Coronavirus update

Codarts is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus closely and will update this page if there are new developments to report. On 27 February 2020, the first patient was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands. Since then, more patients have been confirmed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The novel coronavirus had emerged earlier in several European countries and globally.

Latest update: 21-04-2020

There will be no teaching activities at one of the Codarts buildings until at least 20 May. Teaching will be offered online as much as possible. How these measures effect higher education will be discussed later this week. Until then, the following applies:

** Please check your Codarts email regularly for updates **

Can I study at one of the Codarts buildings?

All Codarts buildings are closed for students. As of 16 March until at least the 20st May, it is not possible to practice at Kruisplein, WMDC or Fenix I. This difficult decision has far-reaching consequences, but is necessary for the safety of our students, teachers and staff. 
Our main building Kruisplein will be open from Monday till Thursday from 09.00 till 16.00 hours for teachers to prepare their online lessons and for staff to support the education departments.

Is it still possible to do an audition at Codarts?

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus Codarts decided to reschedule the auditions or offer an online audition. The dance auditions in Zagreb, Barcelona and Bordeaux are cancelled. If you have any questions about the auditions please contact our Administrative Service Centre via

I have a question about my tuition fee, DUO or my insurance.

Click here to view the frequently asked questions about your insurance, DUO and the tuition fee during this time

What is the Codarts policy for travelling?

Codarts has asked all students and teachers on study-related trips to return to the Netherlands as soon as possible because of the travel restrictions. They are in contact with the International Office.

Can I still get a Binding Study Advice (BSA)?

The Binding Study Advice is suspended for one year. This means that you will have until 31 August 2021 to meet the BSA requirement(s).

What is the procedure regarding the exams?

In consultation with the Executive Board and the Exam committee we are working on developing guidelines for exams. Your department is doing all it can to ensure that the assessments are designed in a way that they meet the quality requirements/guidelines, you will receive further information as soon as possible. We are aware of the fact that many students will be faced with unique challenges in these difficult times. Therefore, we will do our utmost best to have it run smoothly and give you all the support needed.

I don’t have my instruments at home. Who do I contact?

Please contact the production department via

I am a student and want to know more about the online facilities of Codarts.

Click here for more information about our online facilities.

I am a teacher and want to know more about online education at Codarts.

Click here for more information about our online facilities.

Are there any tips on how to stay healthy during this period?

Yes, there are many tips on how to maintain a healthy mindset and lifestyle. Our mental coaches of the Student Life department Hanneke van der Wal and Marieke Donders give some tips:

Is Codarts offering any online lessons to stay in shape?

Yes, Codarts has special programs for students. They will be communicated by the department. Student Life also offers a special ‘Yoga at Home’ programme every Tuesday and Thursday by Martina Orlandi via the Codarts Instagram (@codartsrotterdam).

What measures apply in the Netherlands to prevent the coronavirus from spreading?

  • Stay at home if you have a runny nose or a cough, a sore throat or a fever. Avoid contact with others (social distancing). Only call your doctor if your symptoms worsen ( a fever above 38 degrees Celcius and difficulty breathing) and you need medical assistance.
  • People throughout the Netherlands are encouraged to work from home.
  • For vulnerable people (the elderly and those with weakened immune systems): avoid large gatherings and public transport. People, in general, are urged to limit visits to vulnerable persons.
  • Everyone in the Netherlands is asked to keep, as much as possible 1,5-meter distance from each other. Also when grocery shopping. 
  • For healthcare workers and staff in other vital sectors: much is being asked of you. You should stay at home only if you have symptoms, including a fever. If necessary, consult with your employer. Please do not travel abroad. Click here for a list of vital professions.
  • Universities and institutions of higher professional education (HBO) are requested to offer online lectures instead of large-scale lectures
  • Gatherings have been cancelled throughout the Netherlands until the 1st of September.
  • Schools and daycare facilities will close from Monday 16 March until Wednesday 20 May. This concerns schools in primary education, secondary education and secondary vocational education.
  • Teachers will organise remote learning for students who are at home.

What are the protective measures?

The most important measures people can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are straightforward. These measures apply to all viruses that can cause flu and colds. It is always important to follow up these basic measures:
– wash your hands with soap regularly
– cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
– use paper handkerchiefs (and throw it away immediately)
– do not shake hands and avoid physical contact
– keep 1,5- meter distance from each other

I don’t have a doctor in The Netherlands. Where can I go?

Codarts has a protocol for students and employees of Codarts with special contacts (see intranet). If you come to do your audition and symptoms of the coronavirus occur during your stay, you can contact the local Municipal Health Service (GGD) by telephone (Rotterdam-Rijnmond: +31 (0)10 433 98 97). Make sure to check your travel insurance before you leave. Codarts is not liable for any care costs incurred during your (prolonged) stay in the Netherlands.

What happens if someone is suspected of having the coronavirus in The Netherlands?

If someone reports (by telephone!) to a general practitioner with symptoms and the GP thinks that the patient may have the novel coronavirus, a protocol is put into action. The GP asks for a test at RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the Erasmus University Medical Center. Both laboratories start testing simultaneously. Meanwhile, the suspect patient is kept in isolation, either at home or at the hospital. That depends on the situation. If the test comes back positive, the patient remains in isolation and the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) carries out a so-called contact investigation. All people with whom the patient has been in contact during the infectious period must monitor their health during the incubation period. If they develop symptoms of the disease, they must report this to the GGD. The whole process then starts again from the beginning.

How is Codarts monitoring the latest developments?

The Executive Board has installed a special team to monitor the developments and update the communication, we will consider next steps if necessary. We monitor the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and are in contact with the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) and our other partners. 

I’m a performing artist and due to the measures have no income. Who can I turn to?

Financial support for freelancers in Rotterdam during the corona crisis:

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Kunstenbond makes an inventory of the economic damage as a result of the corona outbreak for freelancers within the art and culture sector.