Update: 2 January 2021

The January exam period at the University of Antwerp is from 4 to 30 January 2021.

This page is updated regularly, so check back often. 

UAntwerp is again taking all possible guidelines into account to ensure that this exam period can go ahead safely.  

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 (at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam). 

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. 
  • Make sure you’re prepared for rain and cold. 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. You can also carpool if you wear a mask. 
  • 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 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: students, lecturers, exam supervisors and stewards are strogly adviced to wear surgical masks everywhere on campus and during exams. If you do not have a surgical mask, you will be given one when you arrive at the exam location so that everyone is optimally protected. Students who cannot wear a surgical mask because of an allergy or other medical reason will need to show a doctor's certificate. 
  • After the exam, do not linger in the room or around the building. 
  • 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. 

Specific guidelines for students who have special arrangements or medical problems 

Students who are entitled to special arrangements for the exams will be able to use them during this exam session as well. 

Students in high-risk groups (at higher risk of COVID-19 infection) were able to apply for special arrangements until 15 November 2020. Has your situation changed and do you now belong to a high-risk group? Contact BijzondereFaciliteiten@uantwerpen.be as soon as possible to request special arrangements for the exams.

For more information about special arrangements, see Blackboard.

Do you have COVID-19 symptoms? 

Check  the decision tree 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 an online exam from home under external supervision or take a catch-up exam at a later date.

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

Are you from the Netherlands and do you need a quarantine certificate?

Check the guidelines on Blackboard

Returning from abroad and quarantine  

  • If you return to Belgium from a red zone abroad, you must fill in a Passenger Locator Form. You may have to go into quarantine for 10 days. 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 Christmas period and exam period. Follow the government’s guidelines.

Three types of exam 

The university distinguishes between different types of exams.

Written exams in Antwerp Expo

​Antwerp Expo will be used for written exams with larger groups of students. The halls are very spacious, so social distancing is guaranteed. Each student will have a separate table and chair.

Arriving at the location 

  • There will be plenty of space to park your bike in front of Antwerp Expo on Jan Van Rijswijcklaan.. 
  • Free car parking is available at Antwerp Expo on Vogelzanglaan and De Legrellelaan. 
  • Upon arrival, follow the signs (see the maps below). 
  • Always maintain 1.5 m distance from other people and wear a surgical mask both inside and outside the buildings! 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. 
  • Keep your student card and writing instruments within reach and turn off your mobile phone completely. Put everything you don't need in your bag and close it. 

Choose the right hall

  • The halls will be accessible approximately 30 minutes before the start of the exam. Check the guidelines you receive from your faculty in advance. 
  • Caution: UAntwerp will use three halls at Antwerp Expo. In each hall, the exams start at a different time in order to avoid crowds. It’s possible that the same exam will start at different times in two different halls to allow the students time to take their seats. 
  • The entrances of the halls are located at the Jan Van Rijswijcklaan. Go towards the entrances and check which hall (1,2 or 3) you should be in. See SisA to find out which hall you need. 
  • Once inside, just follow the signs to the letter for your block.. See SisA to find out which block you need. The blocks are in capital letters and come after the hall number.  
  • Follow the guidelines or the instructions given by one of the stewards (wearing a reflective vest). 
  • Line up, keeping 1.5 m apart and wearing your mask. The queues will be outside, so check the weather forecast in advance. 
  • Disinfect your hands before entering. Hand gel will be available. 

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. 
  • Once you are inside, a steward will show you where to sit. 
  • Walk along the line to your seat, keeping 1.5 m apart from the person in front of you.
  • Take the seat assigned to you (tables and chairs are sufficiently far apart). 
  • Make sure you're in the right block. 
  • Put your belongings under the table. Everything must be in one closed bag/backpack. 
  • The table you're sitting at will have been disinfected beforehand. 
  • The exam papers and instructions will be handed out just before the start of the exam. Don't start until the signal is given. 

During the exam

  • The exam will start promptly at the time communicated. 
  • You must wear your mask throughout the exam. 
  • Trips to the toilet must be kept to a minimum. 
  • You must stay in the hall for at least the first half hour. After that you may leave the hall when you are finished. 
  •  The exam will end promptly at the time communicated. 

After the exam 

  • Follow the lines on the floor when leaving your seat. 
  • Place your exam in the box provided.Have your attendance form stamped. 
  • You should leave one part of it behind and take the other part with you. Show your student card. 
  • Wash your hands. 
  • Once outside, don't linger, but leave immediately. 

Detailed plan Antwerp Expo

Exams January 2021 in Antwerp Expo

Written and oral exams on UAntwerp campuses

The lecture theatres and classrooms on campus will be used for exams with smaller groups of students. Social distancing rules will be in force in the lecture theatres. For example: lecture theatre R.001 (normally 305 seats) at the Stadscampus will now hold a maximum of 50 students per exam. The seats that can be used will be clearly marked with a yellow sign. 

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. 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. 
  • 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 which is marked with a yellow flag). 
  • 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 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. 
  • 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 January 2021 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 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. 
  • 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.

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