Tilburg University & corona

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 14th January 2021

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 12-01-2021, 19:30 hrs

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
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  • 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.
  • Students, staff, suppliers, and visitors moving in or through indoor spaces must wear face masks. In class, during exams, and when seated at a study place or workplace, face masks may be removed, provided the 1.5 meters distance is observed.
  • In principle, all meetings are digital. 
  • Library is open for visitors (search/loan/return). Access is only possible upon presentation of your Tilburg University card.
  • The Sports Center is open for tennis and bootcamp at a distance of 1.5 meters with a maximum of 2 people and only on registration. In addition to the sports bar, showers and changing rooms are also closed. It is not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages brought by yourself around the fields.
  • The restaurant is only open for take-away sandwiches and meals.
  • Student boards work completely digitally from home. There is room to pick up materials daily from their own board rooms, by appointment through the administrator of Esplanade, between 09:00 and 12:00 hrs.
  • 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. Elevator shafts are ventilated. 

FAQ on coronavirus on campus  

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Educational activities until February 9, 2021

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 this academic year (2020/2021). However, in our opinion, physical proximity within 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.
  • Tilburg University strives to ensure, in the second semester (as of February, 2021), that the space available is used as efficiently as possible to allow more students to participate in educational activities on campus than in the first semester.
  • Our priority is face-to-face education for first-year Bachelor’s students. We are very much aware of the fact that second and third-year Bachelor’s students, too, would love to meet each other on campus. We will therefore make every effort, wherever possible, to create opportunities for on-campus activities also for these students.
  • 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.
  • This first semester, both online and on-campus examinations will be administered. 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 online exams.
  • If a student is not able to take examinations online or on campus, he or she can sign up for exam regulation I or II. Regulation I: taking an on-campus examination online in connection with restrictions or preferences by COVID-19. Regulation II: taking an online examination on campus in connection with privacy concerns, technical circumstances or special personal circumstances. More information can be found on the page Exam regulations in first semester 2020-2021.
  • 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.
  • We ask students to study at home. For students who have difficulties studying at home, a limited number of 200 library study places remain available, on pre-registration only. Other study places are closed. Students can contact: stating their student number and reasons to see if they are eligible for a workstation in the Library.
  • The contact between students and teachers is by e-mail. Students are not allowed to visit the department on campus.

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. Read the important information regarding working from home. Rules on working from home have been tightened as long as the new measures apply. Employees work from home, unless there is really no other option. Employees only come to campus for location-based work. Think of lecturers lecturing. Employees who cannot work from home due to their personal circumstances are also allowed to come to the university. The university will ensure that only employees who meet the following criteria are allowed to work on campus. This will be inventoried per unit and directed by the directors and corona coordinators:  
    • Providing or supporting physical education, recording digital education, and testing;
    • Carrying out site-specific (lab) research;
    • Executing business critical processes and processes that are necessary to maintain the overall business operations;
  • Employees who move around in the indoor spaces wear a mouth mask.
  • 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.
  • 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 


  • Promotions and orations are from December 16 without an audience on location.  
  • Events and social gatherings such as drinks parties remain prohibited. Conference & Event Support will help organizers search for alternatives.

FAQ on coronavirus and events

Contact details 

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