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Coronavirus pandemic information for prospective students

Update 31 July: Travelling to the Netherlands, Quarantine and Welcoming events

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 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 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.

Which UG buildings are open?

In response to the announcement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday 14 December 2020, the Board of the University has decided to limit all in-person activities to an absolute minimum from Wednesday 16 December 2020. The limitations on activities means that the UG buildings are, in principle, closed.

As from Wednesday 16 December, lectures and seminars, tutorials and exams must in principle be held online. As from Monday 4 January 2021, the University Library will offer a limited number of study stations for vulnerable students. All other study stations will have to be closed.

Location-specific research, such as necessary lab research, may continue to take place. Faculties may decide which research activities are necessary and location-specific. Office tasks do not fall into this category.

As of Wednesday 21 October 2020, everyone is required to wear a face mask when moving through UG buildings, or when queueing (for instance at the University Library, the Aletta Jacobs Hall and/or other busy locations). As of 1 December 2020 this is compulsory by law, and not wearing a face mask in a public indoor space is a finable offence in the Netherlands.

For information about ventilation in UG buildings, see My University.

Additional measures due to the curfew

The curfew will come into effect on 23 January and will be in force each night from 9.00 p.m. until 4.30 a.m.

All UG buildings will close at 6.00 p.m., except those in which lengthy experiments, practicals and exams are held. These buildings will close at 8.00 p.m.
This means that all in-person teaching activities, such as practicals and exams, must end at 7.00 p.m.

In-person exams scheduled to begin after 6.00 p.m. will be rescheduled during this exam period.

We will provide employer’s declarations for staff members who need them. These declarations will be granted by the Faculty Board or the Managing Director of the service unit concerned.

Health advice
Health advice and corona rules

It is more important than ever that people adhere to the national general corona regulations for limiting the spread of the virus.

All UG buildings are, in principle, closed. The following rules apply to people living in the Netherlands in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus:

  • If you have any symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, please stay at home and get tested at the GGD as soon as possible.
  • Always keep a 1.5-metre distance between one another.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Do not shake hands.

As from Wednesday 21 October 2020, everyone is required to wear a face mask when moving through UG buildings, or when queueing (for instance at the University Library, the Aletta Jacobs Hall and/or other busy locations). As of 1 December 2020 this is compulsory by law, and not wearing a face mask in a public indoor space is a finable offence in the Netherlands.

Go to for more information.

Infographic Rijksoverheid
How do I find out if I have the option to follow the first semester (or part of the first semester) of my programme online?

The University is very decentralised, and education is something managed primarily by the relevant Faculty, of which there are 11. Some faculties have already communicated that they are offering new students the flexibility to choose to start their studies online, and to travel to Groningen once this is more feasible. Other faculties have specified that there are only some study programmes where studying fully online is possible, and other programmes where it will be necessary for students to be on campus for some aspect of their learning.

If you have not heard whether the programme you have applied to is being offered online, please contact the faculty you have applied to study in.

Open days
Are open days being organised?

Following the success of the Online Bachelor's Week and the Online Master's Week of autumn 2020, the University will be organizing similar events in the Spring of 2021. There will be an Online Bachelor's Week from 25 to 29 January 2021, and an Online Master's Week from 22 to 26 March 2021.

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?

It is strongly recommended to take extra care two weeks prior to your departure to the Netherlands, by avoiding social activities like visiting bars, parties and large gatherings.

Don’t travel if you do have health complaints prior to departure.

What if I can’t travel to the Netherlands?

If the border is currently closed with your country, please keep checking as this may change in the coming weeks.

If you are unable to travel now, you may need to explore whether you can begin your course online. Please contact your faculty for this information.

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

UG information about applying for a visa

My faculty has offered me the opportunity to study online, and I am a non-EU passport holder. What do I do about my visa application?

The Immigration Service Desk (ISD) has contacted all students needing a visa to inform them of how the visa application process will change should you decide to enter the Netherlands at a later date. Please refer to this information, or contact the ISD if you still have questions about this.

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