Covid-19 and Studying in Europe
Written in News & Updates on Sunday, 29 March 2020 00:33

Covid-19 Update: Your Applications to Europe

(updated  23rd  May)

Though all universities around Europe are currently closed, and admissions people are working from home, many will be opening soon. Generally, the 2019-2020 academic year will be finished on-line. However, many countries are still welcoming applications from international students. The next academic year (2020-2021) is due to start on a regular timetable, in most countries, though classes/lectures are likely to start on-line or through blended learning and many fresher's /orientation events will be severely curtailed.

Below is a summary of the latest situation in key countries.



Above: From 01 June, you can once more have a coffee on the terraces of cafes in the Netherlands.

NETHERLANDS
Applications:
Research universities have extended the application deadline for most of their programmes without a selection procedure until 01 June. Universities of Applied Sciences are taking applications for most programmes until 01 August (though there are important exceptions, and most UAS will prefer to receive your application by 01 June).
Academic Year: Still scheduled to start on 01 September. Classes likely to be offered, initially, through on-line and blended lerning. Indications that orientation/fresher's events will be largely moved to an online/blended footing. Most universities are re-opening, on a limited basis, initially, on 15th June.
Late Leaving Cert Results: By law, Dutch universities currently have to receive your results by 01 August (extended to 31 August for Irish/UK students). The universities are currently working with the government to extend this period, into September and even later. Now, with the cancellation of the Leaving Certificate, this might not be necessary. A Statement of Results issued by SEC will meet legal requirements, even if it was not acquired through traditional written exams.  It is important that we now get clarity on the date of publication of results for new Leaving Certificate, which are ciurrently "expected on or around  mid-August".

ITALY
Applications:
Deadlines for many programmes in Italy, are late in any event, so we are unlikely to need any extensions for applications to progrmmes there in Medicine, Dentistry, and many others. The med entry test (IMAT) is due to be sat on 10 September: no decision has yet been taken as to whether this will be on-line. One problem is that the entry requirement for several programmes, outside Health Sciences, requires SAT, an exam for which recent sittings have been cancelled. The universities are accepting, as an alternativr, scores from a TOLC test.
Academic Year: Still scheduled to start in mid-October, though a decision is still be taken on the timing of the Italian Leaving Cert, which might push back the starting date)
Late Leaving Cert Results: usually results only required on enrolment in October, so we should be ok here. Again, it is important that we now get clarity on date of results for new Leaving Certificate.

POLAND
Applications:
Most universities are still taking applications (with one or two exceptions), including for medicine and veterinary medicine (but note application deadline has passed or is imminent for some of the leading med schools)
Academic Year: Still scheduled to start on 01 October, though because the Polish Leaving Cert has been delayed, the starting date might be pushed back.  Most universities are re-opening, on a limited basis, initially, on 1st June.
Late Leaving Cert Results: usually results only required on enrolment in October, so we should be ok here. Again, it is important that we now get clarity on date of results for new Leaving Certificate. In any event, universities are proud of their independence and are likely to be making the important decisions here, themselves. They are likely to be flexible, to our benefit.

DENMARK
Applications: Deadlines have passed in Denmark though there is a vacant places round on 30 July. Because it is expected that fewer international students will want to or are able to (Visa and English Language test problems) travel to study, it is expected that there will more vacant places available than in previous years.
Academic Year: Still scheduled to start on 01 September. Indications are that not only do the universities expect to engage in classes with full physical interraction, but that freshers/orientatiion events will take place (though, with social distancing.
Late Leaving Cert Results: Generally, Danish universities require your results in July, and in previous years, many have made provision for late results from UK and Irish students, whose results are later than in most European countries. Several of the University Colleges (equivalent to Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences) have indicated that they will accept results received up to 31 August. Similar movement expected from the research universities.

For those other 23 countries not covered above, contact EUNICAS for more information.