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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.

Studying in the academic year 2020-2021

Education in the 2020-2021 academic year is scheduled to start on 31 August. The government allows us to provide education on campus again, but keeping a distance of 1.5 meters remains mandatory. This means that the capacity of the buildings is limited, to about 20 percent. Moreover, in order to relieve the burden on public transport, universities will have to spread education over the day and over the week. Universities and universities of applied sciences make joint agreements with local authorities and transport organisations about this.

These restrictions mean that we will largely start online in the first semester. In addition, the request is to study at home as much as possible if you don't have lectures on campus. We offer the guarantee that all education and exams will continue. As soon as it is possible again to resume education entirely on the Roeterseilandcampus, we will do so.

The first semester of the academic year 2020/2021

In the first block, education will largely be provided online and partly on location in building REC A on the Roeterseilandcampus. As far as possible, the programme will follow the structure that exists even without the limited availability of teaching spaces. Of course, we do take into account the fact that studying online is a different experience. You mainly follow lectures online, for example via a series of shorter recordings or 'live' via video conferencing tools such as Zoom. 

Workgroups and seminars in which you get to work yourself in interaction with fellow students and lecturers also largely take place online. The specific form depends on your programme and the subjects you follow. For example, you will work on assignments in groups in real time, but also together or independently at times of your choice. Each subject is adapted to the circumstances in such a way that we ensure optimal studyability within the possibilities. 

Each Master's programme also regularly offers activities on campus. The content differs per programme, for example small-scale working groups, skills education, guest lectures or meetings together with all students of your Master's programme. In this way we ensure that you also have offline contact with your fellow students and lecturers.

When teaching, we make intensive use of the electronic learning environment Canvas with integrated video conferencing tools. This means that you must have a laptop/computer, a microphone, a (web)camera and a stable internet connection at your disposal.

Timetables and course application
In the coming period, work will continue on making the timetables - a puzzle in which the capacity of the education rooms, corridors, the inflow and outflow through doors and elevators, but also public transport junctions such as the Underground station Weesperplein play a role. Educational activities take place between 09.00 and 20.00 hours on weekdays, with occasional meetings until 22.00 hours. 

From 7 to 17 July (13.00 hr) you have to apply for the courses of the first semester (for most masters/tracks). Those for whom this applies will receive another email this week. In the second half of August you can sign up for the specific workgroups and you will know what your timetable will be.

Access to buildings

You will only be admitted to a building if you can show that you have an appointment there. Do you want to study on location? Then you have to reserve a study place in the library.

For educational activities, such as a thesis appointment or an oral examination, you will need a confirmation e-mail from the lecturer. You must be able to show this confirmation when you enter the building.

If, due to personal circumstances, you would like to take an exam on location, please contact the Education Desk.

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.

Rules for online examinations

Make sure you have a suitable workplace with a stable internet connection. During an examination you may only use the study material as indicated by the lecturer and may not receive any help from others. The submitted examination will be checked and possibly further investigated for fraud. Check the rules for online examinations.

Why are the control measures for online examinations necessary? Read the explanation from the Examinations Board.

Cum laude regulation 2019-2020 adjusted

Due to the impact of the measures surrounding the coronavirus, it can be more difficult to meet the conditions to graduate cum laude. The examination board has adjusted the cum laude regulation.

The transition to studying at home

Corona affects the whole world around you, people close to you and yourself. We can imagine that you have worries and questions. Therefore we share tips to make the transition to studying at home more comfortable

Proctoring: Online pilot Amsterdam Law School

Amsterdam Law School will use online proctoring as a pilot at the end of the current academic year for the re-exam 'Bestuursprocesrecht'. After evaluation of the pilot, and depending on the situation at that time, the faculty will make decisions about possible use for examinations in the academic year 2020-2021. Read more about the pilot.

Proctoring: Questions asked by Faculty Student Council

Does online proctoring comply with privacy rules? Has sufficient consideration been given to alternatives? The Faculty Student Council has asked the Faculty Board a number of questions about the use of proctoring at the FdR. Read the answers here.


The policy for Master's students that take the course Internship or have already planned an internship has changed. Read more about the new policy.

Law Library

The Law Library (JB) is still closed. However, it is possible to request books from the Legal Library and other UvA libraries via the catalogue plus and pick them up at the Singel University Library. It is also possible to reserve study places in the UB Singel.

On the Library blog you will find which material has been placed (extra) online and we will give you tips on how to find the online material. For questions you can contact the JB via

Study place? Reservation required

From Monday 22 June 2020 it will no longer be possible to study in building REC B/C. The Library Learning Center in REC H will reopen. Booking a study place is mandatory.

UvA information

On this UvA webpage you will find a lot of useful information that is not specific to your study.

Zoom: Etiquette in online classes

Zoom is a video tool, similar to Skype, but you don't need an account to participate in online sessions. Zoom is widely used in education, because the tool can be easily integrated with Canvas. In the document Zoom - Etiquette in online classes you can read how to prepare for working with Zoom and how to behave during online classes.