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Education in the 2021/2022 academic year

We are able to meet each other again on campus, subject to certain conditions.


Education on campus: who, what and how

  • Can all education take place on campus again?

    We are able to teach again. However, a number of measures will remain in place in order to ensure everyone's safety.

    • This includes a maximum group size of 75 people per room.

    • Face masks are mandatory in the campus buildings. This applies not just when walking around, but also when sitting down, i.e. during lectures. Find more information here.

    • Students and staff with COVID-related symptoms must stay home and perform a (self) test.

    • We will continue to take additional measures in the area of hygiene. These include maximum ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and disinfection facilities.

    • Safe walking routes are indicated – please use these as much as possible.  

    Give each other space where possible and respect each other’s boundaries and concerns. 1,5 remains a safe distance.  

    In addition, it helps to keep observing the basic rules – you can find them here.  

  • How will the maximum group size of 75 people impact education on campus?

    A maximum group size of 75 people per room applies on campus. As a result, it is not possible to hold large-scale lectures on campus. This may lead to logistical problems. For example, in cases where you have a lecture scheduled after a tutorial and travel time cannot be taken into account (whereby lectures must be attended on campus).

    In order to minimise these problems, we will be organising additional streaming facilities for hybrid lectures (a maximum of 75 people in the room with the rest attending online) and are working to optimise the timetables if necessary.

    Examinations and maximum number of people

    Exams are excempted from this measure. Even so, there may still be times in the coming period when administering an examination to a large group on campus is not the best or most suitable option. As a consequence, assessment and testing may still be subject to proctoring in some cases. The use of proctoring to administer an examination may be considered suitable only if there is no good alternative. You’ll receive more information on how examinations will be organised from your degree programme.

  • What is known about education in the fourth study period?

    The fundamental principle for the fourth study period (commencing 6 February) is as much on-campus teaching as possible. Some restrictions will remain in place – such as the maximum group size of 75 people – and no doubt some students and teaching staff will have to self-isolate. Hence we will still need to adapt and to adopt a variety of teaching formats. Your programme manager will issue information on this through Canvas or by email as soon as possible.

  • For students: Is on-campus attendance compulsory if my education demands it?

    The normal attendance requirements is in effect. This also applies to foreign students. Only in special cases, e.g. for foreign students who are unable to attend due to international travel restrictions, or students that cannot return to campus because of quarantine measures, a vulnerable personal situation or if someone in your home is in a vulnerable position, programmes may explore additional solutions to enable students to receive education. If this is the case, please contact your degree programme.

    Programmes and supervisors are asked to show leniency towards students and staff that are vulnerable because of medical conditions. Programmes are responsible for (alternative) education. 

  • For staff: Do I work at home or on campus?

    Staff whose work is location-bound and staff with research and or teaching duties can work at the UvA locations. You will need to be on campus in order to take part in teaching and education activities. 

    Only in the case of not being able to return to campus because of travel restriction, quarantine, a vulnerable personal situation because or if someone in your home is in a vulnerable position, staff can contact their supervisor to find a solution. The occupational health & safety physician may be asked for advice after you have discussed the situation with your supervisor. A senior supervisor or dean/director will have the final say on the best solution.

    Programmes and supervisors are asked to show leniency towards students and staff that are vulnerable because of medical conditions. Programmes are responsible for (alternative) education. 

    For all other staff
    Everyone is still asked to work from home, unless this really is not an option. This leaves very little scope for working at the office. Naturally, this does not apply to employees who need to be on campus due to the nature of their work, or employees who have made agreements to this effect with their supervisor.

    The face mask requirement also applies to (necessary) work on location. Where possible we ask you to try to avoid busy times and rush hour when travelling to the campus.

  • Will I be required to present a vaccination certificate or test results when I come to the campus?

    While we hope that everyone who studies and works at the UvA chooses to get vaccinated, everyone is free to decide this for themselves. This means we will not be requiring a vaccination certificate or negative test certificate. We are counting on everyone to take responsibility to prevent further infections. Do you have any symptoms? Stay at home and get tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD) or perform a self-test.

Unable to come to campus

  • What if I can’t take an exam because I am in quarantine?

    If you miss an exam, you can always use the opportunity to do the scheduled resit (for that subject). In addition, faculties and examination boards will be do their utmost in the coming period to find an optimal solution if you are required to go into quarantine and therefore cannot attend. In an organisation the size of the UvA, customised solutions are needed. Your programme will let you know what this means for your exams as soon as possible, by email and through Canvas.

Other questions

  • Will the BSA be lowered in the academic year 2021-2022?

    In the 2021-2022 academic year, we continue to face coronavirus restrictions that have many consequences for students. By consequence, the UvA has decided to apply a generic easing of the binding study advice (BSA) standard in this year as well.

    What does this mean in practice?

    • Full-time students who obtain six ECTS credits less than the BSA standard for their degree programme can still enrol for the following academic year.
    • The BSA standard is also being eased by six ECTS credits for part-time degree programmes.
    • Your degree programme can decide to apply a further easing if there is good reason for this. The dean of your degree programme will make this decision.
    • Your degree programme will let you know if this affects you.

    Why has this decision been made?

    Many students are being affected by stress and other negative issues due to the coronavirus pandemic. Easing the BSA standard can remove some of this stress. Moreover, the coronavirus restrictions have made it more difficult to assess whether students are a good match for a degree programme.

    If you have any questions, please contact one of the academic career counsellors for your degree programme.

Starting a master with a study completion delay

  • Is it possible to be admitted to a Master's programme based on the less-strict progression requirements in 2021-2022?

    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 option of starting a Master's programme despite not yet having earned all required ECTS credits is open to students with a prior education in the EEA. As has been the case to date, it is not open to students with a prior education in non-EEA countries.

Information per study programme

Information about timetables, attendance and measures may differ per programme. Please check Canvas for more information on your specific study programme. Or find more general information on the page of your specific programme.


  • Science

    What will your study programme look like in the coming academic year?

    The starting point is: On campus if possible, online because it is possible During the 2021/2022 academic year, we will offer as much education as possible on campus. This will go well as long as we all take responsibility, such as staying at home with corona-related complaints.

    If there are any changes, we will inform our students as soon as possible.