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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

Small update: No longer maximum groups and face masks (30 June 2021)

Two recent changes in the expected policy are noteworthy. The government has informed us that there is no longer a max. of 75 students in one room (so all large group tutorials will take place on-campus without restrictions), and face masks will not be required.

Update: Education in September (3 June 2021)

We are happy to see that the corona situation in the Netherlands is improving swiftly. It looks like we can offer on campus education again in September. With this email, we would like to inform you about how we are planning our education for September.

Basis scenario

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has drafted a basis scenario for education in September. The expectation is that we can resume to on campus education without the 1,5 meter social distance measurement, but with face masks when walking in the hall-ways, self-tests for students and staff who haven’t been vaccinated yet and staying at home with corona related symptoms. Because this scenario allows for a maximum of only 75 people to come together for lectures, our large group lectures will be offered online. We are currently planning according to this basis scenario and invite everyone to come to campus again in September. 

Attendance

Normal attendance rules will apply for all students. If you’re not currently in Amsterdam, we ask you to come to Amsterdam in time to allow for a possible quarantine period before classes commence. More information about coming to Amsterdam can be found here

Exams

The maximum amount of people for exams does not apply, therefore exams can go ahead as they did pre-corona times. 

Safety

Safety for our students and staff is our highest priority. We hope that everyone – who wants to – will be fully vaccinated by September. Moreover, the UvA does everything to ensure the university is a safe environment by stressing hygiene, ventilation, face masks in the hall-ways, and self-tests. 

We are planning for this scenario now. We hope the corona situation keeps on progressing as it currently is. However, the pandemic proved to be fickle in the past, so we can’t give any guarantees. 

More general information about the corona situation at the University of Amsterdam, can be found here. If you have questions, please contact the study advisers.

Kind regards, 

Jessica Piotrowski
Director Graduate School of Communication 

Bas van den Putte
Director College of Communication

General questions

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

    The expectation is that we can resume on-campus education without the 1,5 meter social distance measurement, but with (1) self-tests for students and staff who haven’t been vaccinated yet and (2) staying at home with corona-related symptoms. Two recent changes in the expected policy are noteworthy. The government has informed us that there is no longer a max. of 75 students in one room (so all large group tutorials will take place on-campus without restrictions), and face masks will not be required. Of course, if the coronavirus figures deteriorate and measures are still needed, we will have to adapt accordingly.

    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?

    The UvA is now preparing for fully on-campus education without restrictions. This means no face masks, no 1.5m distance limits, and no group size limits. The predictions from the government and the OMT indicate that fully on-campus teaching with no restrictions is the most likely scenario. Therefore, the UvA is planning for this. However, as a back-up plan, the government has also asked us to plan for a scenario whereby 1,5m distance measures are still in place for on-campus education. A decision about whether or not this plan is necessary will be made by the government on August 13.

  • 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?

    People who are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) automatically receive an invitation to get vaccinated against coronavirus. If you are not registered in the BRP, but you are staying in the Netherlands for longer than 1 month, you can get vaccinated under certain conditions. Read more here.

  • Should I move to Amsterdam?

    If the developments regarding the coronavirus allow it, we intend to organize all our education on campus without restrictions for the academic year 2021-2022. In that case, all (international) students will be expected in Amsterdam again. If you’re not currently in Amsterdam, we ask you to come to Amsterdam in time to allow for a possible quarantine period before classes commence. 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