FAQ

Last update: 22 September


We closely follow the developments. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions with more information. The information can be adjusted when the RIVM or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs adjust their advice.

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Education and research at HZ

Will classes continue on location at HZ?

A part of the lessons will be on campus. However, online education and working from home remains the standard. We work and study online where we can, on campus where we have to. How often you will be on campus depends, among other things, on your study programme (think of the number of practical lessons) and also on which year you are in.

Can I work on my research at HZ?

The practice-based research by students and staff may be carried out at the location of the HZ, provided it is in accordance with the general instructions of the National Institute for Public Health and the Health Service (RIVM) and the Municipal Health Service (GGD). If access to the laboratories is desired, please contact the programme coordinator or the research group coordinator.

On location

Are the HZ buildings open?

Yes, but the HZ still requests students and staff to work and study at home, unless it it necessary to go to the HZ.

Currently the opening hours are:

  • Vlissingen, Edisonweg Monday to Wednesday from 8.00 - 22.00 hrs  Thursday and Friday from 8.00 - 18.00 hrs
  • Middelburg, Het Groene Woud  Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs. Please note, HZ has a new car park available. 
What measures did HZ take?

HZ does everything possible to establish a safe university of applied sciences. Various measures have been implemented in the HZ buildings in Vlissingen and Middelburg, with which we follow the RIVM guidelines. We will adhere to as few ‘contact moments’ between people as possible and to maximum group sizes. This means that less space is available and also why a large part of the education continues to be offered online.

We have also taken additional hygiene measures at both locations:

  • Hand hygiene
    At various points you can disinfect your hands. Disinfectants are also available in all rooms and offices.
  • Extra cleaning rounds
    Both locations will be cleaned extra.
  • Ventilation
    The Edisonweg will be daily ventilated. Two hours before the opening of the school all windows will be opened. Also during opening hours, we ask you to keep the windows and doors open as much as possible in order to ventilate as well as possible. Het Groene Woud has a modern ventilation system. This system is switched on two hours before the opening of the building. We also adjusted the humidity of the system.

You will also come across coronacoaches in the buildings to ensure the health of our students and staff. They help you to comply with the rules. Set a good example yourself and speak to others when necessary.

What should I take in to account when I visit the HZ?

Are you coming to HZ soon? We do everything we can to ensure your visit is safe. Please follow the rules at HZ, because only together we can ensure a safe environment. 

  • Keep distance
    Keep a 1.5 metres distance from each other;
  • Follow the signs
    locations have walking routes and signage. Please follow these signs;
  • Wash your hands often
  • Any complaints?
    Do you have any Covid symptoms? Stay home.
    Do you have a fever and/or a cough? Then your roommates and/or your family will stay home as well. Protect yourself and others and get tested. You can make an appointment via 0800-1202 or via coronatest.nl. The test is free of charge.

Watch our tour about the measurements.

Should I wear a face mask when visiting the HZ?

Wearing a mask is a individual choice, you are not required to wear a mask. If you feel more comfortable wearing one and you don't have one yourself? Masks are available at the receptions of both locations.

A mask is compulsory if you are using an HZ-car with several travellers. You can also get one at one of the receptions.

How can I best travel to HZ?

Bring your own transport as much as possible. Also make use of the (partial) bicycle if possible. HZ asks you to only use public transport for necessary trips. Educational activities that are planned at the HZ can be seen as necessary.

As of 1 June, wearing a non-medical mask on the bus, train, tram and metro and on the ferries is mandatory. Find more information here.

What if I prefer not to come to HZ?

If you do not want to come to HZ for health reasons or the fact that you are living with someone from the risk groups, please report this to your study programme coordinator (students) or manager (staff). Together you will find a solution if this is possible.

Health and hygiene

What can I do myself?

The most important measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are very simple:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow.
  • Use tissue paper and throw it away immediately.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly objects and surfaces that you touch.
  • Work at home as much as possible
  • Do not shake hands
  • Keep 1,5 meters distance of each other
I have health problems, what to do?

Do you have symptoms such as a cold, cough, fever or sudden loss of smell or taste? Stay home. Do you have a fever and/or a cough? Then your roommates and/or your family will stay home as well. Protect yourself and others and get tested. You can make an appointment via 0800-1202 or via coronatest.nl. The test is free of charge.

Report it directly to the HZ if you are suspected of corona infection and also report sick.

  • Are you a student? Report it to the study programme coordinator. 
  • Are you an international student? Please also inform the international office by internationaloffice@hz.nl
  • Are you a staff member? Report it to your manager. 
What should I do in case I tested positive?

Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19? Contribute to a safe UAS:

  1. Take the quarantine and instructions you receive seriously.
  2. Report it to your programme coordinator or manager a.s.a.p. Are you an international student? Please report it also to internationaloffice@hz.nl
  3. If applicable: report it to your accommodation company such as APV or Villex.
What should I do in case of quarantine?

We trust that - if necessary - you will go into (home) quarantine according to the guidelines that apply in the Netherlands. We would like to recommend you to self-quarantine on your arrival if you travel from a country or region that is listed on the government website. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have been tested negative, you are strongly advised to self-quarantine. You will find all instructions, recommendations on the above-mentioned website. We trust you will follow these guidelines and help us keep a safe environment at HZ. 

  • Are you a student? Please inform your programme coordinator and internationaloffice@hz.nl. Arrangements will be made with you about attending classes so that you do not run into unnecessary delays.
  • Are you a staffe member? Report to your manager for further coordination.
I am an international student and I need a doctor, what to do?

Read the information on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). It informs you when to call a GP (‘house doctor’) Do you have any doubts whether you should contact a GP, then call the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD). The number you can call with your questions about  COVID-19 is: 0800-1351.

If you need a General Practitioner (GP/ family doctor):  in the International Students Survival Guide you find the necessary telephone numbers. Please also inform the international office about your situation by sending an email to internationaloffice@hz.nl

Can I get a coronatest?

You can get tested to see if you are infected with coronavirus. Read more about testing for COVID-19.

How is the Covid-19 situation in Middelburg and Vlissingen?

Our region Zeeland is one of the Dutch regions that are the least affected by the coronavirus. You can follow the current situation on the national site:  https://www.rivm.nl/en

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