The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our highest priority. Whilst these are extremely challenging times, our team have been working hard with academic and professional services staff so that we can offer support for your current or upcoming year abroad. Below we have included some FAQs which we hope can provide some clarity. You can also find regularly updated guidance about COVID-19 on the DMU website.
Students overseas in the 2019-2020 academic year
What steps should I take if I want to return early from my exchange?
As you may be aware, the FCO has issued advice to British travellers overseas that stated ‘If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now’. Therefore, we would like to reiterate that if you are still abroad and are thinking about returning home to the UK or elsewhere, we strongly encourage you to do this as soon as possible. As more countries restrict travel/close their borders, there may soon be a period where travel isn’t possible, so if you think you want to return home in the near future (before your intended return date), we’d advise you to act quickly.
If you would like to return home or think that you want to return home before your intended return date, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to advise and support you further. Provided that it’s safe for you to travel back home, the University will pay the costs associated with getting you back as long as those costs are, in the University’s view, reasonable bearing in mind the current situation.
If you choose to remain abroad, you must continue to follow the advice of your host university, local authorities and the latest FCO travel advice.
What should I do if my host university has now moved to online teaching for the rest of the academic year?
The majority of our partner universities have now moved to online teaching/distance learning. Please continue to follow the schedule of teaching from your host university, meeting deadlines and continuing to complete assessments. Should you choose not to complete your mobility online, you may be liable to partially repay grants/bursaries received and will not be eligible to receive recognition for your year abroad.
Will I need to repay any of my bursary if I return home early?
If your Erasmus+ mobility is being completed via online teaching and assessment (either in your host country or at home) the British Council have confirmed that you are able to retain your grant for this period of time. Likewise, International Exchange students in receipt of a DMU Global funding are not required to repay this, as long as the mobility is completed online.
Should you choose to withdraw from your mobility and not complete your remaining study and assessments remotely, this will affect your grant calculation. Please note that accommodation and travel costs incurred will not be impacted.
Am I liable for accommodation costs in my host country if I no longer live there?
If you have accommodation arrangements in place at your host university, you may still be liable for these costs. We recommend that you contact your host university/accommodation provider to discuss your options – some providers are offering greater leniency in ending signed agreements early due to COVID-19.
How will this situation impact the recognition of my year abroad?
All students who successfully pass their year abroad are still able to receive formal recognition and will graduate with the degree award ‘BA/BSc XXX with year abroad’. If you choose not to complete your studies remotely, your year abroad will not be recognised.
Students overseas in the 2020-2021 academic year
I have been accepted to study on exchange next year, is it still going ahead as planned?
For the time being, we are working on the assumption that students will be able to study on exchange as planned, and this is the messaging we have received from all of our partner universities. Therefore, we encourage you to continue to complete the steps required by your host institution in a timely manner. We will update you with any developments that may impact your planned mobility.
What happens if I am unable to study abroad next year?
If a decision is taken by DMU or the host institution that prevents you from studying on exchange, you will be able enrol directly onto your third-year modules at DMU and complete your programme of study without a year abroad. Your student status and tuition fees will revert back to your current arrangements. Unfortunately, it is not possible to postpone your exchange, or go for a single semester.
We will continue to send email updates to all current and future exchange students, and encourage you to check your emails frequently. If you have any specific questions, please contact us at email@example.com