English-taught programmes and COVID-19 questions

Updated June 24th, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you and are planning for your arrival. 

Given the current situation, you may have many unanswered questions. We hope to answer these below. 

Or contact an international student advisor for help.

Check the Belgian Coronavirus Information website for the current safety measures and its useful FAQ page too.

KdG’s response to COVID-19

What does teaching look like at KdG right now?

KdG campuses are currently in lockdown. It follows a decision by the government and applies to all higher education institutes.  

In real terms this means:

  • Online learning is the norm. 
  • Only certain essential practical and skills courses/exams can take place on campus.  
  • The maximum occupancy per campus is 20%. 
  • Campus reception staff and librarians coordinate quiet study for those unable to work at home.
  • Face masks are mandatory at all times on campus.
  • Exams are organised either as planned or where possible online.
  • Student and staff safety is of the utmost importance in any activity still taking place on campus.

Teachers and student counsellors are on-hand to offer students the support they need during these difficult and uncertain times.

Are there welcome moments?

Yes! We are looking forward to meeting you. Our Welcoming Days for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year will take place on September 15-17, 2021.

Plans for the 2021-2022 academic year

Hoping to join us in September? And want to know what you can expect? 

The pandemic may yet have a sting in its tail, so we need to be careful. Belgium’s vaccination campaign is progressing well and we are cautiously hopeful while prepared should the situation worsen.  

What will the new academic year look like?

If all goes well in the coming months, we are planning a return to campus. This way you can benefit from our hands-on approach. A portion of lessons will also take place online as it is part of our new normal. 

We hope to offer:

  • Around 18-20 hours* of classes on campus a week with priority to practical subjects and group work
  • Online classes for topics best suited to this way of learning.
  • A taste of student life on campus, lunch with friends, a coffee together...

*Our exchange programmes may vary depending on your chosen class options. Contact your programme coordinator for more info.

When do I need to arrive? 

What are individual programmes planning? 

Bachelor’s in English
  • International Business Management: a mix of on-campus and online teaching. Approximately 18 hours a week on campus.
  • Applied Computer Science: five part-time days on campus plus daily online classes and workshops.
  • Multimedia & Creative Technologies: on campus for practicals and teamwork – around 20 hours a week. Plus online lessons.

Sick or need to quarantine during the year? We will offer learning and welfare support but no online replacement for the on-campus lessons.

Exchange programmes
  • Business for Exchange: planning both on-campus classes and online classes. This also varies depending on your chosen courses.
  • Creative Technologies & Entrepreneurship: planning both on-campus classes and online classes. Practicals and teamwork will all be organised on campus.
  • Crossing Borders (January 2022): you need to arrive in time for the Welcoming Days on January 27-28. We are planning on-campus lessons (like our 2021 exchange) and live-stream classes for those in quarantine or ill. 

What if the measures get stricter again?

We hope the vaccination and testing programmes will prevent a return to stricter measures. But we are prepared all the same. It means we can adapt quickly under tighter restrictions and provide you with as much stability as possible.

If stricter measures follow, the number of hours on campus will reduce. But the underlying framework – to meet on campus as much as possible – remains the focus of our plans.

What about food and sports on campus?

We follow the catering sector’s rules and expect the Eetbår, Koffiebār, Foyer to reopen in September. Social distancing must be respected for as long as it applies. Sports that are part of the sports sticker initiative are possible if the safety measures allow.

Which corona measures apply on campus?

Visit our student portal's corona information pages for the latest updates. 

Admissions

Can I do a language test online?

We accept online alternatives offered by Duolingo, TOEFL and IELTS (online version of the full test).

My exams have been cancelled, and I am not sure if or when I will receive my high school certificate?

Like all other countries, Belgium is currently working to resolve the impact caused by cancelled and delayed exams. We await an update from the relevant authorities. If you are affected, please email admission@kdg.be

Can I defer a year? 

We obviously hope to welcome you in September, but we realise that COVID-19 circumstances may dictate otherwise. 

If you are an enrolled first-year student (accepted and paid tuition fee) for 2021-2022, it is possible to defer for a year if you let us know by September 13, 2021. 

  • We will waive our application fee for the new academic year starting in 2022
  • You will receive a new letter of acceptance if you choose to have your tuition fees transferred
  • It is not possible to defer more than once

Student travel exemptions and visas

As a non-EU/Schengen student, am I exempt from travel restrictions to Belgium?

Yes, unless you are travelling from India, South Africa or Brazil (check exceptions here). Otherwise, there are no travel restrictions to Belgium for non-EU/Schengen students who are accepted or enrolled on a Belgian higher education programme. However, you will need to ensure that you comply with Belgium’s current COVID-19 safety requirements. You also need to submit a passenger locator form 48 hours before arrival in Belgium.

If you are travelling from a red zone, you require a negative PCR test result before arriving in Belgium.

The test needs to be carried out at the earliest 72 hours before departure to Belgian territory. You are still required to quarantine on arrival and must undergo a mandatory test on day seven of quarantine. For full details on quarantine, self-isolation and testing, visit the Belgian Coronavirus Information website. Scroll down to the Transport and International section.   

Find out your country’s colour code on Belgium’s Foreign Affairs’ website. Scroll down to the ‘Returning from’ section.

The pandemic has delayed my visa application process. What can I do?

As a student of higher education, you are exempt from travel restrictions to Belgium. The only exceptions to this are those countries currently affected by temporary travel bans to Belgium. Please contact your Belgian embassy as soon possible, and highlight the importance and urgency of your visa application. You can also email us: studentservices@kdg.be

Preparations for arrival in Belgium

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in Belgium?

All non-Belgian residents travelling from a red zone, require a negative PCR test result before arriving in Belgium. The test needs to be carried out at the earliest 72 hours before departure to Belgian territory. Only PCR tests for SARS CoV-2 with PCR approval are accepted. You will still need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form and quarantine. For full details on quarantine, self-isolation and testing visit the Belgian Coronavirus Information website. Scroll down to the Transport and International section.   
Find out your country’s colour code on Belgium’s Foreign Affairs’ website. Scroll down to the ‘Returning from’ section.

Do I have to fill out a Passenger Locator Form?

Yes, it is mandatory and you must submit it 48 hours before arrival in Belgium.

Where can I get more information on Belgium’s current COVID-19 measures?

Keep up-to-date with the current situation at the Covid-19 site of the Belgian government.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival in Belgium?

You need to submit a passenger locator 48 hours before arrival in Belgium. Your answers determine whether you need to self-quarantine and take a Covid-19 test. You will receive a text message alert. 

Note all travellers from red zones are required to quarantine and get tested. 

Non-Belgian residents travelling from a red zone, require a negative PCR test result before arriving in Belgium. The test needs to be carried out at the earliest 72 hours before departing for Belgium. You are still required to quarantine on arrival and must undergo a mandatory test on day seven of quarantine.

For full details on quarantine, self-isolation and testing, visit the Belgian Coronavirus Information website. Scroll down to the Transport and International section. 

Find out your country’s colour code on Belgium’s Foreign Affairs’ website. Scroll down to the ‘Returning from’ section.

General

Where can I get a Covid-19 test?

What is the current infection rate in Belgium?

Belgium is enjoying a sustained reduction in corona infections and its vaccination campaign is reportedly the fastest in Europe. We are expecting further relaxations of the safety measures on July 1 as long as the situation keeps improving.

Why was Belgium’s initial COVID-19 mortality rate high?

Belgium authorities chose a very transparent approach, counting both confirmed and suspected COVID-19 deaths in hospitals, care homes and at home. Belgium’s thorough reporting makes comparisons with other countries difficult. By including the additional and suspected cases, the Belgian authorities believe they can assess the current situation more accurately and respond effectively to the pandemic.

How is Belgian healthcare coping during the pandemic?

Our healthcare is one of the best in the world. Infection rates have been decreasing for some time now, significantly reducing the pressure on our hospitals. The Belgian vaccination campaign is reportedly the fastest in Europe.

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