ABOUT THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 - 2021
Summer recess July/August 2020
Most of our campuses and our central administration are in summer recess as from Monday 13 July 2020 until August 3rd or 10th 2020 (depending on its location). Questions sent to our administrative mailboxes will be replied to after our summer break.
Welcome days September 2020
Our academic year will kick off mid-September 2020. Several activities are planned:
- The Welcome Day for exchange students,
- The English Cultural Module / Made in Belgium Orientation Modules for exchange students
- The Welcome activities for new students in the Bachelor and Master programmes
- The presentation of the LUCA Student Services (Stuvo) for International Students
These activities for international degree students and international exchange students will be announced in due course. Please regularly check our website’s home page in Dutch and in English for updates or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (exchange students) or email@example.com (international diploma students).
However, as we continuously have to adapt to governmental guidelines to guarantee your safety and well-being on campus, we might always have to switch to more stringent measures if required.
Besides the physical distance it is crucial to practise good hygiene. This is a shared responsibility for all staff members and facility services. Strictly apply the rules for hand hygiene:
- Immediately wash your hands when you arrive in your building and regularly wash them throughout the day.
- Use hand sanitiser right before operating equipment that is used by different colleagues.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using any kitchen supplies (coffee maker, plates and cutlery…).
ADMISSIONS AND ENROLMENT
Suspended graduation dates
Covid-19 has largely disturbed the final exams and evaluation periods of school and universities. We understand this also may influence your initial graduation date or delay the expected issuing date of your high school or university diploma or transcript of records. Every case will be evaluated individually with a flexible approach to a certain extent.
English language tests
We adopt a similar policy for the English language tests. 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, ACT Test is accepted as alternative.
Late or delayed arrival into the 2020-2021 academic year
Students who cannot make it to Belgium in time due to visa issuing delays or travel restrictions can join the programme at the latest by November 15th at the latest (final date of enrolment).
Defer of admission to the 2021-2022 academic year
Students who opt to defer their admissions to the 2021-2022 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 2020-2021 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: 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. However, due to administrative reasons it may be required to re-enrol in the application tool again once the 2021-2022 intake is open. Please contact Inschrijvingen@luca-arts.be as of February 1st 2021 for further inquiries.
If you decide to defer for the 2020-2021 academic year after payment of the tuition fee, please check the requirements in our cancelling and refund regulation for 2020-2021.
VISA, TRAVEL & ARRIVAL
All visa applications for Belgium were suspended since March 2020. Since July 1, 2020 Members States of the European Union started to re-open their external borders to travellers from 14 different countries: namely Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and to travellers from China on condition of reciprocity. In the initial stage, Belgium will not differentiate between the 14 above-mentioned countries and the other countries. In addition, the list of travellers with an essential function or need who are allowed to travel despite the restrictions has been broadened to 3 categories which includes also third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
Some of the Belgian Embassies, Consulates and outsourcing partners for visa application are gradually re-starting visa activities, but important will be that they have to be operational again. However, take into account that travels between certain non-European countries and Belgium/ Schengen countries may not yet possible or imposed to further travel restrictions. Visa and border regulations may change at very short notice.
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 in case the Embassy or Consulate is still closed or still a partially operating mode.
Entry and arrival requirements
Students from EU, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway: since June 15 cross-border mobility is possible between the countries of the European Economic Area, however not all travels to Belgium or from Belgium to other EU/Schengen countries are possible (or only possible after quarantine, testing or other conditions. More information: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en
Students from non-EU countries: Travellers from third countries must in many cases take into account the current sanitary measures in Belgium, including a 14-day quarantine and testing. On the other hand, these travellers will have to fill in a document before they board. This document, once completed, will be considered a condition for entry. More information: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en
More information about visa and entry requirements
- Addresses of Belgian Embassies & Consulates Abroad
- Immigration office: updates about travels to Belgium
- Immigration office: updates on re-start of visa activities for non-EU citizens
- Immigration office: information about visa application long-stay for studies
- Federal Public Services Foreign Affairs of Belgium
HEALTH & SAFETY IN BELGIUM
Where to obtain more information about COVID-19 in Belgium?
- Belgian Info-Corona Virus website, Federal Public Service Public Health
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (epidemiological information for Europe)
- Institute for Tropical Medicine (general information for travellers)
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs (travel advice)
- Sciensano (guidelines from the Belgian government for handling people suspected of being infected with SARS-CoV-2)