Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

Future Student FAQs (latest update: 25 September 2020)

 

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The Hague Pathway College will be open for on campus teaching in September 2020.

The college team is making all necessary preparations to start the year in such a way you will maximally benefit from physical presence. Both in learning and in student life. The College will continue to follow the so far successful approach of the Dutch government and the guidelines set by The Hague University of Applied Science. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.

 

GENERAL

 Is it safe to travel to the College?

Traveling to the College via Amsterdam and via public transportation or taxi is considered safe provided you follow the local Covid-19 regulations.

 

Which safety measures does The Hague University of Applied Science and The Hague Pathway College take in relation to COVID-19?

The Hague Pathway College follows Dutch national regulations combined with The Hague University of Applied Science guidelines. A safe and healthy study and work environment for students and staff is our first priority.

 

Can I study online in the Academic Year 2020/2021?

The College team will exclusively offer online delivery to students who are not yet able to travel to the Netherlands. E.g. because they cannot pick-up their visa, the borders of their country remain closed or because no flights are available. All other students are expected on campus to start their study and living experience in the Netherlands. Read more about (online) teaching in the appropriate sections.

 

BANK

How can I open a Dutch bank account?

Students starting their studies in the College receive further information about opening a Dutch bank account in the Pre-Departure Guide. Please note, credit cards are not widely accepted in the Netherlands and we recommend all students to open a bank account. There are good options to do this prior to arrival. Given the fact that groups of students will be strongly recommended to self-quarantine, following Dutch government guidelines, having access to a Dutch bank account may also be useful to make online payments for food and grocery deliveries in the meantime.

 

ACCOMMODATION

What if I haven’t found accommodation before arriving?

Please keep in mind that groups of students will be strongly recommended to self-quarantine after arrival, you will need to have a place to stay. As always, the College recommends against traveling to the Netherlands without having secured a suitable place to stay. Please check the College website for further guidance or reach out to the College team directly.

 

Will I get accommodation fees back if I don’t start studying on-campus until later?

Studying online instead of on-campus will be a temporary solution, since once travel restrictions are lifted for your case, we expect you to arrive on campus. For that reason we strongly suggest you to keep your booked accommodation and pay the rent in the meantime. Contract dates cannot be changed if booking with assistance of the college. Please consider that cancelling your room may most probably mean facing difficulties later in finding a new place to stay. For further questions please contact your housing provider.

 

HEALTH & INSURANCE

When do I arrange health and liability insurance?

Your insurance needs to take effect before you leave your home country and needs to cover the entire duration of your studies at The Hague Pathway College. This way you are also covered during your travels, including if any Covid-19 related health issues appearing during or after traveling. During the induction week, you will have to show proof of your health insurance. For more information check: https://www.thehaguepathway.nl/Insurances.

 

Does the AON insurance covers Covid-19?

The AON Complete+ insurance as recommended by the College covers all medical conditions including Covid-19 health issues and hospital stay or visits. Please consult the policy for further detailed information. A link to further information is provided at https://www.thehaguepathway.nl/Insurances.

 

When will I learn more about the Dutch healthcare system and my insurance?

During the induction week the college will provide further information. Also have a look at the Pre-Departure guide which will be sent out to all students we expect to start studying with us in January 2020.

 

What should I do if I don’t feel well and have Covid-19 symptoms?

In such cases you self-quarantine in your accommodation and get tested. For a further explanation please have a look here. Testing is free of charge. In case a BSN-number would be asked, please note you will get this number only after a couple of weeks, in the meantime keep your address available instead.

 

VISA PICK-UP & OTHER VISA RELATED MATTERS

If I cannot pickup my visa, how am I going to start my classes? What do I need to do?

In such cases we may recommend you to start studying online from your home country in the meantime. For this you need a laptop and a reliable internet connection. During the Induction Induction week our Academic support team will provide you with full instructions. As soon as you are able to travel we expect you to arrive on campus as soon as you can. We very much look forward to meeting you in person.

 

Can I change the city where I was supposed to pick-up my visa?

In case the embassy or consulate you indicated in your visa documents is closed we recommend you to first reach out to the embassy, since in cases they may be able to offer a visa pick-up moment for you anyhow. In case this is not feasible, please explore which embassies in your region are open and will be open for you to travel to. In case you found suitable options, please reach out to the College for further guidance. The College and the University visa team need to reach out to the IND and the different embassy needs to grant this request. Only then you make an appointment at the new embassy. Your visa sticker will then be forwarded to the new embassy.

 

I will arrive late, will my entry visa still be valid?

Typically your entry visa has a validity of 90 days and you would be able to arrive in the Netherlands within this 90-day period. Given the current situation you will be able to have your visa re-issued after these 90 days. This appointment has to take place within 90 days after your current mvv expires.  At the appointment you will have to explain that you could not travel with your mvv because of the measures. The embassy or consulate will then reissue your mvv.

Has it been more than 90 days since your mvv expired? Then the embassy or consulate cannot just reissue the mvv. You must then make a new application first. This can be done in the same way as you made the previous application.

Please note, if arriving late because of not being able to travel yet, also if it is just a couple of weeks late: we recommend you to start studying online to not miss any of the key content in the programme.

 

Do I need to arrive in the Netherlands directly or can I arrive via a different Schengen country?

With a valid MVV Entry visa you will gain access to the Netherlands or another Schengen country. A valid MVV gives access to NL or to a different Schengen country. However, take into account that not all travel is possible or permitted. More information about access to the Netherlands: Rijksoverheid.nl and www.netherlandsandyou.nl. In the end all Schengen countries decide themselves how they lift the EU travel ban. For that reason you need to inform yourself about options to travel in the Schengen area or to transfer. If you travel to a different member state with a travel ban, you will need to show permission of entry of authorised authorisities. Our College advised that if there are options to travel directly, those would be highly recommended. If they don’t exist students will need to check in with local experts (e.g. travel agent who is well-informed and airline companies) and follow involved country’s websites to remain aware of any changes.

 

My visa appointment is late and I will be unable to arrive in time for induction or first week(s) of teaching, what should I do?

In such cases we recommend you to start studying online from your home country in the meantime. You will need a laptop and reliable internet connection. During the Induction week our Academic support team will provide you with full instructions. As soon as you are able to travel we expect you to arrive on campus as soon as you can. Please inform the THPC Student Support team about your arrival, also if you don’t have a date yet. We very much look forward to meeting you in person.

 

Can I book my visa pick-up appointment in a different Schengen country embassy, for example collect the MVV entry visa at the German embassy?
This is not an option. The entry visa has to be issued in the home country, in the country where the country has a long-term residence or, given the current situation in rare cases in a different country in the region in case the student’s country does not have a Dutch representation.

I am still waiting for my visa approval letter, however I already want to schedule an appointment with the Dutch embassy. Is that possible?
You will need to wait until you receive your visa approval letter which has your V-number. Obviously you can already consult the Dutch embassy in your country via www.netherlandsandyou.nl or via other regular contact options to hear about the availability of appointments and seek further advice.

 

CAMPUS LIFE IN COVID-19 TIMES

Are campus facilities open?

Campus facilities are open however will apply the regular Covid-19 and university restrictions to make sure a safe study and living environment can be provided to students and staff. Also have a look at this video.

 

Is the college student support team available?
We will provide the regular support to students, though some parts will be offered via online assistance. During the induction week you will get to know our team and find out more about how to reach our student support officers.

 

TRAVEL & ARRIVAL TO THE NETHERLANDS

My country is not on the EUlist of countries for which the travel ban has been lifted. How can I enter the Netherlands to start my study programme?
Studying in the Netherlands is considered as essential travel. Your MVV entry visa or your confirmation letter (in case you don’t need the MVV entry visa, but do need the residence permit) will allow you to enter the Netherlands. For more and up-to-date information check the IND page on this topic.

 

My visa appointment is late and I will be unable to arrive in time for induction or first week(s) of teaching, what should I do?

In such cases we recommend you to start studying online from your home country in the meantime. You will need a laptop and a reliable internet connection. During the Induction week our Academic support team will provide you with full instructions. As soon as you are able to travel we expect you to arrive on campus as soon as you can. Please inform the THPC Student Support team about your arrival, also if you don’t have a date yet. We very much look forward to meeting you in person.

 

When can I arrive on campus?
As soon as your MVV Entry visa is in your passport you can travel to the Netherlands. Please keep in mind that groups of students are strongly advised to self-quarantine and that you need a suitable location for this. Self-quarantine can be in your regular student accommodation.

 

Do I need to have a Covid-19 negative test with me? What do I need to bring?

No, at this point you don’t need to. What you do need, next to your passport and other regular travel essentials are a health certificate and a face mask. Also, for non-EER students able to travel without the MVV Entry sticker, you will need to bring a copy of your IND Confirmation letter (Kennisgeving).

 

 

Can my parents accompany me to the Netherlands? Do they have to also go through quarantine?

This will depend on any travel restrictions which may be in place for your country and highly depend on the location they would be traveling from. Please collect local and Dutch information on the options available. If your parents are not traveling from an exempted country, quarantine advice also applies to them.

 

SELF-QUARANTINE

Should I self-quarantine after arrival?
At the moment a 10 days of self-quarantine is strongly recommended if you arrive from a so-called red/orange country following the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs and the Dutch ministry of health. Please note, the self-quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days following a government announcement on 18 August 2020. If you have any questions regarding the self-quarantine measure in the Netherlands, we kindly ask you to check the website of the Dutch government covering this topic. The self-quarantine also applies if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative. The list of countries with recommended self-quarantine covers some EU countries and all countries outside the EU.

 

You can self-quarantine in your own accommodation.

 

Is self-quarantine mandatory?
At this moment (20 August 2020) self-quarantine is strongly recommended. It is in your own interest and that of everyone around you to follow the guidelines. Nobody wants to infect somebody else. Keep in mind, local legal structures and culture differ globally, these difference you will experience are part of your international learning experience. If something is strongly recommended by the Dutch government, it means it is something people are expected to follow, and would in by far most cases. Please act responsibly, the current measures will become mandatory in case of further outbreaks.

 

How do I travel from the airport to my accommodation in case I have to self-quarantine?
You are allowed to travel by train or taxi from Schiphol Airport to The Hague. Avoid rush hour if you have to do so. Please note that face masks are obligatory when you use public transport or taxis. Check the Pre-Departure Guide for further information.

You can also book a taxi with our help. Find all the THPC aiport pick-up services info here.

 

How do I organize my grocery shopping during quarantine?
In case you cannot reach out to anyone, you are allowed to break your quarantine to shop for groceries but only if you have no symptoms. Moreover, the Pre-Departure Guide provides information on online grocery delivery option. Also see https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tackling-new-coronavirus-in-the-netherlands/travel-and-holidays/self-quarantine

 

I will arrive close to the date of the programme start and will need to self-quarantine. How do I study in the meantime while I need to stay in my student accommodation?
During the Induction week our Academic support team will provide you with full instructions. Expect that you will be studying fully online during your remaining quarantine period. After that we very much look forward to meeting you in person.

 

If I self-quarantine, will I be able to participate in the Induction week activities?
Yes, you will be since most of the Induction activities are provided online. This is for students who need to self-quarantine, but also for those who are not yet able to travel to the Netherlands and will join the college for on-campus delivery a bit later.

 

ACADEMICS, STUDENT SUPPORT & (ONLINE) TEACHING

What will the Induction week programme be like?
You will receive a more detailed programme shortly. For now, please know that all necessary and practical things will be delivered online. We will offer a social programme on the side for students who are in the Netherlands and not in self-quarantine. These social activities will be in small groups and not conflict with any Covid-19 guidelines in place.

 

What does the academic calendar look like?

Academic year 2020/2021

Induction

14 September 2020

18 September 2020

Term 1

21 September 2020

11 December 2020

Winter Holiday

14 December 2020

1 January 2021

Start of January 2021 intake

4 January 2021

 

Term 2

4 January 2021

26 March 2021

Spring Holiday

29 March 2021

05 April 2021

Term 3

06 April 2021

25 June 2021

Official last day

30 June 2021

 

 

How can I meet with student services, online and on-campus?

Students will be able to meet with Students Services either online or face to face. The Student Services team will be available online at regular times to deal with any questions or comments you may have. Of course, scheduled appointments can be made outside of these set times. While meeting online with the Student Services team will offer greater flexibility, there will also be opportunities during the week to meet members of the team face to face on campus.

 

I heard about hybrid learning, what does it mean and will this also be for students who are on the campus?

Students around the world will engage in hybrid learning in the Academic Year 2020/2021. Hybrid learning is a combination of face-to-face on-campus learning for high-quality interaction, combined with online teaching for parts of the programme in which personal interaction is less relevant. So imagine doing tutorials and project work in small groups in a face to face setting, while doing lectures from the comfort of your home. This approach allows academic institutions to make the most of space and time available, while strictly adhering to social distancing rules. Experts think this hybrid learning is here to stay, also after the Corona pandemic.

 

Can I study the whole year online?

The College foresees offering full online education during Term 1 of the programme. This online option is exclusively available for students who are not yet able to travel to the Netherlands. E.g. because they cannot pick-up their visa, the borders of their country remain closed or because no flights are available. All other students are expected on campus to start their study and living experience in the Netherlands. Also, in case you would need to start your studies online, you transfer to on-campus learning and move to the Netherlands as soon as your travel restrictions and logistical barriers are no longer in place. Read more about (online) teaching in the appropriate sections.

 

What do I need to study online, either temporarily from my home country or while in The Hague?
A laptop or tablet is highly recommended, since online education is not working effectively on a mobile phone. This also goes for students on the campus, since library computers may not be accessible given the special circumstances.
Next to this you need a reliable internet connections. During the Induction week the College team will explain more about the software you need, which by the way requires no complicated licenses.

 

Will I be able to interact with my teachers if I would need to start my studies via online delivery?
If anything, we found that the amount of student/teacher interaction increased after going online in the second part of the past Academic Year. The amount of tailored feedback students got was a major benefit of the online environment. Students were able to schedule one to one appointments with teachers at convenient times. This will be the case again this year, although we expect there to be options for face to face meetings as well.

 

How about time zone differences if I would need to start my studies via online delivery?
We will do our best to accommodate students in different time zones, however, being in NL will be the preferred option, which is obviously what you are aiming for too. You will be able to access recorded sessions in case there is no other option.

 

When do I transfer to on-campus delivery if I would need to start my studies via online delivery?

As soon as restrictions preventing you from joining the college for on-campus delivery are lifted, we expect you to join the us on the campus for the full international study and living experience. This can be throughout the first term of your studies The College foresees offering full online education during Term 1 of the programme.

 

How about the end result and my chances of progressing to my selected Bachelor’s programme?
The end result will still be the same, meaning progressing to your selected programme. The academic content and learning objectives are exactly the same as in a face to face environment. This goes for students studying on the campus and for those needing to start their studies via online delivery. Importantly, the hybrid approach – on campus/online for those students residing in the Netherlands  – is one that all universities and students across the world will experience in the coming months. Our results from 2019/2020 showed that the IFY maintains its academic integrity, whether online or on campus.

 

In case needed, am I able to do online exams or tests?
We held online exams in 2019/2020 and are ready to do so again if required. The online exams have measures in place to ensure academic validity and these have been approved by the University. Importantly, universities around the world will be holding exams online when required. This has become the new normal.

 

What do I need to take into account when studying online, either when fully online before arriving in the Netherlands, or in the hybrid education model you propose?

This depends on the student concerned but aspects of online learning have specific benefits. However, there is a responsibility on the students to take advantage of these benefits. You will need to be independent, conscientious and organised from day one. These are the skills required of students at Dutch universities, meaning this aspect of learning will contribute to future study success upon progression to your Bachelor’s programme.