Corona update 24 June 2021

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The summer holidays are drawing near, which means we’re coming to the end of an extraordinary academic year. We’re happy that we can end this year and look ahead again. Bearing in mind the current low levels of infection and the rate of vaccination, we have high hopes of being able to do far more in the new academic year. Even in the last few weeks before the summer holidays start, more measures are expected to be lifted. As of 28 June, it will no longer be required to wear a face mask inside the buildings except where staying 1.5 metres apart is impossible and working from home will no longer be the standard.

In this update, we’d like to tell you more.

Measures on campus

As of 26 June, the requirement to wear a face mask will no longer apply in most situations. It will then no longer be required to wear a face mask inside the buildings except where staying 1.5 metres apart is impossible, such as during practical classes and in narrow corridors.

  • The plan for reopening society that the Dutch Cabinet has drawn up is developing smoothly. Based on this plan, various scenarios (Dutch only) have been developed concerning higher education in September. At the moment, we are working from the basic scenario in which, as of 16 August, we no longer have to keep 1.5 metres distance from each other. The Dutch Cabinet will announce its decision on the matter on 13 August. Classes will be timetabled as ‘normally’ as possible. We are asking study programmes and lecturers to think about how they would like to continue using digital education.
  • If you would like to work or study on campus during the summer holidays, our campuses in Leeuwarden and Emmen are open this summer from 8.30am to 5pm. You can read information on the opening times here.

Travel abroad

  • If you are going on holiday abroad this summer or planning to visit your home country, then check the travel advice for the country you are travelling to first. And before you return to the Netherlands, do the quarantine check to find out what measures apply to your destination. These measures apply even if you have been vaccinated and will tell you if a 10-day self-quarantine period is strongly advised on your return to the Netherlands. We ask you to take a self-test after returning from a trip abroad and at the start of the new academic year. Order your self-test here.
  • If you need to travel for business abroad, then you’ll still need to follow the latest travel advice and mandatory quarantine.
  • Due to the uncertainty of the situation, the size of the groups and the ongoing travel restrictions, it has been decided to offer all Grand Tour minors in module 1 fully online. Students have been informed of this by the Mobility Team.
  • Internships abroad may in most instances take place as these concern individual travel. Again, however, the travel advice for that country must be followed.

LEIP!, Study Start Week and Start Academic Year

  • Before the new academic year starts, Leeuwarden Student City traditionally organises the LEIP! week. Held this year from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 August, it’s a chance for new students from NHL Stenden, Van Hall Larenstein and Campus Fryslân to get to know the city and their fellow students.
  • The NHL Stenden study programmes are organizing Study Start Week (SSW) for the week starting 23 August, and on Monday 30 August we’ll launch the new academic year with a great programme in the form of the Start Academic Year (SAY). A special scenario has been developed for the intro weeks for higher education and, again, we’re organizing our activities based on the basic scenario. More information will follow soon.

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