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Corona: other questions

We receive many questions on all kinds of corona-related topics. Here you can find questions and answers that don't fit into any of the specific categories.

  • Where can I find information about changes in the grant application process? Will deadlines postponed, for example?

    Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the application process for many research grants is changing. For example, deadlines may be postponed. And other steps in the grant application process, such as interviews or response periods, may be delayed, moved or prolonged.

    Most grant providers have a special web page about the changes in the application process resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. They are regularly updated. See below for an overview various grant providers and their measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak:
    NWO
    H2020
    ERC
    COST

    Who can I contact for more information or advice? The research funding advisers of the IXA UvA Grant Support Team can help you with specific questions about changes following the coronavirus outbreak.

    The IXA UvA Grant Support Team is also publishing more editions of their Grant Update newsletter with coronavirus-related news. Sign up for the newsletter here.

  • I'm a student, can I still graduate cum laude and what are the rules?

    Examination Boards have been asked to show leniency with regard to decisions on whether or not to award 'cum laude' as far as progress is concerned, but not as far as results are concerned.

    • Examination boards will drop the requirement that you have to complete your study within the official time period with no delays. You will be allowed to resit exams taken in the corona period. This period runs from 13 March to 31 August 2020. The general idea is that you can use 1 extra resit per course for that period and still be eligible for cum laude. You will have the opportunity to complete the relevant courses in a subsequent academic year.
    • The requirements regarding the results achieved are in principle maintained.

    If you have specific questions, please contact the Examination Board of your study programme.

  • What will the UvA do when its buildings reopen (in part) from 15 June?

    Health is of course paramount, which is why we will continue to comply with the RIVM guidelines. That means:

    • Limiting the number of students and employees in the buildings;
    • Disinfectants at the entrance;
    • Specific walking directions on the stairs;
    • Limited use of the lifts.
    • Employees will not be allowed to enter university buildings if:
      • They or a family member has corona
      • They have symptoms of a cold
      • They or a family member have a fever. You may only return to work if the person in question is symptom-free for at least 24 hours
    • Students will not be allowed to enter university buildings if:
      • They, a family member, or a housemate, has corona
      • They have symptoms of a cold  
      • They, a family member or a housemate, has a fever. You may only return to university if the person in question is symptom-free for at least 24 hours

    We ask everyone to adhere to the above and to strictly follow the instructions of employees. Only by doing so can we keep the buildings accessible and safe.

  • I want to start my Master's but have not yet been able to fully complete my Bachelor's/Pre-Master's programme. Under what conditions will I be able to continue on from a Bachelor's to a Master's?

    In certain exceptional cases, the UvA is making it possible to begin a Master's programme when you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme. This represents an exception, subject to restrictions, to the usually firm rule of ‘Bachelor-before-Master’, which says that students may not start a Master's programme until they have successfully completed the previous programme.

    If you have incurred a limited study delay, you will be allowed to begin your Master's programme – but only if your study delay involves courses from your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    For a Bachelor's programme, your delay must not comprise more than 15 ECTS. In cases where a student's delay is greater than 15 ECTS, the programme is no longer considered ‘feasible’. For those currently enrolled in a Pre-Master's at the UvA, you must have successfully completed 80% of your Pre-Master's programme to be eligible to begin a Master's programme.

    You will then be able to complete the ‘missing’ courses during the first (and often only) year of the Master's programme, and will have the entire 2020-2021 academic year to make up these credits.

    Besides the new enrolment in the Master's, it will therefore be necessary for you to re-enrol in your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme as well.

    From 1 July, it will be possible to submit a ‘request for admission with study delay’ in order to begin a Master's programme with an incomplete Bachelor's or Pre-Master's. Instructions for submitting this request and the applicable conditions can be found on the study programme page.

    If you wish to make use of this arrangement, we recommend you carefully consider the feasibility of the entire study programme before submitting a request. We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, for instance when exams are held.

    This arrangement is in effect for students who wish to begin a Master's programme at the UvA in September 2020.

    Does this arrangement apply for all study programmes?

    Over the past few months, several programmes which involve a great deal of practical education – such as skills training or labs – have been unable to offer all their teaching and testing in digital form. The conditions that apply for each individual programme are listed on the programme page.

  • I am a student at a university of applied sciences (HBO). Can I start a UvA Bachelor's programme if I have not yet fully completed my current HBO first-year programme?

    Yes; if you have incurred a limited study delay of no more than 6 ECTS (of the 60 ECTS in total), you will be allowed to begin your Bachelor's programme at the UvA – but only if your study delay involves courses from your HBO first-year programme that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The UvA is giving you the entire 2020-2021 academic year to make up the credits you missed in your previous study programme. This will allow you to complete courses that are not offered in the first half of the academic year.

    Some UvA Bachelor's programmes have specific admission requirements in addition to a first-year diploma from a university of applied sciences (HBO); these requirements will still be in effect. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention when reading the informational pages for the programme you have in mind.

    We need to have received your enrolment in a UvA Bachelor's programme no later than 1 June 2020. Please bear in mind that you will need to provide a list of marks and a declaration from the university of applied sciences where you are currently enrolled that shows your study delay is no greater than 6 ECTS and that it occurred in the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

    From 1 July, it will be possible to submit a ‘request for admission with study delay’. Instructions for submitting this request can be found on the study programme page.

  • I want to start a Pre-Master's but have not yet been able to fully complete my Bachelor's programme. Under what conditions will I be able to start the programme?

    In certain exceptional cases, the UvA is making it possible to begin a Pre-Master's programme when you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor's programme. Normally, you would not be able to being a Pre-Master's until you had successfully completed your previous study programme.

    If you have incurred a limited study delay, you will be allowed to begin your Pre-Master's programme – but only if your study delay involves courses from your Bachelor's that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Your study delay must not comprise more than 15 ECTS. In cases where a student's delay is greater than 15 ECTS, the programme is no longer considered ‘feasible’.

    You will be able to make up the ‘missing’ courses and will have the entire 2020-2021 academic year to do so.

    Some UvA Pre-Master's programmes have specific admission requirements in addition to a Bachelor's diploma; these requirements will still be in effect. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention when reading the informational pages for the programme you have in mind.

    Instructions for enrolling in a Pre-Master's and submitting a ‘request for admission with study delay’ can be found on the study programme page.

    If you wish to make use of this arrangement, we recommend you carefully consider the feasibility of the entire study programme before submitting a request. We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, for instance when exams are held.

    This arrangement is in effect for students who wish to begin a Pre-Master's programme at the UvA in September 2020.