Welcome to the Mechanical Engineering programme at the University of Twente (UT) and VU Amsterdam! We can’t wait to see you in September 2020. We’re currently preparing all the information you’ll need to get started this September. Due to COVID-19, some information might still be under construction, so keep an eye on this page to find the latest updates. In the meantime, the following information may answer some of the questions you have right now. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
The start of the academic year 2020-2021 will be slightly different due to COVID-19. Not all details might have been figured out yet, but we will keep you updated via this webpage.
Education at VU Amsterdam
In period 1 (September/October) our education will have a hybrid form: online and if possible on campus. All lectures and exams will be given online. As we foresee it now, you will meet your fellow project group members and our staff members once a week at the VU campus during evening hours. We will try to continue with this approach in period 2 (November/December). We will not be able to offer online alternatives for on-campus activities.
Education at University of Twente
Your first practicals at the University of Twente will be in the last week of September (week 40). You will be informed later about how and when exactly this will be organised. We will not be able to offer online alternatives for the practicals.
In home quarantine if you're from abroad?
The number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing again and a number of countries or certain parts of countries have recently received an orange travel advice (holiday trips not recommended, only necessary trips) or red travel advice (trips not recommended). On https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl you will find the most up-to-date information.
You can read in the travel advice whether you are required to stay at home for 10 days after arriving in the Netherlands. This is called (self) quarantine. Follow quarantine rules if you return from a COVID-19 risk area. This is a country or area with an orange travel advice due to corona and also applies for students entering the Netherlands to study at the VU Amsterdam and University of Twente.
VU Amsterdam created a special landing page for VU-wide corona updates. The University of Twente also has a similar page for UT-wide updates. Please note that this information is not specific to your programme. Specific updates regarding Mechanical Engineering can be found on the website you are now visiting.
Non-Dutch speakers can follow all current events related to corona in the Netherlands on the website 'DutchNews'.
While this Mechanical Engineering programme is offered by two universities, UT and VU, you might also get information regarding your studies from both universities. Despite the fact that we try to limit this to one sender as much as possible, it's not always possible. On this page, we will let you know what information you can expect from what sender (or on which website you can find the information).
In the table below you will find what types of information you can expect when and from which source. We divided the information into three categories. It also contains links to web pages where you can find more detailed information. In case you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.