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Education in the 2021/2022 academic year

Our focus for the 2021-2022 academic year is “back to normal”: on-campus education. This means that face-to-face education on campus can resume in the new academic year, subject to certain conditions.

Naturally, we remain dependent on developments regarding the corona situation and will adhere to any changes in the guidelines issued by the government. If there are any changes regarding attendance on campus for 2021-2022, we will notify you of this in a timely manner. 


Education on campus: who, what and how

  • Can all education take place on campus again?

    The 1.5-metre social distancing requirement has been lifted as of 30 August. As a result, we will be able to teach on campus again in the new academic year. However, a number of additional measures will remain in place in order to ensure everyone's safety.

    • This includes a maximum group size of 75 people per room.
    • Face masks are mandatory again in the campus buildings. You may remove your face mask in class once everyone has taken their seat or designated position to stand.
    • We will continue to take additional measures in the area of hygiene. These include walking routes, maximum ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities.
    • Students and staff with COVID-related symptoms must stay home and get tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD).

    The programme staff will keep students informed of this.

  • What is the impact of maximum group size of 75 people?

    A maximum group size of 75 people applies on campus. As a result, it is not possible to hold large-scale lectures on campus. This will lead to logistical problems. For example, in cases where you have a lecture scheduled after a tutorial and travel time cannot be taken into account (whereby lectures must be attended on campus).

    In order to minimise these problems, we will be organising additional streaming facilities for hybrid lectures (a maximum of 75 people in the room with the rest attending online) and are working to optimise the timetables.

    Examinations and maximum number of people

    As of September 2021, a maximum of 75 people is permitted to use an examination room if it is not possible to observe the 1.5-metre rule in it. Starting 20 September, no upper limit will be imposed on rooms in which the 1.5-metre rule can be observed. We are currently assessing how this requirement will impact the examinations scheduled and will let you know the outcome as soon as we can.

  • Why has the UvA chosen to require on campus attendance for the academic year 2021-2022? 

    On campus education is essential for the quality of education, hence this is the default at the UvA. 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. We are content that the Dutch cabinet has chosen a baseline scenario in which universities can safely return to on campus teaching, and will follow that government guideline.

  • For students: Is on-campus attendance compulsory?

    The UvA’s focus is on a return to on-campus education and being able to meet each other. That means that 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 because 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: Are all employees expected to come to campus from September?

    The UvA’s focus is on a return to on-campus education and being able to meet each other. That means that from September on, you will need to be on campus in order to take part in teaching and education activities. 

    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. 

    For all other staff: The government still urges employees to work from home wherever possible if their duties allow it. This leaves very little scope for working at the office. Naturally, this does not apply to employees who need to be on campus due to the nature of their work, or employees who have made agreements to this effect with their supervisor.


Unable to come to campus

Financial matters

  • Which measures will the Dutch government be taking to support students financially in academic year 2021-2022?
    • For first year students who haven't studied before the tuition fee of the first year is halved, so full-time students pay €542. This only applies if you pay the statutory fee. You can find more information on the website of the Dutch government.
    • Students who are in danger of losing a supplementary student grant or regular student funding will receive compensation for this.
    • Students who encounter a study delay will have their public transport travel card extended by 12 months.
    • In order to support researchers, €162 million is being invested to allow them to complete their research while also being able to work as lecturer.

Starting a master with a study completion delay

  • Is it possible to be admitted to a Master's programme based on the less-strict progression requirements in 2021-2022?

    The possibility of starting a Master’s programme with a (limited) study completion delay in the Bachelor’s phase will also be open in 2021-2022. As a rule, the delay in the Bachelor's phase may not be greater than 15 ECTS, given that this will result in a programme that is no longer feasible (with too many credits having to be obtained in the Master’s phase).

    The option of starting a Master's programme despite not yet having earned all required ECTS credits is open to students with a prior education in the EEA. As has been the case to date, it is not open to students with a prior education in non-EEA countries.

Information per study programme

Information about timetables, attendance and measures may differ per programme. This information will be made available for each programme in the coming weeks and months.

For more information, see the overview of the various programmes and faculties below.

  • Science

    What will your study programme look like in the coming academic year?

    The starting point is: On campus if possible, online because it is possible During the 2021/2022 academic year, we will offer as much education as possible on campus. This will go well as long as we all take responsibility, such as staying at home with corona-related complaints.

    Since September 25, there are no longer any restrictions regarding the number of students in a lecture hall, the 1.5 meters, walking routes in the building or the mandatory mouth caps. If there are any changes, we will inform our students as soon as possible.