The Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut are actively committed to avoid the spread of the newly detected Coronavirus. We have formed an internal task force that monitors the situation carefully. We are following GGD guidelines and we closely follow the recommendations of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) about the Coronavirus. The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and provides advice.
All measures announced are ordered to stay in place up until 28 April 2020.
Scroll down for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
All teaching activities on the location of the academy are cancelled as a precaution measure to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus. Students will be informed by the head of their department on possible alternative ways in which educational activities can take place in the meantime.
The workshops will remain closed for as long as the educational activities on the location of the academy are cancelled. The workshop staff will be available through e-mail to help students from a distance.
About visiting the Rietveld Academie buildings
Please note: only come to the academy if this is strictly necessary
The buildings of the Rietveld Academie are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 17:30h, but you should only come to the academy if strictly necessary; i.e. for students and teachers only if you need to pick up materials for instance.
Please keep your distance (not only at the academy but everywhere) of 1,5 meters to others, stay at home if you or your family have symptoms and don’t get together with more than 3 persons.
The buildings will be closed in the weekend and evenings. The cantina will be closed. If you want to visit the academy, you must first register at the reception (BC building). It is necessary to indicate the reason why you would like to be here. Students and staff are advised to check the Intranet for the important agreements for safe access to the buildings before coming to the academy.
All meetings and gatherings are cancelled until 1 June 2020. The Studium Generale / Uncut events cannot take place in their intended formats. The organisation of those events is thinking about alternative forms, which we will inform you about later on.
The outbreak of the coronavirus als affects the entrance examination procedure; applicants will be informed via email.
We hope to be together again with the whole community soon.
Frequently asked questions
last updated: 30 March 2020
Please keep your distance (not only at the academy but everywhere) of 1,5 meters to others, stay at home if you or your family have symptoms and don’t get together with more than 3 persons. You can find all relevant updates and/or other measurements that need to be taken on the intranet.
How will the Rietveld Academie inform me about changes in the guidelines?
We inform students and staff about major changes via the website, intranet and by email. We will contact you via your Rietveld mail address.
How to use your Rietveld mail address: Follow step 1, 2, 3 and a bit of 4 of this manual. If you have never accessed your Rietveld account before, contact the IT-helpdesk and make sure you have your student number ready: T 020 5711 606 or helpdesk[at]rietveldacademie.nl
What is the Rietveld Academie doing in the light of the corona crisis?
The Rietveld Academie has formed a crisis team that that closely monitors this evolving situation, and also develops different scenarios to be prepared for the future. It’s possible to reach the crisis team via infocoronavirus[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
What is the guideline that the Rietveld Academie follows?
The Rietveld Academie always follows the advice and guidelines of RIVM (The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the GGD (Municipal and Regional Health Services), the Ministery of Education (OCW) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Are the buildings of the Rietveld Academie open?
You should only come to the academy if this is strictly necessary; i.e. for students and teachers only if you need to pick up materials for instance and for staff only if your work cannot be done from home. The buildings of the Rietveld Academie are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 17:30h.
The buildings will be closed in the weekend and evenings. The cantina will be closed. Should you need to visit the academy, you must first register at the reception (BC building). It is necessary to indicate the reason why you would like to be here.
The workshops will remain closed for as long as the educational activities on the location of the academy are cancelled. The workshop staff will be available through e-mail to help students from a distance, you can find their contact details on the intranet.
Please contact the head of your department with your questions regarding the consequences of the cancelling of educational activities at the academy buildings for your studies.
What are the plans for the Graduation Show?
We are working with the departments on a realistic scenario and a way to get the most out of this complex situation. Given this complexity it takes some time. We expect to be able to give more information later on. Graduating students will be informed through e-mail.
Are there any possibilities for financial support?
We are aware that many of our students face acute financial problems, as they might no longer have income from part-time jobs. At the moment we are looking for possibilities from the academy to help students with this. We will keep you informed as soon as we can.
Students from the EER can contact DUO to get help.
If you have problems with paying tuition fee instalments, you can send a request to finance[at]rietveldacademie.nl to come to a suitable arrangement.
Students from outside the EER and students that encounter financial problems that affect you personally, please contact the student counsellor: mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
We follow national legislation and agreements on tuition fees within Dutch higher education. Of course we are dependent on the ministry's decisions on these and other topics. You might want to lobby on this topic with the national student union.
Where can I find more information about online collaboration / working from home?
Some options to work or teach from home are to work in Teams and set up a Video-Meeting. All instructions can be found on the intranet. Should you encounter technical problem, please contact helpdesk[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
Where can I find reliable English information on the coronavirus and measures taken in the Netherlands?
Official information in English can be found here:
WHO (World Health Organisation)
Ministry of Education (OCW)
NOS in English, a Facebook group that translates Dutch news items into English
Who can I address at the academy with questions or concerns?
If you have any practical questions regarding the taken measures, please e-mail: infocoronavirus[at]rietveldacademie.nl
Should you encounter personal problems, you can contact the student counsellor: mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl