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Get inspired by our Study Abroad guide.

If you have questions or need advice regarding studying abroad after having explored these pages, you are always welcome to contact us at SDU International.

 

FAQ - Going abroad during COVID-19

What if my exchange in the spring semester 2021 gets cancelled or changes to virtual teaching?

We can try to help you find an alternative exchange destination, if

  • your spring semester 2021 exchange gets cancelled
  • the semester will be conducted entirely online

Due to the deadlines for nominating students for the spring semester, we can only help students who reach out to us before 1 November 2020.

Contact us through SPOC – remember to attach the information you have received from your host university about the cancellation/online teachings.

Am I allowed to travel?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark regularly updates its  travel advice.*

SDU strongly encourages you to follow this advice. Simply put: If the Ministry advises against traveling, so does SDU. However, the decision about whether to travel or stay is entirely yours – and therefore also your responsibility. It is important that you base your decision on a thorough assessment of the health and safety conditions in your destination country. We will be happy to help you with this assessment, but be aware that traveling is your own responsibility – neither the Ministry nor SDU will ban, approve, or grant exemptions for travels that you yourself undertake. Furthermore, please note that neither the Ministry nor SDU can meet costs related to any part of your travels. Lastly, please be aware that SDU can reject applications about preapproval of courses, exchange in general, and traineeships if these are submitted at a moment in time when the Ministry advises against travels to the particular destination.

Please read SDU’s travel advice, which is based on the advice from the Ministry, below:

 

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against all travels

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against all unnecessary travels

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises extra caution

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises use of common sense and attention to suspicious behavior (just as when in Denmark)

SDU’s recommendation and information about grants

We advise against all stays abroad and do not award grants from SDU scholarships. Grants that have already been awarded can be paid out if the student provides documentation detailing the student's understanding and acceptance that traveling goes against SDU's recommendation (i.e. the "Student Confirmation" document)

We advise against stays abroad. However, a student might have individual study or career related matters, which makes them assess their stay abroad as a necessary travel (e.g. if a semester abroad is a mandatory part of the student's program). In such cases, we can award new grants and pay out already awarded grants if the student provides documentation detailing the student's understanding and acceptance that traveling goes against SDU's recommendation (i.e. the "Student Confirmation" document)

We do not advise against stays abroad. Grants are awarded as usual if the student provides documentation detailing the student's understanding and acceptance that traveling goes against SDU's recommendation (i.e. the "Student Confirmation" document)

We do not advise against stays abroad. Grants are awarded as usual if the student provides documentation detailing the student's understanding and acceptance that traveling goes against SDU's recommendation (i.e. the "Student Confirmation" document)

 

* Unfortunately, this information is only available in Danish. If you don’t read Danish, please consult the equivalent information from your home country.

 

What about insurance?

SDU strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance. Please talk to your insurance company and discuss your options with them. Consider taking out insurance for home transportation and make sure that your insurance covers you despite the current situation with the coronavirus.


Can I still receive my grant? - for exchange students

That depends. As your grant is a travel grant, travelling to your host university is mandatory in order to receive your grant. Upcoming semester exchanges will be carried out in a range of different ways – and the way in which you do it determines whether or not you can receive your grant. We’ve listed the most common scenarios below:

You can still receive your grant if…

  • you carry out your exchange semester by being present in the country of your host university and study on-site (i.e. you must actually travel to your destination country)
  • your host university has offered you the opportunity of carrying out a virtual exchange and invited you to be present in your host country at the same time (i.e. you must actually travel to your destination country pr. invitation from the your university)
  • you participate in a virtual exchange for the first part of the semester, but do an on-site exchange in the second part of the semester. However, your grant will only be calculated for your actual time abroad (i.e. you must actually travel to your destination country)

You cannot receive your grant if…

  • you carry out your exchange semester virtually and do not travel to the country of your host university

Can I still receive my grant? - for traineeship

As your grant is a travel grant, travelling to the location of your host is mandatory in order to receive your grant. We will assess each case individually and let you know if we have any questions.


What should I do about my expenses for e.g. accommodation in my host country, plane/train tickets to my destination, etc.?

As the situation with the coronavirus is highly unpredictable, you may be forced to change your plans – perhaps even at the very last minute. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you wait for as long as you can with e.g. paying for transportation to your destination, accommodation deposits, and other non-refundable expenses. It may be a good idea for you to double-check with your insurance company whether or not your insurance will cover these expenses if you can’t go as planned.

What happens to my grant if I cannot complete my exchange or traineeship?

If you cannot complete your exchange or traineeship, we will make an individual assessment of whether or not you have to pay back the grant.


What if I do not want to go?

Then that’s completely okay and understandable. Please let us know about your decision as soon as possible. We’ll help you with information on how to sign up for courses at SDU instead.

You can contact us via SPOC.

What does the Ministry of Higher Education and Science have to say about all this?

This Ministry has some important things to say.

They’ve made an FAQ about them, which we encourage you to read (available in both Danish and English)


I have questions
That’s great – we’ll be happy to answer them. You can always contact us via SPOC or call us at +45 6550 2264 (our phones are open 10am-2pm, Mon-Fri).