What will campus life look like next year?

We fully commit to a smart combination of activities on campus and online learning activities (also known as 'blended learning'). In this approach, campus activities are partly maintained to acquire learning content and enable face-to-face contact with fellow students and teachers. However, your safety always comes first.

Within the new educational concept, contact moments on campus are used in a very targeted way. They will therefore mainly focus on practising skills, coaching, collaboration and group formation.

In the video below we explain:

  • the approach of Blended Learning Plus in which international students are a preferred group to have face to face contact in combination with online courses, to enhance social cohesion and improve as much as possible the international experience. 

  • the new concept titled '@Home@Campus'

In the FAQ below the video you can find answers on all kinds of practical questions about coming to study at Artevelde UAS and following classes here in Ghent during the next academic year.

Which steps do I need to follow when applying for my visa?

First of all it is important to know that studying abroad is an essential journey. Besides the fact that it is an essential journey, there are measures to follow.

Artevelde  University of Applied Sciences advises all students to follow the information of Foreign Affairs on their website frequently concerning Visa procedures:

For non-EEA students: the border police at the airport will verify before departure if you are allowed to enter the destination country.
The Belgian border police assume that everyone who travels to Belgium has a D VISA.

A C VISA for study purposes is NOT allowed!

Although there are a number of new things to take into account because of the Covid situation, we really want to emphasize that all students are welcome, no matter where they come from.

Which steps do I need to follow when I arrive in Belgium?

An online guide will be available soon with all the relevant information and advice regarding the Covid-19 measures on the website of our city, city of Ghent.

Administration:

Transport:

  • If you are flying into Charleroi airport: Flibco shuttle bus only operates the line Charleroi-Brussels until 15th of September. It drops you off right in front of Brussels South train station. From there you can continue by train to Ghent Sint Pieters train station:
  • If you are flying into Brussels National Airport: the train station is located directly under the departures and arrivals halls, at level -1. There are direct train services to almost every city in Belgium.

What is the current Corona policy in Belgium?

All students are recommended to visit the website of the government regularly concerning the Corona measurements in Belgium.

You are allowed to move around freely but always carry a mouth cap with you.

To follow the directions is mandatory, you can risk a fine if you don't. For not wearing a mouth cap, where you should, you risk a fine of €250.

All students

  • Some cities or towns may have additional measures. Check the website of your city or town. The rules are valid from July 29th.

What is the colour code of my country?

Inside EUSchengen or United Kingdom:

The obligation of self-quarantine depends on the colour code of your area.

If you are entering Belgium from a red zone, self-quarantine and a COVID test are obliged. If you are entering from an orange zone self-quarantine and COVID test are advised.

Outside EU and Schengen:

All countries outside EU and Schengen are considered a red zone. Self-quarantine for 14 days and a COVID-test within 2 days of arrival are obliged or you risk a fine of 208 to 4000 euros!

What to do at arrival in Ghent? Online paperwork after quarantine?

What to do at arrival?

  1. Pay attention to the colour code of the country where you come from.
  2. When you arrive in Belgium you go to your student dorm immediately
  3. At your dorm you will receive the most important information you need to know about the Covid measures for the first weeks and the whole semester.

RED ZONE

If you come from a red zone it is mandatory to get a COVID test within 48h at the test centre at AZ JAN PALFIJN clinic in the city.  Afterwards you need to stay in quarantine for 14 days straight. Artevelde will provide you a certificate that gives you the opportunity to be tested. This certificate will be handed out by the responsible person of your dorm or departmental coordinator. The COVID test results are known after 48 hours. If your results are positive you need to contact a doctor as soon as possible.

What if you don’t take a Covid test?

You should get a Corona test within 2 days of arrival in Belgium. If you fail to get tested, you risk a fine of 208 to 4,000 euros. The government actively contacts people entering Belgium from a red zone based on the passenger locator form. You can get a Covid test at AZ JAN PALFIJN in the city of Ghent.

ORANGE ZONE

If you come from an orange zone it is highly recommended to go to the COVID test centre as well. AUAS also recommends you to stay at your dorm for 14 days straight.

GREEN ZONE

If you come from a green zone you don't need to go to the COVID test centre and you don't have to stay in quarantine. But of course, if you don’t feel well you need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

What does it mean to self-quarantine?

  • Do not go to school or go outside if it is not necessary
  • Avoid close contact with your housemates, especially people in poor health
  • If possible: sleep separately, use a separate toilet and a separate bathroom
  • Never share objects with your housemates (cutlery, cups, glasses, towels ...) and wash your hands regularly
  • Do not invite family or friends to visit
  • You may leave the house for essential movements such as grocery shopping, buying medicines or going to the doctor. Always keep a good distance from others and wear a mouth cap. If possible, let other people do the shopping for you
  • If you have symptoms, contact your doctor immediately, who will decide if a test is necessary

Administration after quarantine

After quarantine you need to register at the Registration office of Ghent city by filling this E-form online

  • Incoming students coming from a red or orange zone need to fill in the passenger locator form (at arrival via https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form or it is possible to fill in the form during the flight to Belgium or at the airport).
  • Incoming students from a red zone will receive a text message with an activation code (PCR-code).
  • Students need to make their online appointment themselves to take a Covid-19 test via https://gent.testcovid.be/en/ 
  • To make this online appointment students need to give up their BIS number (on the website they will ask for 'national insurance number'). AUAS will deliver a BIS number to her international students. 

* Students from a red zone also need to give up their activation code. They need to go in quarantine for 14 days even if the result of the test is negative. Going outside is only allowed if it is very urgent. Students need to follow the program online and they can not do an internship at that moment.
* Students from an orange zone need to have their Passenger Locator Form with them when they sign up at the test center. They don't need to go in quarantine only if they tested positive.

What can I expect for autumn semester 2020?

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences prepared all things related to the upcoming academic year - we took the challenge full on and we are ready to warmly welcome you to an education setting and a campus life that are adapted to the Corona context. We closely follow the sector-specific (inter)national guidelines and implement them in our way of working throughout all departments of the institution so that we can offer classes and a student life in a way that remains authentic to the nature of Artevelde UAS and also in a manner most favourable to the educational and health/safety needs of all people Artevelde UAS.

It is not the intention of our University that our programmes will be only available online, unless the government issues a total lockdown.

50% of the lessons will be organised at the campus and 50% will be organised online.

  • almost every lesson is recorded so that everyone can follow the programme from a distance, especially those who will arrive late or have to stay in quarantine.
  • the personal approach: the department and the coordinator will organise introduction days to facilitate the integration process and help with any questions related to COVID 19

Social activities and participation:

Our social-cultural events are organised in the same way, based on community learning.

In some cases it is important to stick with your own ‘bubble’ (group of friends) especially when participating an event. You will receive more information about ‘bubbles’ and social activities from your programme coordinator or at your dorm.

  • Every month there will be a social activity online. In case of very small groups it can be organised offline.
  • During the introduction week students will be able to get to know the city of Ghent by participating in a city game called 'Operation Freddy' (bubble!).
  • We organise also an online quiz during this week for everybody who is interested, especially for those who can't participate the city game.

What about local and regional travel policies or city restrictions?

An online guide will be available soon with all the necessary information and advice regarding the Covid-19 measures on the website of our city, city of Ghent.  

How can I stay informed?

We ask you to stay informed!

Because of the importance of this matter we ask you to keep an eye on your inbox frequently so that you stay informed about the latest news.

  • Inbox: you can receive very important emails concerning COVID19 of the management. The general emails coming from the office of Prevention will be sent to your AHS inbox and they will communicated in English
  • Website:

https://www.artevelde-uas.be/

https://www.artevelde-uas.be/sites/default/files/a5_kaartje_1920_eng.pdf

https://www.artevelde-uas.be/we-are-here-you

https://www.arteveldehogeschool.be/nieuws/hoe-ziet-het-campusleven-er-volgend-jaar-uit

https://www.arteveldehogeschool.be/nieuws/coronavirus-arteveldehogeschool-informeert-haar-medewerkers-en-studenten FAQ (Dutch)

  • Students dorms
  • At campus
  • By your departmental coordinator
  • Facebook

What are the guidelines on the campus?

Artevelde UAS will send emails to your Artevelde UAS inbox regularly to inform you about the guidelines and possible changes.

Social distance information, posters and other communication material will be distributed on every campus and on our websites. What else do we do?

  • We intensify the cleaning of the campuses
  • Wearing mouth caps is mandatory
  • Depending on the colour code:
    • Yellow: 1 student for every 2 places
    • Orange: 1 student for every 5 places

What are the guidelines at the student dorms?

BAGATTENHUIS, SAVAANHUIS, JERUZALEMHUIS:

  • Wearing mouth caps in all common spaces is obligated
  • Despite wearing mouth caps: keep 1,5 m distance, if possible.
  • In common kitchens and living rooms: only cooking is allowed by a limited number of people at the same time. Students have to eat in their own room. Eating- and living rooms are closed.
    See details as communicated on posters at the student house.
  • No guests are allowed in the student dorms. Don’t invite people (friends, co-residents, …) in your room except if they belong to your social bubble of 5 people and if you can always keep at least 1,5 m distance.
  • Cleaning frequency is augmented.
  • Disinfectant gel or water and soap is provided

KORTRIJKSEPOORTSTRAAT, GOUDSTR, STROPKAAI, ZEBRASTRAAT

  • Wearing mouth caps in all common spaces is obligated
  • Even when wearing mouth caps, keep 1,5 m distance if possible.
  • These student houses are apartments with maximum 5 residents so they can be considered as a family-bubble: Keep distance in the common spaces but, e.g. the use of the kitchen is not prohibited to a maximum number of people at the same time.
  • No guests are allowed in the student houses. Don’t invite people (friends, co-residents, …) in your room except if they belong to your social bubble of 5 people and if you can always keep at least 1,5 m distance.
  • Disinfectant gel or water and soap is provided

Quarantine for all student houses mentioned above:

  • Is possible in the room
  • Microwave will be provided
  • If not possible to do your own shopping, fellow student will be found to help.
  • Shower and toilet will be reserved to a maximum extent. We will ask you to disinfect after use. Of course the cleaning team will also clean very regularly.

UPKOT student houses:
At Upkot student houses common kitchens and living rooms are shared by maximum 10 people. Therefore the rules are a bit less strict. See details in this attachment.

Who is the contactperson regarding the COVID Test, Housing, VISA?

General COVID related questions: corona@arteveldehs.be

COVID test: Stefaan Vervaet stefaan.vervaet@arteveldehs.be

Housing: Elena Beellaert housing@arteveldehs.be

Educational and social programme: hilde.eeckhout@arteveldehs.be

VISA: Iris Postma iris.postma@arteveldehs.be