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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Study Abroad Covid-19

This page is for outgoing students from Durham. If you are looking for the University's Covid-19 response for Durham, including information for students, prospective students, researchers, staff members and members of the local community in Durham, please visit the University's dedicated Covid-19 page: www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/.

2020/21 Academic Year

Students who wish to undertake a work or study placement outside the UK in the 2020/21 academic year, including to countries that are not on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s exempt list, may apply for permission to travel via the University’s placement and travel cover approval processes. Our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our first priority, so it is vitally important that we endorse student travel abroad only after completion and approval of a rigorous risk assessment that takes into consideration our advice for travellers during Covid-19 and gives careful consideration to general risks as well as those specific to your destination and individual circumstances. When thinking about the scale of the Covid-19 risks, it is important to remember that the nature of the risk environment can change at any time, i.e. the level of risk at any global location can increase or decrease rapidly and without much pre-warning. Risk assessment should thus include consideration of response to prolonged local or national lockdown, and how to manage the need to self-isolate. The policy remains that: All travel outside the UK on University business must have prior approval through VIATOR (University travel cover system).

Further details about pre-departure requirements can be found on the Pre-Departure Information And Guidance page.

2021/22 Academic Year

Students applying for study abroad places in the 2021/22 academic year should be aware that uncertainties associated with Covid-19 may extend to winter 2021 and beyond. This may include travel disruption and the cancellation of placements by partner universities. If successful, all travel outside the UK on University business will require approval through VIATOR.