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The nation-wide and international measures taken to limit the further spreading of the coronavirus have had an impact on students and staff at universities throughout the Netherlands and beyond. We understand that as a (prospective) student this may leave you with concerns and questions about starting or continuing your studies at university next year. Below, you can find more information, how you can get to know PPLE and what we're doing to ensure a smooth start for all students from 31 August 2020.

Education next year: on location, online or both?

At PPLE, we've been able to provide current students with the best possible online learning environment in order to ensure that they can continue their education without delay and without sacrificing the quality of the academic programme. However, a major question that remains in the minds of both current and prospective students is what will education and our on-campus community be like in Autumn 2020?

Education in the 2020-2021 academic year is scheduled to start on the 31 August. The Dutch government recently announced new relaxation of the corona measures, which gives us the opportunity to organise some activities on campus again. The capacity of the buildings is however limited to less than 20 percent, due to the need to keep a distance of 1.5 meters between people. Besides that, the traffic through doors and in hallways needs to be limited. By the end of September we may hear about new possibilities, but we realise that you need information and certainty now.

Over the coming months, we will use a step-by-step approach to decide which components we will be able to offer physically on campus while still complying with government regulations. At first, these will mainly be small-scale activities organised to promote community building: contact between students, and between teaching staff and students where possible. Besides that, some exams may be organised on campus; you will be notified in time. In that case, we will offer online participation with some sort of proctoring for those students that are not able to come to Amsterdam. We also aim to organise some teaching activities on location. Finally, we will again offer space for our students to study in the PPLE building.

These choices are also based on the possibility that we may face more restrictions because of a second Covid-19 wave later this year and the fact that some of our students may not be able to come to the Amsterdam in September. Therefore, we guarantee that you will be able to follow all regular PPLE courses online at least until 1 January 2021. However, because the learning community is such an important aspect of studying at PPLE, we encourage everyone to come to Amsterdam and participate in our on campus activities if travelling is possible and safe.

We want to assure all our students - wherever you may reside - that from 31 August you will be able to commence or continue with your studies digitally and we will endeavour to provide teaching on campus as soon as is practicable. At this stage, however, we cannot provide dates when substantial on campus teaching will commence.

Although the upcoming semester certainly presents some challenges, rest assured that we are prioritising the health and safety of our students and staff above everything else. This means that we'll be working closely with the Faculty of Law and the University of Amsterdam on developing creative solutions that will allow us to continue offering high-quality, personalised education to all of our students.