FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 08th April 2021

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

    *UPDATED, FEBRUARY 11* | 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.
    *UPDATED, FEBRUARY 11* | My university is closed. I cannot get an official copy of my Transcript of Records. Can I still apply?
    *UPDATED, FEBRUARY 11* | Can I defer my application?


    *UPDATED, APRIL 7* | Which options do you offer to help me choose a study program?


    *UPDATED, APRIL 8* | In what form does education take place?
    Can I continue my degree program online when the circumstances prevent me from traveling to the Netherlands?
    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?
    My classes start immediately after my arrival, so I don’t have time for a self-quarantine period. What should I do?


    Is the campus open for visits?

    Immigration (non-EU applicants)

    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?
    What happens if I decide to study online for the complete semester, but have already applied for my MVV (entry visa)/residence permit?
    What happens if I do not travel within 3 months once the corona restrictions are lifted?
    *UPDATED, JANUARY 5* | Where can I get further information regarding travel to the Netherlands?
    The embassy/consulate where I want to collect my entry visa (MVV) is closed. What should I do?
    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?
    Within what time frame should I collect my visa after it is approved?
    Within what time frame should I travel to the Netherlands after having collected my entry visa (MVV)?
    *UPDATED, FEBRUARY 11* | How will the immigration procedure work, as Dutch embassies/consulates throughout the world are either shut or are not issuing visas at the moment?

    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?
    Is my accommodation suitable for self-quarantine?
    Should I book my flight?
    *UPDATED, FEBRUARY 2* | Do I need a negative test or to go into self-quarantine upon arrival in Tilburg?
    *UPDATED, FEBRUARY 2* | I need to go into self-quarantine, but I need to arrange several practical matters and travel to my accommodation, how do I do this?
    If I need to stay in self-quarantine, how can I get groceries?
    What if I get COVID-19 during the first 10 days of my stay in the Netherlands - Are my medical costs covered?
    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.
    • I have another question
      Please contact Team Student Information via our form.