Corona

FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 10th June 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, MAY 20* | I would like to apply for the academic year 2021/2022 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?
    *UPDATED, JUNE 2* | Can I defer my application?
    *UPDATED, JUNE 2* | I am a final-year Bachelor's student and, due to the COVID-19 measures, I am not sure if I can successfully complete my Bachelor's program. Can I start my Master's program? (Bachelor-before-Master rule)
    *UPDATED, JUNE 2* | Because of the COVID-19 measures, I am not sure whether I will graduate from my university (of applied sciences). Can I start my pre-Master's program?
    *UPDATED, JUNE 2* | Because of the COVID-19 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?

    Events

    Which options do you offer to help me choose a study program?

    Education

    *UPDATED, JUNE 7* | In what form does education take place?
    *NEW, JUNE 7* | Can I start my degree program online if I prefer not to travel to the Netherlands due to the corona situation?
    *NEW, JUNE 7* | Can I start my degree program online if I cannot travel to the Netherlands due to the corona situation?
    Where can I go with my questions about study choice and career planning and preparation?
    *UPDATED, JUNE 2* | I have to submit documents (residence permit, copy ID) to the Student Desk, but the desk is closed. What should I do?

    Campus

    Is the campus open for visits?

    Immigration (non-EU applicants)

    *UPDATED, APRIL 14* | 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?
    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)?
    *NEW, APRIL 14* | Can I extend my residence permit online from abroad without having to go to the Netherlands?
    * NEW, APRIL 14* | What happens with my residence permit when I am outside of the Netherlands for a longer period of time, due to COVID-19?

    Practical matters

    *UPDATED, JUNE 2* | Will the tuition fee be adjusted if part of 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?
    Do I need a negative test upon arrival in Tilburg?
    Do I need a negative PCR test upon arrival in the Netherlands?
    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?
    *NEW, JUNE 8* | As an international student, can I get a COVID-19 vaccination in the Netherlands?

    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.