Corona and education FSS 2020-2021
On this page you will find all COVID-19 related information on education at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. We use this website to explain our approach and we will post regular updates.
- 26 August: Updated section 'Health and wellbeing are key' (see paragraphs in Italics)
- 20July: Ocasys 2020/2021 is now open
- 7 July: Added bachelor courses with maximum capacity
- 2 July: FAQ added (scroll down to view)
We welcome you to a diverse and global community of academics and practitioners. We consider face-to-face interaction crucial in achieving these goals. However, the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on the organisation of our programmes.
Health and wellbeing are key
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences commits to providing on-campus education whenever possible. In all circumstances, we will do our utmost to welcome you in our community. The condition to all of this, is that it can be done safely. We will therefore adhere to the guidelines of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the Dutch national and local authorities. This implies that the exact shape of our education will remain uncertain at least for the first semester of our 2020/2021 Academic Year. Changes may occur as these guidelines may need to change over time. Inevitably, a substantial part of our education will be organized online. However, we will organize on-campus education whenever possible. Whatever the situation you can expect academic education to the high standards we are used to setting.
Students are expected to only come to campus when they are scheduled to take part in on-campus courses, or have an appointment. Otherwise you are expected to work from home. We cannot exceed the maximum occupancy of our education buildings. Attendance may be registered, also for the purpose of contact research by the local health authorities.
All Lecture Rooms are adjusted to the 1.5 meter society. Hallways have marked walkways. Students and staff are jointly responsible for creating a safe teaching and working environment by adhering to the corona measures put in place by the university.
In what follows, we outline our approach in organising on-campus and online activities.
On-campus or online?
The transition to online education has run very smoothly at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Within hours after the initial lockdown in March 2020, the first online lectures and practicals took place. Study delay has been kept to a minimum.
However, online teaching is not ideal under all circumstances. Many skills are best transferred face-to-face. And becoming part of a vibrant student learning environment is particularly important for those starting a new programme or those who come into the Netherlands from abroad.
To facilitate student learning under the constraints of the 1,5 meter distance society, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences selects one course per programme for each of the two teaching terms until January 2021. For these courses we strive to include on-campus elements. In this way, we aim for the best possible learning environment within the societal principles currently advocated by the Dutch government. We select courses when on-campus education is demonstrably “crucial” based on several principles:
- The importance of on-campus education for achieving course and programme learning outcomes (the qualification function of education). Think of our design courses, and our courses which rely on tutorials and practicals.
- The importance of socialisation - prioritising first year students, international students and students starting master programmes. Getting to know your fellow students, the teachers, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and the wider university to find your way in these environments with confidence is important.
- The importance of subjectification - prioritising programme specific courses. This refers to the students introduction to the field. What is it like to be a Spatial Planner? How do you work in the field of Geography? How does one conduct oneself as someone with an academic degree in Population Studies? It concerns being exposed to examples, to others with different viewpoints and finding one’s own way therein.
Therefore, we urge students to be present in Groningen to take part in these on-campus activities whenever feasible. We are aware that uncertainties remain, so if circumstances prevent students from attending, alternatives will be made available as much and as best as possible. Typically, you can expect intensive on-campus activities one day a week, with online activities throughout the remainder of the week. Besides, being in Groningen will allow you to engage with our vibrant international student community.
The same advice and guidelines apply to the master Cultural Geography / Tourism Geography and Planning. On-campus elements of this programme will take place in Leeuwarden at RUG/Campus Fryslân.
Students starting with a full BSc or MSc programme
If you are suffering from any impediments to start your academic programme in Groningen as planned, or if you have questions specific to your
programme, please contact our study advisors (study.advice.fss rug.nl). In some cases, you may be able to start your programme online and join us when you are able to. For more information refer to www.rug.nl/frw/education/introduction/. The COVID-19 crisis impacts our international students in particular, as you are more likely to suffer travel restrictions, next to other constraints. If you have any questions prior to arrival, on issues such as travel, visa and housing, please visit www.rug.nl/education/bachelor/international-students/admission-and-application/admitted-students/. If you have any further questions feel free to contact the International Office of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences via iofss rug.nl.
Maximum capacity Bachelor courses
Please note that the following courses have a maximum capacity for 2020-2021. More information can be found in our online course catalog OCASYS from July 20 onwards.
- Reflecting on Human Geography & Spatial Planning
- Urbanism & Planning
- Mobility & Infrastructure Planning
- People, Place & Culture
- Water & Planning
Starting our programmes with a study deficiency?
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences has implemented a number of “soft cut” policies for students who want to start a master's programme in September 2020. This means that you will be admitted with a deficiency up to a maximum of 15 ECTS from the BSc or pre-master's programme that provides access to the master's programme. Likewise, there are similar policies in place for those students coming in from Applied Sciences programmes, wishing to start one of our BSc or pre-master programmes. For more information refer to www.rug.nl/frw/education/introduction/zachte-knip/
Guidelines and regulations on education during the next academic year are being developed as we speak. Whenever there are new developments, we will publish them on this page. Please bookmark it to keep track of the latest news. If you have any questions regarding your specific situation as a result of COVID-19 measures, do not hesitate to contact our study-advisors. They will be happy to help you. www.rug.nl/frw/education/study-advice
More information about COVID-19 related measures of the University of Groningen can be found on www.rug.nl/corona
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