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Last updated: 20 March, 15:00

Following an appeal by the Dutch Government to limit the impact of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19, Design Academy Eindhoven is closed up to and including 6 April 2020.

Our paramount concern is the safety and well being of our community and the communities that surround us in The Netherlands. We also do not want to add unnecessary pressure to our health care system.

For a full statement about the closure and more information on our strategy around COVID-19, please check your email and the DAE website news section.

We strive to ensure that all information conveyed via e-mail and the DAE website is correct. However, we cannot guarantee that this information is always error-free, complete and up-to-date, as this rapidly changing scenario unfolds.

If you have any questions that are not answered below, please contact your department head or coordinator.


What is the guidance from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science?

"No more teaching activities at colleges and universities within The Netherlands". This means no teaching on location and no exams from now until 6 April 2020. Internships are allowed, but must be assessed per situation on environmental factors.

What is Design Academy Eindhoven basing its decision-making on?

The national protocol of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Who can I contact if I need help?

Students: coordinator of the department or Olga Pullens (Dean) (+31 6 44594717).

Tutors: coordinator of the department or Emke Molnar (HR) (+31 6 83372689).

Staff, head or coordinator: your supervisor or Emke Molnar (HR) (+31 6 83372689).

Why have we decided to close DAE?
• Fighting the coronavirus is the responsibility of everyone in our society.
• The Dutch government has asked universities and colleges to take the initiative and close to help control the spread of the virus.
• More than 70% of DAE’s community is international and many of our teachers and students regularly travel between countries.
• DAE also works in open-structured class floors of more than 100 people, and the government has advised against gatherings of this number.

DAE is closed to all students and staff.  

How is DAE managing the evolving policies around COVID-19?

We support working from home for staff and students. We have also formed a Risk Management Team that meets virtually every day to assess the situation. A team of employees work with the heads and coordinators of the various departments to examine possible future scenarios. We are trying to keep students and staff as informed as possible, with regular updates on our website and email updates that will be sent out every Thursday, or more often if required.

Where can I find the latest COVID-19 updates from DAE?

You can find them all on this website. We publish new announcements as we implement each new measure from the RIVM and the Ministry of Education. Previous announcements can also be read there. So far, there have been three updates.

We also publish weekly updates in English on our website and send personal emails to the different groups within DAE with relevant information.

How many students and staff does DAE have?
Just over 700 students (80% bachelors, 20% masters) and almost 250 employees, including many freelancers with small contracts in education and support staff. More than 50 different countries are represented within our community. Most of our staff live in The Netherlands, but some travel in from other countries. A lot of our faculty, students and staff also work internationally.

Who are the communities that we are concerned for?
We are proud to be part of the city of Eindhoven and feel a strong responsibility to its inhabitants – particularly those who are more vulnerable to the virus, including those suffering from pre-existing conditions.


What is happening to my course?
DAE's applied educational programme includes various craft workshops and involves students and tutors working side by side, which cannot be replicated with online lectures. However, we are working on as many as possible elements of our teaching to continue virtually. 

Due to the individual character of guidance within the MA programmes, the education of Master’s students will proceed online, including end-of-term finals for the current trimester. Remote-teaching and assessment options for the BA curriculum will be explored and developed over the next week.

Will there be any classes at DAE?

No, not until after 6 April 2020 at the earliest.

Are the workshops open? Can you make any exceptions?

No, the whole Academy is closed and this includes all of the workshops.

What if I couldn’t pick up my belongings before the Academy closed?
At the moment you are not allowed to pick up your stuff. If you have any urgent concerns about this, contact one of the people named in the General Questions section. None of your things will be moved. The Academy will be closed, so nobody can come in without prior arrangement. The Academy will be cleaned but no belongings will be thrown away.

I’m not from The Netherlands – is it safe to travel home via bus or aeroplane? Will I be able to get back fast enough for assessments or tutorials if the situation changes?
Wherever you are, we expect you to be available online to continue your education.

If you want to travel anywhere outside of The Netherlands, it is important to remember that this is a rapidly evolving situation in a growing number of countries, with new rules being announced every day. The EU’s external borders are now closed to most people who are not citizens or residents, meaning they cannot re-enter if they leave.

Please check the latest updates on the measurements taken in your home country before making a decision:

We are following the travel advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so please keep a close eye on these as they change frequently. You can find them here:

Does the closure of the EU’s borders mean I can no longer travel home?
The heads of the EU decided on 17 March 2020 to close the EU’s external border to most non-EU residents. Some individual countries – such as France, Poland and the Czech Republic – have also closed their borders to citizens from other EU countries. The borders with Belgium and Germany remain open for the time being.

It is still possible for most people to travel to their home country if they wish to. We advise you to contact your embassy if you have any concerns. You can find a list of international embassies in The Netherlands here

Wherever you are, we expect you to be available online to continue your education. 

What do I do if I’m in a country with a coronavirus outbreak and not allowed to leave?

Please contact your embassy. If you are in your country of origin and there are contaminations there, please follow local advice.

What do I do if I have no doctor in The Netherlands?
If you are unfamiliar with the Dutch healthcare system, we would like to draw your attention to the healthcare insurance. Take advantage of it. If you need help, you can report to SGE at Strijp-T:

If my home country and the EU close their borders, I might not be able to participate in classes for a long time. Will there be a way I can complete the academic year?
Go home if you can. DAE will solve any problems that may arise if you cannot return.

I am organizing/going on a study or business trip to a country with current coronavirus cases. Is that still allowed?

No, it is not allowed. All trips are suspended except for students who want to go home.

I’m a Dutch citizen and would like to travel abroad. Is this allowed?
The latest advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is that Dutch citizens should only travel abroad if strictly necessary. All countries are currently on at least a code orange advisory level due to risk to the public. Holidays abroad are not recommended.

Is it likely that DAE will stay closed beyond 6 April?
We can’t answer this question yet. Please take into account that this crisis will probably not be over on 6 April 2020. We will inform students and staff in the event of policy changes as soon as they happen via the website and by e-mail. If you have any further questions that are not answered here you can get in touch with the key contact people mentioned above in the General Questions section. 

What does the closure of the Academy mean for my study progress?

Virtual teaching is already being developed. The department heads, coordinators, staff and the DAE Executive Board are working together to work out an appropriate and supportive solution for assessments – including finals and end-of-trimester evaluations – and for our ongoing program. We will update you as soon as we have more information. Please keep a close eye on your emails and the DAE website.

Do I need to send in work to my tutors? How will I receive feedback? Will this be initiated by individual students or by teachers?
• 1st years – no, all education is still on hold.
• BA years 2,3,4 – remote-teaching and assessment options for the BA curriculum will be explored and developed over the next week. Your department will inform you on how they are going to proceed. If you have any questions, please contact your coordinator.
• MA – due to the individual character of guidance within the MA programmes, the education of Master’s students will proceed online, including end-of-term finals for the current trimester. If you have any questions, please contact your coordinator.

When will the evaluation for first year BA students take place?

This has been temporarily postponed and we will update you as soon as we are able to reschedule.

How can teachers evaluate me when they didn’t see the last parts of my process and final work?

You will be updated on this as soon as we have more information. For now all 1st year education is on hold.

I am a 1st year student and worried that I will not pass my trimester as I already failed my first. What can I do?

Your worries are understandable. We are currently working on the answers to this question and will make sure to have an appropriate solution for you.

What should I do if I have borrowed books from the library?

Please give your books to another student who can return them once the school reopens. Send an email to Evi ( with the title of each book and the name of the student who now has it.


Do I need to work from home?

All employees are expected to work from home up to April 6 where possible. Please continue to do so in consultation with your manager and make maximum use of virtual tools such as remote desktop and Skype.

What if I don’t feel well?

Employees with minor complaints are asked to continue to work from home as much as possible. If you are too unwell to work, please use the regular procedure to report yourself as sick.

People are sick in my home environment. They are not tested. What should I do?

Please read the RIVM guidelines and talk to your manager to alert them to the situation.

Are the workshops open?
No, the workshops are closed until 6 April. Workshop employees have been asked to be flexible with their working hours when DAE opens again, to cope with high demand. For example, we may schedule some additional workshop opening times on Saturdays.

Is the Zbar open? Are there janitors around?
No, Zbar is closed and there are no janitors around.



Will the MA applications still take place?
Yes, we have new online deadlines on 01 April 2020 (23:59 CET) and on 22 April (23:59 CET). You can find more info here.

Will there be a Live Admissions process?
There won’t be a Live Admissions in Milan due to the postponement of Milan Design Week. It is also unlikely that we will host another Live Admissions in the upcoming months due to the Coronavirus.


Will there be any delay in knowing if I am accepted?

When will I know if I am accepted? 
Check our website here

Will the academic year start as normal?
Yes. Please take into account that this crisis will probably not be over on 6 April 2020. We will inform new students in the event of policy changes as soon as they happen via the website and by e-mail. If you have any further questions that are not answered here you can get in touch with

Published: 17-Mar-2020 10:36


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