Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

Current Student FAQs (latest update: 12 january 2021)

Q: When does term 2 start and will it be held on campus or online?
A: From 4 January 2021 until 9 February education will be online following additional measures by the Dutch government. TPC classes will only be held online; this applies also to other types of educational activities for which it is not strictly necessary to meet up and/or to make use of campus facilities. In the week preceding 9 February the Government of the Netherlands will decide on what the situation in the subsequent period will look like; we will inform you about this at that time.

The college will provide all necessary information so students can follow their classes online. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.

 

Q: How do the government measures announced on 12 January affect my study experience?
A: Both TPC and UT continue to teach via our hybrid learning model, whilst prioritising the safety of students and staff. The theatre in the Vrijhof building will need to remain closed for a period of eight weeks starting 15 December. The same goes for sport facilities and the on-campus swimming pool. Study associations will not be allowed to use their spaces in UT buildings. The library and the Horst building will remain open for self-study, for those students who do not have a good place to study at home. The conditions already in force for making reservations will continue to apply. 

 

Q: Can I come to campus?

A: You can come to the teaching buildings when it is absolutely necessary. In other cases you'd better not. In this way, we will minimise the number of contacts and the number of travel movements. The urgent advice to stay at home remains in force across the board: look critically at whether activities such as meetings are strictly necessary and whether they can also be held online. We urgently appeal to your responsibility to make wise decisions.

 

Q: With how many people can I meet?

A: The government advises people to receive no more than 1 person aged 13 or over at home per day. Outside, the maximum group size is 2 people.

 

Q: Is Twente Pathway College teaching on campus?

A: From 4 January 2021 until 9 February 2021 education will be online following additional measures by the Dutch government. TPC classes will only be held online; this applies also to other types of educational activities for which it is not strictly necessary to meet up and/or to make use of campus facilities. This directive will remain in force for the entire period until 9 February 2021. In the week preceding that date, the Government of the Netherlands will decide on what the situation in the subsequent period will look like; we will inform you about this at that time.

The college will provide all necessary information so students can follow their classes online. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.

  

Q: Can I study online for a longer duration, including when on-campus teaching resumes?

Once the on-campus classes resume, 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, once we resume on campus teaching. All other students are expected on campus to continue their study and living experience in the Netherlands.

 

Q: Am I allowed to travel?

A: The general advice is to stay at home as much as possible. If you really need to come to campus for education or need to use public transport for other urgent matters, you can use busses, trains, etc.

The urgent advice of the Government is not to travel abroad. If you do need to travel, e.g. because of serious family circumstances, you must be able to show negative results of a Covid-19 test upon your return to the Netherlands. Specifications are available hereIn addition, you are always required to quarantine yourself for 10 days upon your return.

 

Q: Will shops and public buildings still be open?
A: Supermarkets and other essential shops will remain open. The so-called ‘non-essential’ shops will have to close their doors until 9 February 2021. This will include sports facilities, theatres and museums. 

 

Q: Which on campus facilities will be open?

The library will remain open for self-study, for those students who do not have a good place to study at home. The reservation system will continue to apply.

Until 9 February several other facilities on the campus will be closed. For example, the Sport Centre will close its doors – the pick-up counter and physical therapy office will remain open – and Bastille, Pakkerij and water sports buildings will close their doors. 

  

Q: How can I get support from Twente Pathway College in the weeks to come?
A: Our Student Support team is always available to provide the right level of care and support. Students who would like to meet with the team can make an appointment via the planner (https://tpcplanner/utwente/#/en) or e-mail to Student.Support@twentepathwaycollege.nl. As long as the current circumstances allow, appointments are in person. Otherwise they will be online. You can also notify you prefer an online appointment when arranging the appointment via the planner or e-mail. It could also be that or the Student Support officers will notify you when your appointment is online.

 

Q: Will online attendance be monitored?

A: Online attendance is monitored. It is essential for students to follow the classes and actively participate. Students still must achieve 85% attendance. In case students have low attendance, they might not be able to progress to UT’s bachelor programmes.  Deferral of the next term is not possible due to visa legislation and discontinuing the programme would mean we would, unfortunately, need to cancel students’ residence permits. This means there will be no progression option to enrol into the University of Twente as residence permits for pathway programmes are only given once. Visa regulations imply it is not possible to apply for a foundation year again.

 

Q: Will the exams be online or face-to-face?

A: For now all exams for the first term for of this academic year have been conducted face-to face.

 

Q: How is the Twente Pathway College supporting students who suspect they have COVID-19?

A: If a student gets Covid-19 he or she should stay at home to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. The Student Support Office will contact the student to hear how things are going. If necessary, they can assist with making an appointment for a Corona test or online grocery shopping for example. In case of an emergency students are informed that they can reach us 24/7 via our emergency phone number.

 

Q: As a current student in The Netherlands, are Covid-19 diagnoses and treatments covered by Dutch health insurance?

A: All students have received information around medical insurance prior to arrival and during the induction week. Having insurance for medical costs is mandatory for our students. The insurance TPC recommends covers treatment that is medically required in relation to Covid-19.

 

What has the Dutch government communicated about vaccination of the Dutch people? 

A vaccine against COVID-19 will contribute to putting an end to the pandemic. Once a safe and effective vaccine is available, vaccinations will begin in early 2021. The Dutch government is expecting to launch the vaccination programme as early as the first part of January 2021, starting with protecting those most vulneraby in society. You can find more information here. 

 

Can international students receive the COVID-19 vaccination in the Netherlands?

All the international students living in the Netherlands and are registered at the municipality are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. All the TPC students should be registered at the municipality and have a social security number (BSN). The RIVM will send you an invitation letter for the COVID-19 vaccination. More information: https://lci.rivm.nl/richtlines/covid-19-vaccinatie (section 2.3).

 

Q: I consider going back to my family for a short period, do I need to be in quarantine once I arrive in the Netherlands and will I have the possibility to follow the classes online?

A: International travel is not recommended at the moment and restrictions may apply. In case you have urgent reasons to travel abroad, you need to keep into account that you need to finish your 10-day self-quarantine. From 29 December 2020 at 00.01 all incoming travelers need to show a negative PCR-test. Specifications are available here

 

Q: What tools do I need for the online classes?

  • Download Zoom on your Laptop / Mobile Phone / Tablet
  • Laptop / Mobile Phone / Tablet with a webcam option
  • A stable internet connection is a must-have
  • Allow the program to use an audio system of your device: Headphones and microphone

Q: How to contact teachers?

A: Use Moodle to contact your teacher. Once you log in to the system, on the top right corner, you can find the button to open chat. Use it to write a new message to the teacher.