The University continues to monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19, including regarding student international travel. Current government guidance regarding travel can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to most countries.
Following a review in April 2021, we have now updated our guidance in relation to the University’s definition of essential travel for study or work placements. For the 2021-22 academic year, both compulsory and optional study and work placements, which will be undertaken as part of a student’s degree programme, will be defined as essential travel.
Students who plan to undertake an international placement which meets the above criteria, and who wish to seek approval to travel, will be required to complete a Student International Travel Risk Assessment form which will go forward to the Student International Travel Working Group for approval.
You must not travel before receiving formal approval from the University to do so.
All international placements will be subject to the following conditions:
- satisfactory completion of a Student International Travel Risk Assessment form, placement activity approval by your School and travel approval by the Student International Travel Working Group;
- acceptance by your host organisation for in-person or blended placement activity;
- the borders of your host country being open on the placement commencement date;
- fulfilment of any visa or other entry requirements of your host country;
- the University will continue to monitor the Covid pandemic and restrictions over the summer period and permission to travel may be revoked if government advice changes.
If you are due to travel abroad on an international study or work placement in 2021-22, your School will contact you with further guidance. If you have any questions, please contact your School Placement Co-ordinator or Erasmus Programme Director.
Student safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and it is important to emphasise that students who meet the criteria for essential travel, and choose not to travel, will have the option to undertake a contingency option (for example, Virtual Year Abroad). Further guidance is available from your School.