What will campus life look like this year?

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

Within the new educational concept, contact moments on campus are used purposefully. 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 given priority to have both face-to-face contact and follow online courses, in order to enhance social cohesion and improve the international experience as much as possible.
  • the new concept titled '@Home@Campus'

In the FAQ below the video you can find answers to all kinds of practical questions about studying at Artevelde UAS and following classes here in Ghent during the upcoming 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 being an essential journey, there are measures to follow.

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

For non-EEA students: before departure, the airport border police will verify 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!

Despite of all the new issues brought about by COVID-19, 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 including all 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 about freely but always carry a face mask with you.

These directives are compulsory, failure to comply with them may result in a fine. Failure to wear a face mask where mandatory will result in a fine of €250.

Some cities or towns may have additional measures. Check the website of your city or town. The rules will apply from 29 July onwards.

What is the colour code of my country?

Inside EU, Schengen or United Kingdom:

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

If you are entering Belgium out of a red zone, self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test are obliged. If you are entering out of an orange zone self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test are recommended.

Outside EU and Schengen:

All countries outside EU and Schengen are considered a red zone. Self-quarantine for 14 days and a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arrival are obliged or you will risk a fine of €208 to 4,000.

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

What to do upon arrival?

  1. Pay attention to the colour code of the country where you come from.
  2. When you arrive in Belgium you immediately go to your student dorm.
  3. At your dorm you will receive the most important information you need to know about the COVID-19 measures for the first weeks and the entire semester.

RED ZONE

If you come from a red zone it is mandatory to get a COVID-19 test at the test centre at AZ JAN PALFIJN clinic in the city within 48 hours. Afterwards you need to stay in quarantine for 14 days straight. Artevelde will provide you with a certificate allowing you to be tested. This certificate will be handed out by the person responsible at your dorm or departmental coordinator. The COVID-19 test results are known after 48 hours. If you test positive you need to contact a doctor as soon as possible.

After your COVID-19 test: submit this form

This form needs to be filled in by the student when the student has been tested.

What if you don’t take a COVID-19 test?

You should get a COVID-19 test within 2 days upon arrival in Belgium. If you fail to get tested, you risk a fine of €208 to 4,000. The government actively contacts people entering Belgium from a red zone based on the passenger locator form. You can get a COVID-19 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-19 test centre as well. Artevelde UAS 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-19 test centre and you don't have to stay in quarantine. But of course, if you don’t feel well you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

What does self-quarantine mean?

  • Do not go to class or go outside if there is no need to
  • Avoid close contact with your housemates, especially people in poor health
  • If possible: sleep separately, use a separate toilet and bathroom
  • Never share objects with your housemates (cutlery, cups, glasses, towels, etc.) and wash your hands regularly
  • Do not invite family or friends over
  • 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 face mask. If possible, have other people do the shopping for you
  • If you have any 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 city of Ghent by filling this eform 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 themselves via https://gent.testcovid.be/en/
    • Students will be asked to enter their BIS number (a 'national insurance number'). All international students receive a BIS number from Artevelde UAS.
    • Students from a red zone also need to enter their activation code. They need to go in quarantine for 14 days even if the result of the test turns out to be negative. Going outside is only allowed if it is very urgent. Students should follow the programme online and they cannot 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 centre. They don't need to go in quarantine only if they tested positive.

After your COVID-19 test: submit this form

This form needs to be filled in by the student when the student has been tested.

If international students want to make use of quarantine coaching they can send an e-mail to lokalecontacttracing@stad.gent or call to 0473 89 01 38.

What can I expect during 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 welcome you to an education setting and a campus life that is 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. This enables us to 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 at Artevelde UAS.

Our university of applied sciences’ intention is not to only offer online programmes, unless a total lockdown is dictated by the government.

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 at 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 in 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 also organise an online quiz during this week for everybody who is interested, especially for those who can't participate in the city game.

What about local and regional travel policies or city restrictions?

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

How can I stay informed?

Please stay informed!

Given the importance of this matter we urge you to keep an eye on your inbox frequently to stay informed about the latest news.

  • Inbox: Management can send most important emails concerning COVID-19. The general emails coming from the office of Prevention will be sent to your AHS inbox and communication will be 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
  • On campus
  • By your departmental coordinator
  • Facebook

What are the guidelines on campus?

Artevelde UAS will regularly send emails to your Artevelde UAS inbox to inform you about the guidelines and any 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 face masks is mandatory
  • Depending on the colour code:
    • Yellow: 1 student per 2 places
    • Orange: 1 student per 5 places

What are the guidelines at the student dorms?

BAGATTENHUIS, SAVAANHUIS, JERUZALEMHUIS:

  • Wearing face masks in all common spaces is mandatory
  • In addition to wearing face masks: keep 1,5 m distance, if possible.
  • In shared kitchens and living rooms: cooking is allowed with a limited number of people at the same time. Students have to eat in their own room. Dining and living rooms are closed. See details on posters at the student house.
  • No guests are allowed in the student dorms. Don’t invite people (friends, co-residents, etc.) 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 has been increased.
  • Disinfectant gel or water and soap is provided

KORTRIJKSEPOORTSTRAAT, GOUDSTR, STROPKAAI, ZEBRASTRAAT

  • Wearing face masks in all common rooms is mandatory
  • In addition to wearing face masks, keep 1,5 m distance if possible.
  • These student houses are apartments for maximum 5 residents so they can be considered as a family bubble: Keep distance in the common rooms 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 shared kitchens and living rooms are shared by a maximum of 10 people. Therefore the rules are a bit less strict. For details, see 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