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Students

7 April 2020

What do you have to take into account as an student? Read more in the frequently asked questions and answers, divided into categories:

LESSONS AND EXAMINATIONS
1. What effect do the corona measures have on my study?
2. I still have to complete a practical assignment or take a practical test? What possibilities does Avans offer?
3. What if it is really not possible to study at home or take online tests?
4. What do the corona measures mean for my exams?
5. Will the binding study advice (BSA) continue to apply?
6. Can I borrow books, materials and equipment from Avans?
7. Can I take recordings of lessons?
8. What does semester 1 of next academic year look like?
9. Do I have to wear a facemask during my exam?

INTERNSHIP AND GRADUATION
10. Do the corona measures affect my internship and/or graduation?
11. I am doing an internship and have recently been in a high-risk area or in contact with a corona patient. What should I do?
12. My internship company advised me not to come. I do not have any health problems myself. What should I do?
13. I am a graduating student and I need a laboratory, workshop or studio, or another practical space for my graduation work. What possibilities do I have?
14. Due to the corona crisis, I just didn't get my propedeuse or diploma. Can I still move on to further education?

TRAVEL
15. Can I travel by public transport during rush hour?
16. I ould like to go to a country within Europe for my minor, internship or graduation from 1st September 2020. Is that allowed? 
17. For my minor, internship or graduation, I want to go to a country outside Europe from 1st September 2020. Is that allowed? 

CARE AND QUESTIONS OF STUDENTS
18. I have or will have financial problems because of the coronavirus. What can I do?
19. Can I throw a party back home? And other pressing student questions about the corona crisis.
20. I'm under stress because of the corona crisis. What can I do?
21. Can I come to Avans if I have hay fever?

LESSONS AND EXAMINATIONS

1. What effect do the corona measures have on my study?

Avans makes every effort to limit negative consequences as much as possible and, where possible, to provide tailor-made solutions to solve problems. Your study course will tell you what the customised measures will look like. In order to impede your study progress as little as possible, it may sometimes be necessary to deviate from the usual days and times during exams. This requires flexibility from both students and staff. We trust that everyone will take his or her responsibility in this respect.
 

2. I still have to complete a practical assignment or take a practical test. What possibilities does Avans offer?

We researched the possibilities of taking practical assignments and tests on location in phases. Of course taking into account the 1.5 meter distance rule. Your course will tell you if, how and when you can complete assignments in the laboratories or workshops.
 

3. What if it is really not possible to study at home or take online tests?

Students for whom it is really not possible to study at home or take online tests can go to one of the Avans buildings. They can request this from their study advisor. If the study advisor agrees with the student's request to study or to take the tests in Avans buildings, he/she can agree with the location manager which room the student can use.
 

4. What do the corona measures mean for my exams?

We will take tests online as much as possible. We will also use alternative forms of testing, such as open book exams, oral examinations or handing in assignments such as an essay. Of course, this will be carried out according to RIVM guidelines.

You have already received your test schedule with specific information about your tests through your course programme.

When testing online, we decided not to apply 'online proctoring' this academic year. This is remote surveillance, for example using webcams. There are now too many risks in terms of both privacy and technology. In the case of online testing without surveillance, we place great demands on the responsibility of students not to commit fraud.


5. Will the binding study advice (BSA) continue to apply?  

The Ministry of OWC has called on all educational institutions to postpone the binding study advice (BSA) for a year. Avans has listened to this call. This means that for all current first-year students who do not meet the standard of 52 credits (EC) at the end of this academic year (2019-2020), we will postpone the study advice until the end of their second academic year (31 August 2021).
For students who have already received a postponed study advice at the end of academic year 2018-2019 and who do not yet meet the standard of 52 credits (EC) at the end of this academic year, we  will also postpone the study advice until 31 August 2021.


6. Can I borrow books, materials and equipment from Avans?

The books in Xplora are available for graduates. They can register via xplora@avans.nl. 
When it comes to making equipment or materials available, this involves customisation. So if you do need it, please report to your academy office.


7. Can I take recordings of lessons?

We receive signals that students are recording (parts of) lectures and posting them on social media. This is not allowed. We ask you to respect the privacy of your lecturer and your fellow students by not making recordings. It is your instructor's choice whether he/she wants to record the lecture and share it via, for example, Blackboard.

 

8. What does semester 1 of next academic year look like?

In the new academic year, we will continue to observe the 1.5 meter distance rule for the time being. This means that all courses will adapt their teaching so that there is a good mix of teaching on location and online teaching. Some international study programmes will remain fully online for the time being. Your own course will tell you exactly what your programme of study will look like.

As we consider the bond between students and between students and instructors to be of great importance, we will pay extra attention to this when putting together our programme of study. Particularly the first year students will receive on site education to a fairly large extent.
Despite the announcements of more flexible travel as of 1st September for trips during public transport peak hours, Avans will stick to the previously established timetables of period 1.

It is possible that we will adjust the starting times of the lesson blocks. For example, the first lesson block on location for lesson X starts at 9 a.m. and for lesson Y at 9.30 a.m., etc. The exact details depend on agreements with carriers and other educational institutions. You will eventually get this information from your own course.

 

9. Do I have to wear a face mask during my exams?

No, wearing a face mask is not necessary or required. Of course, you may wear a face mask if you feel safer using one. 


INTERNSHIP AND GRADUATION

10. Do the corona measures affect my internship and/or graduation?

The crisis team is receiving  a lot of questions about internships and graduation. Until now, the assumption is that your internship or graduation can in principle continue, provided that the internship company also offers that space and the nature of the graduation research permits. However, we see more and more situations in which this is no longer possible. Therefore, we are looking for a tailor-made solution for each internship or graduation question. 
If you have any questions about this, please contact your internship or graduation supervisor.
 

11. I'm an intern and I've been in contact with a corona patient. What should I do?

Report this to your internship company and follow the guidelines of the RIVM. It is possible that your internship company will advise you to stay at home. Report this to your internship supervisor.

 

12. My internship company advised me not to come. I do not have any health problems myself. What should I do?

Follow the instructions of your internship company and contact the contact person of your study programme, so that you can go through the next steps together.
 

13. I am a graduating student and I need a laboratory, workshop or studio, or another practical space for my graduation work. What possibilities do I have?

Avans will open the studios where students can work, laboratories (including the techlabs), workshops from the technical academies and other practice areas by appointment for students who need to make independent use of the facilities available for their graduation work. In this way we hope that you will not experience any or limited delay in your graduation work. The use of these rooms also applies if you are working with several students on an assignment. Read the entire message here.

 

14. Due to the corona crisis, I just didn't get my propedeuse or diploma. Can I still move on to further education?

In certain cases, you may be conditionally admitted to a programme of study if you were unable to obtain your diploma in time due to the corona virus (bachelor > master or higher professional education (hbo) prepedeuse > academic education). Avans can - at your request - provide a 'completion advice' in which we indicate whether we expect you to complete the preparatory course before 1 January 2021.

The advice takes into account what you still have to achieve, the possible requirements of the further education and the fact that you complete the course after the start of the further education.

Would you like to move on from an Associate degree (Ad) to a Bachelor's degree? Then you do not need any completion advice. The admission requirements for the Ad are the same as for the bachelor. Therefore, in principle, students who move from Ad to bachelor will already meet the admission requirements. It will be determined per student where you can enroll in the bachelor and which exemptions you can get on the basis of already obtained results in the Ad. Your study career advisor can help you on your way to taking the right steps.

TRAVEL

15. Can I travel by public transport during rush hour?

Yes, it is possible to use public transport during rush hours or parts thereof. Travelling by public transport is possible if necessary. However, agreements have been made with the educational institutions to schedule tests and practical training outside rush hours, so that public transport is spared. This will prevent an excessive flow of students travelling at the same time by train or bus at the already busy times. You can therefore travel with public transport during rush hour or part of it if you have to be present in time to take a test on location.

Despite the more flexible rules announced by the Cabinet on 1st September, Avans will stick to the previously established timetables of period 1. More about this in the news release of 26 June.

 

16. I would like to go to a country within Europe for my minor, internship or graduation from 1st September 2020. Is that allowed? 

Do you want to go abroad for a studyperiod in the first semester? Check the special Flowchart Corona Study Abroad for clear directions about what is and isn’t possible on goingabroad.avans.nl

You can continue to prepare for your trip within Europe. But there are still many uncertainties. So make sure you have a plan B together with your course. Plan B may vary per person and per programme and must be approved by your academy. Examples of a plan B are: taking your minor in the Netherlands, an exchange programme at another European educational institution, an internship as an alternative or, if possible, shifting your semesters. 
 

17. For my minor, internship or graduation, I want to go to a country outside Europe from 1st September 2020. Is that allowed? 

Avans urgently advises you not to make plans for a stay for a minor, internship or graduation outside Europe in the autumn of this year. We believe that the risks involved in a stay outside Europe are high. Consider the fact that you won't be able to return if lockdown occurs again, health care that may be different outside Europe, financial problems that may result, or study delays that may (again) result.
If you do make preparations to go to a country outside Europe (with code yellow or green), you will have to sign a declaration with your study programme. Make sure you also have a plan B, in case the colour code and therefore the travel advice suddenly changes. Travelling to a country with an orange or red travel advice is not allowed. The Flowchart Corona Study Abroad on goingabroad.avans.nl provides more information about what is and is not allowed.

CARE AND QUESTIONS OF STUDENTS

18. I have or will have financial problems because of the coronavirus. What can I do?

It may be that you have or foresee financial problems, for example because you no longer have any income or because you suddenly have to travel back from abroad.
DUO will make every effort to help students when they experience financial problems due to the coronavirus. Despite this, if you experience financial problems, we advise you to report to the Student Information Desk: 088 - 525 7550. 

 

19. Can I throw a party back home? And other pressing student questions about the corona crisis.

In this article you will find answers to all kinds of questions that are not directly related to your studies at Avans. Punt regularly refreshes this article.

 

20. I'm under stress because of the corona crisis. What can I do?

Avans offers various online self-help modules, including the 'grip on corona stress' module. The purpose of this module is to support you in different areas during the corona crisis. In this module you will teach yourself skills, allowing you to effectively carry out your work and/or study at home and you will start working with positive thoughts. You will receive practical tips, perform exercises and watch videos from an expert.

Go to the online self-help modules and click on the tile 'grip on corona stress'.
 

21. Can I come to Avans if I have hay fever?

Yes, basically you can. We're following RIVM guidelines.  If you have hay fever, you will have the same symptoms every year at about the same time. You'll be able to sense if they're hay fever symptoms. Stay at home if you have doubts about this or if your complaints feel different. In that case, students should contact their study supervisor.

Last updated on 23 July 2020.