility of delay
Meetings and events
Due to the current lockdown, it is still not permitted to organise physical events and all physical activities remain online that do not directly contribute to the organised education or site-bound research. This also applies to activities of study associations, promotions, orations, graduation ceremonies and farewell speeches; these can take place online or can be postponed.
Books and publications remain available for teaching and research. Check the UB website for more information.
Please note! Students and employees of ACTA and VUmc follow the information they receive from their own faculties.