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.

Latest updates

  • The one and a half meter distance for education related activities has been eliminated. This will allow most forms of teaching, such as study groups, to take place physically.
  • Wearing a face mask when moving is no longer obligatory (note: it still is in public transport). 
  • Students and staff can request self-test kits. Self-testing is optional, but recommended. Read more on the page campus.
  • 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.

Through sEURch, the Databases A-Z or Guides by discipline you can easily access online articles, journals and books from your home. Al you need is your ERNA-account to login when requested.

You can also install the Library Access browser extension which will automatically check if the sources that you are looking for are available via the Library. More information on off campus access.

Yes, these continue, online or offline. More physical education will be possible. The exact interpretation is determined by each schools and programme and can therefore vary.

Study places can be reserved via MyEur in the University Library (400), Polak Building and Sanders Building (70). The study places can be reserved by students who need it most:

  • 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.

When moving around in the corridors and buildings, it is compulsory to wear a face mask, this is not necessary when seated in a teaching room/at your desk.

After 25 September, it will no longer be compulsory to wear a face mask when moving around. Wearing a face mask in public transport is still compulsory, please remember this when coming to the campus by public transport.

As soon as the recommendations from the Dutch government and RIVM change, this situation may change. So keep an eye on the further reports from the EUR.

During physical classes, these rules 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.

As of 25 September, the one and a half meter distance has been eliminated. This will allow most forms of teaching, such as workgroups, to take place physically from the start of the academic year.

Note: where possible, we keep our distance from each other! Follow these tips:

  • 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.

For Medicine students, the guidelines of the location where they are currently studying or working prevail over the EUR guidelines. View the Erasmus MC guidelines.

Only Erasmus MC students may study at the Education Centre for now.

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, the 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. That is why access to our Education Center is no longer possible, except for Erasmus MC students, and we 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, 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 Erasmus MC Buildings.

You can arrive 30 minutes before the start of the examination. When you enter the examinations hall, go straight to your place and preferably do not leave it.

Before taking an exam on campus, you should ask yourself the following 5 questions:

  1. Did you have one or more of the following complaints in the past 24 hours?
    • Coughing, Symptoms of a common cold, Fever or elevated temperature, Shortness of breath, Loss of taste and smell.
  2. Do you have COVID-19 and was this confirmed by a positive test within the past 7 days?
  3. Did you arrived (or returned) from a COVID-19 risk area?
  4. Did you receive a notification from the Coronamelder app?
  5. Does anyone in your household have mild symptoms accompanied by fever or shortness of breath?

If you answer question 1 and/or 2 with "YES", you will unfortunately not be able to take an exam on campus. In this, we expect a responsible and professional attitude from students, who will follow RIVM guidelines and will not participate in on campus exams if they meet one of the criteria mentioned above. Please visit https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/examinations for more information.

If you answer question 3, 4 and/or 5 with "YES", you are only able to make the exam on Campus if you are fully vaccinated, or you have had COVID-19 in the past six months (180 days). In this, we expect a responsible and professional attitude from students, who will follow RIVM guidelines and will not participate in on campus exams if they meet one of the criteria mentioned above. Please visit https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/examinations for more information.

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:

  1. This measure applies to students who have commenced their studies in a programme in the academic year 2020-2021;
  2. The compensation options as described in the Course and Examination Regulations (OER) remain in place;
  3. 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;
  4. 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

Everyone who studies in the academic year 2021-2022 will receive a €1,084 discount on the regular tuition fees. This applies to both the statutory fee and the institutional fee (also for international students). Read more in the Q&A of the government.

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 students get into financial difficulties because of COVID-19, we advise students to contact the appropriate authorities (the government, UWV, DUO et cetera). As a university, we do not have possibilities to help students with their financial problems. However, students can apply for financial support from the university if their studies are delayed because they themselves are or have been sick from the coronavirus or because of (informal care for) sick family members. Studying parents who have to combine education with caring for children who are at home because of the corona measures, and who are therefore experiencing, or expect to experience, study delay, can also apply to the financial support fund. The circumstance that a student's studies are being delayed, or are expected to be delayed, because of changes that the institution was forced to make to the educational programme as a result of the government measures, does not give rise to a claim to 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/were a paid employee, you may be entitled to unemployment benefit. 

For more information, see the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

Please contact your study advisor or a student counselor.

 

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.

Discuss the possibilities of following online lectures and/or work groups with your study advisor.

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 smf@eur.nl.

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