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What will our Master Programme look like next academic year?

The Coronavirus situation has affected us all and will keep having an impact on the coming academic year. This is a difficult period for universities and schools, but even more for students. That’s why we as a joint master programme want to have a clear plan for students who are starting their journey in photonics.

Since we are a programme taught at two universities, we have to abide by the regulations of both sides. That gives us the advantage of combining the best of two worlds and making your start as easy as possible.

At this stage, we cannot foresee when travel and mobility restrictions will be lifted. However, rest assured that we are continuously working to find and to implement solutions for international students who may not be able to attend classes on campus as of the first week of the academic year in September 2020. We understand that this may be due to travel restrictions, embassy closures or visa delays, or sanitary and safety reasons.

Our primary goal is to open for the autumn term 2020-2021 for full-degree and mobility students. This might cause changes to the teaching and student environment due to required compliance with sanitary guidelines and social distancing on campus. For international students who are not able to travel to Belgium in September, we will offer online teaching and blended learning to ensure optimal study experience and to avoid disruptions in their study programme. Faculty and teaching staff will offer full support. In addition, and for those courses where this is found relevant and implementable (e.g. laboratory-based courses), peer guidance by fellow students that will be on campus will be available to those who will start with studying remotely.

The safety of our community is of key importance, and we hope that by offering this flexible approach we will be able to offer all students an excellent study experience at our universities for the year to come. We will keep updating you on the progress of our efforts and policies, and we remain available to answer any further questions or concerns at short notice.

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