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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maastricht University has implemented several measures in relation to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  See the UM website for more information. Here we address FPN specific information, based on the UM-wide measures and guidelines, including some frequently asked questions.







• Hybrid classrooms for the rest of the academic year “On campus, if you can. Online, if you need to” Read more >>
• Timetable shows you the meeting format. Meeting links can be found in Canvas.
• Exams online.

Full overview on Maastrichtuniversity.nl >>



● Regular attendance requirements apply for Academic Year 2020-2021.
● As usual, book your courses. A course booking always includes the exam right after the course.

We are aware that time zones can be an issue when providing online education. Switching tutorial groups is possible if your current timezone differs 2 or more hours from the Central European Time. More information >>

Because of COVID-19, several teaching methods will be used for the courses in the first and second period. The 'location' field or the title in the timetable shows what you can expect for a meeting: 

• 'First meeting online': This course has hybrid meetings, where some students can attend on campus and some join online. This first meeting of the course is fully online, in order to allocate the campus spots for the upcoming meetings in this course.
• 'Hybrid online/offline': This is a hybrid meeting. Five students can be present in the indicated UM room. The other students join this meeting online.
• 'Online': This meeting will be online only, not on campus. 
• No extra text, and the timetable shows a location: This meeting will be on campus for all students. Contact the course coordinator if you cannot or do not want to attend. He/she will arrange possible alternatives. 

The links for the online teaching meetings will be made available once the period starts. 

Under normal circumstances, changes to an already published timetable are rare. In order to navigate around what is possible and what is allowed in relation to the COVID-19 measures, we might have to add, reschedule or cancel meetings. Please check your timetable frequently.


What online tools are available? Can I use software [x]?

See the 'Online education at UM' >>  and IT-support >>

Zoom for students.

You can use the UM Zoom service to create your own meetings.
Go to zoom.us and sign up with  your UM email address (@student.maastrichtuniversity.nl) and a different password.

► GDPR approved.
► Better security settings in comparison with the "free" Zoom.
► UM Address book

SPSS: Use the IBM trial version or get a serial number via  Surfspot (2,75 euro).
Matlab: use Student Desktop Anywhere Client. (Not the browser version)
Brainvoyager: please contact your supervisor.
File exchange (large files): SURFDrive. Contact the ICTS-servicedesk to get an account.

Access to datashares (RDM): use UMdrive.  See also: Code of conduct UM drive.
Contact your supervisor if you need to share research data.


Will time differences be taken into account with online education?

We are aware that time zones can be an issue when providing online education. Switching tutorial groups is possible if your current timezone differs 2 or more hours from the Central European Time. More information >>


See Digital Exams for practical information. Exam inspection will be facilitated after the exams, although in an altered way.


Can I start with my FPN master for 20-21, even though I still need to obtain my FPN bachelor diploma?

It depends. See 'From BA to MA: graduation scenarios'.

I need to prove that I am about to graduate.

See our regular page about graduation documents.

I graduated, how do I get my diploma?

We can send the diploma by post see How to get your diploma by post.  For the time being, it is not possible to pick up your diploma. If you only need a digital copy, see the online DUO Diplomaregister , it offers an instant download.

Will the graduation ceremonies take place?

Yes. New dates: 14 and 15 May 2021. You are welcome, even if you already received your diploma. See Graduation Ceremony >>


Bachelor students





The limit on points obtained via online studies is abolished for 2020-2021.  You can participate in online studies as much as you like.
The reseach participation obligation remains unchanged. Tip: if you obtain 15 points in your first year, you will get a bonus of 5 points.



In short: The requirements for a positive BSA did not change in Academic Year 2019-2020. If you do not meet the Binding Study Advice, a postponement will be granted in academic year 2019-2020. If you are in your second year with a ‘retained’ advice (i.e. postponement of BSA), the study advisers will contact you. See the UM FAQ  for the full UM-wide policy on the Binding Study Advice (BSA).

Re-watch the webinar of 20 May 2020, which addresses study planning and the BSA. Our Academic Advisers also wrote an extensive document. It includes suggestions on what to do, depending on your situation, and several general tips on planning your study to optimise your chances of success. 

May 2020: Tips for your study planning and explanation of the temporary BSA procedure
Mei 2020: Tips voor je studieplanning en uitleg over de tijdelijke BSA procedure

New updates for academic year 2020-2021 will be communicated.


The Exam and Education Regulation allows for compensating one (1!) course, but some courses cannot be compensated.  For 'Psychodiagnostics' (PSY1234/IPN1234),  this exemption has been lifted. More information >>




What 2019-2020 courses changed to a 'pass/fail' evaluation for the exam?

Last academic year (2019-2020), the exams of the some courses were be temporary evaluated as either 'pass' or 'fail'.

Temporary: the 'pass/fail' evaluation only applies to any student who takes the exam or second exam ('resit') of the mentioned courses in the academic year 2019-2020. This means that the regular numerical grading for these courses is expected to return in the academic year 2020-2021, unless face-to-face examination is still not possible by then (February 2021). Any obtained 'pass' or 'fail'-results will not be transposed to a numerical value.

     IPN1025 Development / PSY1025 Ontwikkeling (P4)
     IPN1026 Perception /  PSY1026 Waarnemen (P4)
     IPN1027 Foundations and History of Psychology / PSY1027 Grondslagen en geschiedenis v.d. psych. (P5)
     IPN2025 Consciousness / PSY2025 Bewustzijn (P4)
     IPN3011 Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience / PSY3011 Meth. van Cognitieve Neurowetenschappen (P4)

     * 'Pass/fail' is already the evaluation type for IPN2026 Man & Machine / PSY2026 Mens & Machine .
        See Compensating results if you failed this course in a previous year.

What if my exam/resit result is a 'pass'?

A 'pass' means that you successfully completed the course. As with any completed courses, you cannot retake the exam.

What if my exam/resit result is a 'fail'?

A 'fail' means that you unsuccessfully completed the course. Your subsequent resit will be graded as 'pass/fail' if you take the resit this academic year.  If you take the resit next year, you can sign up for Repeat Education to prepare for the exam.

Will this change impact my GPA?

No. The GPA  is calculated from any courses that are evaluated on a ten-point scale. The mentioned courses are not part of that calculation as long as the evaluation is a 'pass' or a 'fail'. Regular numerical grading for the these courses is expected to return in the academic year 2020-2021, unless face-to-face examination is still not possible by then (February 2021).



See the UM FAQ 'outgoing exchange students' >>



See also: UM FAQ , under 'outgoing exchange students' >>


An internship abroad is only allowed on condition that
• the Dutch government’s travel advice classifies the destination green or yellow and
•your host institution confirms that it can physically facilitate the internship.

For details, see the UM COVID-19 website, our specific COVID-19 information and the general UM policy on study trips to risk areas.

10 August 2020

How likely is it that my fall 2020 exchange will run as planned?

We are, to our regret, receiving cancellations from partners on a weekly basis. It is hard to predict what your host university will decide: to run (either physically or online) or to suspend the fall 2020 exchange. We trust that our partners will ensure that any decisions are made and communicated as timely as possible. Whether you can actually go also depends on the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided through their website: www.minbuza.nl (Reizen en landen>reisadviezen). We would like to stress that there will need to be a significant improvement in the situation with COVID-19. At the moment, code orange (or red) still applies to all countries. We cannot predict when/for which countries the current travel advice will be adapted (from orange to yellow/green).

By when should I decide on going or cancelling my fall 2020 exchange?

The deadline for UM students to make a decision on going abroad is 1 July 2020, 12:00 hrs.

Inform the FPN/IRO (message through AskPsy) whether you wish to:
1) withdraw (and take electives at FPN/UM/another Dutch faculty)
2) proceed with your fall 2020 exchange (physically)
3) proceed with your fall 2020 exchange (online, if offered by the host university, provided you meet the FPN requirements, see FAQ).

The 1 July 2020 deadline gives you some time to carefully make a decision, and to see how the situation evolves. Please consider any financial, academic and personal (in terms of your wellbeing and health) consequences when making your decision. Do reach out if you need guidance in making a well-considered decision.
If you already informed us about your decision, no need to e-mail us again.

What happens if I decide to go and if my exchange is cancelled after 1 July after all (due to travel restrictions, or suspension by my host university)?

You can still register for electives at FPN/UM. Allocation after the registration deadline (2 July) will however be subject to availability.
Also be aware that considering the foreseen uncertainty due to COVID-19, costs for your exchange abroad (flight, housing, etc.) cannot be covered by UM. Please consider these (possible) consequences when making your decision.

My fall 2020 exchange hasn’t yet been suspended. Should I proceed with the preparations?

Please proceed with the application to your host university, and if required by your host university, apply for courses and the necessary visa applications by the stipulated deadline(s). It may be prudent to avoid making financial commitments (e.g. for flights, housing, insurance), until there is more certainty about your exchange semester. Contact the IRO if you need advice on how to proceed.

What are the alternatives if my exchange is cancelled?

1) Electives at FPN. See FPN 2020/2021 elective guide. Registration deadline: 2 July 2020, 13:00 hrs.
2) Courses/minor at another UM faculty. See FPN 2020/2021 elective guide and UM minor website. Registration deadline: 15 July 2020.
3) Courses/minor at another Dutch university. See FPN 2020/2021 elective guide.
3) Online exchange, if offered by your host university, provided that:
• You do the entire semester online (at least 24 ECTS);
• Your desired courses meet the FPN course requirements and have been/will be approved by the FPN Board of Examiners (the online course offer may be limited);
• You acknowledge that lectures, tutorials and exams may require real-time participation.

Also see the FPN 2020/2021 elective guide for the options for an external internship (PSY3379) or a research (MaRBLe) project in combination with electives.
Should there be other possible alternatives, we’ll inform you (at the latest by 1 July).

If my host university suspends physical exchange for fall 2020, would it be possible to participate in online exchange?

If your host university offers the option for an online exchange as a substitute for the fall 2020 exchange abroad, this will be accepted provided that:
• You do the entire semester online (at least 24 ECTS);
• Your desired courses meet the FPN course requirements and have been/will be approved by the FPN Board of Examiners (the online course offer may be limited);
• You acknowledge that lectures, tutorials and exams may require real-time participation.

What happens should a second outbreak of COVID-19 occur while I’m abroad?

You will be expected to follow the rules laid out by the Dutch government. UM’s principal source of information is the advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA), provided through their website: www.minbuza.nl >reisadviezen. In the event of a negative travel advice, code RED or ORANGE, UM students are not allowed to travel to/stay in the country/region concerned. Please refer to the UM guidelines for study trips to risk areas for UM students:
In case the color code has been changed from green/yellow to code orange/red, you must immediately contact the IRO and follow their instructions and, if possible, evacuate the country or region.
If it’s not possible to return home, please inform the IRO and get in touch with the embassy or consulate in your country of residence in order to find a solution.  

What are the (academic) consequences if I have to interrupt my fall 2020 exchange abroad?

• Should you have to interrupt your exchange due to an adjusted travel advice (or if you wish to return yourself due to the safety situation), we will do our utmost to avoid a study delay. First ask your host university whether you can finalize your courses and/or exams at a distance. Alternatively, depending on when you return, you can resume electives at FPN/another UM faculty in period 1, 2 or 3 (subject to availability) and/or do a practical internship as an elective (up to 6 ECTS). If these options are not possible or don’t add up to 24 ECTS, then you can submit a request to the FPN Board of Examiners to ask for an alternative way to obtain sufficient credits.

• In the wake of the (financial) impact of the COVID-19 outbreak (costs for repatriation, housing, etc.) UM requires all students going abroad to take out travel insurance. Without it, you are not eligible to receive any kind of compensation in case of calamities that force you to interrupt your exchange.

Can I still participate in Marble abroad?

If your fall 2020 exchange runs as scheduled (physically), your MaRBLe project abroad can be planned as usual (provided that you have been selected and supervision for your desired research project is found). In case your host university offers an online exchange, it will be very hard to set up a MaRBLe research project abroad. Discuss the feasibility of MaRBLe abroad with the MaRBLe coordinator and make sure to arrange a plan B.

When can I apply for a scholarship abroad?

Information about the 2020/2021 Erasmus/FPN/Holland Scholarship application procedure, and online application forms will be published once we receive news from the grant authorities (generally around June). Don’t be afraid to miss a scholarship deadline. You’ll be notified by email once the information is available. Also see finances and scholarships.
Considering the uncertain situation UM has decided to postpone the allocation of the Holland scholarships for non-EU exchanges until further notice.



For the admission to our Master programmes in September 2020, FPN follows the UM decision without FPN specific changes or additional requirements.

In short: Students can start a UM master's programme in September 2020 if they have obtained at least 80% of the ECTS from the final year of their bachelor's programme (for a 3-year bachelor’s programme, a maximum of 12 ECTS from year 3 may be missing; all ECTS from years 1 and 2 must have already been obtained).

See the entire UM policy in the UM FAQ, under "Due to the corona crisis, I may not be able to complete my bachelor’s on time. Can I still start in my master’s programme?".


Master students



Amended assessment criteria due to coronavirus

Due to measures in relation to the coronavirus, many research internship projects have been adapted in academic year 2019-2020. Because of this, we wrote an addendum to the assessment criteria for research internship and thesis. These addenda  provide the flexibility needed to successfully complete and assess these projects in light of this difficult year. These addendum will also be used in academic year 2020-2021 if applicable. 
Addendum to the assessment criteria for thesis  v001 of 08-06-2020
Addendum to the assessment criteria for research internship  v001 of 08-06-2020


Thesis alternatives for academic year 2020-2021

     PDF: More information on possible alternative scenarios >>

If your research internship project has to be changed due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can use five possible alternatives below to get you started. Please discuss with your first supervisor what fits best for your research field and project situation.

    ⦿ Theoretical thesis: Literature review OR Critical review of target papers.
    ⦿ Hybrid1: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus discussion of hypothetical outcomes.
    ⦿ Hybrid2: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus an analysis of old/existing data.
    ⦿ Hybrid3: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus Modeling data.
    ⦿ Internet-based empirical thesis about your (new) online research.

You might think of other solutions together with your first supervisor.

    Good to know
       • No new ERCPN (ethical board) approval is needed. Please do inform the Ethical Board and your internship supervisors by email if you change the data collection.
       • No new research proposal is needed, should you change the research.

The measures outlined above make it possible for master students to reduce study delay. 




Take note of the UM policies on internships abroad in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021!
See the UM COVID-19 website and the information on this page. 
Check whether you’re allowed to do an internship in the region concerned and take note of the potential impact of COVID-19 on an internship abroad (especially in an orange coded region). 
For questions on the UM internship abroad policy or practical matters related to an internship abroad (e.g. on scholarships, insurances, safety), see the IRO information pages or contact the IRO through AskPsy.

24 November 2020

There is still uncertainty in labs across the world, many will not receive guest students in Spring 2021. Advice is to talk to your home supervisor for possibilities.
All Master's students doing their research and/or clinical internship as of january 2021 (either in the Netherlands or abroad), you are asked to make an academic backup plan in consultation with your supervisors.

Contact your first supervisor if you experience problems with your internship.



Can I extend my research internship?

Extending your internship is always possible, but we do not advise it as you will have to re-register (extra tuition fees). The measures outlined above provide you with the opportunity to finish your research internship in academic year 2020-2021.


I cannot finish my clinical internship, but I need these hours in order to continue my education after the Master. Can I finish somehow?

Contact the clinical internship coordinator for options. 


Can I extend my clinical internship?

Extending your internship is always possible, but we do not advise it as you will have to re-register (extra tuition fees). 

I want to obtain the BAPD certificate, but I am uncertain if I can meet the requirements due to corona measures.

This issue will be addressed on a national level. Any updates will be announced and posted here.



The UM Executive Board has decided to allow internships abroad in the spring 2021 semester (starting January 2021), provided that the following conditions are met:
•    Within Europe: UM students are allowed to participate in internships within the EU, Erasmus+ Programme Countries and Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State, if the Dutch government has assigned the destination a color code green, yellow or orange travel advice.
•    Outside of Europe: UM students are allowed to participate in an internship programme outside of Europe, provided that the destination is included in the (regularly updated) EU Safe List.
•    Students are only allowed to travel to a code orange destination within Europe or a country in the EU Safe List if a substantial part of the internship will take place partly or physically at a location to be designated by the Internship Organisation. 
•    Internships in regions with a color code red are never allowed.
•    If your intended host country is not/no longer on the EU safe list, please notify the FPN International Relations Office through AskPsy. Exemptions for essential study components may exceptionally be granted by the Faculty Board on a case-by-basis if no alternatives are available.

Carefully also check the UM COVID-19 website  webpage whether you're allowed to do an internship abroad. 



If you are currently involved in an ongoing Research or Review Elective during the period of restrictions to limit the spreading of the Corona virus, then please provide the RM Electives coordinator with an update on the current status and progress of your elective project(s). Send your information via this link or prepare your own email message (to RM Electives coordinator Vincent van de Ven), which must contain the following information:

- Your name and student ID
- Elective details (supervisor, elective type & code)
- Current status and how corona virus restrictions affect progress of your elective

Also, discuss with your elective supervisor about how to proceed and finish the elective. He/she has been briefed on a number of alternative formats, such as possibilities to stick to a research elective or switching to a review elective. [Summary of the email of 8 April 2020, titled 'Effects Corona on Electives and Internships'.]



The possibility of initiating a research/lab elective after the summer holidays is uncertain. Be prepared to switch to a review elective should your research elective no longer be possible.  This is because all credits must be obtained before starting the internship period in November.   See full email >>


Incoming exchange students


See the UM FAQ 'Incoming exchange students'  for information. Contact the FPN international relations office (FPN-IRO-incoming@maastrichtuniversity.nl) if you have questions or experience difficulties.



Please see the UM COVID-19 web page and the UM FAQ 'Incoming exchange students' for updates. You will be informed by FPN IRO by email about any new developments should this impact your exchange semester. Contact the FPN international relations office (FPN-IRO-incoming@maastrichtuniversity.nl) if you have questions or concerns.



Email newsletters

FPN update 01, 13 March 2020, 09:22
FPN update 03 "Research", 16 March 2020, 16:03
FPN update 04 "Internships and Exchanges", 18 March 2020 13:15.
FPN update 05 (Staff only) "Buildings and conferencing", 20 March 2020
FPN update 06, 2 April 2020
FPN update 07  "Period 4 exams (BA), access to materials", 10 April 2020 10:37
FPN update 08 (Staff only) 10 April 2020
FPN update 09  "Research internship, FAQ pass/fail", 17 April 2020
FPN update 10, 24 April 2020
FPN Update 11 "Ba -> Ma, Flaky internet? Get prepared now. ", 1 May 2020
FPN update 12 'Video for BA students:, 8 May 2020
FPN update 'Next academic year: plan for periods 1 and 2", 19 June 2020


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