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Corona-related outbound Study Abroad FAQs

Though the situation remains uncertain and subject to change, we hope the FAQs below will answer some of the questions you may have at this time. In case you have any remaining questions, please contact the Office of International Student Affairs (for Global Exchange programme), or your faculty’s Study Abroad Office (for Erasmus/faculty exchanges).

  • Can my exchange programme in the first semester of 2021-2022 go ahead?

    The UvA has decided that physical exchange programmes can go ahead in the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year, subject to several conditions:

    • for outbound exchanges, a yellow or green travel advice colour code must apply to the destination (country or region) on the date of departure;
    • the partner university concerned agrees to the application of this policy, and indicates the reference date for the deadline for application;
    • should students decide to go ahead with their exchange programme, they do so at their own risk – in other words, the UvA will not be liable for any costs incurred for visas, travel or anything else in the case of cancellation or repatriation. You will have to sign a mandatory indemnification form; the UvA will inform you about this in due time.

    If you have any questions about your specific exchange programme, please contact the Office of International Student Affairs (for Global Exchange programme), or your faculty’s Study Abroad Office (for Erasmus/faculty exchanges).

  • Are there any exceptions to this decision?

    Countries for which physical exchanges have already been explicitly cancelled either by the government or by decisions made by partner universities are not included. This includes Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. If partner universities proceed to cancel physical exchanges over the next few weeks, these cannot go ahead either. The affected students will be/have been informed personally by email.

  • How should I prepare for my upcoming exchange?

    We would advise students to refrain from incurring any costs on matters that are not strictly necessary at the present time (such as booking a flight). We expect students to take their own responsibility in meeting the specified conditions. Therefore, we urge students to regularly check the travel advice as provided by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Dutch only), and download the 24/7 Travel-app (in Dutch only).

  • Why does the UvA not allow exchange programmes to continue if there is a negative travel advice (code orange/red) for a specific country?

    In case of a negative travel advice on the date of your departure, the exchange cannot take place. A negative travel advice means that the Dutch Government urges against traveling to that specific country.

    A negative travel advice can have implications on safety, health care and your studies. There is a significant chance of study delay if the partner university cannot guarantee the continuation of education due to corona measures. Furthermore, the UvA is not able to offer any (financial) assistance in case the situation deteriorates once you are abroad, and need or wish to leave the country or region you are in. Also, travel insurances are often not valid in countries with a negative travel advice.

  • Should I also register for UvA courses in semester 1 (Fall) of 2021-2022 during the registration period in June?

    Travel advice is subject to change and a country may impose certain conditions for inbound visitors/travelers, which may make it impossible to travel after all. As a back-up plan, it is therefore still important that you register in June for UvA courses that start in September. We are calling on everyone to do so, just to be sure. Please do not forget to deregister for the UvA courses, once it is certain that your exchange abroad can take place.

  • Is it possible to cancel my exchange for semester 1 (Fall) of 2021 -2022?

    Yes, please contact your faculty’s Study Abroad Office, and only if you have already been in touch with the partner university, also contact them.

    In addition, please know that the UvA completely understands and respects your decision, and that cancelling semester 1 will not impact your chances in future exchange applications. However, do keep in mind that any costs associated with cancelling semester 1, are at your own risk (e.g. visa, plane tickets, etc.).

  • Can I do an internship or a graduation project abroad in the academic year 2021-2022?

    Individual internships and graduation projects abroad are possible under three conditions:

    1. Positive travel advice must apply to the country in which the internship takes place.
    2. No further domestic restrictions on travel movements can be in place within the country concerned.
    3. The internship must be a compulsory part of the curriculum for which there is no suitable alternative in the Netherlands.

    In principle, internships and research projects abroad are not possible if a code red or orange travel advice is in force in the country concerned. The reason for this is that the UvA cannot meet the duty of care and insurance coverage requirements. If there is positive travel advice (code yellow or green), internships and graduation projects abroad are possible.

    If students have returned to their country of origin and have found an internship or research project in their city of residence, then that can go ahead. If students have returned to their country of origin and found an internship or research project outside of their city of residence, this may conflict with local COVID-19 regulations. The internship can then only take place after consultation about possible consequences and after the student has explicitly exempted their study programme from the UvA’s duty of care. This guideline for internships and graduation projects applies to both compulsory and non-compulsory parts of the curriculum.

    For more information about the impact of travel restrictions on internships / research abroad, please contact your faculty’s Study Abroad Office.

  • What do I have to do if the travel advice changes from green/yellow to orange/red while I am on exchange?

    If the travel advice changes to orange or red while you are on exchange, you are expected to return to the Netherlands. Repatriation, cancellation and/or any additional costs will not be reimbursed by the UvA. In many cases a travel and/or cancellation insurance is not valid in countries with an orange or red travel code. We advise you to check the conditions of your travel and/or cancellation insurance carefully.

  • How can COVID-19 still affect the exchange programmes in semester 2 (Spring) of academic year 2021-2022?

    We hope that the impact of COVID-19 will be minimal on exchanges taking place in semester 2 (Spring) of 2021-2022. However, we cannot make any guarantees in this regard. We are currently continuing with applications for the third round (for exchanges taking place in semester 2 (Spring) of academic year 2021-2022).

    Any decision affecting the exchange programme will made by the UvA Executive Board well in advance of the start of the semester 2 (Spring 2022) exchanges, but we are not able to give an exact date. Please note a partner university can also decide to cancel their exchange programme.