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Impact of corona on education in 2021-2022

Faculty of Humanities

In September, you will be starting a Bachelor’s, pre-Master’s or Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities. Due to the corona crisis, it is as of yet uncertain in which way teaching activities will proceed in September. For the time being, we are operating under the assumption that teaching activities will be able to proceed at least partially on campus from the start of the academic year, in which case you will have to be physically present in Amsterdam in order to attend your lectures. Naturally, we will take into account any travel restrictions that may be in force at that point in time.

We realise that direct contact between students and lecturers as well as contact with your fellow students is and will always be an essential part of studying. This is why we would much prefer to organise teaching activities on campus, as long as this can be done safely and responsibly. At this point in time, we are operating under the assumption that this will be possible in September. As such, we expect students to be physically present in Amsterdam in the academic year of 2021-2022.

We are, of course, dependent on the way the pandemic will develop throughout the summer months, the vaccination coverage in the Netherlands, and the measures put in place by the Dutch government at that point in time. We cannot rule out that restrictions will still be in place in September. If this is the case, the UvA will try to make optimal use of the possibilities for providing education and examinations on campus. Potential travel restrictions that may apply at that point in time will be taken into account. The Dutch government is currently looking into offering self-tests to students in order to facilitate the reinstatement of teaching on location. Over the course of the coming months, the options will be explored in a more detailed way.

In the past year, the UvA gained a great deal of experience in organising online education and examinations. Thanks to the efforts of many, we were able to ensure that teaching activities could continue. If the situation calls for it, we can thus reinstate online education, but we fervently hope this will not be necessary to any significant degree.

We will keep you up to date on the latest state of affairs via this page.

Bachelor's-before-Master's rule relaxed for 2021-2022, too

The possibility of starting a Master’s programme with a (limited) study completion delay in the Bachelor’s phase will also be open in 2021-2022. As a rule, the delay in the Bachelor's phase may not be greater than 15 ECTS, given that this will result in a programme that is no longer feasible (with too many credits having to be obtained in the Master’s phase).

The Master's programmes will inform prospective students regarding the specific requirements for enrolment in a UvA Master's in the 2021-2022 academic year by 15 May. The option of starting a Master's programme despite not yet having earned all required ECTS credits is open to students with prior education in the EEA. As has been the case to date, it is not open to students with prior education in non-EEA countries.

Introductory activities

In the week of 31 August, the UvA Intreeweek will take place. In the first week of the first semester (from 6 September) many programmes will offer their own introductory activities. Naturally, we hope that these activities can take place on location as much as possible.

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