Corona

FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 13th August 2020

We’re pleased that you have decided to come to Tilburg University to continue your studies. All our lives are currently affected on a day-to-day basis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including here at the University. However, we are working hard to guarantee the same quality of education for which we are known and that we can welcome you to Tilburg University in a few months’ time.

We want to keep you informed as clearly as possible about the latest measures and developments, either by informing you directly via e-mail and by creating the Frequently Asked Questions below. We would like to ask you to check these on a regular basis, as they are updated as soon as more information is available. Do you have a question that is not asked below? Please let us know because others may have similar questions, so we can help each other.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have set up questions and answers about the coronavirus. The  questions and answers will be updated regularly.

    Application and Admission

    I want to apply for a study program at Tilburg University. By what deadline should I apply?
    I cannot hand in a Statement of Educational Institution together with my application for a Bachelor’s program because my school is closed.
    My school is not able to stamp my grade list due to coronavirus restrictions.  Can I still apply?
    I would like to apply for the academic year 2020/2021 but cannot take a GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge exam because test centers are closed.
    My university is closed. I cannot get an official copy of my Transcript of Records. Can I still apply?
    My country is in lockdown, so I cannot get a certified translation of my documents. Can I still apply?
    I am a Chinese national and I am required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate, but I have not been able to take an English language test yet. Should I still apply for a Nuffic Certificate?
    My final exams will be held later than normal; I will not be able to send you my diploma and final grade list until after August 1.
    The IB final exams have been cancelled, but IB diplomas will still be awarded. Will you accept these for admission purposes?
    The A level exams have been cancelled this year and certificates will be awarded based on school performance and course work. Will you accept these for admission purposes?
    The Cambridge International A level exams have been cancelled this year and certificates will be awarded based on school performance and course work. Will you accept these for admission purposes?
    How will the immigration procedure work, as Dutch embassies/consulates throughout the world are either shut or are not issuing visas at the moment?
    I am a final-year Bachelor's student and, due to the corona measures, I am not sure if I can finish this academic year successfully. Can I start my Master's program this fall? (Bachelor-before-Master rule)
    I am a pre-Master’s student and, due to the corona measures, I am not sure if I can successfully complete my pre-Master’s program. Can I start my Master's program this fall?
    *UPDATED, JULY 30* | Because of the corona measures, I am not sure whether I will receive my university of applied sciences diploma this academic year. Can I start my pre-Master's program this fall?
    *UPDATED, JULY 23* | Because of the corona measures, I am not sure whether I will obtain my university of applied sciences propaedeutic year this year. Can I start my Bachelor's program this fall?
    Can I defer my application?

    Events

    Which online orientation options do you offer for my study choice?
    *UPDATED, AUGUST 7* | Will the scheduled introduction week, TOP Week, take place?
    *NEW, AUGUST 12* | Is it allowed for associations to organize events and activities for their members?

    Education

    In what form will education take place at Tilburg University in the new academic year?
    Can I start my degree program online when the circumstances prevent me from traveling to the Netherlands?
    Can I follow my complete first year / complete degree online if I opt for online?
    Where can I go with my questions about study choice and career planning and preparation?
    I have to submit documents (residence permit, copy ID) to the Student Desk, but the desk is closed. What should I do?
    Do class schedules take into account the time difference?
    Can I complete my entire first year or full degree online?
    When will I know if my program offers program components on-campus?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | My classes start immediately after my arrival, so I don’t have time for a 14 -day self-quarantine period. What should I do?

    Campus

    Is the campus open for visits?

    Immigration (non-EU applicants)

    *UPDATED, JULY 27* | I am a non-EEA national who will study online outside the Netherlands. Do I have to apply for a Dutch visa/residence permit, even though I am not planning to travel to the Netherlands immediately?
    *UPDATED, JULY 27* | What happens if I decide to study online for the complete semester, but have already applied for my MVV (entry visa)/residence permit?
    *UPDATED, JULY 27* | What happens if I do not travel within 3 months once the corona restrictions are lifted?
    Where can I get further information regarding travel to the Netherlands?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | The embassy/consulate where I want to collect my entry visa (MVV) is closed. What should I do?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | The embassy/consulate where I want to collect my entry visa (MVV) does not have any appointment times left available. What should I do?
    My Dutch immigration status requires that I meet certain study progress requirements. How will this work if I will not be able to travel to the Netherlands?
    *UPDATED, JULY 27* | Within what time frame should I collect my visa after it is approved?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | Within what time frame should I travel to the Netherlands after having collected my entry visa (MVV)?

    Practical matters

    Will the tuition fee be adjusted if my courses are offered online?
    Should I book accommodation or not? / Are accommodation start dates flexible?
    *UPDATED, AUGUST 6* | Is my accommodation suitable for self-quarantine?
    Should I book my flight?
    *UPDATED, JULY 30* | Do I need to go into quarantine upon arrival in Tilburg?
    *UPDATED, AUGUST 13* | I need to go into quarantine, but I need to arrange several practical matters and travel to my accommodation, how do I do this?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | If I need to stay in self-quarantine, how can I get groceries?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | What if I get COVID-19 during the first 14 days of my stay in the Netherlands - Are my medical costs covered?
    *NEW, JULY 27* | What if one of my housemates needs to go into self-quarantine? Do I need to go into quarantine as well?
    I would like to follow the Dutch news about the coronavirus. How can I do that?
    What general measures and rules are in place in the Netherlands with respect to the coronavirus?

    Contact details 

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

    • I have a question about my admission or application 

    You can ask your question via this form.

    • My question is not listed.
      Please contact Team Student Information via our form.