CoVID-19 update / FAQ
Due to the COVID-19 ("Corona") pandemic we receive questions to what extent this will affect our programmes.
Please rest assured that we will not take any risks with regard to health or security during our overseas missions. We will follow the advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (China, Thailand, South Korea).
Should the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise against traveling to the regions we are going to visit (code orange or red), we will, unfortunately, be forced to postpone our missions.
However, our missions are planned mid-May to mid-June (semester 2) so it is hard to predict today what the travel situation will be at that time.
Below you will find the Frequently Asked questions with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us here.
The BPI team
Frequently Asked Questions with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic
(For Frequently Asked Questions not related to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here)
Will the classes be online?
Yes. Unfortunately we have to start the preparation phase of the minors in the second semester of the 20-21 academic year with online classes (video connection), in accordance with AUAS (HvA) policy.
Will the minors be offered in semester 2 (academic year 2020-2021)?
Yes. Enrolments are open now. (You can find the application form here).
I learned that the board of AUAS (HvA) decided to stop all international travel for students, is that correct?
The situation for international travel changes daily. To stay updated about the latest AUAS (HvA) guidelines we refer to this page. The current guideline for international minors is: "Degree programmes will take their own decisions concerning whether their own international (AUAS) minors will go ahead." For all BPI minors: we start the preparation phase of the programmes in February. As soon as travel to (one of) our destinations is safe, we will do our utmost to go on mission Mid-May. But again: safety first.
What is going to happen if we cannot travel to Asia in May?
If we cannot materialize our missions to Asia you will be offered an alternative solution so you will still be able to earn your credits (ECTS) for the Building Partnerships… minor within the academic year 2020-2021.
What happens if I am enrolled and we cannot travel? Do I still have to pay the additional participation fee?
No. If we have the unfortunate situation that we cannot travel to Asia, you will not need to pay the additional participation fee. You will only receive the invoice once it is certain we can travel safely.
I have difficulties finding a suitable Commissioning Organization for my Assignment because of the COVID-19 situation, what can I do?
For enrolment: Having a Commissioning Organisation (CO) is not required
For selection procedure: Priority will be given to those with a secured Assignment
For start of semester: You must have a secured Assignment
Tip: Have a look here as well.