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FAQ covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has the world in its grip. As a college university we are committed to our social responsibility, and have thus taken necessary actions and precautions to help prevent and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. By being proactive as a community we can safeguard the health of our own students and staff, as well as the well-being of those with whom we interact - especially vulnerable groups.

We have collected the most recent measures and answers to frequently asked questions on this page. 

  • This information is updated continuously, so keep a close eye on this page. 
  • Please visit the official government website for general information and government guidelines on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
  • Do you have other AP-related questions to which you can't find the answer below? 
  • Please note! We try to answer individual questions (via mail, telephone, social media ...) in a timely manner. However, we have over 14.000 students and 1.500 staff members ... So we count on your patience and understanding. 

LATEST UPDATE: Tuesday 20.10.2020
 

WHERE CAN I FIND FULL INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT CORONA MEASURES FOR STUDENTS?

Students can find information about prevention measures, contact tracing, ... on the intranet.

WHAT IF I AM (POSSIBLY) INFECTED WITH CORONA?

Do not come to campus

  •     if you tested positive
  •     if you have been tested and are waiting for your results
  •     if you have any suspicious symptoms
  •     if you have come into contact with an infected or possibly infected person

Stay at home, notify coronatracing@ap.be and fill in the form.

Employees who are absent due to illness, testing or quarantine email their absence to jodka.crabbe@ap.be.
Students report their absence via conservatorium@ap.be with in CC the head of programme/coordinator/teacher. The doctor's certificate can be uploaded in IBamaflex.

WHAT ARE THE GENERAL PREVENTION GUIDELINES?

  • Sick? Stay home. Read here what the symptomes of covid-19 are.
  • Keep your distance (min. 1,5 m) on and off campus.
  • Wear your mouth mask on and around the campus all the time.
  • No physical contact (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging, touching ...)
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with water and soap. 
  • Use the disinfecting hand sanitizer that has been provided throughout our campus. 
  • Sneeze or cough into a paper tissue, which you dispose immediately in a closed-off trash can.
  • No paper tissue? Then sneeze or cough in the inside of your elbow.
  • Regularly disinfect your own workplace and common materials on campus with the disinfection material provided.

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR THE CAMPUS?

We ask students and staff to carefully read the guidelines.

> Guidelines of the academic year 20-21

WHAT IF I'VE BEEN TRAVELING OUTSIDE BELGIUM FOR THE PAST 14 DAYS?

  • Always follow the guidelines of the government.
  • All students / staff travelling to Belgium must fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, in the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.
  • If necessary, report your absence to your head of programme (student) or supervisor (staff). Do you have a certificate of mandatory quarantine / test / absence? If so, please send this along immediately and contact https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form. A suitable solution will then be sought in consultation.
  • Students / staff from neighbouring countries who do not have a residence in Belgium and who travel between home and school only have an exemption from quarantine in the context of work or study-related activities, because these are essential movements. The exemption from quarantine does not apply to social activities outside the school.

I LIVE OUTSIDE BELGIUM. CAN I JUST COME TO CAMPUS?

> Do you live outside Belgium and do you travel for your study or teaching assignment?

Movements for work and study-related activities are considered essential. For these trips, you are therefore exempt from the quarantine rules. This means that you do not have to go into quarantine as long as you only come to Antwerp for your studies. If you also take part in social or other non-student related activities, the exemption will lapse and you may still have to follow the quarantine rules.

> Are you coming to Belgium for a longer period of time?

If so, we ask you to follow the measures of the travel advice, testing and quarantine rules of the Belgian government.
If necessary, report your absence to your head of programme (student) or supervisor (staff). Do you have a certificate of mandatory quarantine / test / absence? Send this along immediately and contact coronatracing@ap.be. A suitable solution will then be sought in consultation.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT HOW MY COURSE UNITS WILL BE ORGANIZED?

We regularly update our website and keep our students and staff informed via email, intranet and Digitap.

WILL CLASSES BE ORGANIZED ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS? 

We start the academic year in code yellow. This means that we will have 75% presence on campus: Everyone will be able to experience contact education on campus, but not all at the same time. This is a mix of online / offline (hybrid) education so that the number of students in circulation to and from the campus is reduced by at least 25%. We follow the guidelines of the professional sectors (culture with distinction with public or without public) as a test and subject to positive advice from the prevention advisor.

Rest assured: we will organize as many activities as possible on campus. This will certainly be the case for practical subjects and projects such as rehearsals, workshops... Naturally, educational activities on campus will be organised slightly different from before. For example: classes will be taught in smaller groups and with the necessary prevention measures such as social distancing and perhaps even mouth masks. At this moment, we are investigating the possibilities for introducing specific safety regulations within the artistic practice, as used in the professional field. 

In addition, online education will also be continued next year. These digital classes will mainly be reserved for theory and combined with live interim evaluations on campus. Our IT staff and teachers have digitised and optimised the curriculum, to facilitate distance learning. As always, our teachers will pay ample attention to personal contact and guidance.   

To make sure new students can familiarize themselves with higher education, first-year students will probably get to spend more time on campus. More experienced students will work digitally slightly more frequently, though of course we will make sure they also get to spend enough time on campus.

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY STUDENT LIFE?  

There will certainly be room for fun and relaxation, albeit slightly different from before. It’s important that you have enough opportunities to socialize with fellow students in real life. This will benefit your education, personal growth and well-being.  

  • The UA Plus Pass (which allows you to enjoy sports and culture at a discount) currently has 3 possible scenarios in the running for the upcoming academic year. They will announce the final outcome online on September 16th. More info here
  • As always,  the student associations will also treat you to support and entertainment. They are still working on their new (adapted) programme.    

More details will follow.  

Follow student association Sphinx  
 

HELP, I'M STARTING OUT IN HIGHER EDUCATION?  

We understand that this uncertain situation creates certain doubts and concerns, but we will do everything we can to make sure your new adventure at our Schools of Arts runs smoothly. There will be enough time and attention for you as a freshman to get to know the campus, to bond with your fellow students and teachers, to enjoy the delights of student life ... In short, we will make sure that you can familiarize yourself with your new student life.  
 

WHAT IF THINGS DON’T WORK OUT? 

Whether you are a bachelor, master or (post)graduate student: we want to make sure all our students have an amazing academic year. Should you experience problems with studying and/or adjusting along the way, we will look for the right solution(s) together. As always, we have a massive team at the ready to offer you support, guidance and motivation.