Meet Dutch Research Universities On-Line
Written on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:28

Meet Research Universities On-Line


Some of the Dutch Research Universities are offering on-line events, where you can find out about the opportunities on offer. Remember that many of the programmes, without a selection procedure, have extended their application deadline to 01 May.

09 April Radboud U Virtual Open Day
https://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters/philosophy-and-science/events-and-visits/virtual-open-day/

16-18 April University College Fryslân (@ U. Groningen) On-Line Open Day
https://www.rug.nl/cf/university-college-fryslan/events/open-day-apr-2020

15 May U. Twente On-Line Open Day
https://www.twentepathway.nl/news/online-open-day-May19

- U. Maastricht Virtual Open Day
https://vod.maastrichtuniversity.nl/


 

 


 
Covid-19 and Studying in Europe
Written on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:28

COVID-19 and Studying in Europe


What is certain is that life will be different for many of us, at least for a period of weeks, probably for a period of months. Things will almost certainly return to a version of normal, maybe a ‘new normal’ sometime during the summer. It is also very likely that final year secondary school students, in Ireland, and across the world, will experience a variety of challenges and changes across the coming months. In all countries, these students will be facilitated, in one way or another, in their transition to the next stage of their education, be it university, further education, professional training or apprenticeship.


Is it a good time to go to university abroad this September?


Amongst those that are considering studying abroad, some are wondering if they might put it off a year, while they see how ‘things work out’. Of course, that is fair enough but you might consider the following elements:

1. It will probably be all over by September anyway
2. In any event, COVID-19 is everywhere, and the risk of contracting it through studying abroad, is no higher – in most countries – than in Ireland
3. The Deferral Logjam. With applicants in many countries suffering though the cancellation of English Language tests and the suspension of visa applications, many in these countries – both EU and non-EU – are unable to study abroad this year and are deferring their offers and/or applications until 2021. This might mean:
(a) applications may be more competitive in 2021
(b) there may be more places available this year
4. Cost Factors :some families might be under financial pressure and can’t meet the cost of studying at home. Fees, accommodation and cost of living are usually less expensive (sometimes significantly so) in many continental countries than in Ireland




Are European Universities open at the moment?


As in Ireland, universities in most countries are largely closed: they have suspended lectures, exams and all other group activities. Neither are university staff permitted to travel on behalf of the university. Many progrmmes in many universities are offering on-line access to lectures, teaching and assessments.

There are no visits or Open Days for the foreseeable future, but a number of universities (particularly the Dutch ones) are announcing on-line events.

Am I too late to apply?


Definitely not. The vast majority of programmes are still open – except in Denmark, Sweden and Finland – indeed in some systems (e.g. Netherlands), application deadlines have been pushed even later.

What about my Leaving Certificate? What about my exams?


Many schools and students are now starting to adjust to new work routines, in preparation for their summer exams. An additional challenge is that there is a strong possibility that in Ireland, and elsewhere, these exams will be postponed.

Already terminal exams (Leaving Cert equivalent) have been cancelled in countries such as the Netherlands and the UK. Alternative assessment schemes are being developed. These exams have been postponed elsewhere.

If Leaving Cert exams are postponed, and our results are not available in time, universities (both in Ireland and elsewhere) will address this with alternative/supplementary entry requirements. Universities will not want an empty/half-full year cohort.

EUNICAS is in regular contact with Admissions Staff across Europe and will keep you up to date on developments.

Some universities have entry tests. Will they be affected?


Entrance tests to medical and vet schools, in countries such as Poland and Hungary, are scheduled for April and May. Most of those that are taking place in the university itself, or in the UK, in April or May, have been cancelled or postponed. Many of these are in our own country, and in small groups, so there is a possibility that they will take place as scheduled. Alternatively, some universities have either already prepared, or are currently preparing on-line versions of their exams. Entrance tests for some programmes at Italian universities usually happen in September, anyway.

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On-Line Open Days for Dutch Applied Universities
Written on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:28

Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences On-Line Events

Those of you who were hoping to meet Dutch Applied Universities during their visit here, planned for April, should know that their tour is now cancelled because of crowd and travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19. However, you can now meet most of them at their planned on-line events:

03 April Hanze UAS On-Line Open Day
https://www.hanze.nl/eng/study-at-hanze/meeting-hanze-uas/online-open-day

03 April Windesheim UAS On-Line Open Day
(details to follow)

03 April Hague UAS On-Line Open Day
https://www.thehagueuniversity.com/study-choice/help-in-choosing-your-study/open-day

03 April NHL Stenden UAS Study in NHL Stenden Webinar
https://www.nhlstenden.com/en/events/study-nhl-stenden-webinar

04 April InHolland UAS On-Line Open Day
https://www.inholland.nl/inhollandcom/meet-us/open-day/

02-16 April Fontys UAS Various Course-themed Webinars
https://fontys.edu/Study-at-Fontys/Online-open-days-webinars-and-fairs/Webinars.htm

16-17 April Saxion UAS On-Line Open Days
https://www.saxion.edu/studying-in-the-netherlands/open-days

13 May Avans UAS International Orientation Webinar
https://www.avans.nl/international/studying/connect-to-avans/meet-us

To follow, shortly, a post listing on-line event for Dutch research universities.

The application deadlines for most (but not all) programmes in these universitiesis early August.


 
Dutch Research Universities Extend Application Deadline
Written on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:28

Dutch Research Universities Extend Application Deadlines


Dutch Research Universities have confirmed that, as part of their package of measures to address the challenges facing students through COVID-19, they arer extending their application deadlines for most of their open entry programmes, from 01 May 2020 to 01 June 2020

This measure doesnt include 'Numerus Fixus' programmes, which are already closed (application deadline 15th January) and have completed, or nearly completed, their selection procedures. Places for these programmes are due to be announced on 15th April 2020. This is still the case for some programmes, but others are delaying their announcement of places (and waiting list) until 15th May 2020.

All Dutch Universities are currently working to address the difficulties being encountered by both domestic and international students, in several areas of admissions - be it documentation from schools and/or proof of entry requirements. They are all confident that the 2020/2021 Academic Year will commence on schedule. EUNICAS will endeavour to keep you briefed on this fast changing situation.


 
U. Groningen Applications Deadlines Extended
Written on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:28

 

University Groningen Extends Application Deadlines


The University of Groningen has confirmed that, as part of its package of measures to address the challenges facing students through COVID-19, it is extending the application deadlines for all of its open entry programmes, from 01 May 2020 to 01 June 2020

This measure doesnt include its 'Numerus Fixus' programmes, which are already closed (application deadline 15th January) and have completed their selection procedures. Places for these programmes are due to be announced on 15th April 2020. The university has yet to advise if this date will be changed.

All Dutch Universities are currently working to address the difficulties being encountered by both domestic and international students, in several areas of admissions - be it documentation or proof of entry requirements. EUNICAS will endeavour to keep you briefed on this fast changing situation

 


 
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