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 1 June; the teaching will be offered online as much as possible.
- The campus is virtually closed until at least 28 April; this applies to faculties, restaurants and other buildings.
- If possible, work at home until 28 April 2020 in consultation with your manager.
- TU Delft calls on students and staff abroad to return as soon as possible.
Update 3 April 2020
Binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA)
Following the agreement made by Dutch universities with the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, TU Delft has decided to adjust the implementation of the Binding Study Advice (BSA) scheme this year. The following applies to the BSA that will be issued at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year:
Students who started in September 2019 or later and achieve 45 EC or more will automatically receive a positive BSA according to the TU Delft BSA regulation.
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Postponement of BSA
- Students who started in September 2019 or later and pass between 30 EC and 44 EC this academic year will be automatically postponed by the BSA at the end of August.
- Students who started in September 2019 or later and received a positive interim recommendation in March 2020 (at 22.5 up to and including 30 EC) will automatically receive a postponement from the BSA at the end of August.
In these cases, students must have obtained the 60 credits from the first year at the end of the second year.
Students who started in September 2019 or later, who achieve less than 30 EC this academic year and who did not receive a positive interim advice in March 2020, will receive a (proposed) negative binding study advice. They can, however, apply for a postponement from the BSA if there are personal circumstances that have negatively influenced their study progress.
If a student is granted a postponement, the student must have obtained 45 credits from the first year or the 60 credits from the first year by the end of the second year of study.
Already had an earlier postponement
Students who have already been granted a BSA postponement will receive a positive binding study advice at the end of August if they meet the BSA standard (45 EC from the first year of study or the first year fully completed). If they do not meet the BSA standard, they can apply for a further postponement if there are personal circumstances that have negatively influenced their study progress.
Procedure for BSA postponement
The procedure for requesting postponement is available on the BSA website. If you have any further questions, please contact your faculty's study advisors.
Update 1 April 2020 14.00
The Dutch government has announced that all corona measures will be extended until Tuesday 28 April (Dutch). These include: working from home as much as possible, observing the hygiene measures and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. In the week before 28 April, the government will decide on necessary measures for the period thereafter.
TU Delft had already decided to offer education online as much as possible until at least 1 June. We are also preparing for the situation where education can only be provided online until the end of the academic year. Should government policy be relaxed in the meantime, we will consider which forms of education and/or testing can take place on campus again.
Update 25 March 2020 14.00
Online education extended until 1 June
On 23 March, measures against the spread of the coronavirus were further strengthened. In consultation with the other Dutch universities, we have therefore decided to continue offering as much online education as possible instead of campus education. This was already the case until 6 April, and this measure will now be extended to at least 1 June. We are preparing for the possibility that we will only be able to provide online education until the end of the academic year. However, should government policy be relaxed in the meantime, we will explore which educational activities and/or examinations can take place on campus again.
However unwelcome this message may be, it is good that we now have clarity, so that we can fully focus on the range and quality of online alternatives. We will also look for other possibilities for activities that cannot be moved online, such as certain practicals. Students will be kept informed about this via Brightspace.
Update 23 March 2020 20.00
It was decided today that the existing government measures against the spread of the coronavirus should be further strengthened. Exactly what this will mean for higher education will become clear in the coming period
Update 19 March 2020 21.30
BSA, application date, students abroad
In consultation with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences (in Dutch) has published a number of further principles (in Dutch) on how to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus in higher education. In consultation with the Ministry, all universities have indicated that they will act in the spirit of this document. For TU Delft students this means the following:
- TU Delft considers a study delay, as result of the national coronavirus measures, a valid reason for applying for an extension of the BSA (binding recommendation). An updated procedure and guidelines to manage this will follow as soon as possible. The affected students will be given the opportunity to obtain positive advice in the 2020-2021 academic year. Students who meet the BSA standard within the 2019-2020 academic year will receive positive advice this academic year.
- Where TU Delft has a regular registration date of 1 May, this will be postponed to 1 June.
- TU Delft will adhere to the deadline of 15 April to complete the selection procedures for those courses that use a decentralized selection.
Just like all Dutch people, students and employees are advised by the national government not to travel. At the moment, a number of students and employees are still abroad. The university tries to maintain contact with as many students as possible and to discuss possible repatriation in consultation with the government.
The coronavirus crisis can also cause financial problems for students. DUO's services can provide a solution. This applies to all (former) students of TU Delft. The VSNU is also in talks with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences about compensation for the financial repercussions of this crisis on the universities.