UPDATE (20/9/2021)

Attention: the FAQs are regularly updated. If you have any doubts about something, read them again.

FOR EVERYONE ON CAMPUS

How does the 2021-22 academic year start?

We start the new academic year in code green. We return to the situation as we knew it before the Covid19 pandemic. This means:

  • That there is no longer any limitation on the capacity of the rooms.
  • We return to the original distances between the seats in the classrooms and meeting rooms and all other rooms.
  • There are no more circulation measures or measures to prevent crowding.
  • All facilities on campus are open again.
  • LUCA puts extra effort into ventilation. In addition, we provide CO2 meters that can be loaned out, which can be lent by staff members via the lending services or receptions.
  • Currently, only wearing a mouth mask applies when walking around the campus. Changes to the rules will be decided later.
  • Hand gel that was available at entrances and busy places will be kept.
  • Events are possible again. The conditions will be determined in the following weeks.

Be careful if you study or work on one of the Brussels campuses!

Due to the lower vaccination coverage in the Brussels region, some specific measures still apply in Brussels:

  • You must always wear the mouth mask unless the social distance of 1.5 m and sufficient ventilation is guaranteed.
  • In the cafeterias, a maximum of 8 people may sit at the same table.
  • Contact tracing is preserved

What if the government changes the rules?

We will of course apply them. We closely monitor the decisions of the government and we examine what that means for us. We always communicate about this as soon as possible.

Read more in the FAQ's


Do I still have to wear a face mask on campus?

Within the buildings of your campus, you always wear a mouth mask. But there are exceptions. Once you are in your seat in your classroom, the library, the cafeteria, your meeting room, ... you can take off your mouth mask. Of course, provided there is sufficient distance between you and other attendees.

If you study or work on one of the campuses in Brussels, you always wear your mouth mask, even outside when it is crowded. You can only take off your mouth mask in a few specific situations: when the social distance of 1,5 m can be respected, sufficient ventilation is guaranteed in the room, the teacher allows this (in workshops for example), during lunch...

Do I have to continue to respect social distance?
The obligation of social distancing of 1.5 m remains mandatory only on the Brussels campuses. This is as long as the situation in Brussels does not improve significantly.
This obligation no longer applies on the campuses in Genk, Ghent and Leuven.

Should I continue to follow hand hygiene?
We recommend that you wash and disinfect your hands regularly. That is why LUCA makes hand gel available at the entrances of the campuses and in places where many people come together.

How do we use the cafeterias?
The cafeterias can be used again for all campuses. Please note: in Brussels, there is a limitation of 8 people per table. On all other campuses, the number of seats per table is unlimited and the social distance must not be respected.

Will the sector protocols continue to apply to practical lessons and events?
We do not follow the sector protocols of the culture sector for practical lessons, nor events.
Can we organize events on campus again?
Yes, that's possible. There are currently no special measures for events with less than 200 people. The Covid Safe Ticket is mandatory for activities with more than 200 people.
If you organize an activity in Brussels, the imposed social distance and the mouth mask obligation apply. More info

Are you infected or ill?

If you show symptoms of a corona infection, stay at home. Contact your doctor. If you test positive, you must follow the guidelines regarding quarantine and/or COVID testing (these differ depending on your vaccination status). In case of a positive test, report this to LUCA. LUCA doe not organize active contact tracing in Flanders. The reports of contamination are registered and followed up. If necessary, we take appropriate measures. It is important that in the event of an infection you pass on the names of any close contacts on campus to Flemish Contact Tracing.

Report this as soon as possible via the links below:

For students: https://associatie.kuleuven.be/diensten/informatie/corona/luca
For staff: the Idewe notification form. Please enter the following information on this webform: Customer: LUCA School of Arts with KBO number 0456.758.944; Email: vgm@luca-arts.be


Where can I borrow a CO2 meter?

To monitor the air quality, LUCA makes several mobile CO2 meters available on each campus. Staff members can borrow these from the lending services or the reception of their campus.

Why do you need to ventilate and ventilate sufficiently?

Providing fresh air is an efficient way to reduce the risk of contagion from an infectious disease. The air currents prevent micro-droplets from spreading and staying in the air. Fresh air is necessary, even without the risk of contamination, to keep the indoor air healthy and thus to maintain optimal teaching comfort for students and staff.

Know that a CO2 measurement is a surrogate measurement that, if performed correctly, is primarily a measure of air exchange and not the number of microdroplets.

Which action do I take with which colour?

  • Green: the ventilation and air exchange are sufficient. Provide ventilation to maintain this.
  • Yellow: additional ventilation is recommended, leave windows and/or doors at least slightly ajar, preferably if possible (diagonally) opposite each other.
  • Red: maximum ventilation is necessary to return to at least level yellow as quickly as possible. If you do not achieve this, despite maximum ventilation, you inform the campus manager.

It is always advisable to ventilate in good time, before the start of the lesson, to remain in optimal conditions (green), so that more drastic actions with a possible negative influence on the course of the lesson are not necessary. We also recommend that, if a break is taken, ventilate the room as much as possible by, for example, opening windows and doors.

FOR STUDENTS

Impact deferred 2021 graduation dates for admission applications

Covid-19 has largely disturbed the final exams and evaluation periods of schools and universities all over the world. We understand this also may influence your initial graduation date or delay the expected issuing date of your high school or university diploma/Transcript of records.  Every case will be evaluated individually and with a flexible approach to a certain extent.

English language tests in 2021 for admission applications

Same with many suspended on-site English language tests. At-home testing and other alternative testing methods offered by the recognized centres during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be accepted for the 2021-2022 intake. Besides the usual English language tests, we will also accept online alternatives that are currently offered by TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator. Also, the ACT Test is accepted as an alternative.

Late or delayed arrival into the 2021-2022 academic year

The LUCA Educational Board has decided on July 5th 2021 that international students who cannot make it in time to Belgium due to visa issuing delays or travel restrictions for high-risk countries can physically join the programme by November 3th 2021 at the latest. Before this date programmes will do their utmost to provide streaming/recording of courses or offer blended/online learning and teaching to a certain extend.  Depending on the epidemical situation in the course of August and September the degree programmes will try to anticipate as much as possible to a switch from physical to blended/online mode when necessary. More information will be available in due course. If you still have questions, please contact the international coordinator at the campus where you are studying:  https://www.luca-arts.be/en/international-officers

Defer of your admission from 2021-2022 to the 2022-2023 academic year

Students who opt to defer their admissions to the 2022-2023 academic year due to Covid-19 circumstances have to take into account the following:

  • Students who have passed one of the mandatory artistic aptitude tests or master assessments and who were admitted to the 2021-2022 academic year are allowed to defer to 2021-2022 without passing the artistic aptitude test again. The test result is valid for two consecutive years: 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 as well, but its validity may expire if you change programme, graduation tracks or specialization. Please contact admissions@luca-arts.be for further inquiries.
  • If you decide to defer for the 2021-2022 academic year after payment of the tuition fee, please check the requirements in our cancelling and refund regulation for 2021-2022.

What if the government changes the rules?

We will of course apply them. We closely monitor the decisions of the government and we examine what that means for us. We always communicate about this as soon as possible.


    TRAVEL & VISA

    Travel - Current principles

    From EU countries and countries of the Schengen Area, all travel to Belgium can take place.

    From non-EU countries or countries outside the Schengen Area, only essential travel can take place. Students travelling to LUCA School of Arts from abroad are considered essential. Depending on vaccination status and country of origin, a prospective student will have to go into quarantine and undergo mandatory PCR testing. Since federal travel policies change frequently, it is recommended that you continue to monitor the relevant information about travels on the government websites to know if quarantine and testing are required in your case. The Passenger Locator Form must always be completed.

    However, a major exception to the principle of essential travel for study purposes are a number of non-EU/non-Schengen countries where a travel ban applies (see also: Check the government website for the most up-to-date list of countries where a travel ban applies.). These countries are classified as potentially ‘very high risk’ countries. Students from these countries are currently not permitted to travel to Belgium, unless they are already residents or have Belgian nationality. The principle of essential travel does not apply here. The government website shows the most up-to-date list of countries where a travel ban applies. The Belgian government has not yet announced how long the travel ban will be applied.

    We advise you to frequently consult the government website and the list of ‘high-risk countries’ before booking your travel tickets. We hope that travel conditions will normalize as soon as possible and we will monitor the governmental restrictions regularly. More information about travelling to Belgium via the Info-Coronavirus website

    The Belgian government issued a travel ban for several high-risk countries. Can I still travel to Belgium from these countries?

    The travel ban states that it is forbidden for people who have been on the territory of countries classified as very high risk at any time during the past 14 days to travel, either directly or indirectly, to Belgian territory. People having their main residency in Belgium or people holding Belgian nationality can still return to Belgium, but we expect this will be difficult due to a decreasing number of flights. In all other situations, it is not allowed to travel to Belgium for study or work purposes. If this travel ban applies to you, inform us asap.

    Check the government website for the most up-to-date list of countries where a travel ban applies.

    Visa

    Please take into account that travels between certain non-European ‘high risk’ countries and Belgium/ Schengen countries may not yet be possible or imposed further travel restrictions. The government website shows the most up-to-date list of countries where a travel ban applies. Visa activities may be temporarily suspended and will resume after an unlimited period. Also, the number of flights to Belgium may be limited.  Contact the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country to get the last visa application instructions, but also about their scheduled re-start of their activities: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/embassies_and_consulates.

    Visa and border regulations may always change at very short notice.  

    More information about visas: https://www.luca-arts.be/en/visa-and-residence-permits and https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travel_to_belgium/studying_in_belgium.

    Upon entry in Belgium, every student travelling from outside Belgium has to complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.


    QUARANTINE & SELF-ISOLATION

    How does the quarantine after arrival in Belgium work?

    The quarantine implies that you stay indoors for several days at the address you entered on the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. The number of days depends on your vaccination status and your country of origin. Check the government website for more information. Please go to this address as soon as possible after arriving in Belgium. During the quarantine, you can stay in your student room, guest house or permanent accommodation. During this period you should avoid contact with other people (i.e. keep a distance of 1.5 metres):

    • It is forbidden to be physically present at social and work-related activities or school activities.
    • Towels, bed linen and kitchen utensils must not be shared with housemates. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom and toilet. Make realistic agreements with your landlord and housemates.
    • It is not allowed to have guests over. 
    • Public transport should be avoided unless you cannot find a safer alternative to reach your location of self-isolation when arriving in Belgium. It is mandatory to wear a face mask at all times.
    • You must remain available to the health authorities throughout the entire period of self-isolation.
    • Only in the cases listed below can you deviate from this period of self-isolation. If you leave your place of residence in these cases, wearing a face mask is compulsory at all times:
      • medical care;
      • buying food and medicine if there is nobody who can help you with this;
      • arranging legal and financial matters; 
      • changing accommodation

    Can I change accommodation during the period of self-isolation?

    You are allowed to move to a different accommodation during the period of self-isolation, but you have to know beforehand at which location(s) you will reside for the whole 14-day-period. Once you’ve moved, you are expected to submit a new Passenger Locator Form. While moving, you still have to maintain physical distance from others and avoid contact as much as possible so you cannot ask friends to come and help you move.

    Where can I get tested on Covid 19?

    You'll find all the necessary information here and on the website of the Belgian Government.


    VACCINATION

    I come from a country other than Belgium. Where can I get vaccinated and do I need to do this?

    Yes, if you are not (fully) vaccinated upon arrival, we urge you to do so. Contact the International Office to ask for a ‘BIS – number which you need to present along with your passport at the vaccination centre or vaccination bus.

    You can get vaccinated in Brussels:

    You can get vaccinated in Ghent: https://stad.gent/nl/alles-over-corona-gent/vaccinatie-tegen-corona

    You can get vaccinated in Leuven: https://leuven.be/en/vaccinatie

    You can get vaccinated in Genk: https://www.genk.be/laatjevaccineren (click on "Get vaccinated - andere talent - other languages"

    Information on where to get vaccinated in another city than above (in Dutch)

    HYGIENE & HEALTH

    I feel sick after my arrival to Belgium, what should I do?

    If you are sick or you show mild symptoms of illness, please definitely stay at home. Under no circumstances will you come to campus. If you do come and you are diagnosed with a fever, cough, etc., you will be refused access to the campus.

    Where can I get tested on Covid 19?

    You'll find all the necessary information here and on the website of the Belgian Government.

    Free testing for incoming international students and staff

    You may need to get tested on day seven after arriving in Belgium. 

    Are you a student at KU Leuven, UCLL, Vlerick Business School or LUCA School of Arts and are you currently staying in Leuven? Then you can come to the KU Leuven test centre in Leuven, without a referral or CPT code.

    If you are not a student in Leuven and you need a test, contact a GP as soon as possible after your arrival to book a test. Information on how to book an appointment with a GP can be found on the healthcare webpages of StuVoLUCA.

    Do not go to the emergency department or one of the local test centres on your own initiative. Unless you have a CPC code, you always need a referral from a GP for a COVID-19 test.

    What is a self-test?
    A self-test is an antigen test. Antigen-tests measure the presence of certain proteins and should not be analyzed in a lab. They can be performed and read immediately, making the result available quickly (usually after 15 minutes). A self-test is less reliable than a PCR test. Therefore, it is essential to continue to respect all basic measures (distance, mouth mask, hand hygiene).

    Why test for Covid19?
    Self-tests are especially useful to know whether you can go to campus without risking others. They are not actually intended for you to ensure that you are not infected. So it makes no sense to test yourself if you telecommute every day.

    Are self-tests mandatory?
    The use of self-tests is always voluntary and can never be made compulsory by LUCA School of Arts..

    How do I use the self-test?
    You can watch an instructional video here.

    I test positive on the self-test. Is a PCR test still necessary?
    By using the offered self-tests, if a self-test is positive, you also agree to the following agreements:

    • You go into isolation immediately
    • You contact your doctor immediately for a PCR test. The result of the PCR test determines whether you are actually infected or not.

    How do I save the self-test?
    You can store the self-tests at room temperature and in a dark place, but never in the fridge or freezer.

    When is a self-test not useful?
    Self-tests are used to screen preventively. This means that you can only use the tests if you:

    • shows no symptoms
    • are not identified as high-risk contact.

    Self-tests are also not used when returning from a red zone or during a procedure for a suspected cluster infection. Individuals who have recently overcome a confirmed COVID-19 infection have produced antibodies against the virus and are considered sufficiently protected against a new infection for 90 days. In this case, having preventive testing also has little added value.

    For employees who have already been partially or fully vaccinated, the use of a self-test is less useful, but its use is not recommended.

    How do I get a self-test?
    The self-tests can be picked up at the reception after approval from the campus manager. This will be further specified with the campus managers.

    Information about health support, health insurance, student doctors and extra information about corona measures (self-isolation arrangements, Covid-19 testing,…): https://www.luca-arts.be/nl/student-support-services#heath_care_


    FOR LUCA STUDENTS GOING ABROAD

    Am I allowed to go abroad for my studies?

    Our travel policy allows travelling to countries within the EEA, the UK and Switzerland. An exception can be made for dark red coloured zones and areas with a high circulation of ‘variants of concern’, as indicated by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.  

    For all trips to countries outside the EEA, UK and Switzerland LUCA takes into account the travel policy of KU Leuven: https://www.kuleuven.be/global/travelpolicy/index . The Committee on Higher Risk Destinations provides a list of countries that is based on a number of criteria. The list is updated every two weeks and only includes destinations to which KU Leuven students or staff are travelling or intend to travel. If your destination is not on the list, LUCA will present your mobility request to the KU Leuven Committee on Higher-Risk Destinations for further risk analysis. It will decide based on the essential nature of the trip, the epidemiological situation in the country as well as the regulations in force and the general safety situation.

    This policy will apply until further notice, but will also evolve in tandem with the epidemiological situation across the world.

    Before your departure the colour of your destination will be regularly checked. If the zone of your destination turns dark-red before departure, a travel advice decision will be taken in compliance with the procedure described above.  If you stay in a zone that turns dark-red while being there, you will be contacted regularly by LUCA. We decide on a possible return to Belgium in consultation with you and the partner school.

    Do I need a certificate to travel freely within the EU?

    The Belgian authorities deliver a digital COVID certificate, that allows free travel within the EU as of July 1st 2021, based on

    • COVID vaccination records: each EU member chooses if and how long you should be fully vaccinated
    • A proof of past COVID infection, by a positive PCR test result: each EU member chooses how long this is valid
    • A negative COVID PCR test result: each EU member chooses how recent this should be

    You can request your certificate online or by phone.

    Keep in mind that each state can apply additional measures. Please find specific regulations per EU member state at Reopen Europe.

    Note that the KU Leuven/LUCA travel policy still stipulates that study- or work-related travel to dark red EU-regions or regions with a high circulation of ‘variants of concern’ is not allowed regardless of whether you have a COVID certificate or not.

    Testing at your own request and expense (LUCA students going abroad)

    Are you travelling to a country that requires a negative test result? Please check the following procedure on the FAQ of KU Leuven.



     

    FOR STAFF

    Can I go on a business trip for LUCA School of Arts?
    As a staff member to individually go on a study trip and participate in conferences, events, workshops, etc. is possible. The same travel policy as for students are being applied. 

    In the run-up to your business trip, we check the colour of the region to which you wish to travel. Note that the KU Leuven travel policy still stipulates that work-related travel to dark red EU regions or regions with a high circulation of ‘variants of concern’ is not allowed regardless of whether you have a COVID certificate or not.

    Before your departure, the colour of your destination will be checked. If the country or zone of your destination abroad turns red before departure, a travel advice decision will be taken in compliance with the following procedure (Sharepoint).

    If the trip can continue, please don’t forget to register in the LUCA travel log to be in order with the travel insurance policy of LUCA: https://sharepoint.luca-arts.be/Verzekeringen/SitePages/Reisregister.aspx .

    What if I am not fully vaccinated before I travel abroad?

    Most of the COVID-19 vaccines that are used in our country offer the best protection after two doses. If you have received only one dose before your departure, it might be possible to return to Belgium for your second dose, depending on your destination. If this is not an option, because of your location or other practical problems, you should contact your host institution to work out what the possibilities are for local vaccination. Many countries will also vaccinate incoming students, and in some countries, universities will vaccinate their students themselves. In any case, we strongly recommend accepting the first dose of a vaccine, since this already offers significant protection. If you’re travelling abroad for a longer stay, it is worth considering delaying your leave until you are fully vaccinated.

    You will find more information about the vaccination of Belgians abroad on this government website.

    Is incoming personnel mobility of guest speakers, guest lecturers, ... possible?
    Incoming staff mobility for educational activities is possible. In most cases, a Public Health Passenger Locator Form needs to be completed within 48 hours before arrival in Belgium.

    Testing and quarantine measures are dependent on your vaccination status and country of origin. Since Belgian travel policies change frequently, it is recommended that you continue to monitor the relevant information on the government websites. LUCA asks incoming staff to follow these measures carefully and not to expose your colleagues or fellow students to unnecessary risk of infection.


    Do you have any questions about the impact of the virus on your education? Send an email to info@luca-arts.be

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