Students & education
On this page you as a student will find all information about education and practical matters in times of corona. The corona situation affects you as a student. We try to help you as much as possible.
- Netherlands is in full lockdown, which means that there is no education on campus. An exception will apply to exams and supervision of students who need it most. Study places are available for these students in the University Library, V-Building, Polak Building, and in Sanders Building.
- On 23 March, the cabinet will look again at possible relaxations for higher education. If the numbers show improvement, from 29 March onwards some education can again be given on campus. We are examining how and to what extent we can offer physical education then. The various faculties and services are already anticipating this, so that if the green light is given, this will also be possible from an organisational point of view and will run smoothly. Until then, we will continue to work from home and only digital education will be possible.
- The EUR follows the guidelines from the government and the RIVM. The RIVM guidelines apply to the entire campus (1.5m distance and the max. group size outdoors is 2 people).
- You will find all questions international students ask most frequently about immigration matters here.
On this page in MyEUR, you will find more information on the technical side of attending online education and on how to collaborate online with other students. It tells you what software to use, and how you can access this software.
The exams that would be taken physically in the evening will be brought forward where possible, some exams will be taken online or moved. In addition, a number of evening exams will remain at the scheduled time. If this applies to you, you will be informed personally. If you estimate or know that you will not be home after the curfew starts, you will need a statement from the university (you will receive this during the physical exam) and a personal statement, see rijksoverheid.nl. The other (physical) exams, during the day, will go ahead as planned, according to the national guidelines. See also: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/examinations
Students who are doing work placements or internships (also co-schappen) and for whom it is therefore necessary to travel during the hours of the curfew can obtain a declaration from their placement company. In principle, the same rules apply to them as to other employees of the organisation whose work requires them to travel during the curfew.
The library will remain open during the day and study places will remain available for students who need them most and on the basis of a reservation. In the University Library you can only study individually; studying with a group is currently not possible on the Woudestein campus.
Yes, these continue but only online. For exceptional cases, a request can still be made for physical examinations.
Please also contact your own school's website, as there might be differences in providing (online) education per school and even per programme.
In addition to the 400 study places in the University Library, another 500 study places will be added from 15 March for students who need it most: in V-Building (120), Polak Building (316) and Sanders Building (70). This concerns these students:
- International students.
- Students with disabilities.
- Students acting as caregivers.
- Students who have absolutely no opportunity to study at home or students who prefer to study on campus for other (mental) reasons.
Study places at campus Woudestein can be booked via MyEUR. Whereas study places at Erasmus MC, the EUC and the ISS can be booked via their respective websites.
It is (legally) required to wear a face mask in all buildings of Erasmus University Rotterdam. If you do not wear a face mask, you must leave the building. If you wear a face mask, you are of course welcome in the buildings. If you participate in an educational activity with a permanent sitting or standing spot, you may temporarily remove your face mask during the activity. Once the educational activity has ended, you need to wear the face mask again.
A face mask is not necessary in the following places, but please feel free to wear one in these places:
- If you participate in an educational activity in a building or provide an educational activity at a permanent sitting or standing place or if you work as an employee in a permanent sitting or standing space.
- You do not need to wear a face mask outside the buildings, but other general measures such as the mutual distance do apply.
There is an exception for people who cannot wear face masks due to functional impairment or illness (visible or invisible). It has been established nationally that you must demonstrate yourself that you qualify for the exception requirement. See the website of the Dutch government for more information.
Some EUR locations may have additional or different rules, for example Erasmus MC, EUC, ISS. Our advice is to check with the organisation concerned which rules apply.
If the meeting can occur through means of online communication, the meetings with thesis supervisors will go on. Meetings with thesis supervisors may also take place on campus for exceptional cases, but only in a personal office.
Also regularly consult the website of your faculty. There may be differences in approach per faculty and even per education program.
Please make arrangements with the supervisor/lecturer.
During the lockdown there will be no physical educational activities. After that, these rules will apply:
- Fill a room from back to front, sliding as far as possible so that all available seats are filled.
- Leave a room in an orderly fashion, first the people closest to the door.
- Leave a room only when there is enough space in the hallway.
- Postpone the use of the toilet until alternating moments and don't linger.
- Leave the campus after school or find a suitable place to study.
In order to guarantee the 1.5m as well as possible, it is important to follow the walking routes indicated on the campus, the instructions on signs, the ground and from the stewards. You can also take the 1,5m distance into account by for example:
- Leaving a hall or office space only when there is enough space in the corridor.
- Using elevators as little as possible (unless this is not possible for health reasons, even if otherwise stated).
- Trying to minimize the number of movements during the day.
- Take into account the changing moments of lectures and workgroups.
- To follow the walking direction during changing moments on the corridors and to leave the corridors soon.
Only Erasmus MC students may study at the Education Centre.
Recently, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of non-Erasmus MC students studying or otherwise making use of the Erasmus MC Education Center. Unfortunately, this means that it is becoming more and more crowded there every day. Moreover, we have noticed that not all students present at the Education Center adhere to our internal corona rules. This puts us in a rather difficult position, as Erasmus MC obviously is not a medical school only, but also a hospital with strict (internal) rules and regulations. In addition, the number of people who enter Erasmus MC through the so-called “Passage” needs to be limited as much as possible. Contrary to Campus Woudestein, our Education Center is also closely linked to patient care and for this reason too many people simply mean a higher risk at being exposed to the coronavirus.
We therefore call on students from all other Erasmus University schools to make use of (study) facilities at their own school or elsewhere at Campus Woudestein. Access to our Education Center is no longer possible, except for Erasmus MC students, and we will actively check student IDs.
We hope that you understand this decision and that we can count on you all. Thank you very much in advance!
Yes. Physical exams will take place as planned, according to national guidelines. With this, we want to prevent as much study delay as possible. Of course, we follow the corona rules of the RIVM, and with a good reason, it is always possible to take the exam online.
The examinations will for example take place in the examinations hall in Van der Goot Building, on campus Woudestein or on site in the EMC Buildings.
You can arrive 30 minutes before the start of the examination. Please wear a facemask when you enter the hall, and keep your distance from each other. When you enter the examinations hall, go straight to your place and preferably do not leave it.
As soon as you enter the university premises, the urgent request is to wear a face mask, certainly inside one of the buildings. As soon as you're seated, you may remove your face mask.
Once you have finished your examination on a Chromebook, you submit the examination, close the Chromebook and follow the signs to leave via the back of the hall. Please do not wait around, keep your distance and follow the stewards' instructions.
If you do an examination on paper, put all the papers back in the envelope (including all the notepaper). Make sure that your name and student number are on the envelope. Hand the envelope containing the examination to the supervisor. You then follow the signs to leave via the back of the examination hall.
Please do not wait around, keep your distance and follow the stewards' instructions.
If you are ill or have symptoms on the day of your examination, you may not take the examination on campus. This also applies if your housemates have a temperature. In this case, you can take the examination online with online proctoring. To arrange this, submit a request as soon as possible via OSIRIS Zaak. The Department for Exam Administration will monitor the requests and respond to your request via your student mail. Do this in good time, because we will need to make arrangements.
You can request an examination place via OSIRIS Zaak from 5 working days prior to the relevant exam. Examinations are then usually taken in the examination hall in Van der Goot Building with Online Proctoring. You perform the system check on the EUR laptop and you must provide ID via your student card or other ID card.
The Department for Exam Administration will monitor the requests submitted via OSIRIS Zaak and respond to your request via your student mail. Do this in good time, because we will need to make arrangements.
Please note: if examinations are already timetabled in the examination hall, do NOT request a separate place via OSIRIS Zaak. So make sure you check the timetable.
If you are a student or lecturer and if you want to know more about online proctoring (surveillance of exams from a distance), read the answers to frequently asked questions.
As a result of the corona measures, some students may be faced with a slight delay in the final phase of their bachelor’s programme. Due to the so-called 'hard cut' between bachelor and master, in principle students can only start their master when they have completed their bachelor's degree. In these special circumstances, the EUR wants to provide solutions for and minimize the study delay of students in the transition from bachelor to (pre-)master.
EUR master’s programmes will be temporarily enabled to be more lenient towards the ‘hard cut’ rule for students who cannot graduate on the originally planned date due to the corona measures. These students may be allowed to start their EUR master’s programme while concurrently working towards obtaining their final credits in the context of their bachelor’s degree, provided that:
- they meet the programme-specific conditions for enrolment, and
- the combination of both study paths is considered feasible, and
- it can be expected that the bachelor’s degree will be obtained within the given time frame.
The same applies to students applying to a EUR pre-master’s programme. Please note that all other admission requirements will continue to apply as usual!
If you are going to study at another university, check the website of that university for more information.
For premaster students faced with a slight delay in the final phase of their premaster’s programme due to the corona measures, the EUR wants to provide similar solutions to facilitate a smooth transition to the master’s programme as for students transitioning from bachelor (See the question above: I am a bachelor student...?) to (pre-)master . In short, these students may be allowed to start their EUR master’s programme on the condition that they meet the programme-specific requirements. For specific details that apply to your programme and your specific situation, visit the master’s programme’s website for further information.
You can find the programme of your choice at www.eur.nl/en/education/master/overview.
If you consider starting your EUR (pre-)master’s programme while simultaneously finishing your bachelor’s programme, please keep in mind that your study programme should be feasible in terms of study load and that it also needs to be practically possible to combine both study paths. Understandably, this may be easier if you are currently enrolled in a EUR bachelor’s programme than if you need to finish a bachelor’s programme at a university abroad. The admission committee will take this into account when considering your application, and if you are admitted, we will do our best to support you in your study endeavors, but you also bear a personal responsibility.
Please note that the consequences of failing to obtain the bachelor’s degree before the new deadline set by your programme are serious: you will be excluded from further participation in the (pre-)master's programme until the bachelor’s degree has been obtained. Therefore, a decision to start a (pre-)master’s programme in September without a completed bachelor’s degree requires careful consideration. Study advisors can advise in making the right choice.
If it turns out that you are not eligible for admission on these grounds, note that some programmes offer additional ways to facilitate a smooth transition between bachelor and (pre-)master for students faced with a slight delay, such as an extra intake moment. Read the information on the master’s programme’s website and reach out to the programme’s contact person to discuss your options.
You can find the programme of your choice at www.eur.nl/en/education/master/overview.
Because no two programmes are alike, a 'one size fits all' solution is not possible and the conditions for enrolment without a completed bachelor’s degree (or premaster’s programme) may differ per programme. Also, your eligibility for admission on these grounds may depend on factors such as whether you are currently enrolled in Dutch higher education already or at an institution abroad, and other aspects affecting the feasibility of successfully combining a EUR (pre-)master programme with your final bachelor (or premaster) subjects. Specific details that apply to your programme and your specific situation will be communicated through your master’s programme’s website.
You can find the programme of your choice at www.eur.nl/en/education/master/overview.
Reduction of BSA-standard (2020-2021)
Due to the extraordinary circumstances as a result of the corona pandemic, universities in the Netherlands have decided on January 14th to lower the standard of the Binding Study Advise (BSA) for first year bachelor students. For students who have started this academic year, this means that less study credits have to be acquired in order to be able to continue on to the second year. The decision means a reduction of the BSA-standard by 10-15% is to be implemented at all universities.
For Erasmus University Rotterdam, this means reducing* our BSA requirements to between 54 and 51 European Credits (EC). As there is a variety in the number of study credits granted to components of the different programmes, some variation in the implementation of the measure will occur at programme level. However the guiding principle is that the BSA-standard will be lowered by at least 10% and students should be able to benefit substantially from this measure within the design of the programme. The actual implementation of this reduction will be established by each programme.
For this implementation, the following specifics apply:
- This measure applies to students who have commenced their studies in a programme in the academic year 2020-2021;
- The compensation options as described in the Course and Examination Regulations (OER) remain in place;
- Programme components from the first year that have not been passed or compensated will still need to be completed in the course of the ongoing programme study;
- Students who have been granted a postponed study advice in 2019-2020 as a result of Covid-19 need to comply with the regular BSA-standard.
As soon as the reduction of the BSA-standard has been worked out at a programme level, this will be communicated to students by their specific programme.
* Except for the bachelor Medicine; as well as part time and double programmes at Erasmus School of Law
Students who pay the statutory fee: those who studied in the academic year 2020-2021 will receive a 50 percent discount on the statutory tuition fee next academic year (2021-2022). For more information, see the government website.
Students who pay the institutional fee: it is currently unclear what the discount on tuition fees means for students who pay the institutional fee (a.o. non-EEA students). More information will follow as soon as possible.
If you get into financial problems because you lost your income, please contact DUO. DUO makes every effort to help students. If, due to the circumstances, you are unable to pay your tuition fees on time, please contact one of the student counselors of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The Ministry of Education (OCW) has announced that everyone who obtains a master's degree in government-funded education between September 2020 and August 2021 will receive a one-off compensation amount of up to 3 months of tuition or tuition fees. See the DUO website for more information.
If you experience study delay due to special circumstances, you can request financial support from the Financial Support Fund. In the case of the corona crisis, this concerns students who experience or are expected to experience study delay because they are/have been ill due to the corona virus, or because (they care for) sick relatives. Studying parents who, because of the corona measures, have to combine education with caring for children who are at home and who therefore suffer or are expected to experience a study delay, are also entitled to support from the Financial Support Fund. If you occur study delay due to changes in the educational program that the institution had to make as a result of the government's measures, does not entitle you to receive support from the Financial Support Fund.
The basic premise of Erasmus University Rotterdam is that all education continues as much as possible, albeit in an adapted form so that it fits within the government measures that currently apply to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We try to minimize the adverse effects for students, so that there is as little or no study delay as possible. This means that the obligation to pay tuition fee (statutory or institutional) as a student is maintained, as is the direct debit.
Have you been fired as a student or do you work fewer hours because of the corona measures? If you are an employee, you may be entitled to unemployment benefit. If not, you may be eligible for the temporary bridging scheme (TOFA).Applications can be submitted up to and including Sunday 26 July 2020.
For more information, see the website of the Government of the Netherlands.
Students for whom the walking routes and other instructions (including the restrictions on the use of the elevators) are not possible or not optimal, may deviate from these routes and instructions. To ensure that this does not lead to confusion among the stewards or other employees, there is a “Free access to all routes” card. This way, the guards can immediately see that you are authorized to take a different route, and other building users can also take this into account (e.g. if you have to walk against the route or use an elevator). Please find the application form here (currently only available in Dutch).
If you encounter an acute issue with regard to accessibility (for example, not being able to open a door and there is no one around to help) please do not hesitate to contact the Security team on 010-4081035. A security employee can come and help you.
We know that for some, due to COVID-19, traveling by public transport is not desirable. If this applies to you, and you would like to travel to campus by car, you may qualify for a temporary parking license. This allows you to park at the employee rate. The student counselor must approve the application.
You can find the application form here (currently only available in Dutch).
We can imagine that students with an auditory disability have problems when university staff wear non-transparent face masks. Transparent face masks have been made available for stewards. If they are not wearing it, they will have it on them (continuous wearing is unfortunately not an option). If you encounter a steward without a transparent face mask, ask him/her to swap face masks (possibly through signs). Is a non-transparent face mask worn by a teacher during class? Discuss this with the study advisor of your study/faculty.
Read more about possible exemptions on wearing a facemask on the website of the Government.
Please know that EUR is doing its best to arrange everything according to the COVID-19 instructions. However, if you run into something that is hindering you, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will contact the parties involved and will try to come up with a solution as soon as we can. You can reach us via email@example.com.
At the beginning of March, we asked all EUR students to send in their burning questions about the pandemic and education. Our rector Prof.dr. Frank van der Duijn Schouten and chairman Prof.dr. H. Ed Brinksma have answered the most common questions in a video.
Please continue to ask your question at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.