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(Last updated on 30 September 2021) Questions and answers for students who are planning to go on an exchange, Erasmus internship or Minor Field studies. Or for you have recently been on an exchange or Erasmus internship.

In preparation for next semester

Advice for outgoing exchange students

If you are going on exchange during the next semester, it is recommended that you contact International Office or your international contact person and update them if any changes occur regarding your exchange.

We advice you to:

  • Keep up-to-date on the country you are going to travel to. The Swedish Foreign Ministry's app Resklar is one way.
  • Sign up on the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Svensklistan.
  • Book rebookable tickets to be able to be flexible should the situation require.

 

How do I know which travel restrictions apply in the country I am going to?

Stay updated on travel restrictions through the respective country’s embassy. You find the embassies via www.swedenabroad.se

Those going to a EU country, find information on the various measures in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers, on Re-open EU

What happens if the university I am going to decides to not accept exchange students next semester? 

If the host university you are going to makes a decision that exchange studies cannot be carried out for the semester you are supposed to take part in, you will be contacted by the International Office or your international contact person at your department.

Do I have to pay myself for any additional costs in connection to quarantine, or negative COVID-19 tests?

Yes, the university cannot provide compensation for any costs that arise in connection with quarantine or negative COVID-19 tests.

Will the university reimburse students for cancelled travels?

The university cannot reimburse costs when, for instance, students need to cancel their booked travels. We recommend that you book rebookable tickets to be able to be flexible should the situation require it.

For students currently on exchange studies or internship

If I want to cancel my exchange studies because of the situation with COVID-19 in the area where my studies is being carried out – how do I proceed and how will it affect my studies at Umeå University?

If you are an exchange student and the situation develops so that you want to cancel your exchange due to COVID-19, we ask that you contact the International Office or your international contact person to discuss this further. We recommend that you book rebookable tickets to be able to be flexible should the situation require it. If you need to get in touch with Umeå University outside office hours, you can call our security number, which is open 24 hours: +46(0)90-786 76 00.

I have trouble travelling home before my insurance expires, what do I do?

If you have trouble travelling home during the insurance period due to cancelled flights, contact your international contact person or coordinator at the International Office.

I am on an exchange or Erasmus traineeship outside of Sweden – what happens to my insurance?

All outgoing exchange students at Umeå University are insured through the Student OUT policy issued by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Agency.

The insurance does not apply in countries where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel. If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to a specific area in a country, the insurance does not apply in that part of the country.

The above applies when such advice from the Ministry has been issued before or on the day of travel. If the insured has started his or her outward journey before the advice has been issued, the insurance will continue to apply during a transitional period (max. 30 days), allowing the insured to leave the country and return to Sweden. 

The insurance is only valid in the country where your host university/internship organization/company is situated.

Terms and conditions Student OUT

If you choose to study from another country than your host country, or if you return to Sweden or another country and continue to study/do your internship as distance studies you are not covered by Kammarkollegiet’s Student UT during that time. In this case you need to arrange for private insurance.

Will the university reimburse students for cancelled travels?

The university cannot reimburse costs when, for instance, students need to cancel their booked travels. We recommend that you book rebookable tickets to be able to be flexible should the situation require it.

What happens to my Erasmus scholarship if I cancel my exchange studies/Erasmus internship?

For information regarding what happens with your scholarship if you cancel your exchange studies or Erasmus internship, please contact erasmusstipendium@umu.se.

Where do I turn if I have other queries about how my studies abroad are affected by COVID-19?

If you are on exchange studies, you are welcome to contact the International Office on outgoing.io@umu.se or the international contact at your department.

My host university is temporarily closing or making adjustments to its teaching – what do I have to do?

It is recommended that you contact the International Office or your international contact person and update them if any change occurs regarding your exchange.

The latest information about what applies to you who is doing an Erasmus exchange can be found in Cambro/Canvas.

For questions about the Erasmus scholarship, contact erasmusstipendium@umu.se.

I am doing my Erasmus internship and the company/organization I'm at have implemented distance work - what do I need to do now?

The latest information about what applies to you that is doing an Erasmus internship can be found in Cambro.

For questions about the scholarship, contact erasmusstipendium@umu.se.

What do I need to consider when I return to Umeå University from another country?

In several countries, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are spreading. Therefore, the Public Health Agency may recommend people who enter Sweden to avoid close contacts and get tested for COVID-19.

Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad

If you later experience symptoms of illness, you are urged to stay at home and avoid social contacts. You need to stay at home for at least two days after your symptoms are gone and get tested. Read more on 1177.se.

Keep in mind that the Student UT insurance and the personal injury insurance for students do not apply if you study from home. See under I am on an exchange outside of Sweden – what happens to my insurance?

Negative COVID-19 test is required for entry into Sweden, does it apply to me?

The Swedish Government has decided that foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the Nordic region, but within the EU/EEA, must have tested negative for COVID-19, be vaccinated against the disease, or have a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19. The requirements depend on the country from which the foreign national is travelling. At present, this regulation applies until 31 August 2021.

Entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway is not subject to any entry restrictions.

Foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the EEA and outside exempt countries must be able to present a certificate at the border showing that the traveller has tested negative for COVID-19. A maximum of 48 hours may have passed between the time of testing and the border crossing. This applies regardless of previous disease and vaccination.

For details about testing and entering Sweden, please stay updated through the Swedish Government’s website, the Public Health Agency of Sweden or the Swedish Police Authority. Please note that the conditions and exceptions can change, so please stay updated on reliable sources.

Contact with student organisations in Europe

Those who are in a European country and have questions about studies and rights, or need help in contact with health services and authorities (e.g. if something needs to be translated) are welcome to contact:

European Students Union (ESU) that has a database with contact information to its member organisations. The list is updated continuously. 

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is located at Higher Education Institutions all over Europe. List of national and local ESN sections.