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?

As of 15 June, there will be a slight relaxation of the COVID-19 measures in place for Dutch higher education. From 1 September, we hope that measures will be further relaxed so that an increasing emphasis may be placed on on-campus education. A large proportion of education will still however be offered online. We cannot yet present specific information on the matter and we will continue to monitor and adhere to Dutch government policies.

NHL Stenden will warmly welcome international students in September and expects those who can safely travel on its campuses in the Netherlands. 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.

More information about your study start in September 2020

We understand that you may have questions regarding the coronavirus, so we have put together the most frequently asked questions and their answers. We will update this list frequently. If you are still left with a question, you can refer to one of the useful websites below or 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
  3. Payment
  4. Visa & Travel
  5. Scholarships

General

What is the current situation in the Netherlands regarding the corona virus outbreak?
On 19 May, the Dutch government announced a gradual relaxation of the corona measures. However, a number of measures are still very much in effect so as to prevent the further spread of the virus. For instance, because a cold, a cough or a fever may be the first symptoms of coronavirus, people with these symptoms are being asked to stay at home and avoid social contacts as much as possible.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment have issued a number of guidelines for everyone to follow (see https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19). Amongst these guidelines are that schools, colleges, universities of applied sciences and universities have all closed their buildings, and travel abroad is severely restricted. In addition, as NHL Stenden, we have urged our staff and students currently working and studying abroad to return to the Netherlands as soon as possible. With the gradual relaxation of the measures, we are able to provide some forms of face-to-face education with the focus being on those students due to graduate, students with a handicap and students needing to catch up on practicals. After the summer of 2020, the focus will be on connecting with our new first-year students. We will of course be adhering closely to the restrictions and measures then in place.

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

Are universities (of applied sciences) in the Netherlands still open?
With the gradual relaxation of the measures, we are able to provide some forms of face-to-face education with the focus being on those students due to graduate, students with a handicap and students needing to catch up on practicals. After the summer of 2020, the focus will be on connecting with our new first-year students. We will of course be adhering closely to the restrictions and measures then in place.

Can I attend an NHL Stenden Open Day or visit campus?
Unfortunately, all on-campus events including open days and campus tours have now been cancelled. 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.

Registration for our open days in autumn 2020 is not yet open.

Will courses at NHL Stenden start in September 2020?
As of 15 June, there will be a slight relaxation of the COVID-19 measures in place for Dutch higher education. From 1 September, we hope that measures will be further relaxed so that an increasing emphasis may be placed on on-campus education. A large proportion of education will still however be offered online. We cannot yet present specific information on the matter and we will continue to monitor and adhere to Dutch government policies.

NHL Stenden will warmly welcome international students in September and expects those who can safely travel on its campuses in the Netherlands. 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.

More information about your study start in September 2020

Application

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 2021 intake can be made since 01 July. Most of our English-taught bachelor programme are starting in February 2021, 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.

My school/university is closed, or was closed temporarily, due to the corona virus. My exams / graduation date will therefore be postponed. What are my options?
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, quoting your application ID (if applicable) if you would like personal advice on your situation.

I am unable to take an English proficiency test because test centres in my home country are closed. What should I do?
NHL Stenden accepts a variety of English proficiency tests. We are aware that test centres around the world have cancelled or postponed exams, and relevant governmental organisations and higher education institutions in the Netherlands are working on possible solutions. We will provide more details as soon as we can.

Our current deadline for submitting English proficiency test results is 01 August 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.

In some countries, there is now the option to take the TOEFL iBT test from home until test centres reopen. NHL Stenden accepts TOEFL iBT scores of 80 and higher for admission into bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Please check the TOEFL iBT home testing webpage to explore your options.

NHL Stenden does not accept IELTS Indicator for admissions.

To meet the needs of students from Mainland China who are currently unable to take the TOEFL iBT test due to testing suspensions there, ETS and the TOEFL program are temporarily offering the TOEFL ITP Plus for China solution. This solution combines the existing paper-delivered TOEFL ITP Level 1 test with a short, unscored video speaking interview, provided by Vericant. The interview will be assessed by an employee of NHL Stenden. Costs for the assessment of the interview are 26 euros (in addition to the costs of the test itself), which will be settled with the refund of your ‘financial means for visa’. To be meet the admission requirements you will need an overall score of 550 for the parts listening comprehension, reading comprehension and structure and written expression. For speaking you need a minimum score of 15.
For more information and to register for the test, see https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/institutions/itp-plus-china/.

Can I defer my NHL Stenden offer to a later intake?
No, you cannot. You will need to reapply for a subsequent intake via Studielink. None of NHL Stenden’s programmes are so-called numerus fixus or selective programmes, which means you will have guaranteed admission as long as you meet our entry requirements.

The central student administration at NHL Stenden are still working despite the current close of its campuses?
Yes, they are. NHL Stenden admissions officers (part of our Central Student Administration team – CSA) are working on applications. Please note there may be some impact on how quickly they can handle your queries, they are receiving a higher volume of questions than usual.

Temporary admission exceptions for Master's
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences will conditionally admit students to a master's programme based on a final recommendation of the bachelor's programme and an assessment of the level of difficulty of the master's programme. This is applies only to Bachelor students of Dutch Higher Educational Institutions. This conditional admission applies until 1 January 2021. If the student fails to complete the bachelor's programme before 1 January 2021, he/she must leave the programme. More information

Payment

I have received an offer from NHL Stenden and am ready to make my payment. What are the options for a refund in case I can’t start my studies (due to unforeseen circumstances) in September 2020?
NHL Stenden acknowledges any uncertainty you may have. Full refunds (for NON EU applicants) are eventually possible,in case visa procedures haven’t started yet and students haven’t started the programme. Please notify our central student administration via csa@nhlstenden.com and briefly motivate your request for a full refund.

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 has been extended to 01 August 2020. For NON EU applicants who have completed their files by 01 August NHL Stenden will start the visa application procedure. Please contact csa@nhlstenden.com quoting your student number to discuss your case if you have a question.

Can I have an extension to pay my tuition fees and (when applicable) deposit?
Unfortunately a postponed payment or other payment arrangement  are not possible.

Visa & Travel

Do I need any kind of medical certificate when making an appointment with the Dutch Embassy / Consulate to get my visa (MVV)?
No, there is no requirement at the moment to present any kind of medical certificate or statement. In case of changing policies, we will publish those here.

Are there any restrictions for international students (by the Dutch government) travelling into the Netherlands for the purpose of studying?
Although the EU travel ban has been relaxed but hasn’t been lifted completely, there are exceptional categories that are exempt from the travel ban: students with an entry visa (MVV) or with a valid study residence permit who are willing (and able) to return. Make sure that you monitor the website of the embassy or consulate of your country of origin regularly once you are in the Netherlands. In the current situation, countries like to know where their citizens are so they can provide assistance where required. Updated information is available on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Does NHL Stenden apply an adjusted visa application policy due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
NHL Stenden has started to apply for visa in order to ensure on-time arrival for our international students, through an accelerated procedure with the Dutch immigration services (IND). The last possible moment for us to apply for visa is 01 August in order to ensure on-time arrival in September 2020. NHL Stenden, following the guidelines of the IND, will only apply for your visa if the Dutch Embassy or equivalent in your country is open at the time of visa application. Questions about your personal situation can be addressed to csa@nhlstenden.com

Scholarships

I have received a (Holland) scholarship offer from NHL Stenden. Can I delay accepting this offer or defer it to a future intake?
NHL Stenden offers a limited range of entry scholarships as part of the Holland Scholarship programme. You cannot defer your scholarship offer to a future intake. If you want to discuss your scholarship acceptance, please contact scholarships@nhlstenden.com

 

Questions and answers for current students & employees.