By dr. Indira van der Zande, Programme Director UCF
If there is one thing that we've learned over the last year, it's that there is no way that we can predict what the world will look like in August when you will start your academic journey. Nevertheless, this year has also taught us that the UCF community is exceptionally resilient and that we will always find ways to connect academically as well as socially. Based on this experience, we are confident in our promise that you can start your studies with us in August, that you will receive quality education of the highest level, and that you will be warmly welcomed into our community. Detailed information about the practicalities of studying in (post?) COVID-19 times will follow in due time, but we can already share our dedication with regard to maintaining a number of our unique features:
Small-scale stays key
Our educational concept of interactive and small-scale learning is best suited to in-person instruction, and the residential component is an explicit part of this philosophy. We are preparing to offer as much possible physical education as possible in the 2021-2022 academic year. This means that we will offer most of our classes offline, on-campus, and also expect our students to be physically present. Online options may be used for certain classes in case of necessity.
A safe place to study
Our faculty is housed in the monumental and recently renovated 1880 building the Beurs. The 5014m2 building combined with our smaller classroom sizes made it relatively easy to adapt to the current government regulations of keeping 1.5-meter distance. You will find our residential campus building within a 10-minute walk from the Beurs. From the moment you arrive in Leeuwarden, this is where you will live together with the other first-year students. So finding accommodation is a worry you can check off your list.
nclusive and diverse community
Both international and national students are essential to our inclusive and diverse community. To ensure smooth interaction during the academic year, you will already get to meet your fellow students and our staff members during the joined introduction week in late August. Last year we were able to offer a safe and fun introduction week in Leeuwarden within the COVID-19 measures, and we are positive we will be able to do the same again this year to set you off on a high note when starting your academic adventure.
Finally, our admissions team is here to support you and answer all questions you might have, get in contact with them via email (ucf-grl rug.nl) or phone (+31(0)6 15 54 84 41). Would you like to talk to other students and hear their experiences? Don’t hesitate to contact current UCF students as they are more than happy to connect with you as well.
I hope the above gives you the confidence to securely enrol in the Global Responsibility & Leadership bachelor. No matter where you are, we’ve got you covered. On behalf of the entire UCF team: stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to welcoming you to our community!
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