Important information for students going on an exchange.
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is at all times the emergency management at the University of Stavanger who decides to what extent we will carry out international student exchanges.
The emergency management at UiS is closely following the development of the Covid-19 pandemic.
If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not recommend travel to a specific geographical area, we will not be able to send students to this area either.
Australia and New Zealand have introduced entry refusal for foreign nationals.
Unfortunately, we do not see it as practically possible to carry out an exchange to Australia or New Zealand. This is due to the fact that Australia and New Zealand currently have closed borders, and information from both public authorities and from our partner institutions in these countries indicates that the borders will not open by the spring semester 2022. We will therefore not process applications to Australia or New Zealand.
OTHER COUNTRIES OUTSIDE EUROPE
The situation is somewhat different for the other countries outside Europe, but we mainly believe that it is possible to travel on an exchange to most places except Australia and New Zealand.
INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
The University of Stavanger requires that you make sure you have the necessary insurance for your exchange period. It is therefore very important that you make sure you have valid insurance before you go, and familiarize yourself well with the terms of your insurance. The insurance companies have different terms and different coverage for students on exchange, also with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic. UiS does not cover financial losses that you may incur and which are not covered by the insurance.
You must comply with advice from both Norwegian and local authorities in the country you are going to during the exchange period. It is important to be aware that our opportunities to help you may be very limited even for events unrelated to the covid-19 pandemic. We cannot guarantee that you will receive assistance if you, for example, need transport to Norway or your home country or treatment at a hospital or doctor. There is extra pressure on the health service and the transport sector worldwide, and we do not know how this will develop. In addition, there is a risk of receiving limited consular assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to return to Norway should the need arise.
Students who are going on an exchange should register in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel Information portal.
UiS advises against carrying out exchanges without prior vaccination.
Norwegian health authorities have decided to give students in Norway going on an exchange priority when it comes to vaccination. Please contact Stavanger municipality if you are planning on going on exchange next semester. Find more information here: Students and vaccine.
UiS CAN CANCEL EXCHANGES IN ADDITION TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS`TRAVEL ADVICE
The management at UiS can cancel exchanges to a geographical area even if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not advise against traveling there. The university makes an overall assessment of the situation at all times, and must in advance of the application process try to create a predictable situation for our students. This may mean that the university can cancel exchanges to areas that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not advise against traveling to.
Please note that your exchange may also be canceled during the process, either by UiS or the host institution.
When applying for an exchange, you can set up a priority list with up to five options. If you have been offered to apply to a partner institution that cancels exchange, or the emergency management at UiS decides that we cannot send students to the area the institution is located in after the application deadline for exchange at UiS, we will try to offer you to apply for the next alternative on the priority list if possible.
For practical reasons, it is not possible to apply for other alternatives or re-prioritize the list after the application deadline.
Most of our partners in Europe and the Nordic countries participate in the Erasmus+ program. You do not pay to apply for admission to our partner institutions, there is no tuition fee, and you will receive a scholarship for the period you are on exchange. If the exchange is canceled prior to the exchange, there will therefore be no costs associated with such an application. If you have to cancel your stay, the cost of, for example, repatriation will not be as great as if you, for example, were to travel home from the United States.