Corona - Exchange
Last updated: 20.04.2021
Student exchange spring 2021 #
The situation surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak is still unstable worldwide, and the possibilites for going on exchange in the 2021 Autumn semester are therefore still uncertain. Note the following:
- Until the opposite is evident, the Office of International Relations processes applications for exchange on the assumption that exchange to the country in question will be possible.
- Students must closely follow the situation in both Norway and the country they intend to go on exchange to. Changes in travel restrictions may impede plans for exchange.
- NTNU requires students going on exchange to have valid travel insurance that covers costs related to Covid-19. See below for more information.
- Students are recommended to postpone all expenses related to planned exchange for as long as possible.
- Due to an increased risk of cancellations, all students applying for exchange must have a Plan B for studies at NTNU. That is, a plan for which subjects/parts of your studies you will take in the event that exchange becomes impossible on short notice and you must remain at NTNU for the semester. This can in most cases be the subjects that are already in your study plan at NTNU for the semester you plan on going on exchange.
- Travel to go on exchange is considered necessary travel by the Norwegian state, and travelling to go on exchange thus does not constitute a violation of Norwegian authorities travel recommendations.
- All exchange at the MH faculty in studies with practice/internships is cancelled for the 2021 Autumn semester. This applies to all forms of intern/traineeship, field studies, clinical practice, interinstitutional internship and equivalent schemes.
Insurance and expenses #
Students must be aware of the responsibilities and risks an exchange stay entails - this includes unforeseen costs.
Note that NTNU cannot refund costs related to Covid-19 (illness, cancelled stay/travel home, rent etc.) related to exchange. Students are recommended to postpone all expenses related to exchange for as long as possible.
Outbound exchange students:
- Must have travel insurance valid for the entire stay, which covers costs related to illness, including Covid-19.
- Are responsible for familiarizing themselves with what their insurance covers, and how this is affected by infection control measures in the country they intend to travel to. Health expenses will usually be covered. Students should check if medical evacuation is covered, and in what situations. In the EU/EEA, the European Health Insurance scheme applies.
- Must try to secure themselves by buying flexible tickets, cancellation insurance etc. and check what their insurance provider will cover, as well as possibilities to get any expenses refunded.
- Should check what alternative insurance schemes cover - what is covered in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic may vary.
Change in infection situation #
It is important to be prepared for possible changes in the infection situation of the individual country that may have consequences for your exchange:
- In the worst case, universities may cancel exchange.
- There may be a combination of physical and online education in your subjects.
- Measures to reduce infection may affect the possibilities for outward or inward travel and exchange visits.
Remember that you will have to abide by the host country's infection control measures. These can change rapidly, and it is important that you stay up to date on what color your host country has been designated by Norwegian authorities, and what measures that entails. Quarantine must be expected on arrival abroad and / or return to Norway.
The Office of International Relations will try to obtain information about what remote education our partner institutions can offer if this becomes necessary. Online teaching at an educational institution abroad may also be a solution for students waiting for outbound travel.
In the 2020/2021 educational year, Norwegian exchange students who due to Covid-19 had to follow lectures at a foreign institution from home in Norway, recieved the same financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) as students who went on exchange in an 'ordinary' manner. NTNU is still awaiting confirmation on whether or not this will also be the case for 2021/2022.
Incoming exchange #
Incoming student exchange from Europe #
Applications for incoming student exchange from partner institutions in the EU/EEA, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in the spring of 2021 will be processed as normal until further notice. Incoming exchange students must themselves follow the rules related to infection control and quarantine decided by Norwegian authorities. Students will be referred to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) web pages on inbound travel when they are granted places on exchange programmes.
Incoming student exchange from outside Europe has been cancelled #
The Rector of NTNU has decided to cancel all ordinary incoming student exchange from universities in countries outside the EU/EEA, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom for the spring semester of 2021. Due to the unpredictable situation we are facing, we will unfortunately not be able to accept exchange students from our partner universities in these countries. Several of NTNU’s partner universities outside Europe have already decided to cancel student exchange programmes.
Students who are studying at a partner university in the EU but who are nationals of a country outside the EU are not covered by this decision. In addition, the decision does not include mobility in joint degree programmes.
The NTNU Office of International Relations will inform applicants and partner institutions of NTNU’s decision.