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Coronavirus pandemic information for prospective students

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the UG’s policy regarding the coronavirus pandemic?

Like all other Dutch universities, the UG is following the guidelines and measures set out by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the Cabinet concerning the coronavirus pandemic. We are also in regular contact with the Veiligheidsregio Groningen (Safety Region Groningen) and the Municipal Health Service of Groningen (GGD Groningen). We may take extra measures should this become necessary.

On 12 March, we decided to cancel all in-person teaching until the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. In the days that followed, we introduced online teaching and assessments. In many cases, online versions of lectures, seminars, examinations and assessments were designed in a relatively short space of time, and everyone is now studying or working from home or remotely.

This has had a huge impact on both staff and students. We are doing our best to find solutions. Although communicating with each other via a screen is not always ideal and we have been unable to find a good alternative for practicals, we are inventive and are getting closer to a new normal with every day that passes. Our academic community thrives on sharing knowledge and experiences, and seeing each other face-to-face is a great source of inspiration! So, we will be the first to embrace this as soon the measures are relaxed.

On 12 March, all events and meetings were cancelled and the University buildings closed. Since then, almost all staff members have been working from home. The University Library, Studium Generale and Usva are also (partially) closed. The ACLO Sports centre reopened its doors on 18 May, though with limited capacity, and the University Museum reopened on 23 June. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, working from home and avoiding crowds will remain the UG’s starting point after 15 June. Exceptions will be made for key processes and laboratory research, including taking care of laboratory animals and continuing ongoing research projects and experimental set-ups.

With the new Cabinet measures, which were announced on 19 May 2020, some leeway is created for the University, allowing us to take up important matters that are essential for preventing study delays. With this leeway, we can look ahead to the new academic year. The University is looking into the best hybrid solution for teaching after 1 September 2020. We guarantee high-quality online teaching, and at the same time expect that there will be more possibilities for in-person teaching. We will take the one-and-a-half-metre measure and any other government measures into account for as long as they are in place.

We are also working on an attractive range of courses for new students and on an introductory period which combine the best aspects of digital and small-scale in-person activities. Intense discussions about the extra space that is needed to get universities off to a flying start in September will be held with the government and public transport companies.

Which UG buildings are still open?

On 12 March, all events and meetings were cancelled and the University buildings closed. Since then, almost all staff members have been working from home. The University Library, Studium Generale and Usva are also (partially) closed. The ACLO Sports centre reopened its doors on 18 May, though with limited capacity, and the University Museum reopened on 23 June.

Exceptions can be made for key processes, including taking care of laboratory animals and continuing ongoing research projects and experimental set-ups in laboratories. Staff members who want to work in a UG building must first register.

Are open days being organized?

All physical events at the UG planned before 1 September have been cancelled or postponed, or will be organized online.

The coronavirus pandemic may affect my registration. How should I inform the UG?

You can indicate whether you expect any problems, and the nature of these problems (e.g. being unable to produce certain documents in time), during the registration process in OAS. Please make sure that you still apply for your chosen degree programme as soon as possible, including any relevant documents currently in your possession.

If you have completed your application but cannot submit some of the required documents, please contact Student Information and Administration via study rug.nl or by calling: +31 50 36 38004.

Is the UG still accepting registrations?

The application deadline for first-year Bachelor’s students for the 2020-2021 academic year has been postponed from 1 May to 1 June. In other words, you have until 1 June to apply for a Bachelor’s degree programme. Please note: this does not apply to fixed quota degree programmes.

The application deadlines for Master’s degree programmes are shown on the programme pages of the degree programmes in question.

Despite the fact that the deadline for applying for Bachelor’s degree programmes has been moved to 1 June, we would urge international students to apply as soon as possible. This is because the deadline for visa applications (1 June) has not been changed and because registrations for SSH housing opened on 6 May.

I may not be able to satisfy the application criteria. What should I do?

We are aware that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting prospective students in many different ways. The UG is trying to be as flexible as possible within the prevailing regulations. In addition, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the universities in the Netherlands are trying to work out whether the rules on admission should be altered – by extending deadlines, for example – to make matters easier. No decisions have been made as yet, but any changes will be communicated via this page.

Does the UG accept home assessments arranged by the TOEFL and the GRE?

The UG accepts both the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the GRE General Test taken at home.

You can register at the UG without providing an English language certificate, as this is not a determining factor in our decision on admission. The certificate can be sent later. You will, however, need a language certificate if you have to apply for a visa.

The GRE General Test is only a requirement for students applying for a Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

I have applied for a selective degree programme. When will I hear the results of the selection procedure?

The ranking numbers for fixed quota programmes were published on 15 April 2020. You will find your ranking number by logging into Studielink.

I am an international student. How and when can I apply for housing?

You can register for SSH housing as from 6 May. Rooms can be booked from 11 May onwards. Go to the SSH website for more information.

I am a non-EU student and I satisfy the admission requirements. How should I apply for a visa?

We are aware that candidates who experience delays satisfying the admission requirements will also experience delays when applying for a visa. If you need a visa to study in the Netherlands, the deadline for satisfying the requirements is currently 1 June 2020. You must also have paid the fees before this date.

If you do not expect to be able to meet this deadline, it is important that you inform our Immigration Service Desk (isd rug.nl) as soon as possible.

UG information about applying for a visa

I’ve already paid my tuition fees. Can I get a refund if I have changed my mind about starting my degree programme or want to deregister because of the coronavirus?

If you have applied for registration via Studielink but have not yet been issued with the status ‘registered’, you can cancel your registration via Studielink. Your tuition fees will be refunded into your bank account as soon as possible.

If you are already registered and you want to stop or postpone your degree programme, you should submit a request to deregister via Studielink. If you deregister, you are entitled to a refund of one twelfth of your tuition fees for every month of the academic year for which you paid fees while you were no longer registered. N.B. Refunds are not given for the months July and August.

Will the start of the 2020-2021 academic year be postponed because of the coronavirus?

The new academic year will start on Monday 31 August 2020. This year’s opening will be held via a digital event.

I have made a request for registration but am not sure whether I want to start now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Can I postpone my starting date until February or September 2021?

If you have applied for registration via Studielink but have not yet been issued with the status ‘registered’, you can cancel your registration via Studielink. You may then submit a new request to register on your chosen starting date.

If Studielink does not show the starting date for your programme, send an email to study rug.nl, stating your student number, the degree programme for which you wish to register and the starting date. We will let you know what to do next.

For fixed quota degree programmes, cancelling your registration means that you will have used up one of your selection attempts

Can I still start my Master’s degree programme if I haven’t completed the Bachelor’s phase due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Since the introduction of the Bachelors-before-masters-rule (the so-called ‘Harde Knip’) it is only possible to start your master’s programme if you have graduated for your bachelor’s programme. Because of the corona crisis, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has decided that this entry requirement can, under certain conditions, be cancelled in the coming academic year. Due to the corona measures, all education is offered online until the end of this academic year. However, this may cause study delay for some students, since not everything can be done digitally.

This exceptional situation requires special measures, which is why the Board of the University of Groningen has decided to introduce an exemption of one of the existing entry requirements for a master’s programme.

From 1 September 2020, students in the final phase of their bachelor's programme can start their master’s programme under certain conditions. This way, students can take master courses while also finishing their bachelor’s programme. Study delay can thus be limited as much as possible.

Conditions

The conditions for this exemption of the current regulations may differ per faculty and/or study programme. You can only start when you have met the specific conditions of your faculty.

If you meet the conditions, you can be simultaneously enrolled in your bachelor’s and master’s programme, for the duration of one academic year. You must therefore complete your bachelor’s programme in 2020-2021. If you do not complete your bachelor’s programme before 1 September 2021, you cannot re-enroll for your master’s programme the following academic year. This is only possible after you have completed your bachelor’s degree. In the meantime, the results achieved in the master’s programme will of course remain valid.

If you think you are eligible, please contact the education support desk of your faculty. They will decide whether or not you meet the requirements.

Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Questions?

For more information, please contact the education support desk of your faculty.

Further information

  • Prospective students in need of help should contact Student Information and Administration: study rug.nl, tel. +31 50 36 38004.
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