Specific regulations for internships due to corona measures

Specific regulations for internships that are NOT subject to professional regulations:

For students who have already completed a (large) part of the internship, there are the following possibilities:

Option 1

The internship is considered sufficient with respect to the study programme competences (learning outcomes at the level of the study programme). The students finish their internship report on the basis of the internship experience gained so far. No catch-up internships or replacement assignments are provided.

Option 2

The internship is considered insufficient with respect to the study programme competences (learning outcomes at the level of the study programme) and an additional alternative distance learning assignment is provided. There does not have to be a one-to-one relationship (i.e. number of hours, number of assignments, number of evaluation moments, form of the activities,...) between the originally planned internship activities and the alternative remote-internship assignments. For this purpose, it is possible to deviate from what is stated in the course specifications of the internship course. This is regarded as force majeure and does not affect the validity of evaluations of the course unit in question. Clearly communicate these changes and how the final grading will be made via Ufora.

The internship assignments can be differentiated per student depending on how much internship experience the student has already gained (and consequently depending on the competencies already obtained).

For students who have not yet started their internship or only have a very limited internship experience, there are the following possibilities:

Option 1

Provide alternative internship assignments that maximally aim for the same competences. There does not have to be a one-to-one relationship (i.e. number of hours, number of assignments, number of evaluation moments, form of the activities,...) between the originally planned internship activities and the alternative remote-internship assignments. For this purpose, it is possible to deviate from what is stated in the course specifications of the internship course. This is regarded as force majeure and does not affect the validity of evaluations of the course unit in question. Clearly communicate these changes and how the final grading will be made via Ufora.

This option 1 MUST be taken for:

  • all internships that have been taken up as elective courses. In this case, students can still replace the internship course in their curriculum by another elective course until 31 March 2020 at the latest. This can only be done at the student's request and cannot be imposed.
  • all internships that do not uniquely contribute to an educational competence.
  • all internships in the graduation year of a Master's programme (except in very exceptional cases and then only after approval by the director of education of the faculty).

Option 2

Only in exceptional situations where the internship is essential for the achievement of the study programme competences (learning outcomes at study programme level) can the internship be postponed to the next academic year. This is only possible after approval by the director of education of the faculty. Preferably, opportunities are then sought within existing course units or by making use of (part of) the elective courses. Clearly communicate this situation via Ufora.

Specific arrangements for internships within the framework of the educational Master's degree programmes

  • The study programme committee for the educational master's programmes has worked out specific guidelines that make maximum use of remote-internship assignments. These assignments replace the interuniversity agreements regarding the required number of internship hours.
  • Interuniversity agreements will still be made about the minimum requirements for students who have not yet started their internship.

Specific regulations for internships that ARE subject to professional regulations

  • Here, specific guidelines apply per study programme in which internships can be postponed to the next academic year.
  • In exceptional cases, study programmes can decide to obtain an internship experience in accordance with the needs of the professional field and the legal provisions for the professional title (healthcare sector).
  • The Flemish universities will develop a joint policy for these internships in which will be examined whether deviations from the Flemish, federal or European regulations can exceptionally be allowed.

General guidelines and tips and tricks for online assessment

  • For general guidelines, advice, digital tips and tools for evaluating in Corona times: click here