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Education in the 2021/2022 academic year


Education on campus: who, what and how

  • Can all education take place on campus again?

    We are able to teach on campus again. We will continue to take additional measures in the area of hygiene. These include maximum ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities.

    Give each other space where possible and respect each other’s boundaries and concerns. 

    In addition, it helps to keep observing the basic rules – you can find them here.  

  • What is known about education in the fourth study period and beyond?

    Larger lectures can take place on the campus once again, as can larger meetings. Inaugural lectures, doctorate conferrals, lectures and debates can take place in large rooms once again. Our aim is to take advantage of the new opportunities as soon as possible. 

    The teaching timetables in the current block have already been drawn up and the degree programmes will examine whether it is possible to switch locations or to transfer online lectures directly to the campus. For more information, keep an eye on your timetable and Canvas. Restrictive measures for on-site education will no longer be taken into account in the preparations for block 5.

  • For students: Is on-campus attendance compulsory if my education demands it?

    The normal attendance requirements is in effect. This also applies to foreign students. Only in special cases, e.g. for foreign students who are unable to attend due to international travel restrictions, or students that cannot return to campus because of quarantine measures, a vulnerable personal situation or if someone in your home is in a vulnerable position, programmes may explore additional solutions to enable students to receive education. If this is the case, please contact your degree programme.

    Programmes and supervisors are asked to show leniency towards students and staff that are vulnerable because of medical conditions. Programmes are responsible for (alternative) education. 

  • For staff: Do I work at home or on campus?

    We can work on campus again. The UvA wants to continue to facilitate hybrid working in the future. Consult for tips, guidelines and the UvA's policy in this area. 

    What if I can not come to campus?

    Only in the case of not being able to return to campus because of travel restriction, quarantine, a vulnerable personal situation because or if someone in your home is in a vulnerable position, staff can contact their supervisor to find a solution. The occupational health & safety physician may be asked for advice after you have discussed the situation with your supervisor. A senior supervisor or dean/director will have the final say on the best solution.

    Programmes and supervisors are asked to show leniency towards students and staff that are vulnerable because of medical conditions. Programmes are responsible for (alternative) education. 

  • Will I be required to present a vaccination certificate or test results when I come to the campus?

    While we hope that everyone who studies and works at the UvA chooses to get vaccinated, everyone is free to decide this for themselves. This means we will not be requiring a vaccination certificate or negative test certificate. We are counting on everyone to take responsibility to prevent further infections. Do you have any symptoms? Stay at home and get tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD) or perform a self-test.

  • I don't want to be vaccinated and I don't feel safe coming to the UvA. Does the UvA require students and staff to be physically present at the university?

    Yes, the normal attendance requirements will be in effect. This also applies to foreign students. 

    The UvA has, since the beginning of the pandemic, closely followed the guidelines issues by the government and the recommendations issued by the RIVM to ensure the safety and health of our students and employees. Now that a return to campus has been deemed safe by the government, we continue to follow that guideline, while continuesly taking safety measures. Currently, these include face masks, maximum ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities. 

  • Where can I find more information on online proctoring?

    The UvA is implementing online proctoring – the invigilation of online examinations – for examinations for which there is no alternative. In this way, examinations for large groups will be able to take place remotely, allowing study delays to be avoided.

Unable to come to campus

Other questions

  • Will the BSA be lowered in the academic year 2021-2022?

    In the 2021-2022 academic year, we continue to face coronavirus restrictions that have many consequences for students. By consequence, the UvA has decided to apply a generic easing of the binding study advice (BSA) standard in this year as well.

    What does this mean in practice?

    • Full-time students who obtain six ECTS credits less than the BSA standard for their degree programme can still enrol for the following academic year.
    • The BSA standard is also being eased by six ECTS credits for part-time degree programmes.
    • Your degree programme can decide to apply a further easing if there is good reason for this. The dean of your degree programme will make this decision.
    • Your degree programme will let you know if this affects you.

    Why has this decision been made?

    Many students are being affected by stress and other negative issues due to the coronavirus pandemic. Easing the BSA standard can remove some of this stress. Moreover, the coronavirus restrictions have made it more difficult to assess whether students are a good match for a degree programme.

    If you have any questions, please contact one of the academic career counsellors for your degree programme.

  • Where can I find more information on tuition fees in 2021-2022?

Information per study programme

Information about timetables, attendance and measures may differ per programme. Please check Canvas for more information on your specific study programme. Or find more general information on the page of your specific programme.