Study Abroad FAQs

COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

FAQs updated 27.08.2021

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 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 according to your current location 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 are 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 amber and green travel list are subject to change at short notice. The University will support students wishing to undertake travel to amber (and green) list countries or territories for the purpose of study abroad, which is deemed to be essential under the purposes of education abroad. However study abroad is not deemed to be a sufficiently essential reason for the University to approve and/or endorse travel to red list countries. It is considered that there are sufficient alternative options and/or mitigations that can be put in place to manage students whom had planned to travel to red list locations.

Each School will discuss alternative measures, should a period of study abroad not be possible as intended, to ensure students can meet learning outcomes. 

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  updates, according to any changing circumstances.  

If you would like to talk about your course circumstances please speak with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator or Head of School. UEA Study Abroad continues to provide and cascade advice and guidance; to talk about your destination or any other matter please email us at

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

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


UEA students will be advised during briefings and application workshops on requirements, costs and processes necessary to obtain the appropriate visa in order to study abroad. 

UEA Study Abroad will provide advice and guidance on ‘how to apply’ and will continue to help collate and consolidate official guidance, but does not have access to definitive timelines and decisions that are administered and facilitated directly by each relevant Embassy/Consulate. Past students’ experiences should not be replied upon and the latest advice should always be reviewed from the official online or in-person guidance provided by the relevant Embassy/Consulate. 

We are aware that it can be difficult to make direct contact with the relevant Embassy/Consulate and in addition to delays linked to the pandemic, there are further complications linked to the UK’s exit from the EU. 

Please speak with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator or Study Abroad Adviser for further guidance.

I'm a UEA student due to study abroad in Spain during the next academic year (2021-22) - what do I do? (Information on Spanish visas)


Universities UK International (UUKI), whom you will be aware has been lobbying on behalf of UK Universities and outbound study abroad students, has provided a summary of advice - not offered through the Spanish Consulate in London, but by the European Commission’s European Migration Network. We understand different Spanish Consulates in the UK are interpreting the rules differently.

UEA, like all UK universities, cannot provide official advice, but is sharing the below information with students currently experiencing difficulties obtaining a study visa from the Spanish Consulate.

Students must take responsibility for any decisions they take in order to gain entry to Spain. The information below is provided in good faith and without prejudice. 

UK universities are being advised by their partner institutions in Spain suggesting that UK students can go to Spain on a tourist visa and apply for a study visa once there. Students will still need the same documentation that was required by the Consulate in the UK, so it is key that students take all the required documentation with them if choosing to travel to Spain on a tourist visa, duly translated and legalised.

This information is based on The Real Decreto - Ley 11/2018, de 31 de agosto, stating that from August 2018 the person who wants to obtain a student visa can apply from within Spain, as long as certain requirements are met.

The main requirement is that the person who is applying to obtain the student visa from Spain is there legally.

They must apply during the first 60 days of their stay or 30 days before their stay expires. So, if they entered Spain as a tourist, they must apply in the first 60 days of their visit or 30 days before their time as a tourist expires. 

UUKI suggests, to any students choosing to take this approach, to apply immediately on arrival, so as not to fall foul of the no more than 90 days in the EU rule as a tourist.

The above is confirmed by the Spanish submission to the European Commission’s European Migration Network (EMN)’s Project on Attracting and Retaining International Student in the EU, 2018. 

26_spain_international_students_2018_en.pdf (, p. 6.

“Since last summer 2018, students can fill the immigration forms from abroad (as it has been done up to this moment by applying for a visa at the consulate of their place of residence), with a novelty: the application can be submitted by a representative, eliminating the obligation of going in person twice to the consulate, generating costs for the student, especially when his/her place of residence was far from the consulate. They can also submit the immigration forms here in Spain, provided they are legally in the country (either with a long-term visa or permit, or as a tourist). In these cases, the procedures are carried out at the immigration office, without having to go abroad to obtain the visa.”

This route should not be seen as the default, but only if the student is unsuccessful in obtaining an appointment at the Spanish Consulate.

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. Please frequently read your UEA emails, including once you are abroad, and help us by responding to questions sent to you in emails from your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator or Study Abroad Adviser.

Whilst we do not anticipate recalling students from abroad, students should be aware that host countries/UK government guidance could change at any time and that repatriation costs are very unlikely to be covered by travel insurance. UEA continues to support students wishing to study abroad in amber and green destinations, noting the self-assessed risk associated with the current circumstances.

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

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! Submitted applications and we have been making offers to fee payers and nominations from our exchange partners. If you are yet to hear from us, please email

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

If you have any questions about applying to UEA please check with your home university or email us at