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Frequently asked questions about the study year 2020-2021

For students starting or continuing their Bachelor or Master's program in Communication Science in 2020-2021

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, many students have questions concerning the application and admission process to our programmes. We understand that given the circumstances you may not be entirely sure yet if you can attend your studies in the academic year 2020-2021. On this page, we answer frequently asked questions.

  • 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 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 ( 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:

    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

General questions

  • 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 2 2020-2021? 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?

    All UvA exchange programmes in the academic year 2020-2021 have been cancelled. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students in programmes such as Global Exchange and Erasmus+, including internship programmes. 

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

    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. The planning of our education, for now, will be based on this intention. However, this intention comes with numerous assumptions as to the progression of the pandemic; international policies regarding travelling to the Netherlands; and other related decisions. As such, it is important to recognize that this plan is still early and will require modifications that fit the context of the pandemic. We will keep you informed as we know more.

  • 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.

Application and admission

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

  • 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

    Please note that if the coronavirus measures in the Netherlands will not allow for teaching on location, the faculty intends to continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed. This way, teaching will be made accessible to international students, too, if they are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year.

  • Can I defer my conditional offer?

    The faculty aims to continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed if conditions surrounding the corona crisis will not allow for teaching on location. This way, teaching will be accessible and you can start your studies, even if you are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year. Nevertheless, we completely understand your concerns with regards to being able to start your studies in September. Many of you have enquired about the possibility to defer. This is possible, but if you want to start your education in September 2021, you have to go through the entire application process again. 

  • 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

    * Unfortunately we are not able to extend the deadline beyond 18 May due to visa regulations. We have tried to look for alternative solutions for non-EU students, but unfortunately, the deadline of 18 May 2020 is strict and cannot be extended further, as students would not be able to apply for and arrange their visa on time.

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

  • What if I have questions about housing or visa?

    As an international student you may have many questions about housing or visa in the current situation. On this page we try to answer as many questions as possible. Do you have a specific question about your situation, please contact the education office of your faculty or the Central Student Service Desk.

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 have a question regarding admission, you can contact