Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Conditions for international mobility first semester 2020-2021

18 Jun 2020 15:00 | Communication

The AUAS has taken decisions concerning the international mobility of students and employees in the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. This includes three types of international mobility: degree-seeking students, exchanges and internships. This announcement explains the possibilities and restrictions. The Executive Board will take a decision about the second semester of 2021-2021 by mid-October 2020.

Degree-seeking students

Incoming mobility for students doing a degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s) is possible under certain conditions in the first semester of 2020-2021. The countries of origin must be colour-coded either green or yellow. The education must meet the regular quality standards and the student must be fully admissible. Finally, there are a number of rules pertaining to security, legality and the safeguarding of risks concerning the student’s visa application, insurance and accommodation in Amsterdam.

In the event that degree-seeking students are unable to travel to the Netherlands, or if on-campus education is not possible, the degree programme will arrange alternative education. Please see this announcement from AMSIB (one of our main English-taught programmes) concerning its decision to offer education entirely online in the first semester. 


Exchange students

Physical exchanges will not be offered in the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students, as well as EU and non-EU countries. Degree programmes will take their own decisions concerning whether international minors will go ahead. They will also look for suitable substitutes for those students who are unable to do an international minor at the AUAS.

Exchange students who have stayed in the Netherlands since the onset of the corona crisis need permission from their dean to continue their studies at the AUAS during the first semester. This group of students must comply with the (relevant) requirements related to insurance, housing, visas and residence permits.

For outgoing AUAS students, the programmes are striving to move the exchanges to the second semester of 2020-2021. This is in consultation with the students and the partner institutions.


Internships

International internships are suspended for the first semester of 2020-2021. The only international internships that are permitted are those that form an obligatory part of the curriculum and for which there is no reasonable local alternative.

The conditions are as follows:
- Guidelines from the government, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and the country’s 'colour code' (only green and yellow are allowed);
- The country is deemed safe by the government, the degree programme and the student;
- In consultation with the degree programme, the student draws up an academic plan that guarantees their safety, sufficient insurance coverage and the quality-level of the education;
- The student accepts the (potential) risk and related costs, acknowledging that repatriation expenses will not be reimbursed by the insurer/AUAS if the pandemic resurges and the colour code changes to ‘orange or red’;
- The academic plan is approved by the dean.


Clarity

Via this decision, the Executive Board aims to provide clarity to students, degree programmes and the rest of the AUAS organisation. Student safety is at the heart of this decision, as well as the quality of the learning/student experience, the reciprocity of exchanges and the possibilities for tailor-made education at our programmes. Furthermore, the governmental guidelines and decisions taken by the European Commission concerning Erasmus+ mobility take precedence.

Other factors influencing these decisions relate to the fact that the AUAS is discouraged from facilitating too many international trips, the desire to avoid study delays and the knowledge that the available space on our campuses will be very limited in the first semester.

A coulance arrangement is in effect for all international target groups mentioned in this announcement, in the event of distressing circumstances. The faculty dean for the degree programme in question will take a decision on these cases.