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Frequently asked questions about the study year 2021-2022

For students starting or continuing their Bachelor or Master's program in Communication Science in 2021-2022

The coronavirus outbreak has a huge impact on education, and on students as well. On this page we offer relevant information for students starting or continuing their study programme at the College or Graduate School of Communication Science.

Academic year 2021-2022

Update: 16 September

The last measures in higher education will be withdrawn on 25 September and ‘normal’ education on the campus is getting closer. We are pleased with this news, but also understand that some people might find it stressful. This update tells you what the new relaxations of the measures mean and how we can work together to ensure a campus where everyone feels safe.

When the latest relaxations take effect, it will be even more important for us to show consideration and understanding for each other on the campus, says President of the Executive Board Geert ten Dam. ‘We are making every effort to make the return to normal as safe as possible. There is a vaccination unit where you can get vaccinated without an appointment, continuous monitoring of our ventilation systems, hygiene measures and from next week boxes of self-tests will also be available on the campuses.’

‘But of course the pandemic is not over yet. Not everyone has been vaccinated and it is understandable that there are concerns. Wear a face mask if you feel safer doing so, or ask others to distance themselves from you as much as possible. I hope that everyone will take this into account, respond to requests in a flexible way and choose a safe path.’

Which measures will be withdrawn from 25 September?

  • the 1.5-metre measure;

  • the maximum group size of 75 people;

  • the obligation to wear a face mask, which means you don't have to wear a face mask on campus anymore. If you feel uncomfortable without a face mask, however, it goes without saying that you can still wear one. If someone asks you if you are willing to wear one because of their concern, we hope you show leniency towards their request.

Which measures will still apply?

  • There will be extra hygiene measures in the buildings, such as: specific walking routes, maximum ventilation, extra cleaning activities, and extra disinfection facilities.
  • Students and employees with corona-related complaints must stay at home and have themselves tested at the GGD.
  • Every student is asked to perform a self-test at least twice a week.

Examinations and the maximum group size

For examinations, the maximum group size will already cease to apply from 20 September. For tests that are still scheduled online after 20 September, we will examine whether these can be converted to on-campus tests. A (short) transition period will be required for this, your degree programme will provide further information as soon as possible. 

Self-testing and Vaccinations

Self-testing and vaccinations allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and the further easing of measures in the education system. Every student is asked to perform a self-test at least twice a week. We urge and hope that all will participate. And – of course – stay at home if unfortunately tested positive. For more info, check out this government site. Self-tests can be ordered free of charge at zelftestonderwijs.nl.

We also recommend that everyone gets vaccinated. Dutch students can make an appointment with the GGD. International students can visit a vaccination unit on the Roeterseiland campus from 6 to 10 September. You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands or to have a BSN number. The Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD) has set up a special appointment hotline for international students: (+31) 020 5555 202. Dutch students can also choose to get vaccinated at the GGD vaccination unit if there is additional capacity. This will not require any advance appointment.

General questions

  • How will Education look like the upcoming Academic Year, starting 2021-2022?

    Which measures will be withdrawn from 25 September?

    • the 1.5-metre measure;

    • the maximum group size of 75 people;

    • the obligation to wear a face mask, which means you don't have to wear a face mask on campus anymore. If you feel uncomfortable without a face mask, however, it goes without saying that you can still wear one. If someone asks you if you are willing to wear one because of their concern, we hope you show leniency towards their request.

    Which measures will still apply?

    • There will be extra hygiene measures in the buildings, such as specific walking routes, maximum ventilation, extra cleaning activities, and extra disinfection facilities.
    • Students and employees with corona-related complaints must stay at home and have themselves tested at the GGD.
    • Every student is asked to perform a self-test at least twice a week.

    For more information check the page for new students.

  • Does on campus education also apply to me?

    All of our education in our Bachelor’s and (Research) Master’s programme will be taught on campus. If you’re about to start or resume courses in one of these programmes, we look forward to seeing you on-campus again.

    Note: Our pre-master programme will be held online.

  • Is on-campus education a guarantee?

    At the press conference on the 13th of August, the Dutch government announced the corona measures for higher education to enable on-campus teaching. The measures are explained above. The UvA is now preparing for on-campus education with these restrictions.

  • What about safety?

    Safety is our highest priority, and we find it important that our students (and staff) feel safe. We are constantly communicating with the national government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands and following their recommendations. The on-campus scenario is based on their recommendations. The university does everything to ensure the campus is a safe environment

  • Can I get vaccinated in the Netherlands?

    We recommend that everyone gets vaccinated. Dutch students can make an appointment with the GGD. International students can visit a vaccination unit on the Roeterseiland campus from 6 to 10 September. You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands or to have a BSN number. The Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD) has set up a special appointment hotline for international students: (+31) 020 5555 202. Dutch students can also choose to get vaccinated at the GGD vaccination unit if there is additional capacity. This will not require any advance appointment.

  • Should I move to Amsterdam?

    All of our education in our Bachelor’s and (Research) Master’s programme will be taught on campus. If you’re about to start or resume courses in one of these programmes, we look forward to seeing you on-campus again.

    Note: Our pre-master programme will be held online.

    More information about coming to Amsterdam can be found here

  • Will I be able to find a house?

    Housing in Amsterdam is always challenging. Students who started their studies online in the academic year 2020-2021 and who are still in their home country will be given the opportunity to apply for UvA Housing with priority. This means that these students' applications are handled before those of new first year students. Read more here.

  • Can I do an internship?

    We received questions about whether it is possible to do an internship in countries other than the Netherlands. 

    Are you currently staying in your home country and are you planning to do an internship there in semester 1 2021-2022? If your country is marked as green or yellow by the Dutch Ministery of Foreign Affairs you can go ahead with your plans. If your country is orange or red, please contact the study advisers. The policy on the latter changed slightly, so they would like to inform you about the (new) possibilities.

  • Will there be the possibility for exchange?

    We have decided to allow physical exchange programmes to go ahead in the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year, subject to several conditions:

    • for outbound exchanges, a yellow or green travel advice colour code must apply to the destination (country or region);
    • the partner university concerned agrees with this policy and gives a cut-off date for final registration; on that date, the travel advice from foreign affairs should be green or yellow;
    • should students decide to go ahead with their exchange programme, they do so at their own risk – in other words, the UvA will not be liable for any costs incurred for visas, travel or anything else in the case of cancellation or repatriation.

    Consequently, we would advise students to refrain from spending any money on anything (such as booking a flight) that is not strictly necessary at the present time.

    If you have any questions about your specific exchange programme, please contact the Study Abroad Offices for more information.

    Do you want to go on an exchange in semester 2? 

    You can still apply for an Erasmus Exchange for semester 2 of the academic year 2021-2022. Go to the study abroad website for the available destinations and apply before 15 June 2021. 

Application and admission

If you are starting your study Communication Science in September, please find the answer to frequently asked questions below.

  • How can I request for admission with study delay?

    For the transition from the Bachelor's to the (Research) Master’s or pre-Master's, the UvA has opted for a so-called 'soft cut' with some restrictions. This is implemented so that students who experience delays in the final phase of their Bachelor's programme due to the coronavirus measures, don’t find themselves stuck between a Bachelor's and Master's programme.

    This means that students with a Dutch and EEA/EU Bachelor’s degree students who cannot complete their Bachelor’s due to the aforementioned situation, can request a conditional acceptance to the pre-Master’s or (Research) Master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • You already submitted your application for the Master’s programme before the deadline
    • You have a maximum of 15 EC is missing for the completion of the Bachelor’s degree
    • You have missed components were offered in the period between September 2020 and August 2021.

    How to submit a request?

    A request can be submitted until 31 August 2021. Please prepare the following steps:

    • Re-enroll in your current (pre-)Bachelor’s programme.
    • Arrange a statement by your current institute of higher education confirming that after resits, your study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns exams that were planned for the academic year 2020-2021 (Sept 2020 - August 2021). Not applicable for UvA Communication Science Bachelor’s students.
  • Am I obliged to enrol if I accept my offer?

    We understand that given the circumstances you may not be entirely sure yet if you can attend your studies in September. Accepting your offer, however, does not finalise your enrolment and does not force you to pay the tuition fees. You can cancel your enrolment at any time before the start of the first semester.

    However, we do need you to accept your offer in order to start the mandatory procedures to complete your registration. If you do not accept your offer, we cannot start these procedures and this might lead to you not being able to arrange your visa or housing on time, or not being able to register for courses. Therefore, we highly encourage you to accept your offer at your earliest convenience, but at least before the deadline as mentioned in your provisional acceptance letter. If you later decide you want to cancel your enrolment after all, please contact us via uva.nl/questionform.

     

  • Can I take an English language test online?

    Yes. Now that many test centers are closed or fully booked, it is possible to take the online version of existing language tests.

    ETS offers international students affected by the coronavirus measures the option to take the TOEFL iBT® test from home until the test centers open again. More information can be found on the TOEFL website

    Deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency:

    • Non-EU students: 18 May
    • EU students: 1 August

    If you are unable to send us the required documents in time, we sincerely hope to receive your application again next year.

Do you have any questions to which you cannot find an answer on this page? Have a look at the FAQ's provided by the UvA here. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email the study advisers.  If you have a question regarding admission, you can contact Admissions-cs@uva.nl.

Academic year 2020-2021

During the second semester, courses will still be offered online, and we will gradually work towards more and more physical teaching on campus, provided that this can be done safely and responsibly, in line with the governmental rules and regulations. 

  • UPDATE 22 April 2021

    During the government press conference of last Thursday, it became clear that there will be more room to come to campus from 26 April onwards. In this update we would like to inform you about the new possibilities.

    Education semester 2: fully online, with more possibilities on campus

    We discussed how to best use the additional options to use the campus in ways the government allows for. For example, a limited number of classes on campus (as before) or more study places for students and somewhat more space for small groups meetings?

    We know that some of you would really like to come to campus. However, even though more options are possible, 1.5-meter measures still apply and many of you are not in Amsterdam (thus many classes need to continue online). We also believe it is important to provide consistency in education, both for our teachers and students. Therefore, the College and Graduate School of Communication have decided to keep on teaching online for the remainder of semester 2.

    We know that meeting and connecting with your fellow students is important to you. With the new measures of slightly opening university for all students, we can meet that need to some extent. Specifically, we are opening our vacant tutorial rooms for you to organize small group meetings or to use them as study places. You can reserve a (group) study spot here.

    We are currently looking into options for you to meet your thesis or internship supervisor on campus. If this is possible, your teacher will inform you about this.

    There are also options to meet study advisers on campus. Read more on how to make such appointment here.

    Self-tests available, not mandatory

    Once the university will partially re-open, covid-19 self-tests will be made available for those who need to visit the REC. The purpose of these self-tests is to help people detect whether they have covid-19 before they come to the university. Note that self-tests are not to be used by people who have corona-related complaints as they should contact the GGD to take a covid-19 test and go into quarantine until they know the result. The self-tests are less reliable than the GGD-test. Therefore, people with a negative self-test result should keep taking the standard precautionary measures such as 1.5-meter distance.

    You will soon be able to request the self-test through zelftestonderwijs.nl. You will then receive a test at home through the regular post. That same website will soon also offer instructions on how to use self-tests, as well as instructional videos and frequently asked questions. All the information relating to self-testing at the UvA will also be incorporated into the ‘Health and prevention’ page as soon as possible. 

    Taking a self-test will always be voluntary. We will not check at the door whether you have taken one, nor will you have to show proof of a negative test. However, other measures such as the 1.5-metre measure and face masks will continue to apply.

    However, we do hope that you consider taking a test before coming to the UvA. This will allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and possible further relaxations of the measures by the government. 

    Don’t forget your student ID card when you come to campus

    Please keep in mind that you need to bring a student ID card when you come to campus. Without a card, you may not enter the building. Did you lose your student ID card? You can obtain a new one for 15 euros at the red desk in REC BCD.

    Mental health

    We know that some of you are struggling with mental issues due to the corona situation. If you have struggles with your study planning, feel stressed or just want to talk with us, you can reach out to our study advisers (studyadviser-cs@uva.nl). We also host sessions regarding studying from home and dealing with loneliness on a regular basis. For other initiatives from the UvA and other students, see this page

    Finally, we know that many of you are eager to know what the upcoming academic year will look like. The exact context of the Fall semester is still being determined and will also be dependent on the status of the pandemic. Currently, we are planning for, and hoping on, a back to on-campus situation. We anticipate that we will know more information after 1 June. We will be sure to keep you informed.

    General information about the corona measures at the university can be found here: https://www.uva.nl/en/current/coronavirus/updates.html.

    We are looking forward to seeing more of you in real life in the upcoming period.

    Kind regards,

    Dr Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

    Director Graduate School of Communication.

    Prof Bas van den Putte

    Director College of Communication