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Measures on the coronavirus for UAntwerp students

The coronavirus COVID-19 is not just spreading in Asia, but also in Europe. The University of Antwerp requests the collaboration of all its employees to slow the further spread of the virus. UAntwerp students can read all the measures and more specific information from their faculty on Blackboard

Update 30 March 2020

The June exam period will indeed go ahead at UAntwerp. We have been discussing this with the other Flemish universities over the last few days and developing plans with the deans of our faculties. Specific plans are being drawn up for each programme, and the most appropriate examination will be chosen for each programme component.

Following this exceptional semester, we decided to postpone the start of the exam period by one week. This means it will start on 1 June (Pentecost Monday) and end on 3 July. All exams, including computer exams, written exams and oral exams, will of course be organised safely and in accordance with the guidelines that apply at that time. We assume that students will be allowed to travel to campus to take exams and that oral exams may also be organised, on condition that strict social distancing is respected.

Safe organisation means that students will be seated much further apart from each other and that the movements of students around the buildings will be planned carefully. Group exams will be held in at least three blocks per day, starting at 8 a.m. In addition to the university buildings, large group exams will also take place at Antwerp Expo on Jan Van Rijswijcklaan.

All programmes are now working out a new timetable based on the provisional exam schedules. Your lecturers are also working out ad hoc solutions for internships, practicals, and Bachelor and Master dissertations. The extra week just before the start of the exams and the last week of classes could offer opportunities here.

In the meantime, the government has confirmed that the current measures ‘might’ be in force until 3 May – that seems likely. This means we will continue to work in an unusual way that requires many adaptations and compromises. The university is doing everything in its power to make sure as many programmes and exams as possible can be organised properly. We’re not letting go of our students; on the contrary, we want to stay close and coach them through this as well as we can. Don't hesitate to contact UAntwerp if you need specific support – you’ll find all the contact information on Blackboard >Corona UAntwerpen.

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