Study Abroad FAQs

COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

FAQs updated 21.05.2021

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

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

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.

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. 

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad during the next academic year 2021-22 or 2022-23 – what advice is there for me?

 

UEA Study Abroad communicates with all first and second years, including those on a 4-year degree and those with an optional semester abroad. There is a series of virtual events and opportunities for you to find out more about your options, destinations and the steps required to study abroad. You should also keep up to date with local and international governmental guidelines. UEA will also continue to monitor official advice and guidance, keeping in regular contact with students abroad. 

Official government guidance states that you should not currently travel to red or amber list countries or territories, and the countries on the green travel list are subject to change at short notice. See the government's website for guidance regarding entering England after visiting countries on each list. 

We will communicate via email with all registered students (those on a 4-year degree and those who have applied for an optional semester abroad) with relevant and timely updates, according to any changing circumstances.  

If you would like to speak with us about your course circumstances, destination or any other matter please email us at studyabroad@uea.ac.uk
 

I'm a UEA student due to study abroad during summer 2021 - what advice is there for me?

 

Due to the short nature of summer programmes it is crucial that you have read the official guidance for entering your host country, and also for returning back to the UK in time to start the Autumn semester at UEA. It is important to know of any testing, quarantine or documentation requirements such as proof of vaccination, and any costs or deadlines associated with this. Please note this might be required before entering and/or leaving each country.

Each country or territory determines their own border health rules, regardless of which UK travel list they are on, so please check the entry requirements for your destination before travelling and ensure you have appropriate health and travel insurance in place. 

Official government guidance states that you should not currently travel to red or amber list countries or territories, and the countries on the green travel list are subject to change at short notice. See the government's website for guidance regarding entering England after visiting countries on each list.

Virtual short-term summer programmes are being offered by a number of UEA’s global exchange partners, and we will be pleased to advise you on these options if travel is not an option for you. 

I'm a UEA student due to study abroad during the next academic year (2021-22) - what do I do about getting the vaccination before I travel?

 

UEA students have the benefit of registering with the practise on campus but UEA Medical Centre, is, like any GP surgery across the country, working with the vaccines they are sent from the NHS. Please find further details on their website. Whether you’re registered at your home or UEA practice, your surgery will cater for the registered community and surgeries will be distributing vaccines in accordance with the government guidelines. Across the country private vaccinations are not available at this time. We are aware that UEA Medical Centre is working with local NHS authorities, in particular in assessing the situation for students needing to travel as part of their course. COVID-19 LF (Lateral Flow Tests) are being offered to all UEA students for anyone who is asymptomatic. Students should be tested twice a week to help keep everyone as safe as possible - find out more and book yours on My UEA

Students travelling abroad to destinations in spring 2021 were required to obtain a ‘fit-to-fly’ COVID-19 test. This is likely to be the case for outbound travel for 2021-22. 

If you’re already registered to study abroad we will cascade any further updates as soon as these are known. You can always contact us directly at studyabroad@uea.ac.uk

Current UEA students considering an optional semester abroad during 2021-22 should Register your interest in Studying Abroad, so we can let you know your options and keep you informed with relevant updates.

I'm currently studying abroad at UEA in Spring 2021, either as an exchange student or as a visiting fee payer. What is the current situation?

 

The UK government’s latest announcement concerns the requirement for travellers to and from England to be in possession of a negative covid-19 test result prior to travel. This negative result must be from a test taken no more than 3 days before departure. 

Further information should be available from your travel operator such as the airline or booking agency. Any changes to this information can be found on the government's website. This requirement is for all arrivals.

If you have any questions about returning home or your time with us in Norwich please check with your home university or email us at visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk.

What should I do if I’m abroad and the circumstances change?

 

Whilst you are abroad you should keep up-to-date with local and international governmental guidelines. UEA will also continue to monitor official advice and guidance, keeping in regular contact with students abroad.

You should continue to access all available remote teaching methods and 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 have any queries about your safety or wellbeing whilst abroad please contact your host study abroad office, your UEA academic adviser or study abroad coordinator, or email us at studyabroad@uea.ac.uk

I'm planning to study abroad at UEA in 2021-22, either as an exchange student or as a visiting fee payer. What is the current situation?

 

We’re really pleased you’re choosing UEA! We are currently reviewing applications and making offers to fee payers and nominations from our exchange partners. Our application deadline for September 2021 is 1st June. 

Until arrivals, we are hosting preparatory webinars, so please make sure we have your contact details to keep you up-to-date. Our webinars also include the latest information available with regard to travelling and arriving in the UK. Once you are an offer holder, you will receive regular communications from UEA and the Study Abroad team on preparations for the new semester. 

Please view UEA’s advice for student queries about COVID-19, and direct travel guidance and testing queries to sts.covidsupport@uea.ac.uk.

If you have any questions about applying to UEA please check with your home university or email us at visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk.