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

  • What is UT’s policy on outgoing mobility in 2021?

    UT allows international mobility subject to the travel safety codes of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: travelling to yellow and green destinations is allowed, travel to destinations coded orange or red is prohibited.

    Please be aware that no repatriation will be provided by the UT and/or Dutch government in relation to (changes in) Covid situations. Financial consequences of travelling, or preparing for travel, are at your own expense and risk (including for instance consequences of changes in Covid situations, quarantine, termination of a scholarship application, or incurred travel & housing costs).

    More information can be found on the UT Corona website or the International Affairs and Travelling website website, which also contains more information about the International Mobility Covid Committee (IMCC).

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

    As per 22 December for exchange mobility specifically: As the Dutch national authorities announced an extended urgent recommendation not to travel abroad, UT has decided to prohibit foreign travel for exchange until 1 July 2021. Do keep in mind that an extension of this prohibition may be decided upon at a later stage. This may also affect any plans for travelling abroad later in the year.

    No repatriation will be provided by the UT or Dutch government in case a new Covid breaks out or a Covid wave occurs. Financial consequences of travelling, or preparing for travel, against UT policy (such as a UT termination of a scholarship application, or incurred travel & housing costs) are at your own expense and risk.

  • When can I book my flights?

    As per 22 December for exchange mobility specifically: As the Dutch national authorities announced an extended urgent recommendation not to travel abroad, UT has decided to prohibit foreign travel for exchange for Spring 2021. The restrictions are in force until 1 July 2021. Do keep in mind that an extension of this prohibition may be decided upon at a later stage. This may also affect any plans for travelling abroad later in the year.

    If your mobility takes place later in the year, do not book your flight unless you are certain you can travel by checking with your faculty contact person. Also, make sure you are admitted, and make sure you are allowed to enter the destination country.

    The UT or Dutch government will provide no repatriation if new Covid breaks out or a Covid wave occurs. Financial consequences upon having travelled against UT policy  (such as a scholarship application) and travel costs are at your own expense.

  • How should I deal with the Corona vaccination?

    All required vaccinations (prior, upon arrival or during your mobility), abiding to the general and local health measures (i.e. quarantine), and travel restrictions in transit or at your destination, are your own responsibility. It is part of your study abroad experience, and you are responsible to be well-prepared, well-informed and to take action when required to do so.

    Should you not be (fully) vaccinated before your intended travel abroad, it is important to inform yourself about the rules and regulations and practical services and measures at your destination, host institution, and in transit countries, where relevant. You could think of topics such as the rate of vaccination programmes, timelines for vaccinations, where to receive vaccinations, availability of types of vaccinations, requirements for having vaccinations upon entry into a country or required documentation in order to receive vaccinations. Also, costs may be involved.  

    Your host institution may have more information on vaccination programming and quarantine measures. You are also advised to explore sources such as ministries of health, national health organizations, and immigration services of the country of your destination.

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

    As per 22 December for exchange mobility specifically: As the Dutch national authorities announced an extended urgent recommendation not to travel abroad, UT has decided to prohibit foreign travel for exchange for  Spring 2021. The restrictions are in force at least until 1 July 2021. Do keep in mind that an extension of this prohibition may be decided upon at a later stage. This may also affect any plans for travelling abroad later in the year.

    No repatriation will be provided by the UT or Dutch government in case a new Covid breakout or a Covid wave occurs. Financial consequences upon having travelled against UT policy  (such as a scholarship application) and travel costs are at your own expense.

  • 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?

    As per 22 December for exchange mobility specifically: As the Dutch national authorities announced an extended urgent recommendation not to travel abroad, UT has decided to prohibit foreign travel for exchange for Spring 2021. The restrictions are in force at least until 1 July 2021. Do keep in mind that an extension of this prohibition may be decided upon at a later stage. This may also affect any plans for travelling abroad later in the year.

    No repatriation will be provided by the UT or Dutch government in case a new Covid breakout or a Covid wave occurs. Financial consequences upon having travelled against UT policy  (such as a scholarship application) and travel costs are at your own expense.

  • If I have to go in quarantine before the start of my mobility, should I include this in my mobility period?

    Yes, if a quarantine is mandatory according to the rules of your destination country, you can add this timeframe to your mobility. Please make sure both your starting date and departure date in Mobility Online are set to the first day of quarantine. 
    (Once you have entered your departure date, you can not change it. In that case only change the starting date. The starting date is the day the Scholarship Office uses to calculate a possible scholarship.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    After 1 July 2021, all students going abroad 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can I apply for an outgoing scholarship via UT?

    Yes, you can apply for a scholarship if you meet all the scholarship programmes criteria and regard the UT policy on travel. UT offers Erasmus+ scholarships (courses/internship), Holland Scholarship, and the Twente Mobility Fund (TMF). Please see the website for details.

    As the Dutch national authorities announced an extended urgent recommendation not to travel abroad, UT has decided to prohibit foreign travel exchange for Spring 2021. The restrictions are in force until 1 July 2021. (Do keep in mind that an extension of this prohibition may be decided upon at a later stage. This may also affect any plans for travelling abroad later in the year.)

    The UT or Dutch government will provide no repatriation if a new Covid breakout or a Covid wave occurs. Financial consequences upon having travelled against UT policy  (such as a scholarship application) and travel costs are at your own expense.

  • At what point will a decision be made in regards to my eligibility for a scholarship?

    SOIR will assess the situation 14 days before the actual departure date with a view to payment rules and procedures. If the country is yellow or green based on the information at that date, the scholarship will be granted, and the first instalment of the scholarship will be transferred as soon as possible.

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

    No, all scholarship agreements can only be allocated 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. 

  • 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 your 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 the early return.
    Please contact the Scholarship Office to learn more about possible consequences for your scholarship. These will depend on the circumstances.

  • 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 cancelled.

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

    Questions in regards to enrollment in a minor can be directed to minor@utwente.nl.

  • 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:

  • If I go on an 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.

  • If I need to come home early from an 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 to the Netherlands (or your home country if more suitable or deemed possible). Please contact your insurance company to see what they will and will not cover.

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

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

  • 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.