Corona Q & A

Questions and answers regarding COVID-19 for prospective students

As the Netherlands continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic 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. 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). This means teaching is currently mainly online with students coming on campus for practicals and tests and one day a week for face-to-face classes and lectures. Activities are organised such that social distancing of 1.5 metres can be upheld and students and staff are asked to self-test for the coronavirus. Of course, the test result must be negative in order to be able to be on campus. NHL Stenden is currently planning to offer approximately 70% of its education on-campus with the remaining 30% online, for all NHL Stenden students as per September 2021. An increasing number of vaccinated citizens and a (forecast) decrease of corona rates allow for such scenario, in a safe way.

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. Although the general advice is to not travel to the Netherlands, there is an exception for those students who have a Dutch residence permit or temporary residence permit (mvv or provisional residence permit). EU nationals or Schengen area country nationals are also exempted. In fact, these students are actually required to come to the Netherlands in order to meet the conditions of their study. 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. 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 include, for instance, working or studying from home wherever possible, avoiding busy places and staying 1.5 metres apart. In addition, face masks must be worn in all public spaces and on public transport.

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?
At present, university buildings are gradually re-opening. Practicals and tests are held on campus, and although most other teaching is provided online, current student timetables provide for face-to-face classes and lectures one day a week. Activities are organised such that social distancing of 1.5 metres can be upheld and students and staff are asked to self-test for the coronavirus. Of course, the test result must be negative in order to be able to be on campus.

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. Keep to the guidelines by not meeting in groups and by keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from each other (including from guests in the home). 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 RIVM guidelines.

Can I attend an NHL Stenden Open Day or visit the campus?
On-campus events including open days and campus tours have been cancelled for now. We have taken this decision to safeguard the well-being of our students, staff and visitors.

We are however holding online open days and offering a range of virtual events such as webinars. You can find out more about our online events here.

Will courses at NHL Stenden start in September 2021?
NHL Stenden warmly welcomed international students in September 2020 and February 2021 and will do so again in September 2021. The Executive Board of NHL Stenden has recently revealed its plans for the start of the academic year 2021/22. Whereas by now we all realize that whatever we plan today may look differently tomorrow, we're at least happy to present a tangible scenario for course starts in September 2021.

NHL Stenden is currently planning to offer approximately 70% of its education on-campus with the remaining 30% online, for all NHL Stenden students as per September 2021. An increasing number of vaccinated citizens and a (forecast) decrease of corona rates allow for such scenario, in a safe way.

We do of course realize that developments around vaccination and/or the virus itself may require adjustment of this scenario, but we also need to plan our actions by presenting an outlook. Needless to say, the scenario currently on the table also will allow students to plan their studies (and travel to the Netherlands) under fairly normal circumstances. We also expect international students commencing their studies in September 2021, to actually be in the Netherlands.

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 12 31 81 10 or email study@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.

Our current deadline for submitting English proficiency test results is 1 July for Non-EU applicants and 15 August for EU applicants.

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 https://www.nhlstenden.com/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, but when applicable, we’ll notify you here.

Should I start arranging housing even if my studies might start online?
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. We recommend that you arrange housing as early as possible. For more information on how to find suitable student housing visit the website.

Although the general advice is to not travel to the Netherlands, there is an exception for those students who have a Dutch residence permit or temporary residence permit (mvv). In fact, these students are actually required to come to the Netherlands in order to meet the conditions of their study. 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. 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.

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 are starting in February 2022, 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.

Will NHL Stenden extend its application deadlines?
NHL Stenden is taking advice from relevant governmental organisations as to whether amendments to deadlines are possible. Any changes will be published here. Until further notice, the deadline for non-EU applicants is 1 June 2021, and for EU applicants it is 15 August 2021.

Please bear in mind that NHL Stenden also offers a February 2022 start for the majority of its English-taught bachelor programmes. Applications for this intake will be possible from June on.

When is the deadline to make my payment to NHL Stenden to confirm my offer?
The payment deadline at NHL Stenden for non-EU applicants is 1 July 2021. At present, we haven’t adjusted our deadline but will keep monitoring the global situation. Any changes will be announced here.

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. 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.

Although the general advice is to not travel to the Netherlands, there is an exception for those students who have a Dutch residence permit or temporary residence permit (mvv). In fact, these students are actually required to come to the Netherlands in order to meet the conditions of their study. 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.

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 will 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?
This is up to you, depending 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). Please note that the Study Start Week will take place in the week of 23 August and this is a great opportunity for you to get to know your student city better and meet fellow students.

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

How is NHL Stenden preparing for the academic year 2021/2022 commencing in September 2021?
The Executive Board of NHL Stenden has recently revealed its plans for the start of the academic year 2021/22. Whereas by now we all realize that whatever we plan today may look differently tomorrow, we're at least happy to present a tangible scenario for course starts in September 2021.

NHL Stenden is currently planning to offer approximately 70% of its education on-campus with the remaining 30% online, for all NHL Stenden students as per September 2021. An increasing number of vaccinated citizens and a (forecast) decrease of corona rates allow for such scenario, in a safe way.

We do of course realize that developments around vaccination and/or the virus itself may require adjustment of this scenario, but we also need to plan our actions by presenting an outlook.
Needless to say, the scenario currently on the table also will allow students to plan their studies (and travel to the Netherlands) under fairly normal circumstances. We also expect international students commencing their studies in September 2021, to actually be in the Netherlands.

How do I study online? What are online classes at NHL Stenden like and what can I expect?
NHL Stenden offers a variety of digital facilities for online and hybrid education. We provide teaching through three 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 can 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.

Questions and answers for current students & employees.