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Impact of corona on education in 2021-2022

Faculty of Humanities

The 1.5-metre social distancing regulation will no longer apply to higher education institutions as of 30 August. As a result, we will be able to teach on campus again in the new academic year, subject to certain conditions. For education at the Faculty of Humanities, an online alternative will be offered to international students who cannot travel to the Netherlands due to travel restrictions. This goes for new students as well as students who are re-enrolling.

Corona contact point

Do you have a question related to the start of education in September, for example because you think you will not be able to travel to Amsterdam (in time)? Or are there other circumstances preventing you from being physically present? The Faculty of Humanities has set up a special corona contact point for all questions. Ask your question via the special email address

Conditions for lifting 1.5 metre rule

In order to ensure everyone's safety, at least the following conditions will remain in place.

  • Until 25 September, there is a maximum group size of 75 people per room. 
  • Until 25 September, face masks will be mandatory in the campus buildings. You may remove your face mask in class once everyone has taken their seat or designated position to stand. Naturally, students and teachers are free to choose individually to wear a face mask during lectures.
  • We will continue to take additional measures in the area of hygiene. These include walking routes, maximum ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities.
  • We call on all students and staff to take a self-test at least twice a week. The tests can be ordered free of charge at Self-tests and vaccinations ensure that we can all contribute to a safe campus and a further easing of restrictions.
  • Students and staff with COVID-related symptoms must stay home and get tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD).

Get vaccinated!

Have you not yet been (fully) vaccinated? Then get your vaccination free of charge and without an appointment. You can choose which vaccine you want: Janssen (1 shot) or BioNTech/Pfizer (2 shots). You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands for at least one month or to have a BSN number. You can visit the following locations without an appointment:

  • From 6 to 17 September, a special unit of the GGD Amsterdam will be available on the Roeterseiland. The unit is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 - 18:30.
  • You can also come to the large vaccination location in the RAI. It is open every day from 08.00 - 20.00 hours.

If this is your first vaccination, you do not need to make an appointment for either the campus vaccination unit or for the RAI Amsterdam location. If you choose the Pfizer vaccine, an appointment for the second shot is made immediately. Did you already have your first vaccination? Then you do need to make an appointment. The Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD) has set up a special appointment hotline for international students: (+31) 020 5555 202. You can also send an email to

Building ventilation

We have been assessing the effectiveness of our building ventilation systems. All buildings have sufficient ventilation according to RIVM guidelines. In some classrooms where natural ventilation is not available, CO2 monitors will be installed and these will be checked regularly by expert staff.