Questions and answers regarding COVID-19 for prospective students

We, as NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, remain committed to playing our part in safeguarding the health, well-being and success of our students and staff as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt. Academic continuity is of the highest importance, which means we aim to:

  • ensure that our students can continue their studies in a safe environment
  • ensure that our staff can do their work successfully in a safe environment
  • provide tools for staff and students so they can effectively work, study and perform research

Are you planning to study at NHL Stenden?

NHL Stenden adheres to the latest guidelines concerning COVID-19 as issued by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (the RIVM). For the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, the 1.5 metre social distancing rule has been lifted within higher education. A face mask must be worn when moving around the campus but can be removed once seated in class. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students and staff self-test at home twice a week before coming on campus.

Welcome!

NHL Stenden warmly welcomes international students to its campuses and expects those who can safely travel to the Netherlands to do so in order to undertake their studies. Conditions and restrictions vary per country and the Dutch government has issued clear instructions as to what to do before, during and after travelling to the Netherlands. These include testing for COVID-19, having a health declaration and/or self-quarantining on arrival. We strongly recommend you check out what conditions apply to you and ensure you plan enough time in to make sure you can meet the requirements before your studies start. We realize that some international students are not yet able to travel because of, for instance, travel restrictions. These students will be able to start their learning online with a view to arriving in the Netherlands as soon as they can.

We understand that you may have questions regarding studying at NHL Stenden during this COVID-19 pandemic, so feel free to contact us with your questions. You may find some answers below and the websites listed here provide lots of relevant information, or you can use the contact information to get more help.

If you have any further questions, contact us via WhatsApp +316 12 31 81 10 or email study@nhlstenden.com.

FAQ topics

  1. General
  2. Application to NHL Stenden
  3. Traveling to the Netherlands
  4. Studying at NHL Stenden

General

  • What is the current situation in the Netherlands regarding the corona virus outbreak?

For the current situation regarding the corona virus outbreak, check the latest Corona News in our news overview.

The Netherlands has basic rules in place that aim to restrict the spread of COVID-19. These continue to apply and although stricter restrictions have been lifted. In short, the rules are to stay at home if you have symptoms typical of corona, stay 1.5 metres away from others, and wear a face mask on public transport and where social distancing is not possible.

More information about the measures in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus can be found at government.nl.

  • Are the campuses of universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands open?

NHL Stenden has now re-opened. We are very happy that we can now welcome all our students on campus for classes, lectures, practicals and work groups. Some activities may be organised online but the majority of teaching is now face-to-face. When moving about the campus, you need to wear a face mask and it is strongly advised to self-test twice a week before coming on campus (of course, the test result must be negative in order to be able to be on campus!), however the 1.5 metre rule has been lifted. Naturally, we still encourage everyone to give each other space and keep walkways and doorways free so as to avoid congestion.

We ask that everyone does what they can to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including regularly checking and keeping to the latest guidelines issued by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (the RIVM). And that you make sensible decisions about social activities and visiting busy places. It is essential that if you have any of the symptoms related to those of the coronavirus, you stay home and arrange a test in line with natinal guidelines.

  • Can I attend an NHL Stenden Open Day or visit the campus?

On-campus events are being planned for the 2021-2022 academic year, so keep an eye on our website for the latest news. We also still have lots of information online including tours of our campuses and webinars. You can find out more about our online events here.

  • Are courses at NHL Stenden on campus for the academic year 2021/2022?

Yes, definitely! NHL Stenden warmly welcomes its international students and we’re happy to see our students filling the buildings again.

The Dutch government announced that the 1.5 metre social distancing rule would be lifted for higher education institutions as of 30 August. Face masks are still compulsory outside classes and lectures and there is a maximum group size of 75 people, but the change in the measures mean we can provide on-campus teaching.

We do of course realize that developments around vaccination and/or the virus itself may mean the situation changes again. We remain alert and will keep you informed of developments through the website.

  • Who can I contact if I have other questions related to studying & COVID?

We understand that you may have questions regarding studying at NHL Stenden during this COVID-19 pandemic, so feel free to contact us with your questions. You can reach us via WhatsApp +316 13 57 99 31 or email studentinfo@nhlstenden.com.

Application to NHL Stenden

  • I am unable to take an English proficiency test because test centres in my home country are closed. What should I do?

We are aware that some centres offering recognized tests are temporarily closed. NHL Stenden accepts the following English proficiency tests. In addition, we also accept iBT TOEFL Home Edition.

Please note that NHL Stenden has an onsite Language Centre which offers pre-bachelor and pre-master’s English Language Courses for students who need to upgrade their English language abilities /en/courses/english-language-course. For entry requirements please contact the Language Centre.

  • Secondary school exams have been, or may be, postponed or even cancelled in my school or home country. Can I be admitted to and enrol in a bachelor’s programme?

In principle, NHL Stenden will be accepting the same diploma credentials as usual, regardless of whether exams have been cancelled or postponed. NHL Stenden is actively monitoring the situation globally and applying the guidelines set nationally regarding diploma credentials.

Please feel free to consult our central student administration (csa@nhlstenden.com), quoting your student number (if applicable) if you would like personal advice on your situation.

  • Does NHL Stenden apply an adjusted visa application policy due to the COVID-19 outbreak?

We normally apply for visa in the months of June and July in order to ensure on-time arrival for our international students, through an accelerated procedure with the Dutch immigration services (IND).  At present we don’t foresee any changes or different policies.

  • Should I start arranging housing even if my studies are online?

All of NHL Stenden's study programmes are being taught on campus and we recommend you arrange housing as early as possible. There are exceptional circumstances in which a student is unable to travel to the Netherlands on time for the start of their studies but, even then, we expect housing to have been arranged by the time they arrive in the Netherlands.

For more information on how to find suitable student housing visit the website.

  • Can I defer my NHL Stenden offer and start my course later?

If you want to postpone the start of your study programme, you will be asked to withdraw your actual application and apply, via Studielink, for a later start date.

Applications for our February 2022 intake can be made from around 1 July onwards. Most of our English-taught bachelor programmes have both a September and February start, and an overview of these programmes can be found here. None of NHL Stenden’s programmes have an entry quota or selected admissions, which means you are guaranteed admission as long as you meet our entry requirements.

Traveling to the Netherlands

  • Does NHL Stenden expect international students to travel into the Netherlands or can I start a course online?

NHL Stenden expects international students who can safely travel to the Netherlands to come to our student cities. EU nationals and citizens of an EU or Schengen country are exempted from any kind of travel ban, but there are currently still travel restrictions for nationals from outside the EU. There are, however, exceptions, for instance for students who have a Dutch residence permit or temporary residence permit (mvv). Check out the Dutch government website for more information on exemptions to the travel ban. International students who are not yet able to travel because of, for instance, travel restrictions will be able to start their learning online with a view to arriving in the Netherlands as soon as they can.

At the moment, when you travel to the Netherlands, you must, in many cases, show a negative Covid-19 test result, even if you are vaccinated, and you are expected to self-quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine period can be reduced if a Covid-19 test carried out on day 5 is negative. Please check the Dutch government website  for the latest information as it can change regularly. .

  • Which measures will apply to me if I travel to the Netherlands?

Please check the Dutch government website for information about travelling to the Netherlands, including information about travelling from high-risk regions. The Dutch government has issued clear instructions as to what to do before, during and after travelling to the Netherlands. These include testing for COVID-19, having a health declaration and self-quarantining on arrival.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country you are staying in.

  • How can I arrange a corona test if I want to travel to the Netherlands?

For more information on a corona test and rapid testing, you can visit netherlandsworldwide.nl.

  • Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands?

You may need to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. More information about self-quarantine can be found on the Dutch government website. We expect students to act responsibly and to self-quarantine in accordance with the recommendations set by the Dutch government.

  • Should I plan to come to the Netherlands earlier so that I can self-quarantine before my study starts?

We would recommend planning in an extra 10 days in order to self-quarantine but this is up to you, where you are travelling from and depends on your own situation and if, for instance, your visa allows this (check the date on your visa to see from when it is valid).

  • As an international student, can I get a vaccine in the Netherlands?

International students who live in the Netherlands and are registered with the local municipality will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the Netherlands. The RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) will send you an invitation for a vaccination appointment to the address at which you are registered. More information is available on the Dutch government website.

  • When can I get a Covid-19 vaccination?

If you are registered as living in the Netherlands, you will receive an invitation for vaccination depending on your age and health risk. For example, people born after 1992 can expect to receive an invitation towards the end of June 2021. People in medically at-risk groups have been given priority in the vaccination programme. More information is available on the Dutch government website.

  • Do I need to carry proof of vaccination in the Netherlands?

If you have been vaccinated in your home country, it is recommended that you bring proof of vaccination with you when coming to the Netherlands. Vaccination is voluntary but strongly recommended.

  • I got the first dose of my vaccination in my home country. Can I get the second dose in the Netherlands?

The short answer to this is no. We assume that if you get vaccinated in your home country, that you will ensure you get both doses before travelling to the Netherlands. As the type of vaccine and the necessary interval between jabs varies, there is no guarantee that the second dose of the vaccine you need will be available in the Netherlands when you need it.

  • I’m staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months. Can I still get a Covid-19 vaccination?

If you are coming to live and work in the Netherlands for less than 4 months, then you need to register as a non-resident of the Netherlands. You can do this at one of the municipalities that handles matters relating to the Non-residents Records Database (RNI), for instance in Leeuwarden (see contacting an RNI municipality for more information). If the RNI includes your email address, then you may be contacted about the possibility of being vaccinated. Bear in mind that you will need to be in the Netherlands long enough to complete the whole vaccination process.

  • Is the invitation letter for a Covid-19 vaccination available in English?

Yes. The invitation letter is available in English as well as in Arabic, Polish and Tigrinya. You can read the letter here.

Studying at NHL Stenden

  • What measures against the coronavirus are in place for the academic year 2021/2022 ?

A number of basic measures are still in place such as regularly washing your hands, staying 1.5 metres away from others in public spaces, staying home and getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and ensuring indoor spaces are well ventilated. However, the 1.5 metre rule has been lifted for the higher education sector, which means we are now able to organise all educational activities on-campus.

We do of course realize that developments around vaccination and/or the virus itself may mean the situation may change. We remain alert and will keep you informed of developments through the website.

  • What are online classes at NHL Stenden like and what can I expect?

The vast majority of classes take place on campus but some activities may be held online. In this case, NHL Stenden offers a variety of digital facilities, including three particular platforms: Blackboard, Teams and our own platform with web lectures and knowledge clips. Your study programme will keep you updated about the way in which online education is organised for you. You can find more information about online education and testing at NHL Stenden here.

Life has changed a great deal since the outbreak of COVID-19. This obviously has had an impact on student life and on the way our students are dealing with studying. As an NHL Stenden student, you have free access to self-help modules provided by the mental health care organisation Mirro. These are e-Health modules that give you tips and exercises for coping with a variety of issues.

  • What should I do if I develop Corona-related symptoms while I am in the Netherlands?

If you develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, you must get tested to see if you are infected. Please visit www.government.nl for more information. Please stay home and do not visit the campus if you have any symptoms.