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Work and study

The Dutch government has announced various measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. These have a significant effect on our students and staff. On these pages, we explain what these measures mean for our students and staff, and the practicalities that are involved.

The key measures that we have adopted are as follows:

  • The extension of the lockdown in the Netherlands means that until 19 March all teaching activities have been cancelled and will take place online. Read more 
  • Staff should work from home where possible. You may only work at the University if you have permission from your manager to do so.
  • Location-specific research can continue. Read more
  • PhD defences and inaugural lectures will be held online, until 2 March inclusive at the earliest. 
  • All events have been cancelled until further notice. These include degree ceremonies for groups,
  • In principle, students may not travel abroad for study-related activities until the end of this academic year. Staff may not go on business trips until further notice. The University can grant permission for such a trip in very exceptional cases. Read about the application procedure for students and staff.
  • Stay home if you have coronavirus symptoms, and book a test.
  • The Campus Protocol entered into force on 31 August 2020; this contains the main rules and regulations for students and staff.
  • The guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) also apply at the University: keep 1.5 metres away from others and avoid busy places, wash your hands regularly and cough/sneeze into your elbow. Face masks are compulsory in the buildings of Leiden University.
  • Follow our updates page and the websites listed below for the latest information.

Information on online studying

Information on remote teaching (for staff)

Information on working from home (for staff)

Information for researchers

The coronavirus outbreak is a major public health problem. We as a university are taking measures to help contain and solve this problem. We therefore ask you to follow these instructions closely, and hope we can count on your cooperation in tackling this public health problem.

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