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Coronavirus pandemic information for prospective students

Updated: Education in the new academic year starting September 2021

Applications
Is the UG still accepting applications?
Bachelor's degree programme
  • The application deadline for the September 2021 start for bachelor programmes is 1 May 2021.
  • The application deadline for fixed quota studies is 15 January 2021.

    Please check the Selection and Placement page for more information about the appliocation procedure.
Master's degree programme
The coronavirus pandemic may affect my application and enrollment. How should I inform the UG?

Please contact Student Information and Administration via study rug.nl or by calling: +31 50 36 38004.

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

If you have concerns about your application documents, please contact study rug.nl as soon as possible.

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

For all intakes of the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 we accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus. Moreover, we accept GRE and GMAT home tests.

Buildings
Which UG buildings are open?

Education

The new academic year can start without social distancing. This means that on-site teaching is once again possible. As from 25 September the maximum group size of 75 people will no longer apply and you you will no longer be obliged to wear a face mask when moving around the UG buildings.

Ventilation

CO2 detectors have been installed in all classrooms without mechanical ventilation to monitor the air quality, including ventilation instructions.

University Library

The UB has decided to make all study stations (2,100) available for use as from Monday 27 September. Study stations must be reserved in advance.

Working from home

Work from home if you can, and go to the office if you must. Please discuss this with your manager.

More information about working from home and on location will follow shortly.

Respect other people’s choices

Everyone may wear a face mask in the buildings and/or keep their distance from others if this makes them feel more comfortable. Please respect other people’s choices in this matter.

Health advice
Health advice and corona rules

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 and Friesland (GGD).

COVID-19 measures

  1. We ask you to continue to follow the basic rules.
  2. Stay home and get tested if you show any symptoms resembling those of COVID-19.
  3. We are calling on all staff and students to use a free self-test twice a week.

COVID-19 measures on site

  1. Follow the indicated walking routes: red stickers with pictograms have been placed in all buildings to indicate walking routes, separate entrances and exits, and the maximum capacity of toilets for example.
  2. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in the corridors of UG buildings. You may take your mask off as soon as you have taken your seat.
  3. Please follow the rules indicated at each catering location.

As an international student, am I eligible for a vaccination?

Yes, please see below for more information about getting vaccinated in the Netherlands.

Receiving your second vaccination in the Netherlands

Information on COVID-19 vaccination in The Netherlands

We would like to inform about getting a second COVID-19 vaccine shot in the Netherlands, should you have received your first shot in a place other than the Netherlands.

Second vaccination

Have you already received your first shot of an  EU-authorized vaccine,   and do you want to receive your second shot in the Netherlands? Then you can make an appointment for your second vaccination via  this form  on the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website.

Was your first shot of a vaccine that has not been authorized by the EU yet, such as the Sputnik V vaccine, and do you want to receive your second vaccination in the Netherlands? Please contact your local Municipal Health Service (GGD) for advice. For Groningen city and province, this is  GGD Groningen.
For Leeuwarden this is GGD Fryslan: 088 22 99 222.

Dutch vaccination programme

Looking for more information about the Dutch vaccination programme? Please visit the official government  website , GGD Groningen or the GGD Fryslan website. Also, please check our information on  Health Services. Vaccination is always voluntary.

Can I get the first shot of my vaccination after I arrive in the Netherlands?

If we want to make a safe new start, we will all have to take our responsibility. We can do this not only by obeying the safety rules, but also by getting vaccinated.

The UG, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and the Municipal Health Service (GGD) Groningen have set up a scheme so that all students can get vaccinated without an appointment in Groningen between Monday 16 and Friday 5 September. Please report to the vaccination site at MartiniPlaza. The Janssen vaccine (which requires only one shot) is available for everyone aged 18-26. The vaccination site is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please bring a valid proof of identity, such as your passport or European identity card. Students in Leeuwarden can go to the Campus Fryslân De Beurs Faculty building on Friday 3 September between 10 a.m. and 12 noon to be administered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Vaccination is always voluntary.

If you are under 18 years of age, or if you prefer a different vaccine, you can also ask for the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine at MartiniPlaza. An appointment for a second vaccination will then be scheduled for you after 21 days.

See prikkenzonderafspraak.nl for other locations.

You will of course still be able to make a vaccination appointment via GGD Groningen or GGD Friesland after 5 September. This also applies to everyone under 18 or over 26 years of age. We are currently looking into how we can continue to enable appointment-free vaccinations for students in September.

Education
What if I will have difficulty travelling to the Netherlands to attend classes in the university buildings?

If you anticipate that you will have difficulty coming to the Netherlands, please contact the faculty you have applied to study in.

Open days
Are open days being organised?

In 2021-2022, the University will be organizing physical open days. As there is still going to be a maximum amount of people that can join due to capacity restraints, the UG will also offer online alternatives. Have a look at the relevant web pages for the most up-to-date information about the Bachelor's Open Days and Master's Week.

Quarantine
Do I need to quarantine once I have arrived in the Netherlands?

Check the Dutch travel advice for your country (in Dutch only). People coming from countries or areas which are red or orange for health reasons are strongly advised to self-quarantine.

Where do I self-quarantine?

You should quarantine in your accommodation, and as far as possible avoid contact with your housemates during this time. There is no government-controlled quarantine in the Netherlands.

How do I self-quarantine? How is self-quarantine policed? Will I be punished if I breach it?

There is no government-controlled quarantine in the Netherlands, so there are no penalties.

Can I travel by train or bus from Schiphol to Groningen or Leeuwarden even if I am supposed to be in self-quarantine?

You are able to take the train from Schiphol airport, the journey takes just over 2 hours to Groningen or Leeuwarden. Please be aware you are required by law to wear a non-medical face mask in all forms of public transport in the Netherlands.

Although self-quarantine guidance advises against travelling on public transport, this is the final stage of your journey, and is an exception to that rule as the taxi journey will be quite expensive. Once you arrive, you will need to remain in self-quarantine and not use public transport.

You can take a corona-proof taxi from Schiphol to Groningen or Leeuwarden if you feel more comfortable doing that.

Should I plan to come to Groningen or Leeuwarden earlier to do my quarantine before term starts?

This is up to you, depending on your own situation and if this is possible in your case.

Travelling to the Netherlands
Can I travel to the Netherlands?

Please check the official advice for overseas travel requirements, such as the travel advice from the government of your home country. Dutch government advice regarding travel to the Netherlands can be found here:
Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad

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

The deadlines for submission of your visa application and the payment have been relaxed by the Immigration Service Desk (ISD) due to the pandemic. It is imperative that you are in touch with them to keep them updated with your situation, and they will be able to give you dedicated advice based on your individual circumstances. You can contact ISD at isd rug.nl.

UG information about applying for a visa

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