Coronavirus/COVID-19 information for (prospective) students Health Education

Last updated: 7 April 2021

Maybe you have already registered to study at KIT in the near future, or maybe you are considering applying for one of our short courses or Masters programmes. But with the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic you do not know how to proceed. We understand this and would like to inform you in the best way possible to support your decision. We have compiled information in the page below in the form of questions and answers. In case your question and answer is not listed, do let us know.

KIT Royal Tropical Institute is closely adhering to the regulations from the Dutch authorities, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In the spring and summer of 2020, most of our courses were delivered virtually (online learning). Between September and half-December students were able to go back to the classrooms under adapted circumstances. Aiming to offer a diverse teaching experience to students, courses were given as a mix of face-to-face teaching in smaller groups and virtual teaching.

At the moment all courses are given via e-learning until at least 26 April 2021. In certain circumstances possibly after this date one day class per week will be allowed. KIT will continue to adapt its policies in line with the recommendations of Dutch authorities.
For all upcoming courses we will look very closely of what the possibilities in different situations. Courses scheduled for the next several months will only take place in a class at KIT if the situation allows and otherwise will be offered as distance learning courses. We will keep registered course participants informed about the status of the course for which they are registered.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to see updates per course.

The information below will be updated on a regular basis in line with the situation.

KIT reserves the right to suspend, modify or cancel any of the measures described in the FAQ.

Frequently asked questions

Specific information per course

See below per course more information on each course.

  • Courses starting April 2021:
    • Control Strategies for Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
      12 April – 3 May 2021 (course full)
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Organising Effective Responses (course full)
      12 April – 3 May 2021

    These courses will be given online. All registered course participants will be offered the possibility to follow the course online. This will be done through a combination of live presentations, virtual classroom discussions, group work, and self-paced activities to be done at home. Interaction is very much part of KIT’s teaching methods, so we will ensure a high degree of participation.

    In order to participate you need a stable internet connection, laptop, and headphones with a microphone.
    See the question on our cancellation policy if this is not an option for you.

  • Courses starting May 2021:
    • Health Policy and Financing,
      17 May – 4 June 2021 (course full, waiting list)
    • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Finance, 17 May – 4 June 2021 (course full, waiting list)

    These courses will exceptionally be given online due to the current situation. All registered course participants will be offered the possibility to follow the course online. This will be done through a combination of live presentations, virtual classroom discussions, group work, and self-paced activities to be done at home. Interaction is very much part of KIT’s teaching methods, so we will ensure a high degree of participation.

    In order to participate you need a stable internet connection, laptop, and headphones with a microphone.
    See the question on our cancellation policy if this is not an option for you.

  • Courses starting June 2021:

    This course will be given online due to the current situation. All registered course participants will be offered the possibility to follow the course online. This will be done through a combination of live presentations using different online platforms, virtual classroom discussions, group work, and self-paced activities to be done at home. Interaction is very much part of KIT’s teaching methods, so we will ensure a high degree of participation.

    All you need is a stable internet connection, laptop, and headphones with a microphone.

    See the question on our cancellation policy if this is not an option for you.

    This course normally takes place face to face at KIT premises in Amsterdam.
    Due to the current situation the course will start with a few days online in June 2021, and will continue at KIT in Amsterdam with face-to-face classes in September 2021.
    The course is full, but you can already register for 2022.
    As soon as we know more we will inform you. All registred participants will be automatically informed on the organisation of this course.

  • Courses starting August 2021:

    Status 15 April 2021:
    We are exploring options on the modus of delivery of these courses. At the moment it is not yet clear how the situation will evolve between April and August 2021. A decision on the modus of delivery of these courses depends on a lot of factors and will be taken at a later moment. We hope to be able to take a decision by June 2021. All registred applicants of these courses will be informed automatically about the set up of the courses taking place in August 2021.

    Currently we are exploring the following scenarios:

    • Face to face classes in Amsterdam: taking into account all the necessary measures for safe teaching, adhering to all official regulations and preventive measures to ensure a save environment.
    • Virtual learning: in that case participants can follow the course from the safety of their own home. Virtual learning is done through a combination of live presentations using different online platforms, virtual classroom discussions, group work, and self-paced activities to be done at home. Since interaction is very much part of KIT’s teaching methods, so we will ensure a high degree of participation.
    • A hybrid mix between both options: students who are in Netherlands, or do not have travel restrictions can follow the course partly online and partly in class. Lectures could be given virtually to all participants, smaller working groups and sessions can take place at KIT. Participants who face travel problems can follow all classes online.
  • Courses starting September 2021:

    The above mentioned programmes will start as planned in September 2021.
    At the moment we maintain the scenario that all classes will start with face to face teaching in KIT in Amsterdam.
    Should the situation at that time not allow it, due to travelrestrictions around the world we will look at different scenarios. Possible scenarios could be: It may be that the first modules of the course start as online courses and later in autumn continue in Amsterdam as face-to-face classes. It may also be that courses start with classroom face-to-face training for all students who are in the Netherlands, but that students from other parts who are facing travel restrictions join temporarily online, until they can travel to the Netherlands.

    KIT will follow up and adhere to the guidelines of Dutch authorities, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    All applicants will be informed as soon as possible about the practicalities around the start of the academic year 2021-2022. In addition this page will be updated as soon as we know more.

    See the other questions and answers for more information.