The Application Process in Uncertain Times

By Demi Wormgoor

Yesterday my mum and I booked the ferry from the Netherlands to England because I’ll start my MA at York in September. That is, if everything goes to plan…


Just over a month ago I received an email with a conditional offer for the MA Medieval Literatures and Languages at York. A couple of days later, the Netherlands went into an ‘intelligent lockdown’. Due to this lockdown and the one in the UK, both the University of Groningen and the University of York are closed. For me, this means that everything goes much slower and I will need to be a bit more patient when it comes to communication with the uni’s.

Since no one knows how the covid-19 situation will progress over the coming months, it is still uncertain if the universities will reopen in September and if I will even be allowed into the UK with so many borders closing. It is nearly impossible to anticipate what the near future will bring and that is what makes the application process so difficult. I want to be able to prepare everything and have everything sorted out before I leave, but that is not completely possible. 


So… I will try to be as patient as I can. And in the meanwhile I will prepare all the things I can and try not to worry about the others.


If you are in the same situation as I am, I hope that you are not too worried about your transition to a new university and perhaps travelling to another country. York has created a webpage dedicated to covid-19 updates with a section for prospective students. You can still email them with all your questions and they are setting up remote phone lines. So hopefully this will make the application process more smooth!

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