Update on coronavirus – BUas’ perspective
This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter. Furthermore, it will give you answers to several frequently asked questions.
Last updated: 20 May
- How does BUas anticipate the changed measures?
Based on the government guidelines of 19 May and our priorities, BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5 metre guideline give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year.
At the moment BUas is also required to take the corona guidelines of the ‘safety region organisation’ (Veiligheidsregio) into account, which means that we can only use 20 to 25% of the total campus building capacity. The limited room which we are allowed, will be used for graduation sessions (defence presentations), for practical examinations (for our Hotel Management and Media domains) and for a strictly limited number of students who are allowed at the campus because of urgent and significant personal circumstances.
The impact of this situation for BUas for the rest of this academic year is as follows:
- BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year. Online examination, partly supported by online proctoring, will continue. This is extremely important to prevent study delays, and to offer both international students (abroad) and national students the opportunity to perform their exams, and do that based on comparable circumstances. BUas has looked into the schedule, and is confident that we almost entirely can manage the examinations planning as usual, and publish the schedule well in time, which is important for both students and BUas.
- BUas will facilitate graduation sessions (defence presentations) on campus. BUas is preparing these graduation sessions on campus according to a strict time schedule, with a restricted number of participants. If a student or an examination executive is unable to join or does not want to join these sessions on campus, for example if the student is abroad (at home) or because of health risks, the option is to perform the graduation session online. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
- BUas will organise practical examinations, which are applicable for our Hotel Management and Media domains.
- Additionally, BUas will organise graduation ceremonies (degree ceremonies) in the form of a drive-through parade along the campus. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
- Because of the limited campus capacity, and the travelling restrictions for students, and the aforementioned priorities, we can only organise this based on strict time slots and a flexible mindset of students and staff.
- Student wellbeing and study tips
- Now that all BUas students are studying in locations all over the world – out of sheer necessity – we thought you could do with a few tips to get to grips with online studying. We want to kindly support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. Please check out these 10 tips:
Besides these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support. You may experience more pressure and stress during this difficult and rather isolated time frame. The Mirro online self-help modules can help you get through these hard and complicated times. The modules are intended to help you with mild psychological complaints. If you have serious psychological complaints, you are strongly advised to seek more (professional) help. The modules help you to become aware of your own mental health through a stepped-care approach, which helps you choose the most effective interventions. You will gradually learn more about yourself and your circumstances, and about your own role. How can you find your balance again? How do you set boundaries? How do you accept what you cannot change? Mirro is based on scientific insights and research.
The mirro modules are available via the student portal, through the BEST training tile. For international students the modules anxiety, sleeping problems, work related stress and grief are available.
- How is BUas preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’?
The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:
- In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. BUas staff has been requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation. We are in the course of organising alternative introduction events for new students and an alternative academic year opening.
- In line with the call of prime minister Mark Rutte for input from young people, BUas wants to get into contact with BUas students and discuss the 1.5 metre society. What ideas and potential solutions can you think of for the domain you are studying? What thoughts or proposals do you have for the group ‘students’ in general, from your personal perspective? If you want to contribute to this discussion, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning your contact details and degree programme. Your BUas academy will contact you with further details.
- Are the BUas buildings still accessible? How about Library services?
Practical information about opening hours:
- BUas Horizon Building and Frontier Building at the campus will stay open for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, within limited opening hours: 07.45-18.00 hrs.
- Since Monday 23 March onwards, Ocean Building has been closed.
- BUas Servicedesk is (physically) open, for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, from 10.00-12.00 hrs. BUas Servicedesk is available by telephone and email, from 08.00-18.00 hrs, for students and staff.
- BUas Reception is physically closed, and available by telephone and email, daily from 08.00-18.00 hrs, Monday through Friday.
If you need to deliver an envelope or a package to a BUas lecturer, please arrange to send this by regular mail or parcel service.
BUas Library information specialists are available to you. Please e-mail them if you need support or to arrange a live chat session, for example to help you find specific information online. If you need to borrow a book or another physical Library item, please contact BUas Library by e-mail (email@example.com) and make a pick-up appointment. Make your reservation 1 day before pick-up. Pick-up location will be at the entrance of the Horizon Building at two specific pick-up times: 10.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs.
BUas Library has received several requests of students wanting to study in the campus library, individually or in groups. Despite the new guideline for public libraries, which BUas is not, we can unfortunately not allow students on campus due to the corona guidelines for our campus. The previously communicated service to borrow books is still available.
- What is the general BUas perspective on the coronavirus?
BUas acts in accordance with the directives of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates.
As communicated previously, BUas has taken various preventative measures, and is providing extra support in prevention, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer.
- Is BUas open or closed?
As communicated on Thursday 12 March, due to new government and BUas guidelines, the BUas Campus will be closed for students as of Friday 13 March for all ‘on Campus’ educational activities.
This closure will be effective at least until 28 April 2020. The BUas Campus will stay open for BUas lecturers and support staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support the continuation of education and other operations as much as possible. Advice for BUas staff: work from home unless you urgently need to be present at the BUas Campus.
- Academy-specific information about coronavirus
BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation, in addition to the BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to, for instance, examination and testing and how to cope with placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.
The Academy for Hotel & Facility and the Academy for Leisure & Events have an alternative information channel (currently being developed). If you are a student or staff member of one of these academies, use one of the the links below.
- Will BUas events in and outside BUas continue?
All on campus events and other physical events organised by BUas, with students and/or guests, will be cancelled by BUas. This applies to these types of events in the coming period up to 30 April. In line with the RIVM recommendations (RIVM) we want to minimise the risk of our students, staff or guests getting infected.
- How about individual appointments with BUas Student Counsellors or BUas Student Psychologist, while BUas campus is closed?
Student wellbeing is very important to BUas. The BUas Student Psychologist and BUas Student Counsellors are available, despite of the BUas campus being closed. They can be contacted via the regular channels. This means that appointments and conversations with Student Counsellors or the Student Psychologist will be done by telephone or online (MS Teams or Skype call). However, in the exceptional case under these circumstances, if the Study Counsellor or Student Psychologist chooses to plan a face-to-face meeting, this meeting may take place at the BUas Campus or another location, of course taking sufficient social distance. This may be applied as an accepted exception to the BUas main rules, and is fully supported by the Executive Board.
- Will BUas continue research activities?
BUas research can continue as usual, taking into account the previously communicated general coronavirus guidelines.
Students may participate in research projects, but not ‘on Campus’. This complies with national guidelines.
- Will BUas continue meetings with Industry partners?
For the time being, at least until 28 April 2020, BUas staff or students will not initiate meetings with Industry partners. We take our responsability and take this measure in line with the general BUas coronavirus policy, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of students and staff (and our partners). Ofcourse these meetings may continue in a digital way.
- Our community. How do we stay in touch?
Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.
HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. It is managed and run by students of the Creative Business programme and aims to serve the entire BUas community. You are invited to participate in creating interesting and engaging content through the various media available (audio, visual, text). Check https://hub.buas.nl/.
The HUB runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.
- I am abroad. In which circumstances do I have to return?
BUas’ policy principles: we follow The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIVM guidelines as much as possible. This is the BUas guideline since 18 March 2020:
- For all students still abroad, BUas requires you to return to your home base, either in the Netherlands or your home country. Return while you still can, because authorities, embassies and flight companies are now organizing repatriation on a larger scale. Make use of those opportunities while you still can. We expect that if such opportunities are created, they may only be offered for a short period of time.
- You are required to return, unless (within BUas guidelines): (a) The embassy advises it is safer to stay, or (b) Travelling is not possible or has health risks.
- If you are a Dutch student, make sure you are registered at the Dutch embassy. You can do this online at informatieservice.nederlandwereldwijd.nl. Keep in touch with the Dutch embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to the Netherlands.
- If you are a non-Dutch student, make sure you are registered with the embassy of your own country. Keep in touch with your embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to your home base, either being your home country or the Netherlands. If you have a valid residence permit for Europe, you are still allowed to return to the Netherlands.
- If it is impossible for you to return, bear in mind that you may have to count on a prolonged length of stay, as we can not predict how long travel restrictions will continue. Decide wisely and always make sure you can be as safe and healthy as possible, also for a longer period of time.
- In all cases, please stay in touch with your placement office or study supervisor.
- Are you stuck abroad and do you want to return to the Netherlands or your home country?
For all students and staff with Dutch nationality, and students with a residence permit for the Netherlands and an enrolment with a Dutch higher education institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises the following:
- Contact airlines (or travel agencies) flying to the Netherlands or Europe.
- Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come.
- If you are unable to leave at short notice: register with the platform https://bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl. The travel industry, insurers and airline companies have joined forces in this platform to take responsibility to support repatriation of travellers abroad, who are destined for the Netherlands. For the return journey, a personal contribution will be invoiced afterwards. This will be € 300 per person within Europe and € 900 per person outside Europe. Travellers must agree to this during the registration process. Telephone number: +31 247 247 247.
- If you are unable to leave at short notice, make sure that your safety during the rest of your stay is guaranteed. Should you run into any problems in this respect, please contact the embassy via the contact centre of Foreign Affairs at +31 247 247 247 (available 24/7). You can also call this number if you have any other questions to ask the embassy.
Do you have non-Dutch nationality and want to return to your home country?
- Contact an airline that flies to your country.
- Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come.
- Contact the embassy of your home country.
- What about placements, exchanges, graduation-projects and study progress?
BUas and other universities of applied sciences have agreed upon a number of measures with the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen), on 19 March.
- The BSA (binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies) of this academic year will be postponed to next academic year. As a student, your study progress will not be affected this academic year, for example because of having obtained an insufficient number of ECTS.
- As you know, all planned examinations, resits and final exams have been suspended for the moment. BUas is looking for (online) alternatives to still carry out examinations, resits and final exams, despite the BUas campus being closed. We will keep you informed about how we will be managing this more specifically.
Let’s do our utmost together to optimise your study progress in this extraordinary situation, and try to limit the consequences of the corona crisis for your studies. As for your placement, exchange or graduation project, you should continue your placement/exchange/graduation-project work online as much as possible. Together we will be looking for solutions to avoid study delays. ’Together’ means BUas, you, your placement company and/or your exchange university.
- How to avoid study delay because of placement issues?
Together we will do our utmost to avoid study delay because of changes in placement due to the coronavirus. Postponing your work placement is something we want to avoid, since the industry will probably have coronavirus-related issues for a long time. Try to find solutions for your current work placement together with your BUas placement coordinator.
And for new placements BUas will look with you for alternative possibilities if necessary. We will need to be flexible. From a BUas perspective, international placements - in these circumstances - are not a must. We continue the regular BUas approach and goals for work placements in order to enable achieving your competencies. BUas flexibility means, among others things, that having finalised more than 50% of the practical work is regarded as an ‘OK’. This could also be home-based online work. The rest can be done with alternative assignments.
Suggestions and instructions for alternative assignments are already available per academy. This means that instead of a regular period of 24 weeks, 12 weeks may be enough. Special arrangements may be applicable for special target groups (e.g. MBO students). Flipping semesters may be a solution, all depending on available options per degree programme and curriculum. Research options, including projects outside specific companies, but in close connection with the industry, may also be a potential alternative.
- Will field trips go ahead?
All outgoing trips, for students and staff, including field trips, scheduled between now and 30 April, will be cancelled.
- What if you visited one of the corona-infected regions abroad?
Students and staff who visited one of the areas where the coronavirus exists and who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems must stay at home and contact their general practitioner (huisarts) promptly.
- Why will the NSE (national student survey) not be conducted this academic year?
Why will the NSE (national student survey) not be conducted this academic year?
All efforts of BUas and other universities of applied sciences are currently aimed at ensuring that education can continue as well as possible. That is why it was decided not to conduct the NSE (national student survey) this year, as this would require huge efforts on the part of the universities. This decision was made by the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen).
- Online proctoring: why and how?
In this coronavirus impacted situation, only partly being able to take exams at the BUas campus, online proctoring is the ideal way to still perform examinations and prevent study delays. The online proctoring system BUas applies, will take over the invigilation tasks in a respectful and data-safe manner. The system will be recording you during the exam, using the webcam and the microphone. It registers all actions on your computer, including potential actions which are not allowed during the exam.
The reviewing of the exam and all the actions will mainly not be done during the exam, but afterwards. The ProctorExam system generates a report for each candidate, which enables BUas to investigate whether fraud was committed during the exam.
BUas respects the privacy of students. BUas has legally assessed the privacy aspects of applying ProctorExam, and this is the best possible and acceptable way to perform online proctoring, taking applicable privacy regulations (GDPR/AVG) into account.
For more specific information about BUas proctoring, privacy and our guiding principles for examinations and online proctoring, please read this bulletin.
- Online proctoring : how is the privacy of students guaranteed?
The proctoring platform which BUas selected after this careful consideration, ProctorExam, supports all our requirements:
- It enables online invigilation, in a respectful and data-safe way. During the corona crisis, when you choose to take a digital exam, we base the processing of your data on the legitimate interests of BUas to offer the possibility to take exams in an alternative way. The purpose of processing your personal data is to help you take exams in an alternative way, and to help you stay on track with as little delay as possible. BUas wants to prevent study delay for its students as much as possible.
- The system will be recording students during the exam, using the webcam and the microphone. A student’s behaviour will be processed, as well as the use of websites other than those allowed during the exam, to see if these have been used illegitimately.
- To establish the student’s identity in advance, he/she will have to identify him/herself by showing the ID card, take a picture of him/herself and submit these. When showing the ID, the invigilator only needs to see the full name and photo and he/she must be able to establish whether it is a legal document. Students are therefore strongly advised to cover their social security number, place of issue, nationality and document number. They will also be requested to show the materials they are allowed to use during the exam.
- A 'room scan', and the use of a second camera, e.g. of a smartphone, are not applicable. A student will not have to show the room. He/she is advised to provide a neutral environment and put special or personal items out of sight.
- The recording of the exam will be analysed by an external proctor of ProctorExam. The use of an algorithm or ‘machine learning’ is not applicable. Only ‘real people’ carry out the proctoring and they have been trained to analyse the recordings at a speed of 6 times the normal play mode. Within 48 hours after students have ended their exams, the recording will be proctored and sent to BUas. A report will be sent to BUas with a colour code. ‘Green’ means: no irregularities; ‘orange’ means: there are some irregularities that possibly need closer examination; ‘red’ means: the invigilator has seen behaviour that needs to be reviewed. Recordings with code ‘green’ are deleted from the server (based in Europe) immediately. Code ‘orange’ recordings will be reviewed by BUas as soon as possible, to decide if the deviant behaviour gives reason for further investigation. Code ‘red’ recordings will also be reviewed in order to make sure if code red was indeed applicable. ‘Orange’ and ‘red’ recordings will be deleted if BUas decides that there has been no fraud. Recordings where no fraud has been established are deleted within a maximum of 2 business days after they are received and analysed. The photo a student made to identify him/herself at the beginning of the exam will be deleted simultaneously with the recording of the exam.
- If fraud has been committed, those recordings will be saved by BUas, only for as long as necessary, e.g. to serve as evidence in the case of an appeal.
- BUas has made privacy agreements with ProctorExam in a processing agreement that is based on the GDPR. Therefore, ProctorExam is only allowed to process the data based on that agreement. The recordings and other personal data are processed confidentially. Sharing these recordings or any other personal data with third parties without the written consent of BUas is strictly prohibited. The same strict privacy and confidentiality rules apply to all ProctorExam employees and sub-processors. The external proctors can be compared to the normal on-campus proctors (invigilators) during an on-campus exam. Both BUas and Proctor Exam (and its sub-processors) have implemented technical and organisational data security in their systems to ensure that the processing of your data is being carried out safely.
- Only BUas can decide if fraud has been committed and these decisions are always made by the board of examiners, not by a computer system or ProctorExam. So, no automated decision making is applicable. The TER is, as always, applicable.
- After submitting the test, and having performed the required ProctorExam actions, the student can shut down the web browser. After that moment nothing will be registered anymore.
- Student data, recorded by ProctorExam, will be exclusively available to the appointed ProctorExam and BUas invigilators, and will be saved according to the period mentioned above, by ProctorExam and BUas.
- The BUas legal officer has assessed the privacy perspective of applying ProctorExam, and concluded that the use of ProctorExam is the best possible and acceptable way to perform online proctoring, taking applicable privacy regulations (GDPR/AVG) into account.
- The general privacy regulations of BUas are, as always, applicable. In this document more in-depth information can be found on the rights regarding privacy matters, and how to file a complaint if needed.
- How can you work online?
BUas students and staff have access to Microsoft Teams, which facilitates online teamwork. Meetings that cannot take place at the campus, due to staff working from home, can also be held online by means of this tool.
- Does BUas offer e-learning and digital testing possibilities?
BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are being taught online. Academies and their students have succesfully been performing online examinations. We are very happy that we have been able to facilitate many exams in the first weeks of May, which is a major contributory factor in avoiding unnecessary study delays as much as possible.
BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation in addition to BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to testing and examination and how to cope with work placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.
AHF and ALE have an alternative information channel. If you are a student or staff member of either academy, use one of the links below.
Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (StuComm) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here https://www.buas.nl/en/year-schedule
- Do not hesitate to apply as a new international student because of coronavirus issues. How will BUas support you?
We fully understand that you may feel insecure about planning to study abroad. Times are insecure and nobody can exactly predict when safe air travel will be available again. If you would like to choose to study at BUas, we can and will support you anyhow. Since March 2020, BUas has rapidly and successfully made the transition from on-campus education to online learning, forced by the corona crisis. If you cannot be available on-campus during the first period of the new academic year due to continuing corona issues, BUas will offer international applicants online education. Of course we prefer to welcome you to our inspiring and pleasant BUas campus from the start, but that may be impossible at that very moment. So please do not hesitate to apply because of the corona crisis. We will support your e-learning start for the BUas degree programme of your choice, and will welcome you in the flesh at a later stage.
BUas is also aware of issues you may run into such as the timing of the required English language tests and the timely availability of diplomas or other required documents. Working with Dutch and international authorities, BUas tries to find solutions for applicants who may be confronted with such issues. Please feel welcome to contact us about these matters.
- How can I familiarise myself at the moment? Does BUas offer any online study orientation activities?
In this extraordinary situation, BUas is looking into online replacement of the planned orientation activities such as orientation days (kennismakingsdagen) and join-a-student days (meeloopdagen). Check the BUas website for more information and new events.
- I am a Dutch prospective student and I would like to take part in a matching day. Do these still take place on the campus?
BUas only offers an online assessment at the moment. You’ll be sent an invitation for this assessment after your registration with Studielink. The results of this assessment will be sent to you as a student, and to the degree programme of your choice. At this point, the study choice check has been completed. The degree programme staff will take the initiative to contact you to provide additional information, if necessary, or to answer questions.
- By what date do I have to apply?
For bachelor's programmes (and the Ad Tourism) with a regular application deadline of 1 May (normal deadline), the application deadline has been postponed to 1 June. For the deadline that applies to you, please check out the degree programme of your choice:
- I am an international applicant and have been conditionally admitted. What if I cannot submit my final diploma or English test documents before the deadline?
English language tests
In several countries, exams and English language tests are being postponed because of the coronavirus. In these extraordinary circumstances, we will do our utmost to find solutions to enable applicants to start their bachelor’s or master’s programme at BUas after all.
We are aware that applicants are concerned about not being able to deliver the requested documents in time. The problem is well known and the government organisations concerned, such as in the Netherlands, are currently discussing possible solutions. BUas will continue to monitor the situation, and expects solutions to be found, depending on the country and education system in question. As an example, the Dutch government has decided to cancel the Dutch state exams and that diplomas will be awarded based on school exams. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) decided to award their diplomas based on the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise already bult into the programmes. We expect other countries to take similar decisions, aligning with their specific education system. If needed, we will evaluate your individual situation in due time. For now, we will wait for further developments.
English test results
English tests have been postponed in some countries due to public health concerns. Please note that BUas will monitor this situation. We know that IELTS and Cambridge are putting detailed plans in place to ensure that test takers are able to take their test as soon as possible, once the official restrictions are removed. Since it is still uncertain when this will take place, TOEFL has designed an online test which we have accepted (TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition). This online TOEFL test is available at the locations where TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Iran and mainland China. Check out if this applies to you. For now, we will wait for further developments. However, please contact us by the time you know for certain that registration for an English test will not be possible one month before our deadline (1 September EU, 1 July non-EU).
For our non-EU applicants for whom we need to apply for visas
The problem is well known and the government organisations concerned are currently discussing possible solutions. BUas will continue monitoring the situation. This is a worldwide problem and BUas expects solutions to be found.
For EU and non-EU applicants
Under normal circumstances our deadline for submitting diploma documents and English test results is 1 September for our EU applicants and 1 July for our non-EU applicants. We may decide to deviate from these deadlines based on future developments and on an individual basis. For now, we will wait for the developments in the coming months and we will inform you if anything changes. Do not worry and know that you are always welcome to contact us. We will hopefully see each other in September!
- What if I need health care due to the coronavirus? AON Student Insurance
For all questions about health care insurance, please read the flyer of the Zorgverzekeringslijn.
If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact Zorgverzekeringslijn by chat (www.zvl.tips) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). They can also be reached at 0800 64 64 644, and from abroad please call +31 88 900 6960.
If you have an AON Student Insurance and have any questions, you can always contact them via email@example.com or give them a call at +31 (0)10 44 88 260.
When you have returned to your home country, please note that your AON insurance covers your stay until 31 August 2020. However, specific conditions apply to extending your insurance coverage:
- The student needs to remain enrolled at his/her educational institute;
- The student needs to demonstrate he/she attends online education (study progress);
- Extension of insurance only provides for covering (medical) costs in the event of an emergency (matters than cannot be postponed);
- Coverage will be extended until 31 August 2020 at the latest. If insurance expires at an earlier date than 31 August 2020, extension of coverage will apply until expiry date of the insurance;
- Medical costs will be compensated max twice the Dutch basic care rate (Nederlands Basiszorgtarief).
- What if I run into financial problems?
Duo student loan
As a student, you may run into immediate financial problems, caused by the corona crisis, for example because your part-time job ended (temporarily). Dienst Uitvoerend Onderwijs (DUO, the Dutch Education Executive Agency) offers to temporarily increase your student loan amount. This can even be arranged retroactively, back to the beginning of this academic year. Moreover, students may still apply for tuition fee loans. If this applies to you, please contact DUO. If these options are still insufficient, students may contact DUO about the possibilities. DUO strives for maximum leniency towards students who are facing financial setbacks due to the corona measures. More information.
Payment of tuition fees
Students still need to pay tuition fees because this is legally required for enrolling at Breda University of Applied Sciences. In March, no accounts will be blocked, neither will administration fees be charged due to late payments. If you have problems paying your tuition fees because you have lost income due to the consequences of the corona crisis, you can contact BUas via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government has announced that tenants who have lost their income due to the coronavirus and as a result, are unable to pay the rent cannot be evicted from their homes temporarily. More information.
Job on the side
Employers have been able to request the new temporary Emergency Measure for the Preservation of Jobs (NOW). The NOW is intended to compensate employers who are faced with loss of turnover. As a result of this measure, they can continue to pay the salary of staff on a permanent contract or a flexi contract. Ask your employer whether you will be eligible for this arrangement.
If you are in immediate financial straits and are unable to work it out with the above-mentioned solutions, please send an email to email@example.com, so we know about your situation, and perhaps we could find a solution together.
- What about my Erasmus+ scholarship when exchange/placement is interrupted or prematurely ended?
The European Commission has decided to be lenient and introduced a so-called Force Majeure procedure. If you are awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship via BUas Student Office, you will receive information about this procedure via your BUas email address. Please check if this Force Majeure applies to your situation. Stay alert for further updates through the BUas LMS: ‘Info sources/ general BUAS information/ Student Office/ Scholarships’. Exchange students of BUas partner institutions are advised to contact the scholarship coordinator of their home institution.