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The UvA has provided rough guidelines regards teaching activities in the 2021-2022 academic year. The Ministry of Education has indicated that universities should anticipate the so-called ‘basic scenario’ from September. This means that education can proceed on campus, with the exception of groups larger than 75 people (with an exemption for exams).

Social distancing (the 1.5m rule) is no longer necessary, but hygiene measures still apply, people with symptoms should stay at home and (voluntary) self-tests are available. For Period 1 (not the entire first semester) at the Faculty of Science, this means:

  • All practicals and small-scale teaching (seminars, ‘working groups’) are offered at Science Park
  • All lectures are online: large lecture halls at Science Park 904 will accommodate students who have another (small-scale) teaching activity directly after; they can follow the online lecture there (with a maximum capacity of 75 students per lecture hall) or from a self-study space.
  • All exams are on campus (without limitations)

With these guidelines, we aim to prevent unevenness between programmes. Exceptions can be made for specific programmes, if this rule means students of those programmes are given insufficient opportunity to receive on campus education. In addition, the schedules will be designed to switch to full on campus education – without any restrictions – should such a scenario become reality.

Study associations’ protocol

Starting Monday, 7 June, study associations will have more room to organise activities. They will have the opportunity to organise education-related activities with a limited capacity (max. 75 people in lecture halls), adhering to the study associations’ protocol.


The UvA is following the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For students a negative travel advice applies to countries on the amber and red lists.