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The Covid-19 pandemic and outbound exchange - autumn semester 2022

Important information for students going on an exchange.

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Korona, informasjon, utveksling

During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is the emergency management at the University of Stavanger (UiS) who decides to what extent we can 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 or the emergency management at UiS does not recommend travel to a specific geographical area, we will not be able to send students to this area. The same applies if a country introduces boarder restrictions or one of our partner institutions cancels the exchange.


In your application you can choose up to five alternatives in prioritised order. If your first offer for exchange is later withdrawn, the International Office will try to process your next alternative, if possible.

For practical reasons, it is not possible to apply for other alternatives or re-prioritize the list after the application deadline.


It is still not decided whether our partner university, the University of Otago, will process applications for exchange in the autumn semester 2022. They are waiting for updated information from the authorities about visa and entry restrictions.


The University of Stavanger requires that you have 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 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.

Information about insurance.

In case of emergency during your exchange.


Students who are going on an exchange should register in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel Information portal.


Exchange is not advised for students who are not vaccinated.


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 grant for the exchange period. If the exchange is cancelled, there will be few or no costs associated with your application. If you have to cancel your stay, the cost of, for example, repatriation will not be as great as if you were to travel home from Australia or the United States.