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 December 2020, we have now updated our guidance in relation to the University’s definition of essential travel for study or work placement.
The University defines essential travel as that which is defined in the course of study as a compulsory study or work placement. Students who meet this criterion and wish to seek approval to travel, will be required to complete and sign a Risk Assessment form which will go forward to the International Student Travel Group for approval.
You must not travel before receiving formal approval from the University to do so.
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 still have the option to continue on the contingency arrangements (for example, Virtual Year Abroad).
If you are due to travel abroad on a compulsory international study or work placement in Semester 2 of 2020-21, your School will contact you with further guidance. If you have any questions, please contact your School Placement Co-ordinator or Erasmus Programme Director.