Information for students

Latest update 23 September 2021

The government has announced further relaxations for higher education, effective as of 25 September.

What are the relaxations? 

  • The use of face masks is no longer mandatory, so wearing face masks is voluntary;
  • The maximum group size of 75 persons per self-contained room will be dropped; 
  • The 1.5-metre distance rule will be dropped, but it is still sensible to give each other space.  

How do we ensure a safe campus?

  • Stay at home if you have corona-related symptoms;
  • Keep to the basic rules: wash your hands often and thoroughly and sneeze and cough into your elbow;  
  • Do not shake hands;  
  • Do the Quarantine Check and follow the quarantine guidelines;  
  • You are advised to use (voluntary) free self-tests twice a week.  

There will be no new class schedule for the first quarter (Q1). For the second quarter (Q2), we will do everything possible so that your study will take place on campus again as much as possible. We advise you to keep an eye on Brightspace.  

Keep an eye on this website for the latest COVID updates.  

Academic year 2021-2022

The most important corona guidelines until 25 September 2021 are as follows:

  • The 1.5 meter distance rule will be abolished within all educational buildings on campus;
  • In the new academic year, we will be able to offer an average of 2-3 days of on-campus teaching.
  • Wearing a face mask remains mandatory within all educational buildings on campus when moving between educational activities;
  • Follow the mandatory walking routes;
  • There is a maximum of 75 people per lecture room with fixed seating;
  • Students are advised to make use of (voluntary) self-tests;
  • Stay at home in case of coronavirus symptoms.

In the new academic year, we will be able to offer an average of 2-3 days of on-campus teaching. We understand that some of you will be apprehensive about coming back to campus, but we expect you to be physically present when you are scheduled to be on site. However, the number of students is still limited to 75 people per lecture hall. Therefore, in the new academic year you can expect blended education, meaning online lectures combined with educational activities on campus. For the time being, large-scale lectures will be held online anyway. The details of this will be determined by each faculty, so keep an eye on Brightspace and/or the Student Portal of your faculty.

All restaurants and cafes will be open with the start of the academic year 2021/2022. We follow the country sector measures. The country sector meaures for sport locations (X) and mueums (Science Center) are also strictly followed. Check here the last updates from X.

The main corona guidelines as of 25 September 2021 are as follows:

  • The 1.5-metre distance rule will be eliminated;
  • There will not be a maximum of 75 people per room/space.;
  • The wearing of face masks is not anymore compulsory.
  • The walking routes remain in place and are still important to follow;
  • Students are still advised to make use of (voluntary) free self-tests twice a week;
  • Stay at home with corona-related symptoms.
  • Continue to follow the basic rules of hygiene: wash your hands often and thoroughly and sneeze and cough into your elbow.

Study places

There are study places available on campus. All study workplaces are corona-proof, so please follow the measures on campus.

Here you find an overview of the study places available on campus:


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Exams

For the first quarter of the academic year 2020/2021, TU Delft exams will be offered online as remote assessments. Although there have been many requests to have on campus assessments, the options currently available are limited given all the restrictions (capacity of lecture halls based on 1,5m, ventilation etc.). This is also combined with the uncertainty of the development of Covid-19. If an online assessment is not possible, faculties can decide to conduct an on-campus assessment for some study programmes for up to 100 participants. This is only possible after taking into account the current restrictions and health and safety recommendations.


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Testing

Questions / complaints about exams during this time

There are no changes to the process or procedures for questions and complaints. Students can contact their examiner (teacher) if they have any questions. If they have complaints about the content or assessment of a test, they may report to the Examination Board.

See for example: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/student/legal-position/central-complaints-desk-for-students/ 

Exams recorded

The exams are recorded. This is in two forms of examination:

  • Online oral exams.
    These recordings are kept for 2 months, for the duration of the objection and appeal period. If an appeal or objection is lodged, they will be kept longer. (More information: www.tudelft.nl/data-protection/)
  • Online Proctored exams
    If there is no suspicion of fraud, these recordings will be deleted after being checked by the teacher. If there is suspicion of fraud, they will be kept longer.

Internships and research projects abroad

Which countries can I go for an internship or to take part in a research project?

  • The EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden.
  • EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
  • EFTA: Switzerland.
  • Non-EU Member States of the Erasmus program: Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

Exchange programmes

Exchange Programmes first semester 2021-2022

The TU Delft Executive Board has decided to allow physical exchange to take place within Europe and to cancel all exchange programmes with partner institutions outside of Europe, starting September 2021.

This informed decision has been made based on the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic developments such as, increases in infections in some parts of the world, travel restrictions applied by national governments and certain partners outside of Europe having already cancelled their exchange programmes.

Countries approved for exchange:

  • The Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden.
  • EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
  • EFTA: Switzerland
  • Non-EU Erasmus Programme Countries; Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

Important note for outgoing EU exchange students

The risk of infection from COVID-19 remains unpredictable. Today, no one can say with certainty which Covid-19 restrictions in Europe will continue to be necessary in the Fall semester, how the educational situation will develop and what it will look like (blended, online, on campus). However, we must emphasize the exchange student physical presence at the host institution is required regardless of the number of courses delivered online. A purely virtual mobility from the Netherlands is not an option for any student.
It is the student decision and responsibility as to whether he/she starts a planned stay abroad at the host institution.

Important note for incoming EU exchange students

The risk of infection from COVID-19 remains unpredictable. Today, no one can say with certainty which Covid-19 restrictions in the Netherlands will continue to be necessary in the Fall semester, how the educational situation will develop and what it will look like (blended, online, on campus). However, we must emphasize the exchange student physical presence at TU Delft is required regardless of the number of courses delivered online. A purely virtual mobility from your home country is not an option for any student.
it is the student own decision and his/her responsibility as to whether he/she starts a planned stay abroad at TU Delft.

 

Binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA)

BSA for the academic year 2020-2021

A national decision has been taken to lower the standard for the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies (BSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Although first-year students’ academic results are similar to those in previous years, universities want to go some way to compensate students for the stress caused by the continuing restrictions due to COVID-19. TU Delft has also decided to lower the BSA standard for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Lowering of standard for binding recommendation on the continuation of studies

The standard for the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies (BSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year will be lowered once-only from 45 EC to 39 EC, with the exception of the Bachelor's degree programme in Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) for which a standard of 37.5 EC will apply. The basic principle is that the standard for each first-year student at TU Delft will be lowered by the number of attainable credits for one course. That means that first-year students in the 2020-2021 academic year must attain at least 39 EC (IDE: 37.5 EC) of their first year to be able to continue with their degree programme. 

Students who have been granted a postponement in a previous year with regard to their binding recommendation on the continuation of studies are also required to attain 39 EC (IDE: 37.5 EC) of first-year courses in the 2020-2021 academic year, unless they need fewer credits to complete their first year. 

The TU Delft BSA regulations remain otherwise unchanged. All students who are unable to attain the lowered BSA standard due to personal circumstances may request an extension of the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies by way of the current procedure in the BSA regulations. 

BSA for the academic year 2019-2020

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 due to be issued at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Students who started in September 2019 or later and obtain between 30 EC and 44 EC this academic year will automatically receive a postponement from the BSA at the end of August.
  • Students who started in September 2019 or later and received a positive interim recommendation in March 2020 (between 22.5 and 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 their first year by the end of their second year. 

This measure means the following for the BSA provided at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year:

  1. 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.
  2. Did you start in September 2019 or later and earn between 30 and 44 EC during this academic year? In that case, you will be automatically granted a postponement by the BSA at the end of August. Therefore, you will not be required to submit a request to the BSA committee of your faculty. Postponement means that in the second academic year you will have to obtain all the remaining EC from the first year of your programme. In other words: all 60 EC of your first year will have been obtained in a subsequent academic year.
  3. Did you start in September 2019 or later and have you received a positive interim advice (at 22.5 to 30 EC) in March 2020? You have automatically received a postponement from BSA at the end of August and do not need to submit a request to the BSA committee of your faculty. Postponement means that in the second academic year you will need to obtain all the remaining EC from the first year of your programme.  In other words: all 60 EC of your first year will have been obtained in a subsequent academic year.
  4. Students who started in September 2019 or later who achieve less than 30 EC this academic year, and who did not receive 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. The procedure, as stated on the BSA website, must be followed in this case, and an unambiguous connection between the personal circumstances and study progress must be found.
  5. For students who have already been granted a BSA postponement, the following will apply:
    • If the BSA standard (45 EC from the first year of study or the first year fully completed) has been met, the student will receive a positive Binding Study Advice at the end of August.
    • If a student has not met the BSA standard, they can apply for a further postponement if there are personal circumstances that have negatively impacted their study progress. If there is a personal circumstance, including the possible consequences of the situation regarding COVID-19 for your study progress, a student can request another postponement of BSA. The procedure, as stated on the BSA website, must be followed in this case, and an unambiguous connection between the special circumstances and the progress must be found. If you have any further questions, please contact your faculty's academic advisors.

Further information can be found on the BSA website. If you have any further questions, please contact your faculty's academic counsellors.

BSA website Faculty acadamic counsellors

Transition from bachelor to master

Academic year 2021-2022

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 for another year universities to put temporary measures in place for the transition from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s programme.

It is stipulated that students can make use of the temporary Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule (‘zachte knip’ in Dutch) once and with a maximum duration of 1 year.  It is therefore not possible to add up two of these temporary rules.    

Registration of TU Delft students 

Students wishing to use the temporary measures for the Bachelor’s-Master’s transition should re-enrol via Studylink in their current Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme. The re-enrolment will open on 3 June 2021. They also should enrol in the Master’s or Pre-Master’s programme. Registration will be on an interim basis until they have completed their Bachelor degree programme. Conditional admission will be reviewed by the dean of the faculty in which the relevant Master's degree is given. 

Registration of students from other institutions 

Students wishing to use the temporary measures for the Bachelor’s-Master’s transition need to register via Studylink for the intended TU Delft Master(s) study and re-enrol via Studylink in their current Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme at their current HBO or university. After registration and re-enrolment please send an email to: contactcentre-esa@tudelft.nl with the subject: aanmelding master, bachelor nog niet afgerond with  the announcement of your TUD studynumber and the intended TUD Master(s).

Below the information per faculty:
3ME - Dutch
BK - Dutch
CiTG - Dutch and English
EWI – English
IO – Dutch
AE – English
TPM – English
TNW – English

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Academic year 2020-2021

Temporary measure on Bachelor’s/Master’s transition at TU Delft due to 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 a Dutch university or a Dutch institute of higher professional education in the 2019-2020 academic year, the following principles apply. 

Registration of TU Delft students 

Students wishing to use the temporary measures for the Bachelor’s-Master’s transition should re-enrol via Studylink in their current Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme. They also should enrol in the Master’s or Pre-Master’s programme. Registration will be on an interim basis until they have completed their Bachelor degree programme. Conditional admission will be reviewed by the dean of the faculty in which the relevant Master's degree is given. 

Registration of students from other institutions 

Students wishing to use the temporary measures for the Bachelor’s-Master’s transition should re-enrol via Studylink in their current Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme at their current HBO or university. 

Below the information per faculty:
3ME - Dutch
BK - Dutch
CiTG - Dutch and English
​​​​​​​EWI – English
​​​​​​​IO – Dutch and English
​​​​​​​AE – English
​​​​​​​TPM – English
​​​​​​​TNW – English

Financial Concessions for Students

Due to the measures surrounding the Corona crisis there are situations in which students face direct or indirect financial concerns that jeopardize the progress of their studies. The university and DUO have adopted a number of measures to respond to this situation.

DUO compensation
DUO offers two financial compensation schemes:

  • Compensation for the loss of your grant: do you receive a grant from DUO, and is or was your last month of grant in the period from June up to and including August 2023? You will receive a one-time compensation of €1500. If you are eligible for compensation, DUO will contact you. Make sure your contact information in ‘Mijn DUO’ is up to date.
  • Compensation for extra costs due to study delay: Are you a master student who obtained their Master’s degree between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021, and were you enrolled for at least one month in both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years? If so, you are eligible for this compensation of €535. Did you move abroad after graduation? Register your new address in ‘Mijn DUO’. Also install and activate the DigiD app before you leave the country, so that you will be able to log in to ‘Mijn DUO’ everywhere and will not miss the notification. Do you not have student finance and does DUO not have your address? Then make sure that you inform your municipality of your address abroad before you leave the country.

More information
For more information about these financial benefits for students, visit the DUO website or contact them by phone: +31 50 599 77 55.

TU Delft compensation
TU Delft will be lenient with regard to the payment terms of tuition fees. In principle, the tuition fees will be collected at the usual times; if collection is not possible, payment of fees may be able to be postponed.

Are you a non-EEA student?
In some cases, non-EEA students are eligible for financial assistance from the university Profiling Fund. Contact your academic counsellor to discuss the possibilities and read more about the Profiling Fund here.

Compensation tuition fees 2021-2022
In February 2021 the Ministry for Education presented a stimulus package for the education and research sector. Part of this package is a €1084 reduction in tuition fees for academic year 2021-2022. As soon as TU Delft knows the new fees, they will be communicated.

Temporary reduction of non-EU/EFTA tuition fees in 2021 due to measures COVID-19 virus

Non-EU/EFTA Bsc or Msc students who graduate in September, October or November 2021 will receive a refund of the difference between three months' institutional and statutory tuition fees. This concerns students who were expected to graduate before 1 September 2021, but whose planned graduation has been delayed due to the restrictive (government) measures related to the COVID-19 crisis.

The following applies to this arrangement:

  • Student pays the institutional tuition fee non-EU/EFTA now;
  • Graduation would have taken place in 2020-2021, but has been delayed due to COVID-19;
  • There should be a continuous enrolment in the concerning programme;
  • The amount paid is the difference between the set amount of institutional tuition fees and the statutory tuition fees for academic year 2021-2022;
  • The compensation in tuition fees according to the statutory rate applies for a maximum of 3 months (September to November 2021);
  • When graduating after 30 November 2021, no claim can be made to this temporary reduction;
  • There can be no question of a double concession. . The student is not eligible for this reduction when receiving any other form of tuition fee compensation, such as the TU Delft Profiling Fund Regulations or a private university fund.
  • The compensation will apply automatically after obtaining the diploma.
  • The student will not be automatically deregistered after graduation, see Unenrolment (tudelft.nl) for more information.

 

Having symptoms yourself or your housemates?

If you have corona symptoms (e.g. cold, fever or shortness of breath), have yourself tested as soon as possible, even if the symptoms are mild. Until the test result is known, home isolation is necessary and you cannot come to the campus under any circumstances even if you have already been fully vaccinated.

If one of your housemates or fellow students has symptoms (e.g. a cold, fever or shortness of breath) and you were close to your housemate or fellow student for at least 15 minutes a day (added together and 1.5 metres or less), or were you close for less than 15 minutes, but did you kiss, cuddle or did this person cough near you? Then you have an increased risk of being infected with the coronavirus.

Check here to find out if you need to self-quarantine and when you should get tested. Even if you are vaccinated or have recovered from corona.

In case of infection
If the test shows that you do have Covid-19, the Municipal Health Services (GGD) will contact you to start tracing your contacts. Provide a list of your contacts to the GGD immediately. Subsequently, follow instructions of the GGD at all times. The GGD may ask you to inform your contacts (at the university) about your infection. For help with this you can contact the department of Safety & Security via tu-iv@tudelft.nl or telephone number +31 (0)15 27 82777. The GGD will contact the university if (clusters of) infections give reason to do so.

Communicating about the health of employees and students
Information about the health of employees and students must be handled very carefully. For privacy reasons, universities are not allowed to request or share health information of employees or students, not even in the case of Covid-19.

Not able to go to campus because of quarantine or corona symptoms

Quarantine

Do I need to be in quarantine? Check here to find out if you need to self-quarantine and when you should get tested.

The Dutch government strongly advises students arriving from a country or area for which a travel advisory applies for health reasons to maintain self-quarantine for 10 days. If you are traveling to the Netherlands from another country, inform yourself well in advance about the guidelines you need to follow. On the website of the Dutch government you can find the rules you have to comply with based on the country you are travelling from. These include quarantine requirements, a negative COVID-19 test result and/or vaccination certificates that you may be required to produce at the border. By informing yourself well in advance, you avoid the risk of being late for the start of your studies.

Not able to go to campus because of quarantine or corona symptoms

Face masks on campus

At the start of the new academic year, wearing a face mask remains mandatory within all educational buildings on campus when moving between educational activities. Face masks can be taken off at fixed seats and during educational activities, with the exception of certain practicals and in laboratories where face masks have always been mandatory or where a face mask is not allowed for fire safety reasons. This measure will not be applicable from 25 September 2021.

Vaccination

Haven't been able to get vaccinated yet? Make an appointment at www.planjeprik.nl, or get vaccinated without an appointment at a number of GGD locations which can be found at www.prikkenzonderafspraak.nl. For the time being, TU Delft chooses to allow you to follow education on campus without a COVID certificate.   

Corona vaccination plan: information for international students

All people 18 years or older living in the Netherlands and registered at the municipality are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. As an international student you will also receive an invitation letter from RIVM to get a COVID-19 vaccination in the Netherlands. Please make sure you are registered with your current address at the municipality you currently live in.

If you belong to a vulnerable group please contact your general practitioner and he/she will guide you in the process.

For the time being, TU Delft has decided that you may attend campus education without a vaccination certificate. In order to be able to follow and deliver safe education, we hope that everyone who studies at TU Delft will follow the government guidelines when it comes to vaccination and testing.

Further information in a number of languages can be found here.

Source: lci.rivm.nl/richtlijnen/covid-19-vaccinatie (par. 2.3).

Free self-tests

Students are advised to make use of (voluntary) self-tests. All students and employees can again order free self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. Students and employees are advised to use a self-test twice a week. 

Graduation ceremonies on campus possible again under conditions

As of 30 August, the following conditions apply for graduation meetings on campus:

  • No more than 25 guests per graduating student are allowed, in addition to those involved from the faculty.
  • Members of the graduation committee and the graduating student are all prepared for the graduation to take place physically. If one of the committee members wants to participate remotely, the chairman will decide whether the on-campus graduation can take place.
  • The attendees will abide by the current hygiene and corona rules that apply from the government and at TU Delft. 

For more information and details of the rules, please contact your faculty.

This measure will not be applicable from 25 September 2021.

 

​​​​​​​Not able to go to campus because of quarantine or corona symptoms

Do you have to stay compulsory at home because of corona symptoms or are in quarantine and therefore unable to attend an exam or compulsory practical (totally or partially)?

  • For exams the lecturer (and Board of Examiners) will consider what is feasible for each subject.
  • For the practical please contact the lecturer as soon as possible to find a suitable and feasible solution.

Students who are not able to go to campus for a longer period due to health reasons are advised to contact their academic counsellor.

 

Need help?

  • Academic counsellors are available to students at all TU faculties. They are involved with everything that has to do with students’ living and academic conditions. Students are always permitted to consult student counsellors, especially when they have encountered problems. Make an online appointment
  • Would you like to see a psychologist, a student counsellor or someone of the Career Centre during their consultation period?  Complete the consent form and e-mail it before 11:00h.
  • Remote studying- how to make it work? On this page you can find an overview of tips, support, tools and activities regarding well-being and study.