Following in the footsteps of the government, TU Delft is taking measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In doing so, we are doing our utmost to ensure that education can be offered online as much as possible, that research is guaranteed and that crucial processes continue to run smoothly.
On this page you will find an overview of the current measures, updates and additional instructions:
- There will be no on-site teaching until at least the fourth quarter of this academic year; the teaching will be offered online as much as possible.
- The campus is virtually closed for all educational activities until at least 15 June; this applies to faculties, restaurants and other buildings.
- If possible, work at home until 15 June 2020 in consultation with your manager.
- The travel policy for employees and students has been strongly tightened.
Update 20 May 2020 15.00
Yesterday evening the Dutch Prime Minister announced new relaxations to the coronavirus measures. These relaxations create room for some educational activities on campus.
TU Delft has already decided to organise all Q4 education and examinations online and this will remain so. However, we will now investigate whether and under what conditions we may organise small-scale practicals and graduation work on campus from 15 June.
It is still too early to say what we will be doing after Q4, as it is clear that here we will have to make choices. We are doing our best to provide more clarity in the short term.
Of course, our health is paramount in all aspects of the restart. Working from home remains the norm, so please do so if at all possible. Measures from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) apply at all times. It is important to stay at home if you or one of your housemates are experiencing symptoms.
We are currently looking at what is possible and how and when it is best to restart.Limiting the strain on public transport, especially during rush hour, is an important issue.
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The basic principle is that educational activities start and end between 11-15 hours and after 20 hours during this restart phase. Starting or ending education outside these times is only possible in consultation with the Safety Region, and if both regional public transport operators and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I & W) agree to it.
Universities have already come to agreements, which have been recorded in the Protocol Restart Universities (in Dutch). This protocol sets out, among other things, the basic principles for the restart phase and the activities that will get highest priority in the coming weeks:
- Resumption of lab education/practicals, prioritising graduation candidates
- Small-scale education, such as small working groups or (pre)clinical education (including dentistry, veterinary medicine) for which there is no good online alternative
- Examinations / testing where this cannot be organised remotely
- Mentoring and tutoring of vulnerable students
- Thesis guidance
Our pspective students starting in the new academic year also have our full attention. We are working hard on an attractive package for first-year students and are creating introduction weeks that combine the best of online and small-scale campus activities.
Update 1 May 2020 13.00
Temporary measure on Bachelor/Master transition because of COVID-19
The Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule (‘harde knip’ in Dutch) is the legal provision that states that a student must first complete their Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme before they can move on to a Master’s programme. In order to limit possible study delays and related adverse consequences due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has allowed universities to put temporary measures in place for the transition from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s programme.
For Bachelor’s students and Pre-Master’s students who are enrolled at TU Delft in the academic year 2019-2020, the following principles apply.
For bachelor students:
- Bachelor’s students who have a deficit of up 15 EC in their Bachelor’s examination programme on 31 August 2020, may enrol in Master’s subjects in the academic year 2020-2021 and participate in examinations of Master’s subjects
- Faculties may designate certain subjects as entry requirements, such as completion of the Bachelor Final Project, for each Master’s programme. Faculties shall inform students of these requirements before 15 May 2020
- The option to enrol in Master’s courses without having completed a Bachelor’s programme expires on 31 August 2021
For Pre-Master’s students:
- Pre-Master’s students who have a deficit of no more than 15 EC in their Pre-Master’s programme on 31 August 2020 may enrol in Master’s courses and participate in examinations of Master’s courses in the academic year 2020-2021
- The option to enrol in Master’s courses without having completed the Pre-Master’s programme expires on 31 August 2021
This arrangement applies to the intake of Master’s students within TU Delft. The arrangement may be extended to allow students to move between universities, as well as a number of institutes of higher professional education, once agreements on a national level have been reached. Information about this will follow no later than 15 May 2020.
Update 21 April 2020 10.00
Meeting students’ financial concerns
The measures surrounding the corona crisis are far-reaching for many of us, physically and mentally. Students have also had to deal with major money worries that sometimes even endanger the progress of their studies. The university has taken a number of measures in response to this situation.
- TU Delft will be lenient with the terms of payment of tuition fees. In principle, tuition fees will be collected at the usual times, but if collection fails, postponement is possible.
- A number of non-EEA students, who are faced with substantially higher tuition fees, will also be supported by TU Delft. This concerns non-EEA students who would have obtained their Bachelor's or Master's degree before 1 September 2020, but whose planned graduation is not being realised due to the corona crisis. They will be able to complete their programme during 3 months in the coming academic year (2020-2021), i.e. until 1 December 2020, at the statutory rate (instead of the higher institutional rate).
This therefore concerns only non-EEA students in the final phase of their studies, i.e. the third bachelor year or the second master year. This is the maximum that we can currently do within the legal restrictions. The fee will be adjusted automatically; the adjustment covers a maximum of 3 months, starting on 1 September – the earliest date at which this can be realised. This scheme is currently being worked out in more detail; further information will follow.
- Finally, the university is in the process of setting up a solidarity fund, which could be used to help distressing and urgent cases with contributions from third parties.
Update 8 April 2020 15.00
Teaching and exams 4th quarter
TU Delft has decided that all educational activities in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this academic year will take place online as much as possible; this also applies to the examinations. In concrete terms, this means that until the end of Q4, education will be offered online and that alternative examinations will also be offered remotely. This was already the case until 1 June, and this measure will now be extended to include the entire fourth quarter.
TU Delft feels it is very important to provide clarity on this subject at this point in time, so students can prepare for this, and lecturers can fully focus on the range and quality of (online) alternatives. For (international) students who are currently abroad, this means that an alternative for educational activities and examinations will become available remotely. We will look for other possibilities for activities that cannot be moved online, such as certain practicals. Students will be kept informed about this via Brightspace.