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 September. On this page, we answer frequently asked questions.
Study success and a lively group dynamic depend mostly on your active participation and engagement throughout the programme. Therefore (online) class attendance is mandatory for all courses within the Communication Science department and we expect you to actively participate in all scheduled classes, both online and on-campus.
This means that when you have an online class, you should log in the online classroom on time and have your video modus on. When you have registered to attend the on-campus class meetings, you are indeed expected to attend all class meetings, colds & coughs and other illness of course exempted. Of course you should notify your teacher beforehand if you miss a class due to unforeseen circumstances.
Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days from the day of arrival. You need to check whether you are required to self-quarantine yourself on this website. The University of Amsterdam expects students to act responsibly and to self-isolate in accordance with the recommendations from the Government of the Netherlands.
There might be a chance that you will have to miss on-campus activities due to the self-quarantine period. When so, please notify your teachers in advance, so they can invite and instruct you to join the online classes. If you only have online meetings, no further action is necessary. You already have been registered for the online groups and you can attend your time table.
Yes, the academic year will start in September 2020. We will make sure that you can start your studies as planned once you have been officially accepted into our programme.
Given the very limited number of students that is allowed in the building per hour, we had to make the tough decision to give priority to first-year students who we can offer 2 hours on-campus education per week, combined with online teaching. As academic studying is entirely new to first-year students, we feel it is most important for them to have face-to-face contact with their teachers. We also think that they are most in need of some on-campus contact with other students, as for first-year students community building is even more important than for older students.
Much to our regret, second- and third year teaching will continue to stay online during the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Graduation Project will partly take place on campus.
We hope to be able to come back on-campus entirely in the second semester, but – of course - this depends on how the corona situation develops.
If it was entirely up to us, we would offer on-campus education for all our students, however, due to government restrictions and the 1.5 meter society, this is not possible yet: (1) the government doesn’t allow large groups of students to use public transportation, (2) the number of students that is allowed in the building is limited per room; (3) the number of people that is allowed to enter and leave the building per hour is even more restricted.
We can imagine that continuation of online-studying does not have your preference. We are doing our utmost to find the right balance in this situation and are offering our teachers support to further improve the quality of online teaching.
We invite you to come to Amsterdam. If you decide to stay in your home country for the first semester, we understand, and for you all education will be made available online. We hope to be able to welcome you on campus in Amsterdam for the second semester. If you decide to come to Amsterdam for the start of the semester, realize that there will be limited events at the UvA, and limited access to study halls. We also ask you to keep the travel limitation, installed by the Dutch government and the government of you home country, in mind.
We received questions 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 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.
All UvA exchange programmes in the first semester of 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. We expect the exchange programmes scheduled for the second semester will be able to go ahead.
If you are starting your study Communication Science in September, please find the answer to frequently asked questions below.
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.
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.
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 Bachelor's in September 2021, you have to go through the entire application process again.
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:
* 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.
Your application must be completed as much as possible. In any case, you must upload a (temporary) transcript in the MyInfo application form. This may also be a digital copy from your educational institution. For questions about application documents, please contact the Admissions Office at www.uva.nl/questionform.
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.