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Studying from home

Here you will find practical information about studying from home, additional policies and other relevant matters concerning the changed situation due to the corona crisis.

What does it take to be successful in your (online) classes?

Studying, especially online, requires an active attitude. Prepare carefully, turn on your webcam and actively participate in discussions. Interaction with the lecturer and classmates during workgroups and lectures makes studying more fun and increases your study success.

How should you prepare?

  • To participate in online courses and stay in touch with your classmates and lecturers, good facilities are crucial. You need a well-functioning laptop with a webcam and a secure, reliable WiFi connection.
  • Take a look at the course pages on Canvas. Canvas is the digital learning environment, here you will find all course information.
  • Read the Zoom etiquette in online classes on how to prepare yourself for working with Zoom. Zoom is a video tool, similar to Skype, but you don't need an account to participate in online sessions. Use headphones to reduce ambient noise.
  • Access to buildings

    Apart from small-scale activities that we are launching on the campus, studying at home will remain the norm. If you have a lecture on the campus, you can come to the campus. At the end of your lecture, leave the buildings immediately if you do not have any other lectures to attend. Don't hang around. This will allow the other teaching to continue unimpeded in accordance with the RIVM guidelines.

    Please also read studying together safely on the Roeterseilandcampus.

  • Accessibility Study Adviser

    The Study Advisers are there for you if you have any questions. For example, do you have questions about your study planning, your study progress or are there any personal circumstances (whether or not related to the coronacrisis) you would like to discuss? If so, you can contact a Study Adviser.

  • Exams period 1 online

    Monday evening 28 September, the government announced additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. These measures apply (for the time being) for the next three weeks, i.e. until 20 October. The new measures do not apply to education. This means that education on location can continue as planned in the coming weeks. However, the exams in October will be held online.

    Exams period 1 online

    The faculty board has decided to hold the exams online in the week of 19 to 23 October. This despite the fact that the faculty has put a lot of effort in recent months to be able to hold the exams on campus, spread over different locations, under safe conditions and in this way create a quiet place for students to take their exams. In the current situation, however, many students are unable to participate in exams on campus. By scheduling all exams online, study delay is avoided as much as possible.

    More information about online exams

    As is now customary with all online exams, fraud-reducing measures will be taken in October. Via Canvas, we will soon announce what the online exams will look like and which fraud-reducing measures will be taken. For example: not being able to go back to a previous question, handing in a part of the exam halfway and being called by a lecturer after the exam to check whether you have actually formulated your answers yourself. Part of the exams are remotely monitored via Zoom, where invigilators observe live during the exam. No recordings will be made.

    Online proctoring

    For some exams (especially in the bachelor's) online proctoring with Proctorio will be used. This concerns specific software to record you and your screen during the exam and to detect deviant movements and sounds. This will only be used when there is no suitable alternative available to limit fraud, such as in exams that are more focused on reproducing knowledge. There are strict rules for the use of Proctorio, which ensure that only data that is strictly necessary is collected and analysed. For more information about proctoring, please visit the UvA website.

    Where online proctoring with Proctorio is used, this will be announced via Canvas no later than two weeks before the exam. You will then receive more information about how proctoring works and how to prepare for it. You will also get the opportunity to participate in a technical practice test with online proctoring.

    Schedule online exams

    All online exams are supported by the same employees. As a result, starting and finishing times of exams may get slightly adjusted. The current schedule can be found on In addition, a change of time will be announced via Canvas.

    Education on location

    The education on location of period 1 will continue as planned. Occasionally, it may be the case that a course that is currently being taught on location for part of the students and partly online will switch to entirely online education. If this is the case for your course you will be informed via Canvas. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the Education Desk.

  • Graduation ceremony

    After the press conference of 14 October, the board of the Amsterdam Law School has decided NOT to let the graduation ceremonies take place live on campus. There is still a graduation ceremony but it will take place online, on the dates indicated earlier. The ceremony for our international Master's programmes will take place on 31 October.

  • Law Library

    The Law Library (JB) reopens on monday 31 August. Check the Law Library webpage for more information on returning, borrowing and consulting materials and the opening hours.

  • Online exams: Home situation not suitable for exams

    Is the situation at your home unsuitable for participating in an online exam? Please contact the study advisers as soon as possible (at the latest 2 weeks before your exam). They will discuss options regarding taking the online exam on campus. Objections against online proctoring are not viewed as personal circumstances for these requests.