How does the HU respond to the coronavirus?
The coronavirus has a major impact on HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. As much as possible, we organise our education and research online and our business operations continue to work in accordance with RIVM guidelines. An extensive FAQ about the coronavirus is available on the RIVM website. For travel advice, we refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kingdom Relations.
Where can I find more information?
With all the new developments and measures, it seems something changes almost every day. So where to find the information you’re looking for? We will gladly help you on your way.
You have already enrolled and now you're looking for more information about the start of your study programme? After activating your HU-account, you can find the latest announcements and programme information on myHU.
Or are you an international student starting in September looking for more information? We have assembled a Q&A further down on this page for any additional questions you may have.
Do you want to study at HU, but you won't start in September?
Are you still looking for a study programme or are you searching for more information about admissions procedures? If you would like to get more information about a study programme, you can visit our online open days. You can find information about application deadlines, the programme selection check and matching days on our Admissions-page.
More interested in an exchange programme and its application procedure? Then check out our Exchange-page.
You are already a student at HU and want to know the latest information concerning your study programme? You can find all this on MyHU.
More information about remote education, online exams, working from home and other digital solutions can be found at Digitale HU (only in Dutch).
I am an incoming international student
Are you starting an (international) degree or exchange programme in September at HU? We understand that you want to know what to expect before the start of your programme. To help you along, we have collected a number of frequently asked questions for you: from education-related subjects to some general rules in the Netherlands because of COVID-19.
We are very excited that the HU buildings have partially reopened as of half June. For now, the buildings are open exclusively for practical assignments and exams. However, in the new academic year we will gradually expand the possibilities to visit the HU. We will offer education partially on location and partially online. What this means for you is dependent on your study programme. So keep a close eye on myHU.
Which guidelines should I follow when I visit a building?
- We keep a distance of 1,5 metres from one another.
- We follow the guidelines of the RIVM, such as: washing your hands regularly, sneezing in your elbow and using a paper handkerchief. If you have a cold: stay at home!
- There is a maximum number of people allowed in a (class)room. This maximum is indicated for each room separately.
- We follow the outlined walking routes in each building.
How do I travel to the Utrecht Science Park?
Travel by bike (or scooter) as much as possible. However, if you do have to travel by public transportation, follow the indicated measures of the transport provider. You can check this in advance on the website of the transport provider. Currently, mouth masks are obliged in all public transportation.
Travel as much outside the rush hours as possible, so that we reduce traffic in public transportation. We will schedule as optimally as possible to limit traffic. This means we may schedule several classes in the evening.
Is the library open?
The HU Library in Utrecht is open and provides a limited number of study spaces. We offer 100 study spaces, 34 of which include a pc. You are welcome between 8.30 am and 5 pm. However, you have to reserve your spot in advance. For more information, see the website of the HU Library.
The library in Amersfoort is still closed. It is not yet known when we will reopen.
Are the foodcourts open?
The foodcourts are closed. It is not yet known when the foodcourts will reopen.
Where can I go if I have any questions?
During the first two weeks of the new academic year the International Office will be physically present at the campus. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about HU, finalising your application, housing or the city. You can also contact us by mail (email@example.com) or phone (+31 88 4818181).
What do I need to follow online education?
During the last couple of months we have learned a lot about online education and working from home. We are all set to go! How about you? What do you need to follow online education effectively?
- a laptop, pc or tablet
- a good Wi-Fi connection
- a (study) space to follow your courses without too much background noise
- headphones or a headset
Will there be an introduction for new students?
Before you start we organise a programme introduction, so you can meet your classmates and get to know your study programme. The introduction will be held (partially) online. Check the latest information at myHU.
Do I have to pay tuition now that education is mostly online?
Even though there is less education at the locations, all costs for the school continue. Educators and other employees continue to be employed, salaries are paid, fixed costs continue and we facilitate in the enormous shift towards online education. Therefore, all students still need to pay their tuition fees and there is no discount.
For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms and preventive measures, please visit the website of the Government of the Netherlands.
What do I do in case of health complaints?
HU continues to follow the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM). You should call the doctor (GP) or the local GGD if you have a fever of 38 degrees Celsius or more, with respiratory complaints, such as coughing or shortness of breath, or after you have been in a risk area, or if you have had contact with someone who has been infected with the coronavirus,
Medical insurance & doctor
Every person living in the Netherlands is required by law to have medical insurance. HU offers a collective Dutch public health insurance. Make sure you register with a doctor as soon when you are in the Netherlands.
Which measures apply when travelling to the Netherlands?
If you are travelling from the countries and airports on this list (please check the list regularly, as situations change rapidly), you will be required to provide a health certificate issued by a doctor. This is a different document compared to the health statement that you will fill in before boarding the plane. When arriving in the Netherlands, you will be required to provide the previously mentioned documents, your temperature will be measured and once everything is checked, you will be permitted to enter the country.
Afterwards, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Please read the Dutch measures against the spread of COVID-19.
HU is not responsible for students who need to self-quarantine. This is the responsibility of the student.
How do I know that I am flying from a high-risk area?
The European aviation organisation (EASA) is keeping a list of airports in areas with a high risk of contamination. The mandatory health certificate and two weeks of quarantine apply to passengers departing from airports in the mentioned countries or regions.
Which measures apply if I am travelling from a high-risk area?
The following measures apply to incoming passengers from high-risk areas:
- A mandatory health certificate (as of 17 April 2020, 6 pm).
- Passengers are urged to quarantine for 14 days.
The government has taken these measures to limit the influx of people who may be infected with COVID-19. In addition, these measures also protect passengers and crew during the flight.
Please note that HU cannot be held accountable for extra costs you need to make as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Do you have another question?
For questions about education, exams, internships, graduation programmes or help with studying, you can contact your teachers, study career coach or student counsellor. They are available online.
For other questions and questions about the coronavirus you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.