On this page you can find the measures and possibilities at BUas in coronavirus times.
In these difficult times, we fully understand that you may feel insecure about planning to study abroad, but we can and will support you anyhow.
If you choose to study at BUas, we can and will fully support you. We are 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, we try to find solutions for all applicants who may be confronted with such issues. Please feel welcome to contact us about these matters.
In the frequently asked questions on this page, you will find an answer to some questions you may have about starting your studies in times of corona.
Study orientation and application starting September 2021
Is it already possible to start my education in September live on the BUas campus or will education be online?
We fully understand that you may feel insecure about planning to study abroad. We hope and prefer that we can welcome you to our inspiring and pleasant BUas campus right from the start in September 2021, but these times are insecure and nobody can 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; if it is impossible for you to travel to the Netherlands due to travel restrictions, it is still possible to start your studies.
Forced by the corona crisis, BUas has made the transition from on-campus education to online learning rapidly and successfully. BUas accepts the fact that students are unable to come to the campus, at least until 1 November 2021. BUas will do its utmost to ensure that students will receive online education, possibly combined with additional assignments.
If you can travel, we cannot wait to welcome you at our campus! At the moment, our starting principle is), with a possible increase to 50% (until 1 November). First-year students will still be given priority in terms of campus presence, and we would like to have them on campus for at least 2 days a week. From 1 November onwards, we expect that a (nearly) 100% return to the campus will be possible.
How is BUas preparing for a safe academic year?
Your safety is our priority! 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 coronavirus and will provide any relevant updates. We have taken many precautions and prevention measures, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitiser, to take care of the health and safety of students, staff and guests.
In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, still taking into account the current working and studying modus based on 1,5-metre social distance. These policies will also include alternative scenarios for the introduction events for new students.
How can I familiarise myself at the moment? Does BUas offer any online study orientation activities?
In this extraordinary situation, BUas came up with a lot of extra online orientation possibilities for you in order to make the right decision. You had the opportunity to attend webinars, do a BUas quiz, or chat with a student. A few weeks ago BUas also started offering live campus tours. For a full overview of all the orientation possibilities please check: www.buas.nl/myroadtobuas.
What are the corona measures in the Netherlands?
The Netherlands’ approach is essentially to control the virus as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups. The basic measures are: stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, and keep 1.5 metres away from others.
Gradually, more freedom is allowed, while keeping the coronavirus under control. For more information, please see the website of the Dutch government. It is expected that by mid-July 2021, all residents of the Netherlands aged 18 and older will have been vaccinated against corona at least once, with the elderly already fully vaccinated. The expected vaccination coverage is high, i.e. around 85%.
Plans are being drawn up for reopening universities of applied sciences and research universities more fully in the future.
What is the right time to start looking for a room?
Searching for a room or student flat in Breda might take quite some time. Therefore, we would advise you not to postpone your search any longer.
Unfortunately, Breda University of Applied Sciences has no campus or student rooms of its own and, therefore, it will be your own responsibility to find accommodation in Breda. Luckily, we have some good contacts, and we are able to offer you rooms via housing corporations and via Alvast. Both are on a first come, first-served basis. Other options to find a place to live in Breda can be found in the housing manual.
Option 1: Alwel and WonenBreburg Under an arrangement that we have with housing corporations Singelveste, Alwel and WonenBreburg, approximately 65 rooms for non-EU degree seeking students and 30 rooms for non-EU exchange students will be available. The rooms offered are furnished and have fixed contract dates. These contract dates cannot be changed and the contract will end after the period of your stay, which is one semester or one year. Extension will not be possible. Once you have been accepted for a study programme at Breda University of Applied Sciences, you will be provided with personal login details around the first week of July for this platform. We normally have rooms left, so definitely send us an e-mail in the second week of July if you are still searching as an EU student. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Option 2: Alvast Are you looking for temporary furnished student accommodation? ALVAST is looking for students who want to live in the complex at Oude Vest 4 in Breda, the former Post Office. This complex is situated in the city centre of Breda at only a 6-minute bike ride from BUas. It concerns dependent, furnished housing. You are going to live here on the basis of a temporary rental contract via ALVAST. Rental prices range from €310 to €768 including gas/water/lighting and service charges (among other things, internet and waste disposal services). The rooms/flats vary from 12 to 83 square meters, and are all furnished. You will share the kitchen, toilets and showers with your flat mates. If you are interested in the rooms of Alvast, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with the following information: student number, first name, last name, and your e-mail address. We will send your information to Alvast and they will get in touch with you.
When should I start looking for a room? It is recommended to start your search early for the best chance of finding accommodation that fits your needs. Nowadays most students find student housing through Facebook / housing corporations / Click for Rooms or commercial companies.
What are the rental prices in Breda? Rental prices for a student room in Breda vary from €350 to €550 per calendar month.
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 application in Studielink. The results of this assessment will be sent to you as a student, and to the degree programme staff concerned. At this point, the study choice check has been completed. The degree programme staff will take the initiative to contact you for additional information, if necessary, or to answer questions.
What is the deadline for submitting the final diploma documents and/or English test results?
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 on an individual basis.
Diploma documents In 2021, education globally continues to be affected by the pandemic from school closures to changes in exam formats. We can imagine that you are concerned about the consequences for starting your programme at BUas, please reach out if you en-counter problems with our deadline and we will try to find a solution.
If your government decided to cancel state exams and provide you with the diploma based on school grades only and this diploma gives you access to higher education in your own country, we will most likely accept that for entrance to our programme. Please do contact us if this situation applies to you by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language tests English tests are still postponed/cancelled in some countries due to public health concerns. To increase the possibilities for our applicants, we still accept the following two online alternatives for the intake of September 2021
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. Note that we require at least an overall band score of 80 and a subscore for speaking of 20.
TOEFL ITP Plus for applicants from China only. More information can be found via this link. Note that we require at least an overall band score of 550 and that the speak-ing component (video speaking interview through Vericant) will be assessed and scored by BUas English language lecturers.
If you should have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at email@example.com. Hopefully, we will see each other at the start of the coming academic year.