Tilburg University & corona

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 29th September 2020

Because we at Tilburg University understand that the development of the coronavirus has a great impact on you as a student, employee or campus visitor, we try to share as much information as possible about the guidelines of Tilburg University on this website. The information is regularly updated and updated based on the questions we receive.

Update 28-09-2020, 19:20 hrs

Based on the agreements of the Restart Protocol Universities and the guidelines of the government, Tilburg University has developed its own guidelines with regard to opening up the campus and starting up activities. This page contains all important information about campus, education, working on campus and events.

The same goes for everyone:

  • Stay at home with corona symptoms
  • Follow the guidelines from the National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection
  • Students and employees study and work at home as much as possible
To the Government website


Opening hours building 

  • Everyone must follow the guidelines of the government and the RIVM. In addition to the hygiene measures of the RIVM, Tilburg University's guidelines have been drawn up. The rules of conduct of Tilburg University can be found at the entrance to the buildings. The walking routes are marked on the ground. Also note the signposting and stickers that indicate what is allowed or possible in certain places.
  • Outdoor work areas on campus will be extended for outdoor meetings. Participants must maintain a 1.5 meter distance. Meetings for employees allowed on request. The capacity is limited by the one and a half meter rules and the 20% office occupancy.  
  • Library is open for visitors (search/loan/return). 
  • As of Monday, August 31, the Sports Center is almost completely open again. A maximum number of participants can participate in the lessons and fitness. All activities are subject to registration. The changing rooms, showers, lockers and sauna will remain closed for the time being. Access to the Sports Center, swimming pools and T-Kwadraat is no longer by finger scanning, but by scanning a QR code. Sports matches, both amateur and professional, take place without an audience. 
  • The most recent information about which restaurants are open can be found on the page Restaurants and vending machines. The protocol reopening catering applies in every opened restaurant. 

  • Labs will reopen for restricted use in keeping with the guidelines.
  • Boards of study associations are informed about conditions of use of offices in the Esplanade and TIAS buildings.
  • The lifts are included in the central cleaning program and are cleaned at the beginning of the working day. We advise you to wash your hands after using the lift and before entering the pantry.

FAQ on coronavirus on campus  

Education | On campus if we can, online because we can

Within the frameworks set by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the government, Tilburg University is working on scenarios to allow its academic education to continue on campus as much as possible in the academic year 2020/2021. In our opinion, physical proximity among the university community is an important part of academic education.

Tilburg University takes the following as points of departure.

  • We guarantee that we will offer ALL our education online for the first semester. However, in our opinion, physical proximity among the university community is an important part of academic education. Therefore, we strive to provide some small-scale classes (e.g., seminars) on campus if possible.
  • To help smooth the transition to higher education, priority will be given to first-year Bachelor’s students who are able to follow some components of their program on campus. These components will most likely be combined on 1 day per week. We encourage students to make use of this opportunity. However, if you are not able to come to campus, you are guaranteed to be able to follow these program components online.
  • How many small-scale educational activities will also be available for new (pre-) master students and our current bachelor and (pre-) master students, depends very much on the possibilities given to us by the Dutch government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. These have a direct effect on our maximum capacity of the campus and public transport. These capacity calculations are currently being made.
  • In any case, keep in mind that education, activities and exams also take place online, especially in the first semester. This means that you must have a stable wifi connection (pay attention to this if you are looking for a room!) and a suitable PC or laptop with up-to-date software. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements. Also make sure your table or desk and your chair are suitable for study, and that it is not noisy.
  • In the upcoming exam period (October), as many exams as possible will be taken on campus. All on-campus exams can also and simultaneously be taken online by those students who are unable to come to campus due to COVID-19 restrictions. The online exams will be taken using TestVision and Canvas. Where necessary, online proctoring will be used for the Canvas exams.

    The arrangements that can be used during the coming exam period for online exams (in case of privacy-related objections or technical problems) and on-campus exams (in case of restrictions by COVID-19) will be communicated as soon as possible after October 1.

  • On the page FAQ on coronavirus for students you can find more information about education and exams. This page contains the latest information. 
  • We prioritize a safe and inclusive university community at all times, online and on campus.
  • Students are asked to study at home. As a result of the relaxation of the corona measures, extra study places will be available on campus as of August 31. Please note that the number of study places is still relatively limited, so reservation is required
  • The contact between students and teachers is by e-mail. Students are not allowed to visit the department on campus.
  • Large-scale on-campus examinations are out of the question and the current forms of alternative/online exams as well as the revised exam schedules remain in force. 

Outgoing exchange 
To determine the impact of the coronavirus on foreign exchanges, the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) has established a framework based on governmental guidelines. Within this framework, Tilburg University decides whether the exchange can proceed according to plan. The considerations are: a negative travel advice by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the decision of the partner university to cancel the exchange or in case a student withdraws from the exchange program.

  • Since students are not allowed to travel to countries with code red or orange, Tilburg University will check the status of destinations in EEA countries at the partner institution two weeks before the start of the academic year and, if necessary, cancel the travel. This assessment has now been carried out for destinations outside the EEA. Therefore, exchanges outside the EEA countries are canceled. 
  • All students have the right to withdraw from the exchange program at any time.
  • All students selected for an exchange in fall 2020 are offered alternative scenarios. Certain deadlines may apply to this. If students sign up for one of the alternatives, the student should withdraw from the exchange program for procedural reasons. 

Incoming exchange 

  • After evaluating the relevant factors concerning the coronavirus, on July 1, 2020, Tilburg University decided that the incoming exchange program for students from partner universities in EEA countries can go ahead. Students can travel to Tilburg and complete the exchange physically, or they may choose to stay in their home country and complete the exchange online.
  • Tilburg University made the decision to cancel all physical incoming exchanges between Tilburg University and partner universities in non-EEA countries in the Fall 2020 semester.

Practical matters on (self-)quarantine

  • All students traveling from countries and regions mentioned on the following website of the Dutch government are strongly urged to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You are requested to stay in your accommodation during those 10 days and not to leave it at any time. More information about what self-quarantine means, can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
  • More information about (self-)quarantine can be found on the page FAQ on coronavirus for students.

FAQ on coronavirus for students 

FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students 

Working on campus

  • Employees work from home as much as possible. Please make agreements about this with your supervisor. All important information regarding working from home can be found on this page and this document. Each School or division decides for itself which employees can come to work on campus and when. Employees contact their superior about this.
  • The page FAQ on coronavirus for staff provides more information about when employees are allowed to visit the campus (e.g. for border workers, employees returning from a high-risk area, or employees staying abroad other than on vacation) and what rules they must follow in doing so. Information about when mandatory (home) quarantine applies is also included in FAQs. 
  • Do you come to campus? Then you follow the RIVM national general guidelines. In addition to the RIVM hygiene measures, the employee must observe the Tilburg University Guidelines. The Tilburg University rules of conduct can also be found at the entrances to the buildings.
  • Office buildings are opened up to 20% of normal occupancy per floor for necessary activities and insofar as a 1.5 meter distance can be guaranteed. The agreements on the 20% office occupancy have been jointly agreed by the universities and are included in the VSNU service document. 
  • Lecturers can use the Video Lectures & Recordings Request Form if they want to live stream a lecture from a lecture room or if they want to have a lecture recorded on campus. 

FAQ on coronavirus for staff 


The information will be updated as soon as possible following the press conference on 28 September. Please note that the information below may not be up to date.

  • PhD defense ceremonies, inaugural and valedictory addresses take place physically on campus. Please visit the FAQ for employees for more information. 
  • Events and social gatherings such as drinks parties remain prohibited. Conference & Event Support, formerly known as Conference Desk, will help organizers search for external venues.
  • Associations are allowed to organize events and activities for their members provided that the coronavirus measures are observed. Associations and participating members must ensure that the guidelines are adhered to throughout the event or activity. Introductory activities are subject to additional rules. Please visit the FAQ for students for more information.

FAQ on coronavirus and events

Roadmap Tilburg University

Based on the principles of the government, Tilburg University has developed its own roadmap with regard to opening up the campus and starting up activities. 

The development of the roadmap is important, because safeguarding the safety and health of our students and staff comes first. As we are social creatures in need of connectedness, we will of course also encourage social contacts and togetherness to the extent allowed by the easing measures. We want to inform you as clearly as possible about the measures and developments.

Download the roadmap here

Any relaxation of the rules will depend on the national measures

* Elaboration for Tilburg University to follow

~ Reservation or registration required

Realized as of July 1
Realized as of September 1
Planned as of January 1 (subject to reservation)

Contact details 

If the answer to your question is not listed in the Q&A, you can contact us in the following ways: