News regarding Study Start September 2020

Ready, study, go…! The study start in September 2020 is approaching. Below, international students can find the latest news and practical information to prepare for their study start. If you have questions regarding the preparation for your study start, contact us via or Whatsapp: +31 (0) 6 12 31 81 10.


NHL Stenden guarantees first-year international students who cannot yet travel to the Netherlands, the opportunity of starting their English-taught bachelor or master programme online 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.

Update academic year 2020/2021 and corona measures 

The new academic year is almost upon us and we hope you have had a good summer holiday, with moments of well-earned rest, relaxation and warm-heartedness. We’ve also been working hard during the summer to ensure that we can provide onsite teaching from 1 September in a safe and responsible way. You’ll find more on this website about how your studies will start, what the latest corona measures and a few useful links to help you prepare. Remember! It’s up to us! 

All our students will receive onsite education to a limited degree with the focus lying on practicals, presentations and tests. Our academies and the study programmes will organise this themselves based on our guidelines. Our onsite education will always adhere to the latest guidelines issued by the RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). The most important guidelines can be found below. 

  • After the summer holiday, teaching will be provided between 8.30am and 10pm and organised such that social distancing of 1.5 metres can be upheld. As a student, you will only be onsite for those times stipulated on your timetable. This means other students will then also get a chance to come to the school. 
  • As of Monday 31 August, you will be able to use our various onsite catering facilities again such as the canteens and coffee bars. Of course, regulations concerning hygiene and social distancing will also be applied here. 
  • If you have any symptoms, stay at home and arrange to be tested for covid-19 as soon as possible. If someone in your household shows symptoms, you must also stay at home and may only come to the school if you have been free of symptoms for 24 hours. You can schedule a test by calling 0800 1202.
  • If you are travelling to the Netherlands from an area that is coded as orange by the Dutch government then you should check the travel advice for the country you are leaving from. This will tell you if you are strongly advised to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands - even if you show no symptoms of corona or if a test indicates that you do not have corona. For more information, check the latest travel guidelines issued by the Dutch government.
  • Measures have been put in place at our locations so as to adhere to the national measures against coronavirus. For instance, you’ll find points for disinfecting your hands and there are compulsory routes to guide you through the buildings. In addition, classrooms and offices are cleaned more frequently.
  • Our buildings meet all requirements regarding ventilation. Our systems do not recirculate air but have a fresh air inflow and discharge air from an area. More information can be found on our intranet regarding the ventilation of our buildings and a healthy indoor climate. 

We realize that you are particularly interested in how the latest developments will affect you. Fortunately, a lot is being done behind the scenes in order for us to be able to organise our education and our work based on the guidelines listed above. Students will receive more information on how their academic year will be launched from their study programme along with information on the number of contact hours you can expect to have per week. Timetables will be available online by Thursday 28 August through the ‘Schedules’ tile at You should also keep an eye on developments published on the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment website and our intranet.  

Face coverings
We understand that it may be difficult to guarantee 1.5 metres social distancing in our buildings’ corridors, especially after a class or meeting. Feel free to wear a face covering if that makes you feel more comfortable. The Dutch Government website includes comprehensive instructions for making, using and looking after face masks (in Dutch only). If you do not have a face mask or you have forgotten it, you can ask for an NHL Stenden face mask at reception (for as long as stocks last). 

We’ll keep you up to date
We continue to be uncertain as to how things will develop. We assume that we will sometimes have to change our plans very quickly and that we may be faced with challenging surprises. However, we are confident that we will find our way through this together. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest developments in emails and on our intranet. And if you have any questions, ask your study coach or manager or mail your question to  

We trust that everyone at NHL Stenden will continue to take their responsibility seriously this academic year. It’s up to us! 

Have you checked out our “practical information” page yet? It’s full of information that will help you get your academic year off to a success.

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