FAQ Covid-19 - Full-Time Master's Programs
Will there be any changes to the start date of the academic year?
Seeing the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak, the AMS Full-Time Master’s team has decided to postpone the start of the academic year to September 28, 2020.
Many of you chose AMS because of our international and diverse student body. With the current travel restrictions and temporary student visa suspensions there is a risk that some of our international students cannot join our program on the original start date. As a school we want to make sure that all of you can begin your program, and experience our AMS Onboarding Days, together. Therefore we are postponing the start of the academic year while safeguarding the ability to graduate within one academic year.
Will classes be online?
At our campus everything will be geared up to allow as much face-to-face teaching, learning and experience as possible. However, seeing the social distancing measures that will very likely still be in effect, the reduced capacity of the classrooms will be compensated with livestreaming capabilities.
We will change our ways of working in line with the color codes given to indicate the seriousness of the corona situation.
100% online learning would only be our contingency plan in case we have to close the campus.
What if I contract COVID-19 whilst I am in Belgium?
The Belgian hospitals have been very well prepared to treat corona patients. The Belgian healthcare system is one of the best in the world. Every corona patient is being treated in a private room at intensive care. Even during the peak of the pandemic in March / April, Belgian intensive care units did not go over 50% of their maximum capacity.
Applying to AMS:
Should / Can I still apply given the current situation?
Applications for September 2020 are still open.
As mentioned above, we are also making contingency plans to manage any possible disruption. This includes ensuring that our teaching will be available online in case any students are unable to join us at the beginning, and that their education and student experiences are secured. This contingency plan will also allow for the learning journey to be continued in case there are periods during the 2020/21 academic year when we are required to “stay at home” due to new waves or peaks of the virus.
Alternatively, you always have the option to defer the start of your program to next academic year.
My final exams have been cancelled. Can I still apply?
Yes. Our admissions team allows applications from applicants who do not have their final grades yet.
What advice is AMS offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?
Due to the closure of English-language test centers, students can now apply without an English test. Our admissions team will evaluate your English proficiency based on your written answers in the online application file and an interview via Skype.
What if I am still not allowed to travel when my program starts?
If due to travel restrictions you won't be able to make it to the AMS campus on time, we offer one month "bridging" (until November 1). During this period, up until 4 weeks after the official start date of your program, we will offer you an alternative way to keep up with the classes. Please note that all late arrivals need to be approved by your program manager
What measures apply when travelling from and to countries outside the European Union, the Schengen zone and the United Kingdom?
The ban on non-essential trips outside the European Union, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom will remain in force until further notice. The temporary travel restrictions do not apply to people travelling for compelling reasons, such as third-country nationals travelling for study purposes. It is always necessary that you’re able to prove your journeys for these compelling reasons by a plausible proof (for example: admission letter, student visa, etc.). The Belgian approach for people returning from abroad depends on whether they are returning from a red, orange or green zone. At the moment all countries outside the European Union, the Schengen zone and the United Kingdom are all considered "red zones".
What should I do when I return from a red zone-country?
You will be treated as a “high-risk contact”, which means that you will have to be tested and you must self-isolate upon your return. For example, a foreign student must self-isolate for two weeks before starting his/her studies.
What does 'quarantine' or ‘self-isolation’ mean?
Quarantine or self-isolation means staying indoors (including garden or terrace) in a single place, which must be specified in advance via the Passenger Locator Form. This can be a private address (with family or friends), or another place to stay, such as a hotel. The period of 14 days starts as soon as the person travelling arrives in Belgium.
When should I fill in a "Public Health Passenger Locator Form”?
All people travelling to Belgium from outside the EU, Schengen zone and United Kingdom must complete a Passenger Locator Form. You can find the form here. For students travelling to Belgium by plane: the form must be completed before boarding and presented to the carrier. On arrival from a country outside the Schengen area, the form must be handed over to the border police.