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Meeting on site & start of new academic year 2021-2022

24 June 2021

Further relaxations of the Covid-19 measures will take effect on Saturday. This is great news! These relaxations will give us more opportunities to study and meet on campus this summer. However, we would like to inform you about the current guidelines for opening the university.

The current government issued guidelines are taken as a point of departure for the internal guidelines developed and communicated by the university.

The campus protocol also remains in place. Stay at home in case of complaints, always do a Covid-19 check before coming to campus and continue to observe the basic rules.

Studying on location this summer

  • The one and a half metre distance rule remains in force in our buildings.
  • The measures to stay safe in the buildings, such as walking routes, the rules applying to  the use of elevators, and rules of priority at the stairs also remain  in force.
  • The requirement to wear a face mask in our buildings ceases to apply on 26 June. Anyone who wishes to do so may, of course, continue to wear a face mask.
  • The University's catering facilities will partially reopen. The restaurants will remain closed during the summer months (regular closure), but the cafés will be open. Taking into account the one and a half metre distance, you can also enjoy your food inside.
  • In the coming period, it will be necessary to reserve a study place via the SharedDesk reservation system.

Education on campus in September 2021

We are preparing for (full) on-campus education starting in the new academic year. This is very good news for our staff and students. It means that we assume that all education will take place physically on campus, which means that students and staff can meet each other in real life again. The timetables for this are being made now and will be made available soon.

For students who unexpectedly find themselves in quarantine or who cannot (yet) participate in on-campus education due to (in)travel restrictions, we will organise hybrid alternatives.

On 13 August, the government will take a final decision on the start of education in September.


The relaxation of the Covid-19 measures also creates new opportunities for events while everyone’s safety remains paramount:

  • Graduations and graduation ceremonies will take place in person and the capacity of the space will determine how many people can meet.
  • International guests at the (advanced) graduation ceremonies can attend via a live stream. Graduates will receive information via the OIC /BIO.
  • The current relaxation of measures is also good news for the introduction programmes (EL CID, HOP and OWL). These programmes, which are based partially on online activities and partially on physical meetings and activities, are expected to begin as scheduled. Of course, all of this is subject to the government's measures in the coming months.

Stay informed

The university always follows the most recent coronavirus rules in relation to our teaching and research. The most recent update is available on https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/dossiers/coronavirus/updates.

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