Travel updates and guidance

Covid-19 update

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with global travel restrictions and local/national lockdowns being implemented with little or no notice, it is very likely that travel will continue to be disrupted through 2021.  Any decision the University makes regarding travel must ensure our duty of care to all students is not compromised.  

While the University remains firmly committed to supporting international activities for students, the current unprecedented situation requires us to balance this carefully against the risk and feasibility of international travel during the current outbreak. 

Semester 2 study and work placements 2020/21

In light of the latest UK lockdown, and continuing travel restrictions, the University is currently able to endorse Semester 2 travel only for students with a mandatory study/work abroad component to their degree programme. 

Approval will be subject to individual assessment by the Study and Work Away (SWAY) Service and on condition that the destination country has no prohibitive entry requirements (and, if outside Europe, is not in a state of emergency or under national lockdown).

Unfortunately, optional study/work abroad placements cannot be supported at this time due to the current national lockdown which permits only 'essential' travel as of 5 January.

Study and work placements 2021/22

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, some exchange partners are cancelling exchanges affecting the 2021/22 academic year.  This, coupled with continued and ever-changing travel restrictions, means that we cannot guarantee that 2021/22 study and work abroad activities will go ahead as planned.

Students are advised not to make any firm arrangements or financial commitments far in advance of their planned activity. SWAY will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as circumstances change.


Guidance for students undertaking work/study placements in Semester 2 2020/21.

All students travelling overseas must be covered by the University insurance policy. Find out more.

Securing accommodation for the duration of your period abroad and advice on private rental.

Information on how undertaking a work/study placement overseas affects your tuition fees.

Guidance on booking flights and return travel when undertaking a work/ study placement in Semester 2.

Advice on quarantining measures upon arrival in your host country and if lockdown measures are implemented.

Approval deadlines for optional and mandatory activities in Semester 2 and when withdrawal of approval to travel may occur.

The Study and Work Away (SWAY) Service provides support to students on study / work abroad activities.

Information available on Erasmus+ funding, immigration and visa requirements and access to healthcare.