FAQ for MSc students
FAQ for MSc students
For General Questions, please refer to https://www.eur.nl/en/news-calendar/dossiers/corona
When do we need to return to campus?
There is no defined date until when the campus will remain closed for educational activities. Instructors are currently preparing to teach all classes in Block 4 and Block 5 completely online. We will keep you updated about any changes and please refer regularly to the EUR Corona dossier for updates on university developments: https://www.eur.nl/en/news-calendar/dossiers/corona
For information about exams and resits, please see below.
When will classes start again?
Block 4 classes will start in week 14 (week of 30 March). We are currently preparing to offer all classes online from that date. Online teaching will be offered in the remaining blocks 4 and 5.
Do we need to return to class or could we follow the classes digitally/online?
Instructors are preparing to teach all classes in Block 4 and Block 5 online, and it therefore may be possible to follow a course completely online for the remainder of the semester. We will update students on the development of our course offerings as those updates become available.
How do I follow courses online or collaborate with other students?
This page of the EUR website provides information for students on following courses online and on virtual collaboration.
Will the length of Blocks 4 and 5/courses change?
Yes, Blocks 4 and 5 will each be compressed by one week, such that each block is taught in five weeks as opposed to six.
Can I refer to the university timetables for online courses?
Currently the old schedules for Blocks 4 and 5 are still visible on timetables.eur.nl. We will remove these classes, but due to limited scheduler capacity, we won't be able to put new schedules for all online classes in Blocks 4 or 5 into the timetabling system. Instructors will publish all online meeting dates and times of their courses directly on Canvas.
Is the switch week for Block 5 still happening in the same days?
Yes, switch week for the electives is still taking place as announced in the Elective Registration page.
When will cancelled exams take place?
We’re working on solutions – stay connected.
When will Block 3 re-sits take place?
We’re working on solutions – stay connected.
When will exams and resits for Block 4 and Block 5 take place?
EUR is currently working on a solution for exams and resits. We will communicate those solutions in due time. For the coming Blocks 4 and 5, instructors may adjust the assessment methods and offer alternative evaluation options to the written exams, such as oral exams or final written assignments.
How will exam perusals take place?
We are currently working on the possibility of digital perusals. We will keep you updated.
Will final assessments change for courses?
It is possible that forms of assessment may change: currently examiners are free to adapt the assessment matrix of a course to a more appropriate assessment method given the current exceptional circumstances. For instance, if participation is part of the assessment matrix, this assessment method will rather have to be included within a course’s other testing methods such as assignments or written tests.
However, in all circumstances a course’s established ILO’s must still be assessed and at least 60% of the assessment must be individually tested.
Will the thesis deadlines be adjusted?
Thesis deadlines in principle remain the same, however they may be handled differently by each master programme. Please contact your thesis coordinator.
Will the thesis defence be in person or digitally/online?
Thesis defences via Skype (or other similar online platform with a video connection) will be permitted. Note that examiners must be able to see the student clearly and completely.
Given the exceptional situation, students DO NOT need to request permission from the Examination Board to perform the thesis defence digitally/online. Be aware that, in case of a digital/online defence examiners must be able to see the student clearly and completely.
How can I access databases (Eikon, Datastream, Bloomberg) now the Polak building is closed?
In the Polak building there are some databases where students can download data (Eikon, Datastream, Bloomberg), however the Polak building is currently closed due to the coronavirus. Even though the building is not accessible right now you can get your data by sending an email to the EDSC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In this case, someone can give you the required data from distance whenever possible. Make sure your data requests are as specific as possible, so do not write: "I would like to have M&A data from the UK" but instead write "I would like to have M&A data from the Thomson One Database. The deals need to from a UK acquirer and a target from anywhere in Europe. The deal should have taken place between 2010 and 2019 and the acquirer should own at least 50% + 1 share after the acquisition. Only include deals with a minimum deal value of 500 million euros. The variables I would like to have are as following; Total Assets before the deal of the acquired, Total Assets before the deal of the target, the industry codes for both acquirer and target, the deal value ..... etc "
Take into account that more students will ask for these requests, so it may take a while before you have a reply.
I am an incoming exchange student at the EUR. Should I return home?
It is uncertain when education at Erasmus University Rotterdam will go back to its original form. Given that it is unclear what the consequences will be when you travel back to your home country, our advice is: stay here. Faculties will communicate as soon as possible about the continuation of education. Please also check this EUR COVID-19 FAQ item for updated advice. Please also note that travel recommendations and restrictions between countries are changing at a rapid pace and these changes could also have bearing on whether you can or should return home. Please refer to this EUR FAQ item for updated advice on travel.
What if my home country and/or home university advises me to come back, should I do this?
If you are an incoming exchange student and your university and/or the government of your home country require you to return home, please contact your contact person at the faculty to discuss the possibilities. Please also check this EUR COVID-19 FAQ item for updated advice.
I am an out-going exchange student from the EUR. Should I return home?
Please refer to this EUR COVID-19 FAQ item on what to do as an out-going EUR student currently on exchange. Please also note that travel recommendations and restrictions between countries are changing at a rapid pace and these changes could also have bearing on whether you can or should return home. Please refer to this EUR FAQ item for updated advice on travel.
Do I still need to keep my Master Free Elective open?
No, the rule to leave the Master Free Elective open will be disregarded.
I dropped my Master Free Elective in block 3 already, what should I do?
If you have dropped your Master Free Elective in block 3, and you will not go on exchange you will have to complete a core course from a different MSc programme in block 1 or block 2 of the coming Academic Year. If this applies to you, either MSc Programme Management or the International Office will reach out to you with more information soon.
I dropped my Master Free elective in block 4 or block 5, what will happen?
We are going to check if you can be placed back to your initial assigned elective. If you cannot be placed back, you will receive a list with available courses from the International Office from which you can select the Master Free Elective.
My course has a team assignment. Are these still going forward?
Team assignments are still going forward, unless otherwise specified by the instructor, and students are still responsible for established deliverables. Please coordinate with your team members via Skype, Google Hangouts, or other online meeting tools.
Will I be able to graduate on time (before summer)?
All students will have the opportunity to earn the required credits in order to graduate within the regular study period of their programme. Whether you graduate on time of course depends on whether you pass all necessary exams and your thesis.
My home environment is not ideal for study. How should I handle this?
If you are facing difficulties with (continuing) your studies online due to the closure of the university, please reach out to the study advisors to discuss the situation. The study advisors can guide you and give you advice on how to proceed. You can find their contact information here.
What happens if I am unable to return to campus?
Instructors are currently preparing to teach all classes in Block 4 and Block 5 completely online. This will give the option to students to follow the courses and gain the required ECs without being present on campus. We will keep you updated about exams and resits.
I would like extra support (e.g. in the form of advice or counseling) from the university. Whom can I turn to?
Our Study advisors and EUR counselors are available to provide you the support you need. Although, due to the Coronavirus and EUR policy the student advisers' office is closed, as from Tuesday 17 March 2020 they are available via phone and mail.
You can use the email email@example.com for short questions. Consultation by telephone is possible on workdays between 09.30 and 11.30 AM. For telephone numbers and student advisers on duty see below.
- Monday: 0104081889 (student adviser Menno van der Hoorn) or 0104081221 (student adviser Iren Galama)
- Tuesday: 0104081889 (student adviser Menno van der Hoorn)
- Wednesday: 0104088898 (student adviser Eva Smeding) or 0104081221 (student adviser Iren Galama)
- Thursday: 0104081889 (student adviser Menno van der Hoorn)
- Friday: 0104088898 (student adviser Eva Smeding) or 0104081221 (student adviser Iren Galama)