Corona

FAQ on coronavirus for students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 27th January 2022

The COVID-19 measures have an impact on your daily life and the way you study and follow education. We want to inform you as clearly as possible about the measures and developments. We do this by working out Frequently Asked Questions for you. The questions are regularly updated and complemented on the basis of the questions we receive. Do you have a question that is not listed here? Please let us know.

Relaxations after January 25

On January 25, the government announced new relaxations in the approach to COVID-19. We will work out what the new relaxations will mean for Tilburg University in concrete terms as soon as possible. Information about this will be published on this website and through the channels of the Sports Center.

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. A medical face mask is recommended;
  • Stay at a 1.5 meter distance from each other where possible.
Use free self-tests

Education

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

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.

*UPDATED, JANUARY 21* | Is it mandatory to wear a face mask during on-campus lectures and exams?

You can find more information on the mask mandate on campus in the FAQ on coronavirus on campus.

In academic year 2021-2022, can I choose to take lectures online, e.g. if I am ill or in quarantine?

The general rule is that if you are ill (flu, pneumonia, muscle aches, COVID-19 or whatever) or need to go into quarantine, make sure you make arrangements with fellow students to take notes. If it takes longer and your studies will be delayed, make arrangements with the Education coordinator and teachers about how you can catch up or about alternatives. This is not always possible.

See Study delay for more information.

*  Exception | The programs listed below offer students who started in august 2021 the opportunity to opt for either on-campus or online education. Master students who start their program in January can follow the spring semester online (this doesn’t apply for LLB Global Law students). The online options for the academic year 2022/2023 has not been decided upon. Therefore, it is possible that in the next academic year education will be organized fully on campus also for these programs.

  • LLB Global Law (first semester only)
  • LLM Law and Technology (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Tax Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • MSc International Business Tax Economics (whole academic year 2021/2022)
In academic year 2021-2022, can I continue my degree program online if I CANNOT travel to the Netherlands due to the COVID-19 situation?

Only in the event of an actual travel ban from the country you are traveling from which you are not exempted from as a student will we take the necessary measures to offer alternative education (with the exception of the programs mentioned below). This will be decided on a case-by-case basis. On this website of the Dutch government, you can find information on the current travel restrictions.

All other students are expected to come to the Netherlands to start their studies. Please also see ‘Can I start my degree program online if I prefer not to travel to the Netherlands?’

*  Exception | The programs listed below offer students who started in august 2021 the opportunity to opt for either on-campus or online education. Master students who start their program in January can follow the spring semester online (this doesn’t apply for LLB Global Law students). The online options for the academic year 2022/2023 has not been decided upon. Therefore, it is possible that in the next academic year education will be organized fully on campus also for these programs.

  • LLB Global Law (first semester only)
  • LLM Law and Technology (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Tax Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • MSc International Business Tax Economics (whole academic year 2021/2022)
In academic year 2021-2022, can I continue my degree program online if I PREFER not to travel to the Netherlands due to the COVID-19 situation?

No, it is not possible to start or follow  your study program online, with the exception of the study programs mentioned below*. As a student you are, in most cases, also exempted from the EU entry ban. Depending on the country you are traveling from, it is possible that you will have to go into quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands. All students traveling from countries and regions mentioned on the following website of the Dutch government are urged to self-quarantine for 5-10 days upon arrival.

Only in the event of an actual travel ban from the country you are traveling from which students are not exempted from will we take the necessary measures to offer alternative education. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis. On this website of the Dutch government, you can find information on the current travel bans.

*  Exception | The programs listed below offer students who started in august 2021 the opportunity to opt for either on-campus or online education. Master students who start their program in January can follow the spring semester online (this doesn’t apply for LLB Global Law students). The online options for the academic year 2022/2023 has not been decided upon. Therefore, it is possible that in the next academic year education will be organized fully on campus also for these programs.

  • LLB Global Law (first semester only)
  • LLM Law and Technology (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Tax Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • MSc International Business Tax Economics (whole academic year 2021/2022)
Can I go to campus to study?

Check out the webpage on Study places for more information about availability of study places.

The maximum group of 75 people size will apply in the Library. This means that 75 students per floor will be able to use a work place. 

Please, always follow the guidelines on campus and take a self-test prior to coming to campus, even if you are vaccinated. Only if it is negative, come to campus. Read more information about self-testing and vaccination.

Do I have to prove that I have been vaccinated or have a negative self-test before I can come to campus?

You do not have to prove that you have been vaccinated or have a negative self-test before coming to campus. Should other arrangements be made in the future, you will be informed. 

However, we do call on your own responsibility as a student to protect your fellow students, our employees and guests by doing a self-test prior to coming to campus, even if you are vaccinated, and only if it is negative, to actually come to campus.

Read more information about self-testing and vaccination.

I have been on campus and have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

Check out the FAQ 'I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?' in the (mental) health section.

Application and Admission

I am a final-year Bachelor's student and, due to the corona 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)

There are the exceptions on the Bachelor's-before-Master's rule (Harde Knip) for the academic year 2021/2022. See the Bachelor's-before-Master's rule for the specific requirements.

*UPDATED, DECEMBER 7* | I am a pre-Master’s student and, due to the COVID-19 measures, I am not sure if I can successfully complete my pre-Master’s program. Can I start my Master's program?
  • If you were  enrolled in a pre-Master’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 pre-Master’s program, but still have to complete a maximum of 6 EC from your previous program. You must meet the other admission requirements.
  • This regulation will also apply to admission to a master's program in February 2022 (if you start the premaster program on September 1, 2021 as well). 
  • This regulation does not apply retroactively. If your registration has already ended you cannot appeal to this regulation.
  • You cannot graduate in the Master's program if you have not completed your pre-Master’s program.
  • In order to complete your pre-Master’s program, you need to sign up for both the pre-Master’s and the Master’s program. When you pay the statutory fee, you only pay once for the master and no fee for the pre-Master. If you pay an institutional fee (non-European students), you also pay a fee for each pre-Master's course of 6 EC.

Accommodation

I haven’t found (temporary) accommodation yet. What should I do?

We understand the struggles of the accommodation process, however as many Dutch universities, Tilburg University does not own on-campus accommodation, and does not offer, nor guarantee, student housing.

We urge students who are preparing to travel to Tilburg, to actively search for housing and to ensure (temporary) housing before their arrival, as it’s a priority! If you haven’t found accommodation yet, we advise you to contact our Housing Officer for tips on temporary housing. This will enable you to look for a more permanent solution directly upon arrival. Please contact studenthousing@tilburguniversity.edu for questions and advise on temporary housing options.

Practical matters on travel and (self-)quarantine

Most information can be found on the Travel and (self-)quarantine section in our FAQ for Prospective students. You can find some additional questions below.

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 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

I live in Belgium. What do I need to take into account?

View the most current information and guidelines for residents of Belgium regarding travel to the Netherlands and travel from the Netherlands back to Belgium.

Exams

*UPDATED, JANUARY 21* | In academic year 2021-2022, how will the exams be administered? And how do I register?
  • Examinations will continue as scheduled.
  • Self-study areas will remain open in the self-study rooms with a maximum of 75 people per room.

We are aware of the fact that, given the current Covid situation, you have many questions relating to the on-campus exams. The rules relating to maximum group sizes and social distancing do not apply to exams and we see that you are worried about this. We understand that. That is why we want to bring to your attention the following measures which apply and also measures which you as a student can take. In this way, we can create a safe learning environment together.

  • In the campus buildings, wearing a face mask is mandatory, both when moving and sitting at a workstation or in the lecture hall. A medical face mask is recommended. This also applies during examinations. You can find more information on the mask mandate on campus in the FAQ on coronavirus on campus.
  • During exams, candidates will be seated at a distance from each other wherever possible. We ask that you keep 1.5 meters distance from others wherever possible.
  • The ventilation system is suitable for spaces with higher occupancy and has also been turned up since the beginning of the corona crisis. So do not worry about ventilation: it is working at a higher intensity than is necessary for the number of people sitting a test. Please note that the space may feel chilly as a result.
  • Self-testing is essential. We kindly request you to do a home test before you come to the campus for an exam. Only come to the campus if your home test is negative. Home tests can still be ordered free of charge from www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. They will be mailed to your home.
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are you in quarantine? We ask students who are unable to come to campus due to a COVID-19 infection, mandatory quarantine, or a waiting period following a COVID-19 test to act responsibly and stay home. That said, we recognize the need for students not to suffer delays in their studies due to COVID-19 related reasons.

    That is why, if you are or were unable to come to campus in December 2021 and/or January 2022 for COVID-19 related reasons and you therefore will miss or have missed the first and/or second on-campus exam opportunities, you can submit a request for a catch-up exam for the exam(s) concerned. Read more in the FAQ "What if I miss my exam, for example because I am sick, in quarantine or have to wait for my test result?".


All surveilled exams are conducted on campus. Non-surveilled exams might be administered online. Of course, we ensure a safe situation for all our students and staff. 

* Exceptions apply for the programs listed below. These programs offer students the opportunity to opt for either on-campus or online education.

  • LLB Global Law (first semester only)
  • LLM Law and Technology (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Tax Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • MSc International Business Tax Economics (whole academic year 2021/2022)

Exam schedule

The exam schedule can be found on the Written exams page. Given the capacity available, exams must inevitably also be scheduled on Saturdays. Information about education and exams will be communicated through Canvas. Therefore, keep a close eye on the Canvas page of the courses of your study program and your mailbox.

Registering for exams

To be able to take any exam or resit, you must have registered for both the relevant course and the scheduled exam through Osiris. You can take any exam or resit only if you have registered for it. If you fail to register for any exam or resit in time, you cannot take the exam. More information on registering for exams on the Written exams page.

Location

The location of your exam is stated on the exam notification.

The same rules apply at all locations. At the moment, education is exempted from the COVID certificate, which will not be checked at lectures or exams. If your exam takes place at an external location or in the Sports Center, for example, this exception also applies, so you do not have to show your QR check.

A safe learning environment
Together, we provide a safe work and study environment. Not all staff and students who come to campus will feel completely comfortable and safe. Respect that people are different. Be considerate of each other and give each other space. In the coming period the following applies unabated: Stay home with complaints and get tested! We ask you, if you have not yet been vaccinated, to do a self-test every time before coming to campus. Vaccinated employees and students are asked to do a self-test twice a week. By doing a self-test, you prevent the coronavirus from spreading further unnoticed among your colleagues or students. As an employee or student, you can request free self-tests at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl.

*UPDATED, JANUARY 21* | Is it mandatory to wear a face mask while taking on-campus exams?

You can find more information on the mask mandate on campus in the FAQ on coronavirus on campus.

*UPDATED, JANUARY 27* | What if I miss my exam, for example because I am sick, in quarantine or have to wait for my test result?

Catch-up exam for exam missed in December/January for COVID-19 related reasons

We ask students who are unable to come to campus due to a COVID-19 infection, mandatory quarantine, or a waiting period following a COVID-19 test to act responsibly and stay home. That said, we recognize the need for students not to suffer delays in their studies due to COVID-19 related reasons.

That is why, if you are or were unable to come to campus in December 2021 and/or January 2022 for COVID-19 related reasons and you therefore will miss or have missed the first and/or second on-campus exam opportunities, you can submit a request for a catch-up exam for the exam(s) concerned.

You may submit such a request if you meet the following conditions:

  • You missed the first, second or both on-campus exam opportunities in December 2021 and/or January 2022 for the exam(s) concerned as a result of quarantine because you or someone in your household had COVID-19 or showed COVID-19 symptoms; and
  • You registered for the resit (second opportunity) for the exam(s) concerned; and
  • You have failed the exam(s) concerned.

Please submit a request by completing this form and by submitting the completed form not later than 20 working days after the second exam opportunity. If you missed the first or both opportunities, please submit the completed form after the second opportunity. If you missed the first opportunity, please submit the form as soon as you have received your grade for the second opportunity exam.

After deciding on your request, you will be informed of the next steps. How and when any extra opportunities granted are to take place will be determined and communicated for each School and course separately.

  • What if I miss the catch-up exam? Only one catch-up exam will be offered, if you miss it there will not be an additional catch-up exam.
  • Does the catch-up exam also apply to an exam missed in October or earlier? No, this catch-up exam only applies to exams scheduled between November 19, 2021 and January 31, 2022, due to the fact that stricter quarantine regulations have taken effect on November 19.
  • If I have already passed my exam, can I still participate in a catch-up exam? No, this is not possible. The purpose of the catch-up exam is to prevent students from falling behind with their studies. If you have already passed the exam, you can retake it at the next regular opportunity.
  • What if I am/was in quarantine because of traveling instead of corona(symptoms)? If you come to the Netherlands too short before an exam and are therefore in quarantine, you will not be eligible for a catch-up exam. The policy that exams are taken on campus has been announced in a timely manner and it is the responsibility of an individual student to be in the Netherlands on time.
  • What if I am an Exchange student? If you are an Exchange student and are abroad in the second semester and want to be considered for a catch-up exam, but you cannot make it on campus, you can submit a request to your Examination Board instead of filling out the form.
  • What if I missed the first opportunity of an on-campus exam in December or January because of COVID-19 and the resit is in week 13 or week 14? If you missed the first on-campus exam because of COVID-19 in December/January, you must register for and participate in the resit. If you have not passed the exam after the resit, you can, as soon as the grades of the resit are known, submit a request for a catch-up exam for the exam(s) concerned via this form (link to this form follows). Please note that this only applies if you were unable to take the exam in December or January because you had to go into quarantine due to a corona infection, mandatory quarantine or waiting time for a test.


We would like to summarize the general guidelines regarding making or missing exams as well:

  • For students, who are not able to take an exam due to illness, the standard procedure of Tilburg University applies: they can make up the missed exam at the regular resit. If there are special circumstances, please contact the education coordinator.
  • For students with a (medical) disability, the standard procedure of Tilburg University applies: they can report to the dean of students who will consider whether they are eligible for special provisions.
  • Students, without a medical indication, not wanting to come to campus to take an exam, can make use of the regular resit. There are also possibilities for advice and counseling.
  • For international students without a residence permit in the Netherlands, support is offered in the first place to enable them to come to the Netherlands after all. If this is not possible before the start of the first examination period, they can make use of the regular resit. If this is not possible, they can report to the program and its Examination Board to see if there are other possibilities.

Together we ensure a safe working and learning environment. Not all employees and students who come to campus to provide or engage in education or other work activities will feel completely comfortable and safe. Respect that people are different. Be considerate of each other and give each other space. In the coming period, the following applies unabated: Stay home if you have any complaints. We ask you, if you have not yet been vaccinated, to do a self-test every time before coming to campus. Vaccinated employees and students, we ask that you take a self-test twice a week. By doing a self-test, you prevent the coronavirus from spreading further unnoticed among your colleagues or students. As an employee or student, you can request free self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl.

In academic year 2021-2022, can I choose to take exams online, for example if I am still abroad?

No, this is not possible at this time unless you are starting in one of the programs listed below*. Exams offered on campus are not automatically offered online.

If you are not able to take an exam due to immigration or housing problems, you can make up the missed exam at the regular resit. If, due to circumstances beyond your control, you are not able to take this exam either, please consult the Examination Board of your faculty about the possibility of an alternative exam or an additional resit.

* Exceptions apply for the programs listed below. These programs offer students the opportunity to opt for either on-campus or online education.

  • LLB Global Law (first semester only)
  • LLM Law and Technology (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • LLM International Business Tax Law (whole academic year 2021/2022)
  • MSc International Business Tax Economics (whole academic year 2021/2022)
Where do I find more information about written exams, digital exams, and online exams?

You can find more information on the web page exams.

Why are exams scheduled in the evenings and on Saturdays?

In order to make sure that the exams for the students are sufficiently spread over the exam period and that no exams take place at the same time, we divert to the evenings and Saturdays.

Graduation

*UPDATED, JANUARY 18* | I want to pick up my diploma. What can I do?

It is possible for students who graduated to pick up the diploma at the Student Desk. Check the opening hours on the Student Desk webpage.

Will my graduation ceremony go ahead as planned? 

Graduation ceremonies are basically according to the "walk-through" variant in the weekends. We want to ensure a safe environment for everyone and use the space responsibly. You will be informed by the School about the ceremony date and other relevant information. See also the FAQ on coronavirus on campus and events

If you cannot attend the graduation ceremony and there is no alternative offered by the program, you will receive a message from Tilburg University about how you can obtain your diploma. You will receive this message on the e-mail address you entered in Studielink.

My program does not organize a graduation ceremony. How do I get my diploma?

If there is no organized graduation ceremony of your program, it is possible that the program itself offers alternatives in order to receive the diploma. You will hear about this through the program. If there is no alternatives offered by the program, you will receive a message from Tilburg University about how you can still receive your diploma. You will receive this message via the e-mail address you entered in Studielink.

If you need your diploma quickly for a job application or registration for a subsequent program, you can request a digital excerpt from the diploma register from DUO. This has the same value as the diploma.

*UPDATED, JANUARY 11* | Will the graduation session (thesis defense) for my Master’s thesis go ahead?

Graduation sessions for the master thesis can go ahead as planned. They can be held physically in one of the meeting rooms of the school or otherwise a room can be booked via Student Desk. Only people with an active (substantive) role in the session are currently allowed to attend. It is not necessary to work with the CoronaCheck-app for thesis defenses. Abide by campus guidelines.

I passed/will pass my master degree and received a Dutch letter from DUO. What does this mean?

Anybody who obtains a Master's diploma in September 2020 to September 2021, will receive a one-off compensation from DUO of 535 euro, which equals 3 month of statutory fee.

If DUO has all the necessary information, you don’t need to do anything. DUO will automatically pay the amount into your bank account. If there is any information missing, DUO will contact you. Visit de DUO website for more information. See also Financial compensation due to COVID-19. Please contact DUO if you don’t understand their Dutch letter.

(Mental) health

I think I have symptoms related to COVID-19. What should I do?

If you have (mild) symptoms of COVID-19, you should make an appointment for a COVID-19 test. Only go outside for the test. Stay home until you receive the test results.

Anyone living in the Netherlands with (mild) COVID-19-like symptoms can be tested for COVID-19 by the GGD. This test is free of charge and can be done without a referral from a doctor. You can only make an appointment if you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, such as:

  • cold-like symptoms (such as nose cold, runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat);
  • coughing;
  • shortness of breath;
  • fever; or
  • sudden loss of smell or taste

Please note, that it is forbidden to use public transportation or a taxi to travel to the testing site. This means you will need to walk, bike or arrange for private transportation by car.  

Stay at home at least until you have received the test results

Do you have serious symptoms such as a high fever or shortness of breath? Are you a heart patient, a lung patient, do you have diabetes, or do you belong to another risk group? Please call the GP you have registered with or the Huisartsenpost Midden-Brabant (GP Medical Post for emergency care in the evening, at night, on the weekend, or on public holidays). You should always call 112 if the situation is life-threatening.

I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

Positive result via self-test

Positive result via a PCR test

  • Do not go to campus and do the government check to check what you and people around you should do. Follow the instructions.
  • Have you been on campus? Report yourself anonymous (or not) via this web form.

If you need to quarantine at home, check out the practical issues in the FAQs about quarantine.

If you are at risk of study delay due to illness, take a look at the page Study delay.

A person I have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

If a person you have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, prevent spread and get tested. Even if you have no symptoms yourself. 

Whether you need to be quarantined depends on your situation and that of the person with symptoms/positive test. Do the check on the National Government's page for more information on the type of contact, type of test and follow-up measures in your situation.

  • If you subsequently test positive yourself, what is described under I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?' applies;
  • If you need to quarantine at home, check out the practical issues in the FAQs about quarantine

  • If you are at risk of study delay due to illness, take a look at the page on Study delay.

I either have or one of my household members has (respiratory) complaints. Can I come to campus? And what should I do?

Student with the following (respiratory) complaints are not allowed to come to the campus:

  • Colds such as nasal colds, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat;
  • Coughing;
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath;
  • Body temperature increase to 38̊ C or fever (higher than 38̊ C);
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste.

A student who has one or more of these complaints must be tested in accordance with the advice of the RIVM and must remain at home until the results of the test are known. After a negative test result, the student may come to campus.

Whether you need to be quarantined depends on your situation and that of the person with symptoms/positive test. Check out the National Government's page for more information on the type of test and follow-up measures in your situation. As a housemate you are considered a close contact.

I am currently on campus and developing (respiratory) complaints. What should I do?

If a student develops (respiratory) complaints on campus, he/she goes home. For the rest, the same applies as described in the question “I either have or one of my household members has (respiratory) complaints. Can I come to campus? And what should I do?”

Where can I go as an international student in case I am sick?
  • If you experience (mild) corona symptoms, see the FAQ 'I think I have symptoms related to COVID-19. What should I do?' and pay attention to regulations regarding (self-)quarantine. 

In the Netherlands, you generally first turn to a GP (“huisarts”) if you need medical help. It is advisable to register with a GP without any immediate health concerns to be prepared for unexpected physical or mental health issues. Please find information on how to register with a GP and who to contact outside of GP office hours and in emergencies on the page How to find a general practitioner?

When registering with a GP, there may be a registration fee involved that you can inquire about with the GP. If the GP’s office requests a BSN (Dutch citizen service number) for registration with them, you may apply for one with the municipality. If you are living in the Netherlands for less than 4 months in total, you may request a BSN by registering in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). You should de-register from the GP’s office when your stay the Netherlands ends.

You are strongly advised to inform yourself what is covered by your health insurances during your stay in the Netherlands and to take out sufficient health insurance coverage. Tilburg University gives some insurance recommendations on the page Healthcare and liability insurance.

The current situation demands a lot from me as a student. How do I stay physically and mentally healthy?

During this period of social distance it is difficult for many people to find a nice rhythm in the days at home. Social contacts are now less frequent and also proceed differently than usual. Mental and physical health are now extra important. Read our tips, advice and other important information about how to live your daily life at home. And also about staying as healthy as possible during this period.

New tips are added regularly, so keep checking this page from time to time.

Where can I go if I have (study) problems due to COVID-19?

Complaint

Example

Contact person

Influence on study progress

"Due to (residual symptoms of) COVID-19 or quarantine, I have a study delay."

Deans of students

Influence on mental well-being

"Due to (residual symptoms of) COVID-19 or quarantine, I am less able to concentrate while studying."

Student psychologist

Influence on planning and exam participation 

"Because of (residual symptoms of) COVID-19 or quarantine, I cannot hand in my paper in time."

Education coordinators

Influence on work orientation related questions

"Because of (residual symptoms of) COVID-19 or quarantine, I'm not sure where I want to go with my studies anymore."

Career Services Officer

I need a COVID-19 test, where to go in the Netherlands?

For general information on testing, see Testing for coronavirus | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl.

Read more information about self-test kits (testing without symptoms). 

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 Walk-in vaccination center.

Vaccination with appointment 

To be eligible for vaccination with appointment 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.

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.

Where can I get more COVID-19 information in English (or other languages)?

The Red Cross has dedicated Internet pages with animations about COVID-19 in English, Turkish, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese and Polish. These pages also contain numbers of WhatsApp helplines in these languages. Via the mobile phone, you can easily pass this information to each other.

The Dutch government has also an extended English page with official Corona information about measures, testing, vaccination, etcetera.

Last but not least you can consult the English pages of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

Exchange

What is the decision of Tilburg University regarding outgoing exchanges in Spring 2022?

For all physical outgoing exchanges, Tilburg University has the following policy based on national travel advice:

  • If the destination is ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ before departure, the exchange may go ahead.
  • If the is destination is ‘red’ before departure, the exchange may NOT go ahead and will be cancelled by Tilburg University at any time, also shortly before the exchange.
  • If the destination is ‘orange’ before departure, the exchange may go ahead, provided that
    • the student is willing to carry all risk and liability of traveling abroad to an ‘orange’ destination, and
    • the host university offers at least some or full on-campus education to guarantee student wellbeing and integration.

In addition to the cancellation of exchanges to ‘red’ destinations through Tilburg University, an exchange cannot go through if the host institution cancels incoming mobility, the borders of the destination are closed for incoming student travel, the student cannot obtain a visa for the host country in time, the student cannot fulfill health requirements for the destination (e.g. vaccination/testing), or the student decides to withdraw from the exchange.

No withdrawal fee will apply for Spring 2022 exchanges.

I am going on exchange abroad in Spring 2022 as a Tilburg University student. What should I keep in mind?
  • See question What is the decision of Tilburg University regarding outgoing exchanges in Spring 2022? to learn about the policy for exchanges in Spring 2022.

If you are able to travel abroad for your exchange according to the Spring 2022 exchange policy, you are generally advised to

  • carefully check your health insurance coverage before departure and make sure it covers COVID-19 treatment and repatriation in case of a health emergency,
  • monitor national and host university coronavirus regulations and act accordingly, and
  • register with the Dutch Embassy in their host country upon arrival. Registering with the embassy will ensure that you are notified of changes in the travel advice for your destination and that the embassy is aware of your presence in the country in case of emergency.

By selecting to continue to prepare and travel abroad for a Spring 2022 exchange when the travel advice is still/ again/ then ‘orange’, you

  • confirm to have read and understood the information provided on the Study Abroad web page for Spring 2022 Exchanges and in the downloadable risk & liability information sheet,
  • agree to carry any financial, health, and academic risks attached to the continued preparations, travel abroad, a possible cancellation or shortening of the exchange, and
  • waive any liability claims against Tilburg University in connection with the exchange.

All students who have stayed in a high risk area are requested to follow the instructions. The FAQ section on practical matters on self-quarantine may answer further questions regarding this obligation.

What is the decision of Tilburg University regarding incoming exchanges in Spring 2022?

Incoming exchanges from EEA as well as non-EEA countries will be possible in Spring semester 2022 and Tilburg University is very much looking forward to welcoming exchange students in Tilburg. This policy will only be revised if the pandemic situation changes drastically, and travel restrictions prevent travel to the Netherlands or if the Dutch government rules change in respect to this

We kindly ask students and partner universities to inform us about any changes in students' plans to come to Tilburg. Likewise, the Study Abroad & Exchange Office of Tilburg University will be in contact with incoming students and partners about any important details regarding Spring 2022 incoming exchanges that need to be shared, such as COVID-19 measures on campus and testing or quarantine regulations for arriving students.

For information in what form education will take place in Spring 2022, please refer to the FAQ section for prospective students and to the FAQ below on Will a virtual incoming exchange be possible at Tilburg University in Spring 2022?.

FAQ section for Prospective Students on Education

*UPDATED, JANUARY 18* | Will a virtual incoming exchange be possible at Tilburg University in Spring 2022?

No, a virtual exchange is not possible apart from specific educational formats such as ENGAGE.EU. Tilburg University will implement on-campus education in the Spring semester as much as possible. In line with current government COVID-19 measures, classes up to 75 students can be held on campus. All proctored exams will be administered on campus. It is therefore not possible for students to properly follow a Tilburg University education fully online in Spring.

I am an incoming exchange student and I have questions and concerns about my stay here. Where can I go for help?

Study Abroad & Exchange Team

Incoming exchange students are asked to contact the Study Abroad & Exchange Office if they have questions or need assistance with their exchange.

COVID-19 FAQ

Please also further explore the coronavirus FAQ pages as they contain answers to many questions about our campus, education, (mental) health and other topics relevant to incoming exchange students as well.

I have been to a risk area. What should I do?

For an answer to this question and further questions related to quarantine, please read the answers in the FAQ for students on quarantine.

I am organizing an event or activity on behalf of my study, sports, or student association. Can this go ahead?

Visit the page FAQ on coronavirus on campus and events for more information. 

Can my study trip continue?

Study trips are again possible. The university does expect you to take measures to prevent any infections within the travel group (or in third parties through contact with the group). In addition, make sure that there is an alternative plan in place in case the situation does deteriorate.

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.

Financial consequences

Education and Examination Regulations Students (EER)

Because of the measures Tilburg University has taken because of the coronavirus, specific additions to the formal educational regulations are necessary, including the Education and Examination Regulations and the Rules and Guidelines of the Examination Boards.

More information can be found on the web page Education and Examination Regulations Students (EER) and the EER pages per School.

Contact details 

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

E-mail

Phone

  • If your question concerns Tilburg University and is related to COVID-19, you can reach us by phone on weekdays between 10:00 - 15:30 hrs on +31 (0)13 - 466 8000 (Student Desk). 
  • Are you experiencing  personal, mental or emotional problems as a result of COVID-19? Please do not hesitate to anonymously call the  Tilburg University special helpline: +31 (0)6 - 28 771 262. The helpline is available 24/7 and is intended for all students.

Take care and look out for each other

How do I stay in touch with my study mates or my colleagues?