Corona - Exchange

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Last updated: 05.10.2020

The Office of International Relations will keep students who have applied for an exchange updated, and all decisions will be published on this page. 

Student exchange spring 2021 #

Student exchange outside Europe has been cancelled  #

All ordinary student exchange to countries outside Europe has been cancelled. With the unpredictability of the Covid-19 pandemic, the risk linked with exchange schemes will be higher outside Europe than within it. This is related to:  

  • the risk of changes in entry regulations   
  • the risk of cancellation by the host university  
  • the risk of not being able to return home should this become necessary  
  • the risk associated with high travel expenses and possible tuition fees 
  • the risk in terms of access to health services and/or validity of travel insurance.

If you have applied for an exchange with one of our partners, it is not necessary for you as a student to contact them. The NTNU Office of International Relations will inform NTNU’s partner institutions outside Europe about the cancellation. 

Student exchange to Europe #

NTNU is opening up for student exchanges to and from Europe in the spring of 2021. The countries for which exchange opportunities are being reopened are EU/EEA countries, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The change applies to both outbound and inbound students at NTNU.

Travel in connection with exchange is regarded as necessary travel, and outbound travel will thus not be a violation of the Norwegian authorities’ travel advice. 

Insurance and expenses   #

  • Your insurance company will probably not cover expenses related to Covid-19, except for health expenses. Health expenses are covered in any case through European health insurance.  
  • NTNU will not refund expenses if you have to return to Norway due to Covid-19. (The Erasmus programme may cover some costs)  
  • We recommend that expenses connected to your planned exchange stay are postponed as long as possible. Try to get flexible tickets, cancellation insurance, etc.  
  • Check the possibilities of getting your expenses refunded.

Change in infection situation #

Although exchange to countries in Europe is reopening, it is important to be prepared for possible changes in the infection situation of the individual country that may have consequences for your exchange visit.  

  • In the worst case, universities may cancel exchange schemes.   
  • 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.   

Because of the uncertain situation we are now facing, NTNU will make ongoing assessments of what arrangements will be justifiable.  

The Office of International Relations will 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.   

The Office of International Relations will inform all students who have applied for exchange about any changes. 

Quarantine must be expected on arrival abroad and / or return to Norway.  

Faculty of Medicine and Health: student exchanges involving practical training is cancelled for spring 2021  #

All student exchange (incoming and outgoing) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health involving participation in or visits to health services or similar in the spring of 2021 is cancelled. This applies to practical training, field studies, clinical practice rotations (“uketjeneste”), attending courses as a guest student, and similar arrangements that the departments at the Faculty have established for student mobility. 

Exchange in the autumn of 2021  #

There may also be changes in the exchange opportunities offered in 2021/22. It will not be possible to give priority to applicants who have had exchange visits cancelled in the 2020/21 academic year.  

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.  

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