Corona

FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 21st January 2022

We’re pleased that you have considered Tilburg University to start 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. We want to keep you informed as clearly as possible about the latest measures and developments. 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 COVID-19. The  questions and answers will be updated regularly.

Application and Admission

I would like to apply for the academic year 2021/2022 or 2022/2023 but cannot take a GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge exam because test centers are closed.

For students applying for the January 2022 intake:
You can submit your application without the results of GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge exams. If you meet our other admission requirements, you will be conditionally admitted but must provide these test results before January 31. For the January 2022 intake we accept the results of the following online tests: TOEFL IBT Home Edition test, the online GRE General Test and the GMAT Online exam. We do not accept the IELTS Indicator test. 

For students applying for the September 2022 intake:
From the September intake onwards, it is mandatory to prove your English language proficiency at the time of application. Without English test results your application can not be processed, unless you are exempted. If you can thus not take an English test at this moment, please take the test as soon as possible and submit your application as soon as you have obtained the required results. Please do take the application deadlines into account.
Please check the application page of the program of your choice for the English tests that are accepted for application, as well as the reasons for exemption. On top of the tests mentioned on the application pages, we also accept the TOEFL IBT Home Edition test for the September 2022 intake. Please be aware that this is a temporary extension, due to the ongoing pandemic, and that we might not accept TOEFL IBT Home Edition test results for intakes of subsequent academic years. We do not accept the IELTS Indicator test.

If you are applying for a (pre-)Master’s program in Economics or Management for which a GMAT or GRE is required, you can submit your application without the results of the GMAT or GRE test. If you meet our other admission requirements, you will be conditionally admitted but must provide these test results before August 31. We also accept the results of the online GRE General Test and the GMAT Online exam.

My university is closed. I cannot get an official copy of my Transcript of Records. Can I still apply?

If you cannot get an official copy of your Transcript of Records because of the current circumstances concerning COVID-19, please upload an unofficial version from your university’s student information system. If you meet our admission requirements, you will be admitted conditionally, and you must hand in an official Transcript (and diploma) at a later stage.

Can I defer my application?

Due to the COVID-19 situation, you might consider deferring your application. If you wish to do so, please see below how to proceed: 

If you wish to defer to 2022, this is possible:

  • Please, contact your International Admissions Coordinator as soon as possible to confirm your deferral. Your International Admissions Coordinator will change the status of your current application to “deferred”.
  • You will then need to apply again for the intake of your choice. If you want to defer to September 2022, you can apply from October 1 onwards. You can just upload the same documents as you did this year. On top of that, you should  upload your conditional admission letter in the ‘Additional Documents’ section;
  • Important: it is not possible to defer your admission for our Bachelor’s program in Psychology.

PLEASE NOTE: we cannot guarantee the admission criteria will remain the same for the next intake. Admissions requirements might change and, should this be the case, you would need to meet them for the new intake in order to be admitted. 

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)
  • If you were enrolled in an academic Bachelor's program in academic year 2020/2021, you will be admitted to the corresponding Master's program if you have not yet completed the entire program, but still have to complete a maximum of 12 EC from your previous program. The Bachelor's thesis must be completed and you must meet the other admission requirements. This regulation applies to Tilburg University Bachelor’s students and to Bachelor’s students of other universities within the European Economic Area, EEA. This regulation does not apply to students from a university outside the EEA;
  • Bachelor’s students of a university in the Netherlands need to hand in their “completion advice” at the Student Desk before August 31 for the September intake or before January 31 for the February intake. This advice must be issued by your university. Deposit your copy or copies in the white mailbox of the Student Desk at the reception of Academia building, opening hours on weekdays from 08:30 - 17:30hrs; send your copies to: Tilburg University, Student Desk, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg or attach your copies to the Student Desk contact formThis only applies if you are coming from another educational institution or School; when you shift from a Bachelor's to a Master's program within the same School you do not need the completion advice);
  • Bachelor’s students from a university not in the Netherlands but in the EEA who would like to make use of this regulation should contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tilburguniversity.edu;
  • You must complete the Bachelor's program before September 1, 2022. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be de-registered from the Master's program;
  • You cannot graduate from the Master's program if you have not obtained your Bachelor's degree;
  • You have to register for both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s to be able to complete your Bachelor. When you pay the statutory fee and follow both programs at a higher education institution in the Netherlands, you only pay once for both enrollments.

PLEASE NOTE: If you were enrolled in an academic Bachelor's program in 2019/2020 and were admitted to the Master's program in 2020/2021 on the basis of this regulation, you must still have completed the Bachelor's program by September 1, 2021. You cannot use this regulation again.

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?
  • If you were enrolled in a university (of applied sciences) in the academic year 2020/2021 and you have experienced a delay in the final phase of your Bachelor's program due to the corona measures, you are eligible for admission to the corresponding pre-Master’s program on the basis of a positive “completion advice” (afrondingsadvies). You must meet the other admission requirements;
  • Bachelor’s students of a university of applied sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands need to hand in their “completion advice” at the Student Desk before August 31 for the September intake or before January 31 for the February intake. This advice must be issued by university of applied sciences (hbo);
  • Bachelor’s students from a university not in the Netherlands but in the EEA who would like to make use of this regulation should contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tilburguniversity.edu.
  • Of course you should also follow the application procedure as indicated on the website. Based on your positive "completion advice", it will be decided whether you can be admitted;
  • You must complete the Bachelor's program before September 1, 2022. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be de-registered from the Master's program.

This regulation applies to Bachelor's students at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands and to Bachelor's students of other universities within the European Economic Area (EEA). This regulation does not apply to students from a university outside the EEA.

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?
  • If you were enrolled in a university of applied sciences in academic year 2020/2021 and you have experienced a delay in the final phase of your propaedeutic year at a university of applied sciences due to the COVID-19 measures, you are eligible for admission to the corresponding Bachelor’s program on the basis of a positive “completion advice” (afrondingsadvies). You must meet the other admission requirements;
  • Bachelor’s students of a university of applied sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands need to hand in their "completion advice" at the Student Desk before August 31. This advice must be issued by your university of applied sciences (hbo);
  • Bachelor’s students from a university not in the Netherlands but in the EEA who would like to make use of this regulation should contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tilburguniversity.edu;
  • Of course you should also follow the application procedure as indicated on the website. Based on your positive "completion advice", it will be decided whether you can be admitted;
  • You must submit your certificate of the completed propaedeutic year (or Associate Degree) before January 1, 2022. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be de-registered from the Bachelor's program.

This regulation only applies to students following a program of study at institutions within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Events

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

Throughout the year, we offer various possibilities to participate in our events for prospective students. We are organizing online events and we aim to offer as many on-campus events as possible. In the  calendars below you can find all events that are open for (pre-)registration. All registrants will be informed if any changes occur due to corona measures.

If you are interested in a Bachelor’s program, take a look at the event calendar Bachelor's programs.

For students interested a Master’s program, we have an event calendar Master's programs.

In addition, on our website ‘Study in Tilburg’ you can watch videos of our green campus and the student city Tilburg, partake in a virtual campus tour and get in touch with our Bachelor’s students.

More specific information about our study programs, including programs, courses, application and admission can be found through the overview pages of our Bachelor's and Master's programs.

Together we ensure a safe working and learning environment.

  • Stay home if you have any complaints (also cold symptoms) and have yourself tested;
  • Wear a face mask in the campus buildings;
  • Stay at a 1.5 meter distance from each other where possible.
Use free self-tests

Education

*UPDATED, JANUARY 21* | In what form does education take place in academic year 2021-2022?

In the second semester, education will take place on campus to the extent possible. However, a number of additional preconditions apply for in-person education to take place in a responsible manner, such as a maximum group size of 75 students and always wearing face masks. A medical face mask is recommended. You can find more information on the mask mandate on campus in the FAQ on coronavirus on campus.

This means that classes, practicums and lectures with a maximum of 75 students will physically take place on campus. We will organize as many educational activities as possible on campus. In cases where that is not possible, for instance in the case of large-scale lectures, the lecture will take place online.

What this means for the way in which your courses will be taught, will be communicated via our digital learning environment Canvas. Additionally, students are advised to check their schedules regularly for any changes, as this situation will entail timetable changes.

A safe learning environment

  • Be considerate of each other and give each other space;
  • Stay home if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms and get tested;
  • Abide by campus guidelines;
  • Self-testing remains important. Self-tests can also still be ordered and delivered to your home at no cost through zelftestonderwijs.nl. Self-tests can also be picked up at the counter in Academia building, the Mailroom in Koopmans building, and the counter in Meerkoldreef;
  • Vaccination | Have you not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19? We want to encourage you to get vaccinated in order to create a safe working and learning environment. We would like to draw your attention to the possibility to get your jab without an appointment at several GGD vaccination centers (Municipal Health Service). For more information, check out Walk-in vaccination center.

Traveling to the Netherlands for your studies

We expect our students to be in the Netherlands before the start of the academic year. If you live abroad and want to come to the Netherlands for your studies, please prepare using this Checklist for travel to the Netherlands of the Dutch government. It will give you more information on traveling to the Netherlands, exceptions to the European entry ban for students, quarantine, etc. Do you encounter problems in the process of coming to Tilburg? If so, please contact our Immigration Office.

Exceptions

Exceptions apply for students of the programs LLB Global Law, LLM Law and Technology, LLM International Business Law, LLM International Business Tax Law and MSc International Business Tax Economics that have opted to follow their education online in the academic year 2021/2022. The online options for the academic year 2022/2023 have not yet been decided upon. Therefore, students should take into account the possibility that in the next academic year, starting in September 2022, education will be organized fully on campus also for these programs.

Joint degree programs

Joint degree programs are offered in collaboration with another university. For these programs, different or additional information about education during the next academic year may apply. Therefore, please keep a close eye on the information you directly receive from your joint degree program. That information is leading and will prevail over general information you will receive about education at Tilburg University.

Where can I go with my questions about study choice and career planning and preparation?

Student Career Services is happy to help you. Also during the measures of COVID-19, we still offer you our services but in an alternative way.

  • Are you unsure about how to prepare for your career during these troubling times? Please read more useful information and tips!
  • Are you a first-year student at Tilburg University and are you considering choosing a different study program? Our Career Coaches will help you prepare to choose a new study program during this online workshop.
  • If you are a Bachelor’s student and you want to choose a Master’s program, but you are not sure about which one, our Career Coaches offer you individual guidance via telephone or Skype.
  • Take a look at our web page to check out or other workshops.
  • Would you like specific, practical tips for successful job applications? Join the job consultation hours. Every Monday and Thursday between 13:00 and 14:00 hrs we offer you advice on your LinkedIn profile, your application letter or CV. Register through the Career Portal. This will also be via telephone or Skype.
  • Do you want to talk about your career orientation? You can make an appointment via the Career Portal with the Career Services Officer of your school. Your appointment will be via telephone or Skype instead of in person.
  • Are you looking for an internship or a job? Or do you want to discover what the possibilities are? Take a look at the Career Portal.
I have to submit documents (residence permit, copy ID) to the Student Desk. What should I do?

The Student Desk is Tilburg University’s central student information desk. Check the opening hours on the Student Desk webpage.

There are several ways to send your documents to the Student Desk as well:

  • You can deposit your copy or copies in the white mailbox of the Student Desk at the reception of Academia building. Opening hours on working days from 08:30 - 17:30 hrs;
  • You may also send your copy to: Tilburg University, Student Desk, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands;
  • You can add a digital copy of your document as attachment to the Student Desk contact form.

Campus

Is the campus open for visits?

For more information about the accessibility of the campus, please check the FAQ on coronavirus on campus and events.

Immigration (non-EU applicants)

Can I go to the embassy to pick up my MVV?

Due to COVID-19, it depends on the epidemiological situation in a country and the measures that apply there (a lockdown, for example) whether and to what extent the consular desk of an embassy or consulate general is operational. If an embassy or consulate general is open for consular services, you can make an MVV appointment. In some cases, capacity remains limited. Therefore, keep in mind that processing times may be longer than usual.

Consult the web page of the embassy or consulate general to see whether it is possible to make an MVV appointment. This page will be updated as soon as consular services and appointment options change.

The consular section of the embassy is closed or does not have any appointment times left available. Can I collect my MVV?

First, to avoid any delay you can start the immigration process (pay the fee and upload the required documents) asap after having received the e-mail from the Immigration team.

If the consular section of the embassy is closed, you cannot collect an MVV. Sometimes, the consular desk is (temporarily) unable to reopen due to the local situation. In that case, it is either not possible at all to collect an MVV, or only in urgent situations, or if you belong to a category exempted from the EU entry ban. MVV’s for students are given priority.

Are there no appointment options? Unfortunately, the Immigration office has no influence on the times left available. Please contact the embassy to ask if you can make an appointment. If not, you can ask your Immigration coordinator to contact the IND. If the IND is of the opinion that your case is urgent, the IND will contact the embassy to ask whether an exception can be made. Please check the IND website for the urgency criteria and procedure.

Are you curious whether the embassy in your region can currently issue MVVs? Please consult the web page of the embassy or consulate general. This page will be updated as soon as the situation changes.

Within what time frame should I collect my visa after it is approved?

However, the IND has indicated that you can collect your MVV within 9 months after the original date of approval.

Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.

Within what time frame should I travel to the Netherlands after having collected my entry visa (MVV)?

Your MVV is valid for three months from the date of collection, which means you have to travel to the Netherlands within three months.

However, if you are unable to travel to the Netherlands within those three months due to corona restrictions (such as border closures) and your MVV has expired, you can make a new appointment with the Dutch embassy/consulate (if it is open). Within 90 days after the expiry date of your MVV, the consular department is authorized to re-issue the MVV, provided corona did not allow you to leave on time.  

If you are unable to travel to the Netherlands by the end of that extension period due to corona restrictions, you must apply for a new visa and pay the immigration fee again. Please keep checking Netherlandsandyou.nl.

Can I extend my residence permit online from abroad without having to go to the Netherlands?

Yes, you can extend your residence permit online from abroad from three months before the validity of your current residence permit expires. You will be able to collect your new residence permit at the IND once it’s safe for you to travel back to the Netherlands.

If your current residence permit will have expired by the time you need/are allowed to travel back to the Netherlands, you will need to request a return visa at the Dutch embassy/consulate in your home country in order to be allowed to re-enter the Netherlands.

What happens with my residence permit when I am outside of the Netherlands for a longer period of time, due to COVID-19?

For the purpose of temporarily studying abroad due to COVID-19, the IND decided that you could legally stay outside the Netherlands for a maximum of 12 months. As of March 1, 2021, the IND has changed the rule to 6 months:

  • Departure: between March 2020 and September 1, 2020
    Return: within maximum 12 months after departure
  • Departure: between September 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021
    Return: on September 1, 2021 the latest
  • Departure: as of March 1, 2021
    Return: within 6 months after departure

If you are still abroad after your obligated return date, you lose the right to maintain your residence permit and we will deregister you at the IND.

If, after your residence permit is cancelled, you want to travel to the Netherlands to pick up your Diploma you can travel on a tourist visa.

If, after your residence permit is cancelled, you want to travel to the Netherlands to continue your study, you need to start the immigration procedure again in order to obtain a new permit. Please inform the Immigration team 3 months prior to your travel date.

Practical matters

Vaccination without an appointment

Vaccination without appointment 

Have you not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19? We want to encourage you to get vaccinated in order to create a safe working and learning environment. We would like to draw your attention to the possibility to get your jab without an appointment at several GGD vaccination centers (Municipal Health Service).

For more information, check out Walk-in vaccination center.

Will the tuition fee be adjusted if part of my courses are offered online?

For 2021/2022 only, the Dutch government has decided to offer a reduction of the tuition fees for all students, to offer some ‘financial breathing space’ in these times of COVID-19. Read more information on the reduced fees.

What if I get COVID-19 during the first 10 days of my stay in the Netherlands - Are my medical costs covered?

If you have taken out the AON ICS Student Insurance, your medical costs will be covered by your insurance*. If you are not planning to take out this insurance package, check the conditions of the insurance policy you have/will have to confirm whether these costs will be covered or not.  It is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct medical insurance for your complete stay in the Netherlands.

*Please bear in mind that the condition for this cover is that you must apply for insurance before your arrival in the Netherlands. The insured period must be equal to your period of enrollment or for at least the academic year. If your studies commenced more than two weeks prior to the date of the application, the AON Student Insurance package will not cover any costs directly or indirectly related to treatment of the COVID-19.

I would like to follow the Dutch news about COVID-19. How can I do that?

For a translation of the Dutch news please visit

Lastly, the “corona portal” of the Holland Expat Center South also contains a lot of useful information and links. 

What general measures and rules are in place in the Netherlands with respect to the coronavirus?

Please, see the following website from the Dutch government about the measures and rules which apply to everyone in the Netherlands.

What COVID-19 test should I take?

PCR test

The PCR test is the most reliable test to find out if you have COVID-19.  There are various types of PCR tests.

A smear is taken from the nose and throat with a cotton swab.  The PCR test is carried out only by the official testing stations (teststraat in Dutch) organized by the Dutch Public Health Service (GGD) and is free-of-charge.  This test must be taken if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms (temperature, runny nose, headache, throat pain, chills, difficulty breathing)
  • You have taken a lateral flow test with positive results.
  • You want to take a test after five days of quarantine in order to discontinue quarantine.
  • You want to travel to another country.  Many countries require a negative PCR test before travel.  Check on the requirements in place in the destination country before you travel.

Results of the PCR test are usually available within 24 to 48 hours during which time you are not allowed to leave your home.

Do you want to be tested?

  • Call +31 (0)800 - 1202 or +31 (0)850 - 659 063 for an appointment
  • If you have a DigiD you can also register for a test online

When making a test appointment you will be asked to give your BSN number. If you do not have a BSN (yet), you can just state something else, for instance your passport number.

Lateral Flow test (rapid diagnostic test)

There are various types of lateral flow tests (also known as rapid diagnostic tests), involving nose and/or throat samples taken with a cotton swab:

  • Home test: students can order these free-of-charge via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl/ with your Tilburg University student account.  Test kits will be delivered to your address in the Netherlands.  Tilburg University encourages all students and staff to use the home testing kit before coming to campus for your safety and the safety of those around you.  As these are done at home, these are not official test results and cannot be used as proof for admission to events or for travel.  Results of a home test cannot be used to shorten quarantine.
  • Private company: for this test, you must make an appointment with the private company responsible for processing these tests.  You must pay for this yourself – please check the cost beforehand as these can vary from about €35 to €49; some test results can be delivered within 30 minutes, some within 2 hours.  Companies will also provide a travel certificate confirming the results of the test; if negative, it is possible to use this Certificate for travel purposes, but you must check whether your destination country requires a PCR or a lateral flow test.    

If you have symptoms, if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the lateral flow test is positive, a PCR test must be taken.

As an international student, can I get a COVID-19 vaccination in the Netherlands?

Vaccination without appointment 

Have you not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19? We want to encourage you to get vaccinated in order to create a safe working and learning environment. We would like to draw your attention to the possibility to get your jab without an appointment at several GGD vaccination centers (Municipal Health Service). For more information, check out the Walk-in vaccination center.

Vaccination with appointment

To be eligible for vaccination in the Netherlands as an international student, you must be registered with the municipality in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You will then receive an invitation from the RIVM in due course.  To make an appointment online you do need a citizen service number (BSN) and a DigiD. You will receive a BSN when you  register at the municipality where you live. With your BSN you can request a DigiD (Digital Identity).

More information

Have had a first vaccination, but not yet had a second?

The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport cannot guarantee that all vaccines that are used worldwide will be available in the Netherlands. The advice is to get both vaccinations in your home country.

I received my first vaccination in my home country. Is it possible to receive my second vaccination after I arrive in the Netherlands?

The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport cannot guarantee that all vaccines that are used worldwide will be available in the Netherlands. The advice is to get both vaccinations in your home country.

Should I book accommodation or not? / Are accommodation start dates flexible?

It is very important to arrange accommodation before arriving in Tilburg. Tilburg University does not own any housing itself. It is your own responsibility to arrange accommodation. However, the Housing Office is happy to assist you in your search. Some students prefer to book a room in one of the reserved accommodations and some find their new home in the private market. Please make sure to fully read and understand your contract, especially the cancellation policy, before signing. Most of the time, the start dates of the contracts are set, but in the private market there might be some room for negotiation.

Take a look at the accommodation for international students website for safety instructions, useful tips and lots of information. Or contact the Housing Office via e-mail: studenthousing@tilburguniversity.edu. 

PLEASE NOTE: there is no financial compensation for students who are having problems paying their rent due to the coronavirus crisis. However, landlords must try to look for solutions. Are you in doubt about your rights and duties? Please contact the Housing Hotline of the Dutch Student Union for advice.

Travel and (self-)quarantine

Do I need to go into quarantine upon arrival in Tilburg?

Use the Quarantine Check for Travelers to find out what is required for entry to the Netherlands on the date of your arrival, such as quarantine requirements and/or a negative COVID-19 test result.  Please check this regularly, as the information can change quickly.

Do I need a negative PCR test upon arrival in the Netherlands or in Tilburg?

See the government's information traveling to the Netherlands from abroad.

negative COVID-19 test result may be mandatory, please check your situation before traveling. You are advised to test yourself after a vacation or trip abroad, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Read the updates on the COVID-19 situation before traveling.

If you follow the advice for entry to the Netherlands, no additional testing is required on arrival in Tilburg.

Please note: the requirements can change quickly, so please check this regularly before you travel to make sure you have the latest information. 

When should I book my flight?

As of the academic year 2021-2022, all classes will be on campus, rather than online. Not being in the Netherlands at the start of the academic year will result in you missing your first classes. We strongly advise you to travel to the Netherlands in time for your classes, taking into account the period of quarantine, if this applies to you. When you book your flight is a decision which you must make for yourself, taking into account the situation in your country of residence and entry requirements in the Netherlands.  If you require a visa before you travel to Tilburg, we strongly recommend that you do not book your journey until you have collected your visa from the appropriate Dutch embassy/consulate.

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 you are required to quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands, you must travel directly to your accommodation, if possible by taxi; public transport should only be used if there is no other alternative, but whatever transport you use, wear a mask which covers your chin, mouth and nose for the duration of the journey and try to keep at least 1.5 m distance from other passengers. 

You must complete a Quarantine Declaration form before travelling and keep it with you until you have reached the accommodation where you intend to quarantine.  For further information, please check out Mandatory quarantine for travelers from very high-risk areas (requirement to stay at home or in your accommodation) | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl.

Inform your landlord in advance that you must quarantine and arrange how to collect your key.  Wear a face mask at all times.  After arrival at your accommodation, you must stay in your accommodation for the duration of your quarantine, although you can go into your garden or onto your balcony, if you have one.  You cannot leave your accommodation for any reason and risk a fine if you do so.  For more information, please go to Rules on self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl.

Can I go to campus while in quarantine?

No, you must stay in your accommodation for the duration of your quarantine.  You cannot come to campus, even briefly, and you will not be able to e.g. register at the City Hall or collect your Dutch residence permit (if you have applied for one). You will be able to do these things after you have completed your quarantine.  If you do go out, you not only risk a fine, but you are also risking the health of everyone around you. 

During your quarantine, please make use of the assistance we have made available to students by contacting our chaplaincy: helpmij@protonmail.com (see question “If I need to stay in self-quarantine, how can I get groceries?”).  Further information is also available at Brochure - Help and support when self-quarantining (staying at home) | Leaflet | Government.nl about help available when in quarantine.

Is my accommodation suitable for self-quarantine?

You may need to self-quarantine for 10 days. Find out if you have to self-quarantine by doing the self-check. Check the website regularly as the advice can change very quickly.

You can quarantine in your accommodation. Inform any fellow house mates (on arrival if you do not know them beforehand), that you will have to seclude yourself for the duration of your quarantine and come to an agreement on the use of the shared facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen.

Read the overview of the Dutch Government with the rules for self-quarantine.

What should I do if I do not have accommodation or if I prefer not to go into quarantine in my  studentroom?

If this is the case, you can self-quarantine in one of the hotels in Tilburg. The following hotels offer a package deal for Tilburg University students:

  • Hotel Mercure - €125.50 per night (included meals, excluding city tax)
    Reservation via info@mercure-tilburg.nl indicating ‘TilburgUniversity2021’ to receive the package deal.
  • IBIS hotel Tilburg - €96.50 per night (included meals, excluding city tax)
    Reservation via info@Ibis-tilburg.nl indicating ‘TilburgUniversity2021’ to receive the package deal.
  • Van der Valk - €159.50 per night for single use (included meals, excluding city tax) / €209 per night for double use (included meals, excluding city tax)
    Reservation via sales@tilburg.valk.nl indicating ‘TilburgUniversity2021’ to receive the package deal.
If I need to stay in self-quarantine, how can I get groceries?

Several supermarkets offer the option for home delivery, such as Albert Heijn and Jumbo. There are also apps such as Gorillas Boodschappen (Android and iOS) which you can use to get groceries delivered at home or you can ask housemates who do not need to stay in quarantine. You can also ask housemates who do not need to stay in quarantine or anyone else you know. If you don’t yet have a social network in Tilburg to support you, or you would simply like someone to talk to, please contact our chaplaincy: helpmij@protonmail.com.  Further information is also available at Brochure - Help and support when self-quarantining (staying at home) | Leaflet | Government.nl about help available during your quarantine.

What if one of my housemates needs to go into self-quarantine? Do I need to go into quarantine as well?

See Getting tested following contact with someone with coronavirus on the website of the Dutch government. As a housemate you are considered a close contact.

Also see the questions 'A person I have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?' and 'I either have or one of my household members has (respiratory) complaints. Can I come to campus? And what should I do?' in the (mental) health section in the FAQ for students.

How long is the quarantine period?

The quarantine period lasts for 10 days.  However, it is possible to take a PCR test after 5 days.  If that test is negative, you can end the quarantine period.

Contact the GGD (the Municipal Health Authority, phone 0800 - 1202 or +31 (0)850 - 659 063 to register for a test (free of charge). If you have a DigiD you can also register for a test online. When making a test you will be asked to give your BSN number. If you do not have a BSN (yet), you can just state something else, for instance your passport number.

My classes start immediately after my arrival, so I don’t have time for a 10 day self-quarantine period.

During your self-quarantine you must follow the measures of the Dutch Government. This means you must not leave your accommodation to attend classes or other academic or social activities in person. Contact your Education Coordinator to discuss how you can keep up with the course material while you are in quarantine.

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