Study Abroad FAQs Study Abroad FAQs

FAQs updated 07.05.2020

These FAQs are being updated on a regular basis - please continue to check this page for the latest information. 

Please be aware the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises UK nationals against all non-essential travel worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.  Please check the FCO's website for more information. 

Please be reassured that UEA remains open. Events on campus have been cancelled as detailed in the advice for Visitors and General Public. As a precautionary measure, from Monday 16 March, all teaching will be delivered through our remote learning website for the remainder of the spring semester. These plans will ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and mitigate any academic impact on learning.

If you have queries about your period of study abroad not answered below please contact UEA Study Abroad:

studyabroad@uea.ac.uk (UEA students)

visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk (Visiting students)

+44(0)1603 591871 

Emails and answerphone messages will be checked during weekdays between 9am-5pm (UK time). The automated responses provide 24-hour emergency contact details.

If you have specific concerns around your welfare or wellbeing, you can email UEA Student Services on studentsupport@uea.ac.uk. Your home or host university’s study abroad office will also be able to offer advice and guidance.

Further information for study abroad students can be found below. 

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad in the new academic year 2020-21 – what advice is there for me? 
We are currently in an unprecedented situation and we appreciate this has made your year abroad 2020-21 uncertain. UEA Study Abroad is communicating regularly with next year’s study abroad cohort via email and virtual Q&A sessions; please continue to check your emails with important updates. 

UEA continues to monitor official advice and guidance, currently restricting travel abroad. It could be that these unprecedented times postpone or prevent students studying abroad in the Autumn 2020. At this time students should prepare to study abroad next academic year as planned, but refrain from making any financial commitments, such as for flights or accommodation abroad. Your current priority should be to identify appropriate travel insurance to cover your intended period of study abroad, including all medical and repatriation matters relating to COVID-19.

All UEA students should feel free to reconsider their planned study abroad options. Each UEA School has identified alternative options that ensure you can meet the learning outcomes of your specific course, should you choose not to or be unable to take your planned study abroad. If your allocated host’s autumn semester has been cancelled, UEA Study Abroad will work with you based on the alternative options agreed for your course and options that our partner universities can accommodate. Contact UEA Study Abroad to discuss your options.

Certain degrees will not have a three-year variant so it is important you discuss this with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator before making any firm decisions. All students due to study abroad in 2020-21 are advised to enrol on to third year modules as a precaution. Please complete LTS004 with your UEA module choices as soon as possible, in case it is not possible for you to study abroad in 2020-21, and contact your LTS Hub if you missed the extended module choice deadline.

I’m due to go abroad in 2020-21. I don’t have accommodation in Norwich for next academic year so what should I do if I don’t study abroad?
The deadline for UEA accommodation is 31 July. Although returning students are not guaranteed campus accommodation, you can submit an application and it will be marked as 'non-guaranteed' (which you will need to cancel by email if you do study abroad). Non-guaranteed students are usually reviewed after guaranteed students have been offered accommodation, which may be as late the beginning of September.

Alternatively, you might like to look at privately-run student accommodation like Pablo Fanque and Crown Place, or Homestay (living with a family). The SU’s HomeRun service advise that there is a good supply of student accommodation in Norwich but have recommended that you wait before committing to accommodation contracts/financial payments. For further advice visit: https://www.uea.su/advice-housing/livewell/housing/househunting/.

I’m a UEA student and no longer wish to go abroad in 2020-21 – what advice is there for me?
Please discuss your decision with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator. Alternative options will be advised to you, to ensure you can meet the learning outcomes of your specific course. Certain degrees will not have a three-year variant so it is important you discuss your concerns with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator before making any firm decisions. 

Year Abroad students need to formally request to transfer off the year abroad programme, by completing Transfer Form A, and to notify UEA Study Abroad so we can cancel your study placement with your partner university. 

All students due to study abroad in 2020-21 are advised to enrol on to third year modules as a precaution. Please complete LTS004 with your UEA module choices as soon as possible, in case it is not possible for you to study abroad in 2020-21, and contact your LTS Hub if you missed the extended module choice deadline.

I’m hoping to study abroad at UEA in autumn 2020, either as an exchange student or as a visiting fee payer. What is the current situation?

Applications for Study Abroad at UEA in September are open here. Our application deadline is 1 June. In light of current circumstances we understand that processes might take longer than usual; please email us at visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk if you may be submitting your application after the deadline. 

There may be adjustments to modules offered for 2020-21. We will advise all nominated exchange students/applicants of any changes to the autumn semester once any changes are confirmed, including changes to start and end dates.

We suggest you refrain from making any financial commitments, such as purchasing flights or paying accommodation deposits, until travel restrictions and lockdowns are formally lifted by the UK government and your home country’s government.

If you find you have any questions about the process, please contact UEA Study Abroad at visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk.

I’m a visiting student currently studying abroad at UEA – what should I do?
You should continue to access UEA’s remote teaching methods. Check your e:Vision for updates on online learning and any changes to your assessment for the remainder of this semester.

Ask your home institution for information about their approach to the academic assessment of your time abroad under these circumstances. 

It is important for us to monitor your situation, to ensure that you are safe and that all processes are respected. A shortened period of studies needs to be notified for students at UEA on a Tier 4 or Short Term Study Visa.

If you physically leave UEA and Norwich to continue completion of your learning and assessment online, please complete this Leaving The UK Form once you have returned home. 

Please alert your accommodation provider. If you are departing on-campus accommodation, please notify the Accommodation Office before you depart or by email to accom@uea.ac.uk

I’m a visiting student studying abroad at UEA and have returned home or am no longer in the UK – what should I do?
In the first instance, please complete this Leaving The UK Form to let us know you have left UEA, and notify the study abroad office at your home institution so they know you have returned.

Please alert your accommodation provider. If you have departed on-campus accommodation, please email accom@uea.ac.uk and check you have completed all the requirements to be released from your accommodation license. Private providers will have different terms. Please contact UEA Home Run for advice about your provider. UEA is also part of a UK Universities Network discussing and helping to influence impacts on students with private rental agreements.

UEA remains open and services to support students continue, virtually and for those remaining on campus. Visiting students should follow guidelines advised by their home country and seriously consider not returning to the UK.

You should continue to access UEA’s remote teaching methods. Check your e:Vision for updates on online learning and any changes to your assessment for the remainder of this semester. Ask your home institution for information about their approach to the academic assessment of your time abroad under these circumstances.

I’m a visiting student to UEA on an Erasmus placement – what happens to my Erasmus funding if I return?
The European Commission has confirmed continued funding for students continuing with online learning and assessment. In the first instance you should speak with your home university’s study abroad office for advice.

I’m a visiting student studying abroad at UEA – what happens if I get ill whilst I’m still in Norwich?
The immigration health surcharge will entitle Tier 4 students to access NHS care in the UK at no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident. This includes at the Doctor's surgery (known as General Practitioner or GP), a Healthcare Centre or in a hospital.

Students on a Short Term Study Visa should have private healthcare in place to cover medical provision. Initial emergency admission to Accident & Emergency Services is usually not charged for, but as an in-patient, charges would apply. Therefore, any visiting students on Short Term Study Visas need to cover any NHS costs associated with any stay in hospital and then make a claim from their insurers.

EU Nationals should be entitled to access NHS care in the UK at no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident by presenting their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC card).

I’m a UEA student currently studying abroad – what should I do?
The UK Foreign Secretary has advised all UK nationals to return to the UK while commercial flights are still available. Please read further details here

The DfE's guidance for travel in educational settings has the following advice for those currently abroad who need emergency help: If you are a UK national who needs emergency help from the UK government while overseas, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission or the FCO in London on 0207 008 1500 for help or advice 24/7.

UEA Study Abroad has been in contact with all UEA students currently abroad. You may choose to remain in your host country but be aware that borders may close for an undefined period of time and this could lead to additional costs such as extending current accommodation provision, or have visa implications.

UEA is here to support you in any way that we can. The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students is our highest priority. UEA will implement academic arrangements that ensure you are not disadvantaged. UEA also has a Hardship Fund should you experience financial difficulties as a result of this crisis.

What should I do if my host university closes but I’m still based in my host country?
You should continue to access all available remote teaching methods and should check emails from your host’s study abroad office or your hosting school of study for any changes to your assessment for the remainder of this semester.

We’re also in contact with all our exchange partner universities to ensure we each support our exchange students abroad.

A range of measures regarding assessments has been put in place by your UEA School to accommodate differing course needs, depending on your host university’s online provision. If you are concerned about your host university’s online provision, please contact your UEA Study Abroad Academic Coordinator

I’m a UEA student who has returned to the UK/home from studying abroad – what should I do?
In the first instance, let the study abroad office at your host institution know that you have left and notify UEA Study Abroad that you have returned. Alert your accommodation provider. If this is provided by your host institution it may be easier to extract yourself from a contract, but private providers may have different terms. Your host institution should be willing to give you help or advice.

You should continue to access all available remote teaching methods and should check emails from your host’s study abroad office or your hosting school of study for any changes to your assessment for the remainder of this semester.

If you are facing challenges with following your host institution’s learning remotely, a range of measures regarding assessments has been put in place by your UEA School to accommodate differing course needs, depending on your host university’s online provision. If you are concerned about your host university’s online provision, please contact your UEA Study Abroad Academic Coordinator. 

I’m currently in the UK on a holiday/break from my year/semester abroad or returned to the UK before Easter – should I return to my study abroad placement?
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice. Please check the FCO's website for more information. 

Should you decide to end your period of study abroad/be unable to return to your host destination, UEA will support any decision you make, regardless of whether this is a host country, host institution or personal decision to return to or remain in the UK. UEA is taking a flexible approach to alternative arrangements to academic provision and will ensure there is no detrimental effect to UEA students’ academic standing.

A range of measures regarding assessments are being put in place to accommodate students’ differing course needs, depending on their host university’s online provision. If you are concerned about your host university’s online provision, please contact your UEA Study Abroad Academic Coordinator

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad or return to a study placement abroad for the spring semester 2020 – what should I do?
UEA Study Abroad has been in contact with all UEA students who were undertaking or were due to undertake the spring semester abroad, to discuss academic arrangements that ensure you are not disadvantaged.

A range of measures regarding assessments has been put in place by your UEA School to accommodate differing course needs, depending on your host university’s online provision or in cases where you were unable to commence a planned spring semester abroad. If you are concerned about your spring semester please contact your UEA Study Abroad Academic Coordinator

I’m a UEA student studying abroad on an Erasmus placement – what happens to my Erasmus funding if I return to the UK?
The British Council and European Commission has confirmed continued funding for students continuing with online learning and assessment. 

Students will be able to retain the Erasmus grant as calculated, up to the date they conclude online learning provision provided by their host university, even if this is not in the host destination. Students should continue with all online learning provision.

Students who do not complete the intended period of study abroad online will have to return a partial amount of their Erasmus grant from the date they ceased accessing the host universities learning provision. Where extra placement costs are still being incurred (i.e. accommodation contract, extra flights etc.) additional funding can be made available. These will be assessed on a case by case basis in consultation with the relevant funding bodies.

UEA is taking measures to ensure students are not disadvantaged, and support will be provided to students experiencing financial hardship.

Students in receipt of any other funding not allocated as an Erasmus grant should check with the funding source.

I’m a UEA student studying abroad/returned or returning early from studying abroad – what happens to my Student Loans Grant?
The online continuation of your year or semester abroad does not lead to a change in your current student loan status. Students who return to the UK continue their semester or year abroad remotely are not formally interrupting studies nor transferring to UEA degrees without a semester or a year abroad, therefore their Student Finance is unaffected. Please read the official advice provided by the Student Loans Company.

UEA has a Hardship Fund if you experience financial difficulties as a result of this crisis.

 

 

All information provided is given in good faith to support our students as best we can. Always check with the relevant official bodies for the latest advice.