What does the current corona-crisis imply for students? The current measures to counter the coronavirus also impact students. On this page, we’ll try to give you an overview of the relevant information and measures. Do you have any other questions, please contact us through: firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a Whatsapp message at +31 6 39 62 59 31.
Some national measures have been taken to spare students in the coming weeks and months. A short overview:
Binding study advice
The BSA (binding study advice) has been suspended nationally. This means that if you receive too little ECTS (study credits), that you will still receive a negative advice, but you will be allowed to continue studying in the coming year.
Back from digital to on-campus education
At the HvA all education will be given digitally until the end of this academic year. At the UvA all education will be given digitally until at least the 1st of June. Starting 15th of June, small scale on-campus practical classes are allowed.
The UvA is opening all its buildings starting 1st of July with a limitation on the number of people inside. Each faculty announces through this page how education will be organised in the coming academic year. In general this contains that education will be online, but complemented with on-campus edication where possible.
International students returning home can deregister from the UvA through studielink and will not have to pay tuition fees for the rest of the academic year. However, this will most likely mean that you cannot finish your educational programme at the UvA.
For more information for students about the corona crisis, please visit these websites:
- National Government: Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and higher education.
- HvA: Coronavirus information
- UvA: Coronavirus information
Studying and working from home can be very difficult. On this website, you can find tips on how to keep going during these difficult times:
- UvA: Studying from home
It is possible that your studies will be delayed. At this time, it is unclear whether any compensation for this will be arranged. We advise you to contact your educational programme if you are at risk of getting any study delay.
Of course, this is bad and it could lead to study delay. At this time, there’s no national policy on the continuation of internships. We advise you to contact your educational programme.
A lot of students have a job with a zero-hours contract. This means that you’re very flexible in planning your work, but now, as a lot of the shops are closed, there’s almost no work at all. That’s why it’s important to know what your rights are!
Your employer has the duty to continue to pay you. That means that the number of hours you worked, on average, in the last three months, should be paid to you during these times. (There is an exception to this rule, which is the case when the contract states that the employer doesn’t have to pay you when there’s no work. This exception is only allowed if you’re working there for no longer than six months.) Your employer can ask for governmental support due to the coronavirus.
On this page, of the FNV (Union) you can find more information about zero-hours contracts.
A large number of house owners have agreed to postpone rent payments in difficult situations and have announced that they will not be displacing any tenants during the epidemic. This has been agreed to by these organisations in the Amsterdam Region:
- De Key
- Elan Wonen
- Eigen Haard
- Woningbeheer De Vooruitgang
- Zaandams Volkshuisvesting
- A large amount of private investor (companies) have also agreed to these terms, but no public list of these is available. Contact your house owner for more information.
De Key and DUWO have both announced that they will be lenient with any applications for rent postponement in regards to the current situation. It is important to get in touch with your house owner as soon as possible! If you need any help with this, please contact our legal aid office or !WOON.
XIOR has stated that students leaving their building must pay 3 months of rent and administration costs before terminating their contract. This demand is unlawful. Get in contact with us for more information, mail email@example.com.
DUWO common rooms are not fully closing down. Students living in a DUWO apartment often have common rooms. DUWO sent an email about this that they could be closed down if more than two people are in this room. This doesn’t count for common rooms which include a kitchen or clothes washing area.
De Key and DUWO have agreed that any international students returning home can cancel their rental contracts with no surcharge except for the rent until the end of the month.
For more information, please visit the website of the National Student Union if you cannot pay your rent.
If you were still in the probational period of your contract, then you can easily get fired. Different companies have started to let go of any students on probational contracts, due to the coronavirus.
For temporary workers, it depends on the contract whether you’ve got any rights. Need help with this? Please get in contact with the FNV Young & United on this page.
If you’re loaning money from DUO, then this can be a short term solution for your financial problems. (Loaning more money also means more debt later, so be careful with this.) It is also possible to retroactively loan more money from DUO over the entire academic year 2019-2020. More information about this can be found here. Be aware, that your loan must be adjusted before the first of the month to actually go into effect in that particular month.
Often, it is also possible to apply for unemployment benefits up until 75% of your previous income.
Are you also against the loan system? Please sign this petition against the current system.
Companies, that have lost at least 20% of their revenue because of the coronavirus, can be financially compensated for the salaries of their employees by the national government. This can be as high as 90% of the salary. This compensation is conditional too the employees still being paid and keeping their jobs.
As of now, it is unclear whether student visas will be extended when study delays occur. The Ministry of Education has said that it will be lenient on students not meeting the working hour’s conditions in student visas.
For more information visit this website made by the UvA.
It is sensible to keep 1.5 meters distance whenever possible, also from your house mates. If someone shows symptoms of Covid-19, this is particularly important.
There has been confusion about the rules students need to follow in their student house. After ASVA and other unions called for clarity, the chair of the Safety Council (Veiligheidsberaad) said in a written response that the obligatory 1.5 meters distance applies only in the public space, so not in your student house or on your patio or balcony.
Since the 8th of March, roommates living on the same address are seen as a shared household and they do not have to keep 1.5 meters distance.