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Education in the new academic year

As an upcoming student, you may be wondering what studying looks like during COVID-19. On this page, you can read how the University of Twente copes with this situation so you can study safely.

Optimising on-campus education

We are anxiously awaiting the moment we will be able to provide more on-campus education again, and we are in the process of preparing for the 2021-2022 academic year. The outlook for September is good, and we feel strongly about optimising the possibilities for a safe return to on-campus education.

The University of Twente (UT) believes meeting in person and working together on projects and assignments is very valuable. As is the social aspect of studying; after all, we are a campus university with a tight-knit community. Students are active in our many associations and student organisations, where they have the opportunity to acquire a variety of skills and make friends for life.

We will provide as much contact time as is possible within COVID-19 government guidelines. The Dutch national government has drafted a framework that applies to universities. Within this framework

  • Basic hygiene measures still apply, such as washing your hands regularly, getting tested in case of symptoms, coughing and sneezing in your elbow and quarantining in case of a COVID-19 infection.
  • Wearing a face mask is not mandatory anymore.
  • The 1,5-meter-distance rule no longer applies.
  • Optimisation of building hygiene has been established, for instance, optimal ventilation and air circulation. 
  • There will be no restrictions to group sizes for buildings or (lecture) rooms.
  • Voluntary use of self-tests by staff members and students.
  • Study-related activities may take place, such as introduction programmes, graduation and thesis defence ceremonies.

In case the number of COVID-19 infections will not drop substantially in the coming months, a fall-back scenario is being developed, including various measures that may support providing a safe and healthy study and work environment.

Online and offline; combining the best of both worlds

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made major investments in our online curriculum's quality. It would be a waste not to make use of all the hard work already done because all of our online activities have added something to our education: from interesting new teaching methods to making it possible for students to choose the best time of day for them to study. We look forward to combining the best of both worlds in the period ahead. For the upcoming academic year, we expect that still a small percentage of our education will be offered online. There may be differences between studies, but the general of thumb is 20 to 25 per cent online.

Possibilities to study from another location

If you are a UT student, you are expected to study in Twente. We expect you to not only attend teaching activities on campus but to be an active member of our student community, too.

In practice, you will be dealing with limitations if you cannot be present on-campus in Enschede for your educational activities. We do our best to make the start of your education possible from another location, but we are not able to remove every stumbling block. You may experience serious hinder from that. So please make every effort to attend at the start of the new academic year.

What is being done to ensure everything is set by September? 

We have joined forces with a team of experts to create a campus that will be ready for more liveliness and activity by September. All around the country, and here at UT, too, experiments are being conducted to help find ways of going back to as much on-campus education as possible. Stringent safety requirements will, of course, apply.

Through our current on-campus activities, we have demonstrated that we can comply with all safety requirements. Practicals and exams are still taking place on campus. The video below shows how we are currently ensuring a safe and healthy study and work environment.

For more information about the current situation, visit our Corona service portal.