Circumstances beyond your control

Applications for study delay in 2021-2022

Were you delayed in your studies in 2021-2022 due to circumstances beyond your control? You can submit an application for graduation support via OSIRIS Cases from mid-September 2022 onwards. Keep an eye on the final application deadline of 31 January 2023. The information on this webpage will be updated in July and August 2022.

In certain cases, Utrecht University can provide compensation to (international) students who have fallen schedule in their studies, due to circumstances beyond their control.

We refer to this compensation as graduation support.

If you are a Dutch student, please find the information on graduation support (Afstudeersteun) on www.uu.nl/studenten/afstudeersteun, as different rules and regulations apply.

Graduation support for study delay as a result of COVID-19 measures?

The Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) does not allow universities to offer graduation support for study delay as a result of COVID-19 measures by the government. For example: a laboratory where you were doing research, was closed, or no (alternative) education could be offered.

On our page Financial matters and housing you can find an overview of other important financial matters and regulations from Utrecht University and the Dutch Government regarding this subject.

What are circumstances beyond your control?

  • Illness (e.g. Pfeiffer, burnout, bone fracture)
  • Exceptional family circumstances (for example the death or illness of a parent)
  • Pregnancy and child-birth (note: no compensation is possible for the period after the birth)
  • Disability or chronic illness (for example dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, ASD, diabetes, Chron’s disease).
  • Insufficient feasibility of the programme​. Note: the Minister does not regard study delay as a result of the COVID-19 measures as an Insufficient feasibility of the programme.  
  • Hardship clause / Other (e.g. your student room has been destroyed by fire). Note: the Minister does not regard study delay as a result of the COVID-19 measures as ground for applying the hardship clause.  

You can submit an application between September 2021 and 31 January 2022.