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

Last updated: 8 July 2020

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).

At the moment most of our current courses are being delivered through online learning.
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.

KIT will continue to adapt its policies in line with the recommendations of Dutch authorities.

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

  • I have registered for a course but what happens now with the coronavirus situation? What are my options? What happens if I cannot come to The Netherlands at all?

    All registered course participants for courses taking place in March, April, May, June, July, August will be offered the possibility to follow the course online. This will be done through a combination of live presentations using virtual 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.

    If students cannot come to the Netherlands due to the Corona pandemic, collective solutions will be provided. If this applies to you individually, then we would need to explore what we could offer.


    If you do not want to/cannot participate by distance learning then please read the information below.

    Normal cancellation policy:

    Normally when a registered participant cancels his/her participation in a course the following cancellation policy applies:

    • 100% of the course fee has to be paid if you cancel 14 days or less before the first day of the course
    • 75% of the course fee has to be paid if you cancel 15-21 days before the first day of the course
    • 50% of the course fee has to be paid if you cancel more than 22 days before the first day of the course.
    • 0% of the course fee has to be paid if you cancel 14 days or less after returning the financial statement.

    Adapted cancellation policy due to the coronavirus situation:

    All courses in April, May and June will be offered online. If you do not want to/cannot participate by distance learning then read the information below.

    Due to this exceptional situation we would like to offer you the option to postpone your participation in the course until 2021 without additional costs.

    • If you are not able to postpone until next year and/or you are unsure whether you will be able to join next year, you can cancel the course at the latest 22 days before the course and get a 50% refund.
    • If you cancel 15-21 days before the start of the course you will receive 25% refund. If you cancel later, we can unfortunately not refund you.
    • If you are able to postpone your participation in this course, or even a different course at KIT to next year, the amount you have paid already will be reserved for your course fee in 2021. You will then pay the fee from 2020 for the course in 2021.

    This adapted policy applies as long as there are travel restrictions due to the coronavirus situation.

  • I want to register for one of the upcoming short courses, but what happens if the coronavirus situation does not improve? So should I wait to register?

    We advise you apply for the course of your choice now and not to wait. Applying for a course does not have financial implications. Once you have completed and sent your application the admission committee will decide if you are eligible to follow the course. If you are eligible you will receive a letter of admission and a financial statement. Only when you return the financial statement do we consider this as a commitment from you to follow the course. From that moment onwards our cancellation policy applies. We have adapted our cancellation policy due to the coronavirus situation.
    Read the other questions below on the planning of courses per month to see if it will take place as online course.

  • I want to apply to one of the upcoming Master Programmes or courses starting in September, but what happens if the coronavirus situation does not improve? Should I wait to register?

    It not clear what the coronavirus situation will look like in September. We are looking into different scenarios on how our Master programmes will start (see the question below on courses in September).
    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).

    We strongly advise future students to apply for their programme/course and familiarise themselves with the pre-travel arrangements. Many practical things need to be arranged prior to your arrival in Amsterdam including accommodation, visa, insurance a.o., etc. You should not organise these things at the last minute. Our course administration office will advise you on the steps to follow.

    Submitting an application to a programme or course does not have financial implications. Once you have completed and sent your application, the admission committee will decide if you are eligible to follow the programme or course. If you are eligible you will receive a letter of admission and a financial statement. Only when you return the financial statement do we consider this as a commitment from you to follow the course. From that moment onwards our cancellation policy applies.

    See the question on Courses starting in September 2020 for more detailed information per course.

  • I have registered for a course that is temporarily given via e-learning. What if it changes back to a normal course with face-to-face classes, can I still follow it via online learning?

    We intend to return to face-to-face classes as soon as the situation allows. But given the differences in control measures around the world, we understand that some people won’t be able to travel. In that situation participants will be able to virtually join the classes.

  • Can I defer my enrolment to a course?

    Yes, if you have an unconditional admission offer you can defer your admission to the next academic year. Your admission letter is valid for 2 years. Please contact our Course Administration Office and inform them that you want to postpone the start of your course.

  • I have received an OKP scholarship from Nuffic for one of the upcoming courses. What will happen now?

    We are in close contact with Nuffic. We will inform all OKP scholarship holders on the situation which applies to them. All OKP scholarship holders for the upcoming courses can follow the courses that are given in distance learning modules.

  • What happens with return flights if I cannot leave the Netherlands due to travel restrictions or other coronavirus control measures? (This can be the case due to country policy or sickness.)

    Current students:

    KIT Education is in close contact with students who are currently in the Netherlands. We take a case-by-case approach while supporting students experiencing difficulties returning home. As part of this support, we can assist students in contacting embassies and helping them to find alternative travel options. KIT is unable to provide financial support or accommodation for students who are unable to return to their countries due to travel restrictions.

    Students coming to future courses:

    KIT is closely following the guidelines issued by the Dutch government, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Courses will only run with face-to-face sessions if the situation allows. Participants living outside The Netherlands must check that there are no travel restrictions between their home country and The Netherlands before making travel arrangements.

    The courses taking place in May, June, July and August are offered virtually.

  • What happens if a course is cancelled due to the coronavirus? Will I get a refund?

    If a course cannot run as a face-to-face course due to the coronavirus situation we will look into the following options:

    • All course participants will be offered the possibility to follow the course online via e-learning. We will do this through a combination of live presentations using virtual platforms and self-paced activities to be done at home. Interaction is very much part of KIT’s teaching methods. KIT will only run courses virtually provided that we can offer a highly participative course. See specific information per course below.
    • In certain circumstances, participants may discuss with KIT the possibility to delay their participation to 2021 (maintaining the course fee for 2020). Another option is to decide to follow another course offered by KIT in 2020 or in 2021.
    • If none of the above options are possible you will be reimbursed for the course fee.
  • If I come to KIT for a course, can KIT guarantee my safety from the Coronavirus?

    KIT is closely adhering to the instructions from Dutch authorities. Many of our current courses are being delivered through online learning.

    Courses scheduled for the next several months will only take place at KIT if the situation allows and if it does not pose any risk with regard to continuing the transmission of the coronavirus. If classes take place at KIT again, we will take the necessary measures w.r.t. distance, sanitary measures and more.

    We will keep registered course participants informed about the status of the course for which they are registered.

    In line with control measures and recommendations defined by Dutch authorities KIT will continue to adapt its policies

    See the questions below per month for detailed information per course.

  • What services are covered by health insurance in the event I get sick while at KIT?

    Please check your insurance policy to see what is covered.

  • I have to take an English proficiency test. What are my options as a lot of test centres are closed due to Covid-19?

    KIT does accept the TOEFL-ibt Special Home Edition test as it is the same research-based, valid and reliable TOEFL iBT test of academic English from ETS.
    Please check KIT website for the required test score details: https://www.kit.nl/study/frequently-asked-questions-study/  TOEFL-ibt Special Home Edition is now available in almost all countries, with the exception of Iran.

  • I am unable to collect my visa (MVV) in my home country due to the coronavirus measurements, what should I do? What happens if I cannot get my visa (MVV) on time?

    You are advised to contact your contact person at the KIT Course Administration Office. In close cooperation with the IND (Dutch Immigration Authorities) we will try to find a solution.

  • What if I can only follow the first semester that is scheduled online, am I eligible to receive a tuition fee discount?

    The basic premise of KIT Royal Tropical Institute is that all education continues as much as possible, albeit in an adapted form so that it abides by the government measures that currently apply to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We make all extra efforts needed for continuing our master programmes and for maintaining their quality. In addition, we strive to minimize any adverse effects from the Corona pandemic on the study programmes of our students, so that there will be little to no study delay. The overall quality and value of the KIT master degree certificates remain the same as before. Therefore, the obligation to pay regular tuition fees as a student is maintained.

  • What are the measures taken to ensure the safety of the students if they join face-to-face classes?

    KIT follows the general regulations of the Government of The Netherlands, including keeping 1,5 meters distance from other persons; not shaking hands; and washing your hands regularly with soap and water. Additional cleaning is being done in class rooms (additional cleaning of door handles, tables, etc.). Students are advised also to respect social distancing rules and follow the instructions as indicated in the KIT building.

  • What do I need to be able to follow the courses online?

    For attending the classes online it is absolutely required to have a laptop/computer with a stable internet connection, a microphone and a camera/webcam. All of our courses are fulltime. So even when they are given online you should take this into account in your planning.

  • If I were to come to KIT in September 2020, what quarantine measures would I have to take?

    For the current measures please find detailed advice on the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website, this site is updated on a regular basis.

  • Will it be safe to travel to The Netherlands?

    For detailed information, and updates, see the Government of The Netherlands website.

  • Will I need to take a corona test upon reaching The Netherlands?

    At the moment it is not required to take a corona test when you arrive in The Netherlands. For detailed advice see the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website.

  • What if I get sick after I arrive in The Netherlands?

    Even if the travel status of The Netherlands will still be “orange” by the time of your traveling, international students who come to study at KIT are required to have a medical insurance. KIT will arrange this with AON. Before departure from your home country, you will also be insured during the trip and on arrival in The Netherlands. 

    If you would experience symptoms of a cold or flu, such as a nose cold, sore throat or light cough, the strong advice is to stay at home, to avoid any social contact, and to rest.

    In case the symptoms worsen (a fever of more than 38 Celsius and difficulty breathing) and you require medical assistance, you should contact a doctor (GP) by phone. For newly arrived students, your contact person at KIT Course Administration Office can assist with contacting a GP. For more information about personal health and the coronavirus, please see the recommendations released by the Government of The Netherlands.

Specific information per course

See below per course more information on each course.

  • Courses starting April 2020:
    • Control Strategies for Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
    • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights: Organising Effective Responses

    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 using Zoom, 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.

  • Courses starting May 2020:

    • Health Policy and Financing
    • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Finance

    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 different virtual platforms, 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.

    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.

  • Courses starting June 2020:
    • Using GIS for Global Health

    This course 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 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.

  • Courses starting August 2020:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation in a dynamic health environment
    • Suivi et Evaluation de la Santé dans un contexte dynamique

    Both 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 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.
    Please note that both courses are full-time.

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

    • Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in countries in crisis (ADHS)

    Due to the nature of this course it is not possible to give it via online learning. The course scheduled in August 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation. The next ADHS course is planned in summer 2021. Applicants who were accepted for this course can use their letter of acceptance for 2021.

  • Courses starting September 2020:
    • Master of Public Health
    • Master In International Health
    • Netherlands Course on Global Health and Tropical Medicine

    The above mentioned programmes will start as planned in September 2020. Because of travel restrictions around the world we are currently looking at different scenarios as to the way our course programmes will start.

    At the moment we are looking into different scenarios: 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 possible that the situation in the Netherlands will have improved so much that classroom face-to-face training is possible again, but that students from other parts of the world are still facing travel restrictions. In that case we will start blended classes, so for students who are not able to come to The Netherlands it will be possible to join the class via online tools until people can travel again.

    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). In case face-to-face classes can take place again at our premises in Amsterdam KIT will adhere very closely to guidelines on distance, sanitary measures and more.

    All applicants will be informed as soon as possible about the practicalities around the start of the academic year 2020-2021. In addition this page will be updated as soon as we know more.

    See the other questions and answers for more information.

  • Courses starting in December 2020
    • Good Epidemiological Practice: design, implementation and analysis of global health studies

    This course 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 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