January exams 2022

Update 23 December 2021

The exams take place on the university campuses. The occupancy of the rooms is that of a normal examination situation. 

Omicron brings uncertainty. The University of Antwerp therefore provides an extra layer of safety and provides all students and staff involved in the exams with FFP2 masks during the exam period.

With such an FFP2 mask, the risk of contamination is very minimal, even when there is a lot of virus circulation. With this type of mask, you not only provide maximum protection to others, but also to yourself, regardless of distance. By investing in this, we are ensuring the best possible protection for our students and staff during the exams.

Everyone who participates in an exam must wear an FFP2 mask, regardless of the type of exam. The FFP2 masks will be handed out at various locations on campus - on all our campuses - so you can pick one up before you sit your exam. On Blackboard you can read where exactly. If you have FFP2 masks at home, you are of course welcome to bring your own. You can wear an FFP2 mask for no more than eight hours.

We want to be able to hand out the masks to everyone safely. That will take a bit of time. Please allow for some extra time and arrive a little earlier than usual for your exam.

But of course, we are also counting on all students to show the spirit of citizenship, just as they did so well last semester: to take responsibility by respecting the rules on mask-wearing and social distancing (1.5 m) and by arriving on time (30 minutes before the start of the exam). We also recommend everyone to get vaccinated if they are not already.

Ill or in quarantine? 

Read what you have to do on Blackboard

General guidelines for all exams

Always be prepared 

  • Find out where you need to be in advance. 
  • Leave on time. We ask you to arrive at the exam location at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam. Check the guidelines you receive about this from your faculty. 
  • Take into account the weather conditions. You might have to queue or wait outside. Wherever possible, we will try to let you into the exam location immediately to keep queuing to a minimum.
  • You may bring a bottle of water without a label, but eating at the exam location is not allowed. 
  • All your things should be in one bag that can be closed. 

Travelling to the exam location 

  • If possible, come to the exam on foot or by bike. 
  • Car is the next best option: come by car alone or have a family member drop you off. If you must carpool, be sure to wear a mouth mask and open the rear windows for proper ventilation.
  • Public transport is the third, least desirable option. Leave on time and try to avoid crowded buses, trams and trains. 

Safety before, during and after the exam 

  • Distancing: maintain minimum 1.5 m distance from other people. The exam locations (inside the spaces themselves and outside) will be set up to make this possible. 
  • Masks: everyone who participates in an exam must wear an FFP2 mask, regardless of the type of exam. The FFP2 masks will be handed out at various locations on campus - on all our campuses - so you can pick one up before you sit your exam. On Blackboard you can read where exactly. If you have FFP2 masks at home, you are of course welcome to bring your own. You can wear an FFP2 mask for no more than eight hours. Students who cannot wear a mask because of medical reasons will need to show a doctor's certificate. 
  • After the exam, do not linger on campus. 
  • During the exams, all buildings and classrooms will be ventilated as much as possible. 
  • All exam locations will be disinfected by the university on a regular basis. 

Do you have COVID-19 symptoms? 

Check what you need to do on Blackboard.

Young people often have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, so you should be extra alert even if your symptoms are mild or after high-risk contact. 

What if you don’t feel 100%, but you don’t feel really bad either? To reduce risks, you should stay at home if you feel ill. Remember that you should always be able to submit a doctor’s certificate and/or quarantine certificate if you can’t participate in an exam.

Have you tested positive for COVID-19, or are you waiting for your result? 

Students who are ill or self-isolating (e.g. after high-risk contact or while waiting for a test result) at the time of an exam, who cannot come to the exam location and who have a doctor’s certificate or quarantine certificate, must contact the helpdesk of the faculty as soon as possible to check what their options are. The faculty will check if you can take a catch-up exam at a later date.

Other questions about the exams? Contact your faculty’s helpdesk.

Returning from abroad and quarantine  

  • If you return to Belgium from abroad, you must fill in a Passenger Locator Form. You may have to get tested and/or go into quarantine. Avoid quarantine by returning to Belgium in good time, because quarantine can complicate your exams and even make it temporarily impossible to participate. Contact your faculty's student administration as soon as possible if you are in this situation.
  • Think about your safety and that of others, and make sure you don’t get infected or infect others during the exam period. Follow the government’s guidelines.

Types of exam 

The university distinguishes between different types of exams.​

Written and oral exams on UAntwerp campuses

The lecture theatres and classrooms on campus are low-risk settings due to the occupancy rate during the exams, the use of surgical mouth masks and ventilation. 

Arriving on campus 

  • Always maintain 1.5 m distance from other people and wear a surgical mask both inside and outside the buildings. 
  • If you arrive on campus too early, for example because of a train connection, you can go to one of the specially equipped study and relaxation areas on campus e.g. the libraries
  • Go to the right building and follow the signs. Be sure to use the right entrance. (See the plans below for more details. If you can't find the plan of your building, use the normal entrance.) 
  • Go to the toilet first (this will not be possible during the exam!). Wash your hands with soaps and water. 
  • Keep your student card and writing utensils within reach and turn off your mobile phone completely. Put everything you don't need in your bag and close it. 

Going to the exam room 

  • The exam room will be accessible approximately 30 minutes before the start of the exam. Check the guidelines you receive from your faculty in advance. 
  • Follow the signs or the instructions given by one of the stewards (wearing a reflective vest). 
  • In most cases, you will be able to walk straight to the exam room where a supervisor from the faculty will be waiting for you. 
  • Walk along the line to the room, always staying 1.5 m away from other people and keeping your mask on. 
  • At the exam room, follow the instructions of the faculty supervisor/lecturer. 

At the entrance 

  • Show your student card and show that your mobile phone/smartwatch is turned off. Put your student card and mobile phone/smartwatch in your bag. 
  • Disinfect your hands with hand gel. 
  • Take the seat assigned to you.
  • The table you're sitting at will have been disinfected beforehand. 

During the exam 

  • The exam will start promptly at the time communicated. 
  • You must wear your surgical mask throughout the exam. 
  • Trips to the toilet are not allowed. 
  • You must stay in the exam room for at least the first half hour. 
  • After that you may leave the room when you are finished, with the permission of the supervisors. 
  • The exam will end promptly at the time communicated.

After the exam 

  • Follow the instructions of the supervisors when leaving the room. 
  • Place your exam in the box provided. 
  • Disinfect your hands with alcohol gel.
  • Maintain physical distancing when leaving the building and follow the lines on the floor. 
  • Keep your mask on. 
  • Once outside, don't linger on campus, but leave immediately. 
  • If you need to stay on campus for a while, for example because of a train connection, you can go to one of the specially equipped study and relaxation areas on campus.

Detailed campus plans​

Exams on campus

Electronic exams on UAntwerp campuses

Attention! Students need to know their username and password by heart. 

Tip: do not save them in your browser, but enter them yourself. This way you practice every day.

Arriving on campus 

  • Always maintain 1.5 m distance from other people and wear a surgical mask both inside and outside the buildings. 
  • If you arrive on campus too early, for example because of a train connection, you can go to one of the specially equipped study and relaxation areas on campus.
  • Go to the right building and follow the signs.
  • Go to the toilet first (this will not be possible during the exam!). 
  • Wash your hands with soaps and water. 
  • Keep your student card within reach and turn off your mobile phone completely. Put everything you don't need in your bag and close it. 

Going to the exam room 

  • The exam room will be accessible approximately 30 minutes before the start of the exam. Check the guidelines you receive from your faculty in advance. 
  • Follow the signs or the instructions given by one of the stewards (wearing a reflective vest). 
  • In most cases, you will be able to walk straight to the exam room where a supervisor from the faculty will be waiting for you. 
  • If it’s busy, you may need to wait in a waiting area (either inside or outside the building) for further instructions. 
  • Walk along the line to the room, always staying 1.5 m away from other people and keeping your mask on.
  • At the exam room, follow the instructions of the faculty supervisor/lecturer. 

At the entrance 

  • Show your student card and show that your mobile phone/smartwatch is turned off. Put your student card and mobile phone/smartwatch in your bag. 
  • Disinfect your hands with hand gel. 
  • Take the seat assigned to you (you can only sit at a table with a keyboard). 
  • The table you're sitting at will have been disinfected beforehand.
  • Put your belongings under the table. Everything must be in one closed bag/backpack. 
  • The exam papers and instructions will be on the table. Don't start until the signal is given. 

During the exam 

  • The exam will start promptly at the time communicated. 
  • You must wear your surgical mask throughout the exam.
  • If you have any computer problems, the exam supervisors will help you remotely using special software. 
  • Trips to the toilet are not allowed. 
  • You must stay in the exam room for at least the first half hour. 
  • After that you may leave the room when you are finished, with the permission of the supervisors. 
  • The exam will end promptly at the time communicated. 

After the exam 

  • Follow the instructions of the supervisors when leaving the room. 
  • Maintain physical distancing when leaving the building and follow the lines on the floor. 
  • Disinfect your hands with alcohol gel.
  • Keep your mask on. 
  • Once outside, don't linger on campus, but leave immediately. 
  • If you need to stay on campus for a while, for example because of a train connection, you can go to one of the specially equipped study and relaxation areas on campus.