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FGW Blended - faculty in times of corona

What is possible in times of corona at our faculty and what is not? For these questions we offer this platform as a homepage for information for the rest of 2020. We also refer to the university website. 

See also the university updates on corona

This faculty site complements / elaborates on university corona information and updates.


We’re working hard to prepare for the new academic year. As we already announced we’re assuming that all our teaching will once again be on campus by then (see our update from 15 April and this page for new students). On Wednesday 16 June the University Council approved our plans for our teaching, which are based on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science’s ‘basic scenario’ (in Dutch).

However, a press conference has been scheduled for Friday 18 June, and the government may announce a further easing of the restrictions. This could make the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science’s ‘optimal scenario’ (in Dutch) possible. This would be great news for our students and staff. We will spend the week of 21 June discussing with our faculties how to translate the outcome of the press conference – and perhaps this new scenario – to our university. More information will follow as soon as possible.

The government may also announce that other guidance will change as of 26 June, on working at home, for instance. We will provide more information on this next week too.  

Most of the teaching activities have been completed, the exams have started, the timetable for the 2021-2022 academic year is almost ready and summer is in sight. What an intense college year we have all had, during which everyone was able to make time for research and the support staff was always ready. We hope everyone is still in good health after all these efforts. 

Principles of education in the first semester 2021-2022 do justice to: 

a.    The desire of students and staff members to meet again on campus so they can receive and deliver optimal education. 
b.    The workload among faculty members who have had a rough year.
c.    The study progress of students who cannot be present on campus due to corona-related reasons.
d.    Campus safety and compliance with corona protocols.
e.    The workload of all support staff has also been particularly high. 

Base scenario of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

  • Teaching activities (including examinations) are again provided on-site. We, therefore, invite all students to come to Leiden or The Hague in September. 
  • We will schedule education as we did before the corona period, naturally this will be in consultation with those involved in the various subjects. The timetables will be ready in mid-June. 
  • It is no longer necessary to keep 1.5 meter distance from each other.
  • For the time being, there is a maximum capacity for lecture halls of 75 students. This number may be adjusted in the future. 
  • In order to avoid a double workload for lecturers, students can no longer choose between online education and/or offline education on campus. On-campus education will therefore become the norm again. 

For students who cannot come to the campus 

  • Students who cannot come because of travel restrictions or corona-related sick leave will follow the education in an alternative (second best) way: hybrid or via recordings.  
  • At this moment UFB and ECOLe are investigating the necessary adjustments needed for the next semester.  

Staying up to date 

For all of the above, we remain dependent on the corona situation. For the faculty, the current corona information website informs you about general developments. For education support and information about research by ECOLe and UFB, please visit Online Learning FGW


We would like to advise you to take some rest this summer and strongly encourage you to take a holiday as well so you can start with energy after the summer. We hope that only the good things of the past demanding year will carry over to the next semester.
Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you on campus!

On behalf of the faculty board,

Kind regards, 

Mark Rutgers 

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

Business trips allowed under conditions, working at home continues, and Hortus, Faculty club and University Sports Centre reopend. Please check here for detailed information.

Students who want to take a master’s at the Faculty of Humanities starting in September 2021 but who, as a result of the corona crisis have incurred a delay in their studies, may complete their bachelor’s at a later stage. For a large number of programmes it is possible to submit the BA final assignment and, if relevant, the internship report up to 24 September 2021. There are a small number of master’s programme where students can begin their master’s programmes conditionally in September and complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2021-2022 academic year.  

These arrangements apply to BA students at Dutch institutions and to EEA students.  

One year extension 

For six master’s programmes, students can start their studies without having fully completed their bachelor’s programme under the following conditions:

  1. They have obtained 165 out of the 180 credits from the bachelor’s programme by 1 September 2021;
  2. If they have not completed their bachelor’s programme on 31 August 2022, their enrolment in the master’s programme will be terminated;
  3. Once students have entered the master’s programme, they may only start to work on their master’s thesis once the BA final assignment has been completed.

The same arrangement applies for pre-master’s students who still have 15 credits from their pre-master’s programme to complete, with the exception of the BA final assignment; this assignment must be submitted by Friday 24 September 2021 at the latest.

This arrangement applies for the following six non-selective master’s programmes that have just one entry time:  

  • MA African Studies
  • MA Media Studies
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • MA Religious Studies

One month extension

For the remaining 20 master’s and research master’s programmes, students can start the programme without having fully completed their bachelor’s programme under the following conditions:

  1. The BA final assignment and/or internship report must be submitted by Friday 24 September 2021 at the latest.
  2. If the bachelor’s programme has not been completed by 30 September 2021, the student’s enrolment in the master’s programme will be terminated.  

This also applies for pre-master’s students.

This arrangement applies for the following master’s programmes:

  • MA Arts and Culture
  • MA Asian Studies (60 EC en 120 EC)
  • MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • MA History
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Latin American Studies
  • MA Literary Studies
  • MA Neerlandistiek / Dutch Studies
  • MA North America Studies
  • MA Philosophy (60 en 120 EC)
  • ResMA African Studies
  • ResMA Arts, Literature and Media
  • ResMa Asian Studies
  • ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • ResMA History
  • ResMA Latin American Studies
  • ResMA Linguistics
  • ResMA Middle Eastern Studies

Applying for these measures

Students who wish to make use of this arrangement must indicate this using the form on the Admissions page of the relevant master’s programme.

Questions and contact

Staff who have questions can contact the Teaching Preparation committee via onderwijsvoorb@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Students can contact their coordinator of studies.

Students may, under certain conditions, once again travel abroad for study-related activities. The Executive Board reached this decision on 11 May. This relaxation of the corona measures applies for those countries that are coded green or yellow. Travel is not permitted to countries coded red; travel to countries coded orange is also not allowed, unless there are exceptional reasons. For more information, see the notification.

From 1 June, limited business travel will again be possible. Communication on this is currently being prepared and will follow shortly, before 1 June. 

Self-tests are available for staff and students at Leiden University via zelftestonderwijs.nl (soon available in English). These tests are being made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. We urge our students and staff to make use of these tests when they come to the university;  this will improve safety at the university, not only for yourself but also for your fellow students and colleagues. There are enough tests available so you can in principle take a self-test every time you come to the university. It is the responsibility of students and staff to take self-tests; they are not compulsory. You can find information on how the self-tests work on zelftestonderwijs.nl

When you come to the university, always make sure you first do the corona check. When you are in the buildings, keep to the campus protocol and follow the signs and instructions of our UFB colleagues.  

Please note that the same rules apply to people who have yet been vaccinated. If this will change in the near future, we will let you know through our updates.

The cabinet has extended the lockdown in the Netherlands up to and including 9 February, which means the measures implemented on 15 December will apply for longer. You can read about what this means for the University here
There you can also read that the BSA norm has been lowered from 45 to 40 credits.

If you are looking for an answer to a corona-related question, you can send an e-mail to coronavragenmdw@hum.leidenuniv.nl .

We will make sure it gets to the right person as soon as possible. We aim to respond within 5 working days.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to these websites with corona information:

Is there any information you think is missing on any of these sites? Please let Joost van der Sluijs know in an e-mail to communicatie@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

And if students have questions about corona at our faculty, they can send an e-mail to: coronavragenstud@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

ECOLe: Brightspace and online (hybrid) education

The faculty support site for Brightspace can be found here: universiteitleiden.nl/brightspacefgw

And the faculty support site for online education can be found here: universiteitleiden.nl/onlinelearningfgw

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