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New academic year 2021-2022

Starting in the new academic year, we will return to our pre-pandemic basics, when most of our education took place in our buildings. Being back on location will for some of us feel like being reintroduced to the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. These six promises form the basis of what you can expect:

  1. We are training you for the work of tomorrow
  2. Education on location will continue to be our basis
  3. We are improving our online education
  4. We will ensure that you will (once again) feel at home here
  5. We will help you study successfully
  6. We learn from you as well

The implementation of the promises is done in a way that best suits each study programme. For many students, the pleasure of studying will increase, simply because we can open our doors fully for you again. If there is anything standing in the way of you being able to continue your studies properly, we will of course help you. That was, is and will remain the case.

On this page and in the 16 June 2021 update you can read more about our promises.

In addition to students, lecturers, researchers, and other staff will, of course, also return to work at our locations from the end of August. Physical presence will be the basis, although the fruitful lessons of working from home will also be applied to the new academic year and the future. If you are expected to be physically present because you are schedules or have an important meeting, then you must be physically present. If this is not possible for personal reasons, you can consult with your manager. In fact, exactly how it was before the pandemic.

Activities aimed at teaching and guiding students take place on location.

For all other work, we still mainly work at home. As of 31 May, meetings on location are permitted (see also the question below about meetings and assemblies). Employees who want to work on location can discuss this with their director.

After the holidays, the locations will be open again for education-related and non-education-related activities. Because a large part of the population will have been vaccinated by then, there will be no need to keep a 1.5 metre distance. However, there is a maximum of 75 people per room. It will become clear later whether face masks will have to be worn. We will, of course, let you know as soon as possible.

You can find more information about this under the heading 'What measures are in place at the locations?

Specific hygiene measures will apply to some training sectors, for example when physical contact is necessary, such as in the practical training of a number of courses. Your study program will inform you about these measures (such as the use of masks during class). The guidelines of the university of applied sciences depend on what the government decides. If anything changes, we will inform you about it.


Minister of Education, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has outlined several scenarios for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. It is possible that a different scenario will have to be chosen in the run-up to the 2021-2022 academic year, as we are fully dependent on epidemiological circumstances and the related measures. This could be more favourable or less favourable. If it turns out to be the latter, we will once again apply the scenario that we worked with this past year, meaning we will schedule activities on location that are not suitable or less suitable online. 

As of the next academic year, the student schedules will again be leading. In the past, we had to consider the travel movements to and from our locations, which meant that educational activities on location were spread out. From Monday 30 August onwards, this will no longer be the case. The locations are fully accessible during opening hours, so you can come to the location whenever you want.

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