Coronavirus pandemic information for prospective students
Updated 7 April 2021: Education in the new academic year starting September 2021
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 application deadline differs per master's degree programme. More information can be found in the Admissions guide master's degree programme.
Please contact Student Information and Administration via study rug.nl or by calling: +31 50 36 38004.
If you have concerns about your application documents, please contact study rug.nl as soon as possible.
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.
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 15 March, both vulnerable and non-vulnerable students will be able to reserve study spaces via LibCal. Spaces are available in the University Library and at various other locations, including the Faculties of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Economics and Business/Spatial Sciences, as well as at Oude Boteringestraat 18 (the former public library) Read more on study spaces
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.
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 Rijksoverheid.nl for more information.
Once you arrive in the Netherlands you will need to register with your local municipality (gemeente in Dutch). Once you are registered, when your age group becomes eligible for the vaccine, you will be automatically invited to receive a vaccination against the coronavirus. You therefore do not need to either have a Dutch passport, or a specific form of health insurance. The vaccine is free, and non-compulsory.
Information about the availability of vaccines for residents of the Netherlands is available here (in Dutch). To find the planned vaccine schedule, you can visit this website. For general information in English about the vaccine programme, see here.
The University is very decentralised, and education is something managed primarily by the relevant Faculty, of which there are 11. However, the University's guiding principle is to try to move back towards as much in-classroom education as is safe and responsible in order to maintain a high standard of education and a good experience for our students.
It is likely that larger group teaching, such as plenary lectures, will need to be held online. Smaller group teaching will be planned by each faculty depending on the space and facilities and the requirements of individual study programmes. Online education and assessment is therefore not guaranteed in the new academic year. Faculties will communicate their plans in due course.
If you anticipate that you will have difficulty coming to the Netherlands, please contact the faculty you have applied to study in.
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 Master's Week from 22 to 26 March 2021 and a Online Bachelor's Week from 12 t/m 16 April 2021. If possible open days in 2021-2022 will be physical events.
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.
There is no government-controlled quarantine in the Netherlands, so there are no penalties.
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.
This is up to you, depending on your own situation and if this is possible in your case.
Travelling to the Netherlands
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.
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