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NTU students studying abroad

If you are or will be a year abroad or exchange student, see the guidance available for you and who to contact if you need assistance.

Update for students who have applied and been accepted to study abroad in 2020/21

On 19 May 2020, NTU contacted all current students and applicants for the 2020 / 21 academic year to advise them that it is our intention that all NTU campuses will be physically open and delivering face-to-face teaching from September 2020. Further to this decision to open all NTU campuses physically, it has also been agreed that where our partner university is also open, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice permits, and you want to continue with this option, we will continue to facilitate your study abroad and exchange arrangements.

Overall, the UK is now on a trajectory back to normality, but the pace remains unpredictable. Your health and wellbeing is our priority so we will follow all UK government advice closely and continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation.  Currently we do not know what travel restrictions may still be in force or to what extent the current constraints will have been eased or removed by the end of the summer. So, whilst we hope you will be able to study at one of our partner universities in the autumn, we recognise that the situation remains fluid.

We urge you to contact your School exchange coordinator to talk about the status of your study abroad programme and specific things you need to consider prior to departure next academic year 2020/21.


I'm currently studying abroad

  • A: My host-university is still open but my family is worried and / or I am worried and want to return home, what should I do?

    In the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the Covid-19 and in line with current UK Government advice, NTU advises all Year Abroad and exchange students to return to the UK or their home country. We have written to all partner institutions to let them know this. You should contact your Exchange/Year Abroad tutor and/or School Administration Team as well as your host university to let them know of your decision to either stay or return to the UK / your home country.

    If, subsequently, your host university closes, then you should follow the advice in Answer B below.

    If your host university remains open, then please see answer D below.

  • B: My host-university has closed, but is continuing to teach online, what should I do?

    In the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the COVID-19 and in line with current UK Government advice, NTU advises all Year Abroad and exchange students to return to the UK or their home country. We have written to all partner institutions to let them know this. If your host university has made arrangements so that you can continue your studies online we expect you to do this. You should contact your Exchange/Year Abroad tutor and / or School Administration Team as well as your host university to let them know of your decision to either stay or return to the UK / your home country.

  • C: My host-university has closed, but has made no immediate provision for further teaching, what should I do?

    In the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the COVID-19 and in line with current UK Government advice, NTU advises all Year Abroad and exchange students to return to the UK or their home country. We have written to all partner institutions to let them know this.

    You should contact your exchange / year abroad tutor and / or school administration team as well as your host university to let them know of your decision to either stay or return to the UK / your home country. Please see next answer D for guidance on assessment.

  • D: What will happen if I am not able to undertake the final assessment at the host university for my course?

    In the event that you are not able to complete the final assessment at your host institution, your School will determine an alternative final assessment for your studies abroad. Depending on the proportion of the course at your host institution that has been covered, we may require you to undertake some additional learning before you take the alternative assessment. For further information on your specific circumstances please contact your School Administration Team.

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