Study Abroad FAQs

COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

FAQs updated 18.01.2021

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. 

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 and no longer wish to go abroad in Spring 2021 – 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.

If you are on a degree with no three-year variant, it is vital you discuss your concerns with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator. 

If you are on a three-year degree and were going abroad for Spring Semester 2021, you should already be enrolled on UEA modules for Spring Semester. Please write to Study Abroad and your School LTS Hub to confirm this. 

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad or return to a study placement abroad for the spring semester 2021 – 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.

Please ensure you are enrolled on UEA modules for Spring Semester 2021 as a safety net. If your semester abroad starts after the UEA semester, we recommend you start your UEA modules in case a last-minute change means you cannot go abroad. 

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 due to study abroad at UEA in spring 2021, either as an exchange student or as a visiting fee payer. What is the current situation?

 

UEA is looking forward to welcoming you to Norwich but there has been an important change with regard to travelling and arriving in the UK. 

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

The announcement can be found on the gov.uk website and further information should be available from your travel operator such as the airline or booking agency. This requirement is for all arrivals.

As a result of this government announcement, the University has decided it is no longer a requirement for students arriving from overseas to undertake the rapid Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests we are requiring of all other students arriving on campus this semester. 

However, all people arriving to England from an overseas territory  still need to undertake a 10-day period of self-isolation. The University will support you during the 10-day period. 

You can also use the UK government ‘Test to Release’ scheme to reduce the amount of time you have to spend in self-isolation. Furthermore you can claim the cost back from the University if you select a test with Prenetics – iDNA on the UK government’s test to release website. To claim back the cost please fill in a Student expenses - Prenetics iDNA reimbursement form (download and save it) and then email the completed form to university.secretary@uea.ac.uk for approval. 

If you have any questions about joining us in Norwich please check with your home university or email us at visiting.uea@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 will be receiving applications from February 2021 from fee payers and nominations from our exchange partners. 

Offers are being made to applicants, including exchange nominations and our application process remains open. During this time we will be hosting preparatory webinars, so please make sure we have your contact details to keep you up-to-date. Our webinars will 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. 

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