Coronavirus and KABK’s response

This article and FAQs are updated frequently

Detailed information for students and staff is also available via the KABK portal

Update 25 March 2020

Online education until 1 June 2020

The University of The Arts The Hague has decided to extend the period for (solely) providing online education from 6 April to 1 June. By extending the term for offering online education only, we strive to provide more clarity for both students and staff. Further details will be shared directly with students and staff.

For students who are in financial trouble because of the current Corona crisis and are unable to provide for themselves, we have listed a few options and suggestions.

Frequently asked questions

If you cannot find an answer to your question via the FAQs and the latest updates in the text below, please send an email to questions@kabk.nl

FAQ - General

The KABK has entered a period in which we are challenged to keep our students and staff safe and keep the education and the application process in good shape, albeit in alternative forms. The KABK crisis team convene every day to monitor and discuss newest developments and make new decisions if appropriate. This information will be made available on this page and directly to students, staff and prospective students.

The universities of applied sciences are in daily contact with the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Discussions focus on the progress of education, credits, final exams and financial and practical measures to help students. The directors of Dutch art academies are also in daily contact with each other to address the specific needs within art education.

Detailed information for students and staff is also available via the KABK portal

Update 24 March

On Monday 23 March, the Dutch Cabinet took additional measures to deal with the coronavirus.

-Stay at home as much as possible
-Keep 1,5 meter distance
-All events are cancelled until June 1

What this specifically means for the Higher Education and the KABK will be communicated in the following days.

We follow the advice of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and provides advice at these webpages. 


The following webpages offer information in English:

No, the academy building will be closed until Monday June 1, 2020. During limited hours, there is a reception clerk/doorkeeper present for accepting parcels and letting in people who work on the building renovation.

Students who are going abroad on internship or Exchange and are not there yet, are not allowed to travel to their internship or Exchange location.

The International Office has been contacting all students who are currently on exchange or doing an internship abroad, or who are currently studying with us.

For questions, mail to: exchange@kabk.nl

FAQ - Prospective students/applicants

Yes, you can still apply. Follow the steps as mentioned on the application procedure per study programme on our website.

If an application deadline or admission procedure will change, you will be notified by the Student Administration or your department coordinator. We want to continue our admission procedure as originally planned and look into alternative forms to schedule your admission interview. It is therefore possible, that your admission interview will be conducted through Skype. We already regularly do conduct interviews in this manner with candidates that are unable to travel.

At the time being, you can only contact us per e-mail. Find here our contact info.

Do you work or study at KABK?
Please find detailed information on portal.kabk.nl

Don’t have access? Please contact ict@hdkdenhaag.nl


Update Sunday 15 March 18.30 hrs

The Dutch Government has just reported that the measures surrounding the control of the Coronavirus have been tightened up. All school buildings for childcare, primary, secondary, higher and university education will be closed until Monday 6 April. Restaurants and sport facilities will also be closed until 6 April.

This means the following for students and staff of the KABK:

  • The academy building will be closed from Tuesday 17 March until Monday 6 April.
    That includes the workshops, the shop and the canteen
  • Education only takes place remotely
  • As of the afternoon of 16 March you can contact us by e-mail only.

PLEASE NOTE:
Tomorrow, Monday, March 16 from 9.00-18.00, there is an opportunity to pick up stuff or work from the academy premises.
Reception, Rental and Workshop staff are present for assistance.


Update 13 March, 17:14h

How the Coronavirus affects education and admissions at the KABK.

Following the measures of the Dutch government, as communicated yesterday, we have listed the most relevant topics below. The measures are valid until at least 31 March.

Application Procedure - Applying to the KABK?

  • We will either conduct interviews with applicants via Skype/Facetime or postpone to another date
  • All applicants will be informed via email

Building Opening Hours – Is the Academy closed?

  • The building and the workshops will remain open Monday – Friday from 9.00 till 18.00
  • From 9.00 – 18.00 we host Consultation Hours @Gipsenzaal if you have any questions, please stop by
  • Saturday 14 March, 21 March and 28 March the building is closed

Education - What will happen with my classes, are the studios and workshops open?

  • There are no classes in the KABK building, only remotely, at least until 31 March 2020
  • The Cabinet measure does not apply to primary and secondary education. The School for Young Talent will simply carry out its teaching programme
  • Our range of courses, such as Kidsclub and preparatory year, will be discontinued until further notice
  • Students will be further informed by their departments via email
  • Workshops and studios are open during the opening hours of the building, workshop staff will remain available

Events and study trips

  • Various events, such as the international Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language and Democracy "Who Speaks", have been cancelled or postponed until further notice
  • All study trips have been cancelled, this will be communicated to students and external partners

Not feeling well or concerned about friends/family?

Exchange/internship – What about my exchange/ internship?

  • Students who are going abroad on internship or Exchange and are not there yet, are not allowed to travel to their internship or Exchange location
  • Students who are currently abroad can stay there, and follow the local rules and regulations
  • For questions, mail to: exchange@kabk.nl



Update 12 March

The government has just asked the universities of applied sciences and universities to stop offering education in our buildings immediately, and where possible to replace it with distance education.

The Executive Board of the University of the Arts has decided to follow this call. However, the building and the workshops will remain open and staff will remain available! Students will be further informed by their departments.

The Cabinet measure does not apply to primary and secondary education. The School for Young Talent will simply carry out its teaching programme.

Our range of courses, such as Kidsclub and preparatory year, will be discontinued until further notice.

Further details will follow on Friday March 13, about the use of the workshops and other non-classical activities.

All classes are cancelled, assuming that this applies until at least April 1st. The KABK is investigating ways to set up the education remotely.


Update 11 March

Cases of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19) have now been confirmed in the Netherlands. As an international institution with a strong international population, the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) strives to act responsibly in order to protect our students, staff, guests and prospective students. The KABK is following the guidance of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the information from comparable institutions abroad.

Cancellation
The international Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language and Democracy "Who Speaks", that was planned to take place on March 18, has been postponed to the early Fall of 2020.

Please do not shake hands
On behalf of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) the existing hygiene measures at the Royal Academy of Art are expanded with an additional precaution, namely that we ask everyone not to shake hands.

Advice for residents of Noord-Brabant
The RIVM advises residents of the province of Noord-Brabant to limit their social contacts if they are suffering from a cold, cough or fever. This means: stay at home. This also applies to students and staff from the Royal Academy of Art who live in Noord-Brabant.

Application procedure
Application interviews with students from high risk areas (orange and red zones) will only take place via multimedia channels. Applicants will be personally informed about this procedure. This concerns the following countries:

  • China (including: Macau en Hongkong)
  • Singapore
  • Zuid-Korea
  • Iran
  • Italië

Travel advice for students: rules tightened
The Royal Academy of Art has tightened its rules for staff and students who are planning a trip abroad. This could mean study trips or trips for a course, workgroup or exhibition. The information below does not apply to personal trips that staff and students are planning.

  • Staff members and students are not allowed to travel to areas that have been designated as orange or red zones in the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (this is standard procedure). Since 10 March, the whole of Italy has been designated as either a red or an orange zone.
  • Staff members and students who are already abroad may find that the travel advice for that country has changed. If that is the case, please contact the head of your department or coordinator. If the travel advice changes to orange or red, you will be repatriated to the Netherlands. Upon your return, the RIVM guidelines apply: if you experience even the mildest of symptoms, call your doctor or the local branch of the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD). If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00.
    If the travel advice changes to yellow, a decision will be taken on whether it is advisable for you to return to the Netherlands. It is important that you do not have any symptoms at the moment you return to the Netherlands. If you are experiencing symptoms, a doctor or the GGD will be consulted for advice.

Infection prevention
The Royal Academy of Art advises basic hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infection. These are:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

If you have traveled to an area with coronavirus in the last 14 days, or you have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 patient, and you feel unwell (even mild health problems), the advice is:

  • Stay at home; do not travel if you are ill.
  • Staff members report to their supervisor and P&O (070-3154772).
  • Students report to their department head or coördinator.

If your symptoms worsen, respiratory symptoms in particular:

  • Call your doctor and tell them about your recent trip and symptoms. If you do not have a doctor here, call the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) instead. If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00. Avoid contact with others. If you are not registered with a doctor, get in contact with our Student Counselor for guidance.

For more information see the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment(RIVM) website.


Update 2 March

As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current Corona epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and ask our staff, students and application candidates to help us do so. This influences the enrolment procedure in the following way:

In order to avoid unnecessary travel, applicants now living in high risk areas are offered alternative channels for the application process. Interviews will only run via Skype or Facetime until further notice. These applicants will be contacted by the Student Administration.

At the moment, high risk areas are the following:

China, South-Korea, Iran, Singapore and the following regions in Northern Italy: Aosta-valley, Piëmonte, Lombardy, Trentino-south-Tirol, Friuli-Julisch-Venice, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria.

We ask students, teachers and staff to cancel any plans to travel to high risk areas until further notice.

Further information and FAQ’s are published on the website of the RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).


Update 28 February 2020

Please note that the KABK follows the recommendations of the RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment) and the government about the Coronavirus. The KABK will update students, staff and applicants when necessary.

Sources of information:


Update 20 February 2020

As you may be aware, China and other countries around the world are working to contain the spread of a newly detected Corona virus. As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and ask our staff, students and application candidates to help us do so.

Therefore we take the following measures:

In order to avoid unnecessary travel, applicants now living in China are offered alternative channels for the application process. Interviews will only run via Skype or Facetime until further notice. These applicants will be contacted by the Student Administration.

We ask students, teachers and staff to cancel any plans to travel to China until further notice.

For those who have recently been to China, we request you to not come to the academy for up to two weeks from the date of your return and stay at home as much as possible.

Further information and FAQ’s are published on the website of the RIVM.