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-November to mid-December (semester 1) 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.

There is also a separate section with other Frequently Asked Questions about the enrolment procedure, the Assignment, the teams, the lectures and the overseas mission.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us here.

Stay healthy!

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?

Unfortunately we had 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.

For the first semester of the 21-22 academic year we expect to start (partially) with on campus classes again.

 

 

Will the minors be offered in semester 1 (academic year 2021-2022)?

Yes. Enrolments are open now. (You can find the application form here).

I learned that the board of AUAS (HvA) decided that all international travel for students is allowed again in the next academic year, is that correct?

The situation for international travel changes daily. To stay updated about the latest AUAS (HvA) guidelines we refer to this page or this page (AUSA/HvA login credentials required).

The current guideline for international minors is: "Other forms of outgoing international mobility are permitted during the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic year, under certain conditions."

 

For all BPI minors: we start the preparation phase of the programmes in August. As soon as travel to (one of) our destinations is safe, we will do our utmost to go on mission starting in mid-November. We also have an option to postpone our mission to the month of January. But again: safety first.

Under what conditions can we continue with our mission to Asia in November?

The most important considerations for continuing with our overseas mission are:

  • A positive travel advice for the designated destination (Shanghai, Daejeon)  from the NL government

  • Local quarantine measures (for inbound travelers) lifted

  • Visas can be issued in time (possibly related to vaccination requirements)

  • Availability of flights (and seats on those flights)

  • Our partner university is ready to welcome us

  • Participants are fit to travel

 

(Technically, until the end of November we can still decide if we can postpone our mission to the month of January 2022).

What is going to happen if we cannot travel to Asia in November?

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 2021-2022.

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.