Frequently Asked Questions
In our planning for the new academic year, we are working with the basic scenario. In this scenario we no longer apply the 1.5 metre measure and the only restriction is a maximum allowance of 75 people per classroom or educational space. Due to this restriction we have decided to only offer online lectures in the first semester – other forms of contact will be in person. By using the basic scenario, we can resume most educational activities as normal. Of course this will be with the knowledge and experience we acquired in blended learning during this recent period. The preparations for the basic scenario have begun at THUAS (this includes creating the timetables and gradually putting the furniture back in place).
We are aware of the very fast increase in infection rates. The Dutch government will hold a press conference no later than 13 August and decide if the basic scenario will be implemented. If the government decides to implement stricter measures that deviate from the basic scenario, we will have to see what is feasible for the required adjustments on on 13 August, but we hope that by 16 August we know what the impact on our organisation will be.
There is limited space for higher education to allow physical activities to take place. This only concerns exams and practical education for which no alternative can be offered. For some exams there an alternative format is possible. Should there be a major change in the test format, the guideline is to inform you at least 10 working days in advance. Online tests can go ahead as planned. Please contact your program for specific information.
Internship and graduation
The current government advice on travel abroad is to stay in the Netherlands and refrain from making any travel arrangements until 15 May 2021. Therefore you can only start your exchange or internship in a virtual manner until that date. Please consult with your programme and if need be, contact your exchange institution or internship provider to discuss what the options are.
If the advice not to travel is lifted after 15 May 2021, the following applies:
- Outbound student exchanges are allowed within Europe within the set conditions of the Dutch government, the Dutch National Institute for Public health and the Environment (RIVM) and the travel advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This can also mean that students will initially start their exchange virtually and travel to the host country at a later stage.
- Incoming exchange students are welcome in the 2nd semester provided they follow the quarantine requirements and the guidelines of the Dutch RIVM. As with outbound exchanges students will initially follow classes online.
- Short-term mobility such as study trips are not allowed until 15 May 2021. After 15 May the situation will be reviewed to see if such trips are possible at a later stage in semester 2.
- Regarding internships abroad, there are no geographic limitations and the same applies as mentioned for the outbound exchanges.
In sum, provided that the advice is lifted, outbound students will be allowed to travel to countries with colour codes green, yellow and orange. This information is included in every travel advice; therefore we urge you to check the travel advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs regularly. In practice this may mean that even if the advice not to travel abroad is lifted, there are still very few countries where students are allowed to travel to.
Yes you can. Please note that if you are completing the exchange virtually, from a location other than your host university’s country, you are not eligible to receive a scholarship. In that case you do not have the extra costs that a scholarship is intended to cover.
(Foreign) travel is permitted to countries with a code green or yellow, whereby the measures of the government in the home country and the country of destination apply.
NOTE: Make sure that your stay abroad is registered in OSIRIS at all times. In OSIRIS, keep your location and contact details up to date so we always know where you are and how to get in touch.
Academic progress, study delay and BSA
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has asked institutions to postpone the issuance of a negative binding study advice to the second year of study. The Hague University of Applied Sciences follows that advice. This means the following for our students:
Were you first enrolled in your degree programme in 2020-2021?
If you have obtained less than 50 credits, you will receive a postponed advice. We do advise you to think carefully about whether you want to continue your studies and to discuss this with your mentor / academic career coach.
Were you first enrolled in your degree programme in 2020-2021 but withdrew before 1 February 2021?
Nothing changes for you. You won’t get a (postponed) binding study advice.
Were you enrolled for the first time in 2020-2021 but decided to withdraw after 1 February 2021?
Normally you would have received a negative binding study advice if you withdraw after 1 February. But now you will get a postponed study advice due to COVID-19.
Were you a first-year in the academic year 2019-2020 and did you get a postponed binding study advice?
If you obtain at least 50 credits from the propaedeutic phase in the academic year 2020-2021, including any qualitative requirements, last year’s postponed advice will be converted into a positive study advice.
Are you considering withdrawing because of the current situation? Please think carefully about the consequences. Withdrawing has consequences for, among other things, the right to a study grant and your right of residence in the Netherlands (if THUAS has applied for a residence permit for you). If you have withdrawn, you cannot appeal for extra financial support offered by DUO because of corona. In short, we advise you not to withdraw for this year because of the situation.
If you are returning to the Netherlands, please also read this information about Arrival Formalities.
International students new academic year 2021-2022
Yes, we look forward to seeing you in person at the start of the new academic year.
If you cannot travel for reasons beyond your control such as travel restrictions, medical reasons, etc, then please let us know so that we can ascertain what arrangements we can make on your behalf. We want you to be able to enjoy the learning experience and not experience any study delay so you should endeavor to travel to The Netherlands as soon as you can after that.
As these measures are set by the government we cannot determine which measures will be implemented , nonetheless you will be informed by email of anything is deemed relevant to you. If you would also like to stay up to date with what is happening regarding these please visit the Dutch government’s website on the coronavirus COVID-19.
The safety of all our students and staff is our prime concern and we will only be offering in-person classes if we are sure that we can do this safely. We will be closely adhering to the health and safety rules of the National Institute for Public Health. We therefore expect all students to be present unless there are valid health reasons or travel restrictions that prevent them from being present.
As all students are expected to be present in The Hague at the start of the new academic year, it is also important to have arranged accommodation before your arrival. THUAS offers a housing service to its first year international students. During your application you were asked to indicate if you are interested in arranging accommodation via one of our partners. More information about this service may be found on the housing page of our website.
We are aware that in some parts of the world schools have been closed as well as exams were cancelled. If you are concerned that this may affect you receiving your school diploma on time then please contact the Enrolment Centre as soon as you can so that we can assess what this means for you and what may be possible.
If you will have to miss the start of the academic year because of reasons such as these, please get in touch with your study programme as they will be able to tell you what kind of tailor-made options there are to help you get started from your home country.
It is not possible for us to say at this point as these are measure decided upon by the Dutch government and will also depend upon where you are travelling from. We will be closely monitoring the situation. We advise you to regularly check the checklist for travel to The Netherlands from the Dutch government.
No, the university will not ask you for either of these. At the moment, the Dutch government does not require proof of vaccination to enter The Netherlands. On the other hand, being vaccinated does not exempt you from having to self-quarantine either as you might still be infected with COVID-19. We advise you to regularly check the checklist for travel to The Netherlands from the Dutch government in case requirements change.
Support for students
On the Student Portal you will find information on study finance, financial arrangements of THUAS, such as the Profiling Fund, board grants, and useful links to bodies that advise in the field of money matters and money worries.
DUO has acknowledged that this could be a problem. DUO “To be entitled to student finance, you need to show that this is a case of force majeure. To do so ask your (former) employer for a declaration stating that you are not working or working less because of the coronavirus. The declaration must clearly state to what period this refers.” For more information, see https://duo.nl/particulier/footer-engels/contact/index.jsp. We also advise you to discuss this with your study counselor.
No. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science may decide to adjust the tuition fees in the future, but at the moment students are required to pay the full tuition fees.
Despite the situation, our goal remains to provide good quality-and-value for money education. If you feel that your programme is not offering sufficient tools or support for you to meet your educational goals, please contact your study adviser / SLB’er.
For 2021-2022 the Dutch government has proposed a one-off reduction for all students. Also, check https://www.duo.nl/particulier/measures-coronavirus/money-travel-studies-and-repayments.jsp for more information.
Studying is not always an easy road to the finish line. If you can use some help, then that really isn't strange. For example if you need to combine studying with top sports or parenting, if your Dutch language skills are not as good or if you have a disability. But even if you're not feeling well or are unsure whether you have chosen the right study. THUAS can offer you extra support. Look at the Student Portal for more information.