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Corona FAQ

Please read the most Frequently Asked Questions in regards to courses, internships and research abroad. Before you start please check the travel advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) for your destination country. Also check the general UT Corona website, with FAQ's and other information.

What is UT’s policy on outgoing mobility fall 2020?

UT policy is as it was before the pandemic: you can travel to countries with the colour codes green and yellow and cannot travel to orange or red. This is in accordance with guidelines of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa). No repatriation will be provided by Dutch government nor by UT in case a new breakout of COVID-19 occurs. If this occurs, you will have to come back to the Netherlands or return to your home country if more suitable or deemed possible.

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When do I find out if I can go on exchange or on an internship abroad?

You are allowed to go abroad as soon as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) travel advice colour status has changed to yellow or green. Please note that if the colour code changes to orange or red during your stay, you are to return to the Netherlands or to your home country on your own arrangement and expenses. Please check with your insurance company if you need additional insurance before you go.

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When can I book my flights?

As soon as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) travel advice colour of your destination country changes to yellow or green. Please check with your insurance company if you need additional insurance before you go.

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I need to travel to [country x] in August to [prepare/ find housing/ attend orientation etc] before my course starts. Can I leave before 1 September?

Yes, you may leave as this is in direct relation to your fall semester, but only as soon as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) travel advice colour of your destination country changes to yellow or green.

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I am planning an exchange or internship abroad to [country x]. Is this still possible? When will I find out if my university or internship host is still accepting me?

It is best to ask your contact person at the host institution and stay in touch at all times.

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I would like to know more about my exchange or internship abroad in relation to the current measures regarding Covid-19 from the UT perspective, where can I find more info?

Please see the general UT Covid-19 FAQ.

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I would like to know more about my exchange or internship abroad in relation to the current measures regarding Covid-19 from [institution x] perspective, where can I find more info?

Please keep in touch with your contact person at the host institution at all times.

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I am concerned about Covid-19 in [country x]. What can the UT do to keep me safe while I’m abroad?

For all students going abroad, you are allowed to go as soon as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) travel advice colour status of your destination country changes to yellow or green. Please note that if the colour code changes to orange or red during your stay, you are to return to the Netherlands or to your home country on your own arrangement and expenses. There will not be any repatriation service available.

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Is there any support in case I get into trouble during my study or internship abroad?

We have an obligation to support your well-being while abroad, as well as to assist you with your personal security and safety. When posted on international assignments, studying or working abroad, there is a risk that you may find themselves confronted by a calamity (such as a flood, a coup d’état, earthquake, tsunami or political unrest) and are either affected by the immediate disaster or by an emotional state of distress. To assist you, the UT has a Calamity Service - Abroad. The UT has a 24/7 Calamity Service - Abroad phone number and e-mail service. You are welcome to contact calamity-offcampus@utwente.nl in case of the above.

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Will my course or internship at [institution x] be online, or partially online?

Please ask your contact person at the host institution and keep in touch at all times.

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Can I apply for an outgoing scholarship via UT?

Yes, but you can only receive a scholarship if you meet all the criteria. UT offers Erasmus+ scholarships (courses/internship) as well as TMF scholarships, please see the website for details. You can only apply, if you go to a country that is coded green or yellow.

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Can I still apply for a scholarship if the country I am traveling to turns green or yellow after I already started my mobility?

No, all scholarship agreements can only be signed before departure. Once you decide to start your mobility abroad in a country with an orange status, you are no longer eligible for a scholarship. 

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What happens if I am in a country or region that was first green or yellow, but changed to orange or red during my stay abroad?

You will have to return to the Netherlands or home country if more suitable or deemed possible. The Dutch government will not be offering a repatriation service and UT will not be paying for your return trip or extra expenses related to early return.
Please contact the Scholarship Office to learn more about possible consequences for your scholarship. These will depend on the circumstances.

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What happens if I am in a country or region that was first indicated green or yellow by the Dutch government, but changed to orange or red before my intended departure date?

You are no longer eligible for a scholarship. If you have already applied for a scholarship you are required to pay back the advance amount allocated to you. If you are still in the process of applying, your application will be canceled.

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If I cannot go abroad, can I still enrol in a minor?

The deadline to enrol for a UT-minor was 27 May. If you did not enrol for a UT-minor yet, please contact minor@utwente.nl.

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I would like to know what is possible in case I cannot study or internship abroad in [country x] due to Covid-19. Can you postpone my stay?

For coursework exchange, please check with your exchange coordinator whether it is possible to postpone your exchange abroad. For internship please contact your UT internship coordinator. You may need approval from your examination board.

Exchange coordinators:

 Internship coordinators:

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If I go on exchange or an internship to [country x], will I be put in quarantine for 2 weeks on arrival?

It is best to ask your contact person at the host institution and keep in touch with them at all times. Your contact person will be able to give you the latest information about your destination country and health requirements.

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If I need to come home early from exchange or an internship abroad due to a new Covid-19 outbreak, will the UT pay for me to get back home?

No, the UT will not pay for you to return the Netherlands (or home country if more suitable or deemed possible). Please contact your insurance company to see what they will and will not cover.

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If I travel to a country or region with a Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) code yellow or orange, will I still be covered by my travel insurance?

The Dutch government doesn’t allow you to travel to a country or area with the safety status orange or red. For any questions about your insurance, please contact your insurance company.

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In case the Dutch government gives a country an orange or red colour code, but the country of my preferred stay does allow me in, can I go?

No, as a UT student you are to follow the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidelines.

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